Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pineapple-Cranberry Sauce

With Christmas right around the corner, everyone gets busy writing out their wish lists, shopping for gifts, putting up decorations and writing out Christmas cards. Thanksgiving seems to get lost in the shuffle.

Let's slow up for a minute. Why not stop and reflect on how fortunate we are; appreciate what we already have and give thanks for it.

My grandchildren really look forward to Thanksgiving. Every year, we ask one of them to say "Grace" at the Thanksgiving Table. Why not let the little ones get in on the Thanksgiving preparation, too. Our children and grandchildren need to stay involved so that they will never lose this wonderful tradition. My grandchildren are going to make cranberry sauce and bake pumpkin bread for this year's feast. Yummy!

Pineapple-Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 -16 can of whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 -8oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
Break up the cranberry sauce with a fork, mix in the pineapple and pecans. Serve chilled. You can double the recipe if desired.

Every Thanksgiving, I give my grandchildren a chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar. On each of the 25 days before Christmas, they get to open a numbered slot on the calendar and eat the piece of chocolate tucked inside...but only after they do a good deed for that day. It helps them to better understand what Christmas is all about and that "giving back "really does feel good.

**Every town and city has a food bank. Donate, if you can; help families that are less fortunate during this holiday season. Open your hearts and give.... whether it's a warm coat or food for their tables.

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