Thanksgiving

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! It's hard to believe it's "that time of the year" again and here we all are preparing for Thanksgiving. Well, if I am being completely honest here, I have maybe, sort of, kind of...put up our tree already! Oops! Normally, I wait until Thanksgiving day but we will be out of town that day, so up the tree went! However, let's get back to Thanksgiving. First things first, can we just talk about food for a second? I'm already eating at a Thanksgiving level (pregnant!) all the time, but I am still getting excited to sit around the table with my family this year and devour all my favorite foods. Usually every year I am in charge of the deviled eggs so I thought I would share my deviled egg recipe with you all to give you a side idea!

Creamy Deviled Eggs

8 hard-boiled eggs, peeled

1 teaspoon white vinegar

3 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tbsp softened cream cheese (Cream cheese just makes everything better!)

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

pinch of cayenne

salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

paprika as needed

*I combined 2 recipes from kraft.com and americanfood.about.com

Besides the food, I also like to do holiday crafts with my kids. Nothing too elaborate because my kids are so hit or miss with crafts. At times they will spend 30 minutes on a craft and sometimes it's 3 minutes. Some crafts I have really enjoyed seeing are the ones that Gavin has brought home from preschool! I've tried to recreate them with Sophia, but she is more interested in squeezing the glue out of the bottle for long periods of time. I can see that being pretty fun for a 2 year old. The first craft was a turkey and the second craft was a Give Thanks book. In this book they were thankful for all the different colors. I know Gavin is particularly thankful for the color blue.

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So we've talked about food, crafts and last but not least let's talk about Thanksgiving traditions. Growing up, after our meal we would put up our Christmas tree and usually pick a movie to watch. I love how anything can really become a tradition and it doesn't have to be super elaborate to make it memorable. Depending on everyone's moods year to year we would also share what we were thankful for. I know for my family, we won't always be able to put up the Christmas tree after a thanksgiving meals due to the fact we will most likely be traveling on Thanksgiving. But the one tradition I would like to continue would be the one where everyone shares what they are thankful for. It's easy, well, I can recall in my teenage years it not being so easy and keeping it pretty short and sweet...just as a teenager might do. Still, I would like to carry on this tradition in my family for sure! What are some of your favorite thanksgiving traditions?

I hope you all have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day with your families!