by Becca Couch
Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! We posted this last year, but found it so helpful and wanted to share again!
I’m sure you have your favorite Thanksgiving dish on your mind. Here are just a few tips to help you set up a delicious thanksgiving meal!
- Turkey bags work wonders! I double up to make sure I don’t lose any turkey juice. You’ll want to use all that for the gravy!
- Make homemade rolls! They’re simple the best!
- Don’t skip the beans! If you’re not a fan of green bean casserole (like myself) fry up bacon and onions throw in a couple cans of green beans (drained) and sear green beans. Top with butter and salt. Delicious ! How can you go wrong with butter and bacon?
- Team work! Now if you’re like my family, we like a lot of food. Everyone has their favorite appetizers, main dishes, and of course tons of dessert. There must be enough leftovers to enjoy after a long night of Black Friday shopping. Don’t put this all on your mother or your aunt. Help out! Cook a day or two before and make sure everyone chips in on bringing a couple dishes.
- Everyone can help, even those sisters that don’t cook! Last but not least, we all have that family member that just can’t or shouldn’t be cooking, for example, my sister Rachael. Here is the list we always save for her: plates, cups and napkins as well as a vegetable, meat and cheese tray and drinks.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving shared with lots of love, laughter, and full bellies!
Becca and her husband Kenan live in Aurora with three adorable kids. She spends her days learning more than she ever imagined while homeschooling her kids. She loves to cook and try new recipes out! Kenan is the lucky guy that gets to test them out for her. They attend James River-West Campus Church and love spending time with friends and family.
It’s officially Thanksgiving week! I love all the holiday’s and what each one of them bring to the table. I especially love Thanksgiving and it’s reminder to be thankful for everything we have in our lives. I really try to be intentional in being thankful all year long, but this time of year really makes me reflect on everything I have been blessed with.
Thanksgiving is such a great time to gather around the table, tell stories of the past, talk about our futures and enjoy each others company. But when the turkey is all gone we get up and leave and head to the next event or take a nap and watch football.
Instead of the same ol’ after Thanksgiving traditions being basically hours of football watching and napping, why not try out one of these fun Thanksgiving party games instead?
- If the weather is nice plan a fun scavenger hunt. There could even be a small prize up for grabs.
- Act out funny Thanksgiving inspired words in a huge competition from Thanksgiving Charades from I Can Teach My Child.
- Work on your gratitude with this hilarious Thanksgiving Alphabet Game from Holidappy.
- Do a craft, like painting a welcome board sign, or a festive holiday board sign.
- Hide little toy turkeys around the yard, and the winner with the most turkey’s gets a small prize.
- Play Thanksgiving bingo with free printable from the Crafting Chicks by clicking here.
- Play Family Feud at home with these fun Thanksgiving themed questions and answers along with instructions for how best to play at home! Get all the details for Holiday Family Feud (with FREE questions & answers) from Play Party Plan.
- Play one of over 15 hilarious Thanksgiving themed games that will get your family up, moving, and laughing! Tons of Thanksgiving Minute to Win It Games From Play Party Plan here.
Have a fun Thanksgiving tradition? We’d love to hear about it!! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you awesome mommas!! We are SO very thankful for each one of you!!
by Katie Brittenham
With each of our girls, we planted a tree when they were born. One day last week I was walking back from the mailbox and Hope’s tree was front and center. Its beauty took me by surprise. I thought back to several years ago when a storm came through. Hope’s tree was about as big around as the size of my arm. After the storm, we noticed that Hope’s tree had snapped in two. I was devastated. Thoughts of “what will we do?” “She only has one tree!” flooded my mind. Evidently, her tree was not strong enough to endure the storm. We were left with about a two-foot stump. No Hope tree! After several weeks, the stump began to sprout. New leaves were forming. There was hope for her tree. We began to groom it and nurse it back to health. Once the new tree was established, my husband cut off the old part of the tree. It was in the way now, but Hope’s tree was alive and it had a story.
Many of us have the same story. We have gone through storms. We are not the same as before. We’ve been snapped in two. Sometimes we wonder why or where’s God. But eventually we sprout new branches. We are stronger and we have a story to tell. God has cut off the old and nursed us back to new – a better new! Now, we have a story in Him.
Jesus says in John 15: 5 & 6, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.”
How many of you have felt cut off, thrown away, and cast into the fire? God has a plan. His word says, “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Rest in that today! Praise Him today! We have this promise: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. We also know that Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
Let’s praise Him today! Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Fast forward to now, years later. If you drove by my house, you would see this beautiful tree. Strong, tall, and beautiful! You would not know the story behind its beauty. From the road, you cannot tell the story of the storm or the care it received after. You do not know how it struggled. You would only see the flaming red foliage of a tree well lived. Shining His glory for all to see!
This month we are celebrating our blessings. We are reminded where God has brought us from. We look back at the storms in our lives and realize what a blessing they were. We realize we would not be the women we are today without them. We would not be able to radiate His glory without them. Let’s shine for Him!
Katie is a stay-at-home mama of four girls. Most days this means walking a fine line between total joy and utter chaos. Outside of her family, she has a passion for helping moms everywhere and serves as a Community Coach for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International. With the rest of her time, she likes to cook, take walks, and go on road trips.
A few weeks ago, we told you all about the annual Rock4Kids Zombie Run from our sponsors at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness. What a great family event to get you and your kiddos moving and having fun together!
This year, the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness has teamed up with the Missouri Beef Industry Council to remind us all the importance of eating family dinner together when possible. And we couldn’t agree more!
Please take a minute to read the benefits of eating a family meal together and also enjoy two yummy recipes provided by the Missouri Beef Industry Council at the bottom of the post. We can’t wait to give them a try!