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Adding Memories this Thanksgiving with Traditions – New and Old

Adding Memories this Thanksgiving with Traditions – New and Old

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I can hardly wait! In my opinion, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. Setting aside time to spend with loved ones and give gratitude for the many blessings the year has granted us is crucial to our well being. Whether life has been kind, or brought challenges to overcome, giving thanks for what we have is what makes living all the more worthwhile. This year, in an effort to bring together the generational gaps and add memories that will have us yearning for next years Thanksgiving – I’m making sure the holiday is filled with lots of family traditions.

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Some traditions have already been long established in our family, and we are holding tight to those. The breaking of the wishbone and saying something we’re grateful for along with grace before we dig in are traditions that we take part in every year. Another family favourite is our Afternoon Nature Walk. Every year, while my stepmom is tending to the important elements of putting dinner together, my dad leads the clan on a nature walk. I honestly think it started as a way to get the kids out of the kitchen (lol) but it’s something that stuck. Now we look forward to it every year. He guides us on a walk and makes sure we take note of the changing colours & smell of the leaves, we search for squirrels & bugs, and are sure to appreciate all of the life that exists around us. This walk is the most lovely way to kickstart the day!

Food is obviously the most common tradition around this holiday. Whether your family does a classic turkey dinner, or something different – a good meal is the main event. I began the tradition of Baking a Thanksgiving Pie with the kids last year and it’s one that I plan to keep up with. It’s something the three of us do together beforehand, and they are so proud to present their creation when it’s time for dessert. Also, as guests, bringing a food dish helps alleviate some of the work from the host. This year we’re making a whiskey sweet potato pie that is out of this world delicious! I’ll share the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! I'm not going to give the crust recipe, because mine's nothing to brag about, I'm still a novice! But the filling is too good not to share!

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Whiskey Sweet Potato Pie

  • 1.5 lbs sweet potatoes (approx 2 medium/large)
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2/3 brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1 large egg plus 2 yolks
  • 1 TBSP all purpose flour
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP nutmeg
  • 1/2 TSP ground ginger
  • 1/4 TSP ground cloves
  • 1/8 TSP salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make pie dough of choice. I put an egg wash on mine and let refrigerate while making the filling. 
  3. Peel & quarter sweet potatoes and boil until very soft (approx 30 mins). Drain.
  4. Allow sweet potatoes to mostly cool. Using a mixer, beat until smooth.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high speed until smooth and combined.
  6. Spread filling into pie crust and bake for approx 55 - 60 mins. Center should be slightly jiggly and toothpick should come out mostly clean.
*If pie crust is browning too quickly, make an aluminum ring to cover edges.

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Another tradition we began last year was Giving a Card to Someone in the Community. We live near a convenient store, and every time we go there, the gentleman working gives the kids a free lollipop, so my daughter wanted to make him a card. He was so touched by this gesture – he said that it was the first gift he had received since moving to Canada! This, I think, is when my daughter truly began to understand the nature of the holiday. It was indeed a very special moment for everyone. We say ‘thank you’ all day long, and while good manners are important, of course, sometimes writing our gratitude out on paper carries more weight.

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For Thanksgiving at my moms this year, I am going to Make a Festive Cocktail – sweet & fragrant spiked hot apple cider. We split our weekend up between parents, so bringing food to the second event can be tricky. Honestly, my mom is such an incredible cook that I wouldn’t want to taint our dinner with one of my dishes when hers are so darn delicious anyways! My thought is that between dinner and dessert, we can cozy up on the back deck and watch the sun go down while sipping on a nice warm cocktail. This will give our full bellies some time to settle, plus, the kids can burn off some steam playing outside at dusk – the most magical time of day. If you’d like some ideas for autumn cocktails, check out this post from a couple years ago, it has some really delicious recipes! 

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Every time my family is all together, we are sure to Break out the Games. Whether it’s some kind of card game, Codenames, or Settlers of Catan, we are ready to dish out some smack talk and get competitive. This year, to involve everyone – old and young – I thought it would be fun to add in some minute to win it games. If you aren’t familiar with the old game show, it’s simply a series of small, competitive challenges that are absolutely silly and ridiculous, but oh so fun (to play and to watch)! Some examples are:
  • Filling an empty Kleenex box with ping pong balls, taping it around your waist and bouncing around until your box is empty or time runs out.
  • Putting pantyhose with a tennis ball in the toe over your head and swinging it around trying to knock over a Solo cup.
  • Blowing a pompom across the table with a straw.

There are a ton of these challenges a simple online search will give you. I think it is so entertaining for kids to see adults getting silly. And on the flip side, as an adult, it’s fun to lose our inhibitions and get totally caught up in something so nonsensical. These games can be created with mostly stuff you could find around the house, or at the dollar store – and they will surely create priceless memories!

Traditions add something extra to look forward to, and give us that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling. They help create tight family bonds and memories that will last a lifetime and then some!

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Wishing you all a happy & memorable Thanksgiving! 


    Posted by Jan Horne on

    Love your blog! You write so beautifully, and I’m going to make that pie 😋! Happy thanksgiving.

  • Posted by Jan Horne on

    Love your blog! You write so beautifully, and I’m going to make that pie 😋! Happy thanksgiving.

  • Posted by Annie on

    Great read once again! So much to be grateful for💖
    Thanks for the delicious sounding & looking recipes!

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