Thanksgiving in the South is about enjoying time with friends and family in the comfort of home to celebrate all that is good in life.
For some people, that means popping off the top button off their pants and taking a nap as soon as possible after the big meal. For others, it is about enjoying a beautiful meal that is an Occasion (with a capital “O”) by breaking out the good china and silver.
By Amy Poore
Have you started planning the Thanksgiving meal yet? Fall is definitely in the air, and both of these recipes will compliment your holiday table beautifully. The pear chutney is an aromatic delight, and a perfect pairing for your turkey, no matter how you prepare it. And for dessert, I suggest this scrumptious pumpkin Bundt cake with caramel drizzle. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and bon appétit!
By Marlena Rice
Fall is finally here: We are all “Roll Tide” – ing, enjoying our riding boots and jeans, and already stressing over who will be hosting Christmas dinner - let alone Thanksgiving dinner. As a mother and a wife, I would especially like to note that I am truly always thankful for my son, my husband, my family, my job, and a multitude of other things. I am really just tickled pink all the time when I think about how God has blessed me. However, today I would like to share with you a list of all the things I am thankful for that only mothers would understand.
This Thanksgiving, and all throughout the year:
· I am thankful for the kind lady who works at Chick-fil-a, who remembers me and says, “It’s good to see you, you haven’t been here in a while.” Which leads me to be thankful that I am on time for work that particular morning, despite the fact that I was late the day before, and likely to be running late the next.
· I am thankful for the fact that my two year old finally believes me when I say that bugs will crawl on his butt if he keeps giving me a hard time getting his underwear/pullups back on as we potty train.
· I am thankful for the logistics coordinator of the new neighborhood Wal-Mart, who strategically placed a miniature toy aisle with mini racecars in direct view of the meat section (because once we take 30 minutes to pick out yet another car, or two, I am then able to quickly pick up the four items we initially came to buy).
· I am thankful for my boss, who didn’t make me show him the photograph on my iPhone that details why I was late for work. The situation involved a child in a car seat, covered in the morning’s milk and an unseen prayer that an air freshener would just fall into the backseat like a smoke bomb.
· I am thankful for Ben and Jerry, for making ice-cream concoctions that are so outrageous (and delicious) that when the family is sitting down to watch television in the evenings no one wants “just a bite.”
· I am thankful for the couch. The one that handles the weight of all three of us, and our huge Great Dane as he leans against to sit at our feet. You have endured baby shoes, spilled milk, spilled chicken noodle soup, the dreaded orange Cheetos powder smears, and everything else that has once left my kitchen or dining room table. And you’ve endured a family that has to sit all but smack right on each other on your cushions while we argue about what to watch on one of multiple televisions in our home.
Happy Holidays, and be Thankful!
Marlena Rice is a local mom and author. Her new book, “Pacifiers, Flatbeds and Barn Wood Thingamajigs, a 'Come to Jesus Guide' for the New, Southern Mom,” will be available on Amazon.com this fall. Follow Marlena on Instagram at marlena_rice.
Photo: Marlena Rice
Caption: Beaux William is in the holiday spirit. He’s thankful for pumpkins, obviously.
Article sponsored by Med Center North.
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By Chloe Monte
Remember the family that would keep the Christmas tree up all year? Remember them? You know the ones! They were the eccentric family on the block whose sanity you questioned. You asked yourself, “How could someone have such a continuous celebration spirit? Does that not take away the essence of what Christmas is? And what is December 25th to them if July 25th is identical?” Ultimately, you resigned these thoughts to conclude, “To each his own. If it makes them happy, then go for it!”
What we, the categorical Christmas celebrators, did not realize was that they were ahead of their time! They were innovative while we were naysayers. They were trendy before there was an entire zeitgeist industry. That’s right, they were simply living in the future!
I write this article from the year 2050. And in this year, we celebrate Christmas all year round. We live in a perpetual state of green and red. Stores have created, to continue increasing sales, virtual environments where you are taken back to your happiest Christmas memory via retail time machines and invented ornaments that give you boosts of endorphins whenever you touch them so to classically condition your opinion toward Christmas and excessive spending.
Also, Christmas is no longer called Christmas. A decade ago, Congress, after realizing the entire United States economy was built on Christmas revenue and any dip in Christmas revenue would cause a collapse to our economy, decided to call the holiday in perpetuity “Thanksgivmas”. As well, there has been talk about enacting a flat tax that would automatically deduct 30% of our paycheck every month so to be put toward the Thanksgivmas economy to prevent any dips in consumption.
Families no longer receive December 25th off as a vacation holiday, either. December 25th no longer means anything; it’s just another Thanskgivmas day. And what has happened to Black Friday, you ask? Stores have created sections called the Black Daily where deals are had in rotation.
Where did we go wrong? How did this begin? I’ll tell you how it began. It began when we started trampling one another on Black Friday for a TV that is now obsolete and worth nothing! That’s right, we are to blame! The temptation was laid in front of us and we fell for it, Christmas tree hook, garland, and bulb.
But this does not have to be your future. You can change your habits now!
You can use this time to volunteer. You can spend more time with family and friends. You can go outside and enjoy the fresh air. You can take up a painting class or travel. Do anything but buy Christmas ornaments on October 1st.
Take back Thanksgivmas season and let Christmas be Christmas and Thanksgiving be Thanksgiving.
Article sponsored by Youth for Christ Tuscaloosa.
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If you are anything like me, you like to plan out your week so you can be best efficient with your time and money. However, this does not always happen, especially when one needs to make a large meal for many guests. So, this list of ingredients was put together to help you manage your time well over the Thanksgiving week.
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Anyone need some new dishes to enjoy at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner? Both of these dishes are perfect for the occasion. The Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash looks gorgeous, but it’s fairly simple to make and it takes just a few ingredients. And the Pear Cake offers a delicious alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving desserts (though certainly include them, too).
Enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays, and bon appétit!