My mom loves Thanksgiving and every year we do the same thing. We are very fortunate and thankful for our many blessings and we sure use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to think about these gifts in our lives. My family Thanksgiving used to include my grandparents, and every year my grandmother would make the pies, and we would have to wait until she finished them before they would come over, dressed to the nines, jackets smelling slightly of mothballs (oh the toxins!), pies in hand and Grandpa’s many keys jingling as he walked, his crooked gait slowing him down.
I’m not sure why Grandpa had to carry around so many keys, especially on a day like Thanksgiving, when he was coming over to hang out and the day didn’t involve opening any locked doors except his own front door at the end of the day! But I think they must have been some sort of comfort for him, as he never gave them up, no matter how hard we tried. I don’t know what it is about memories like that, but I can still hear the keys jingling and feel his warm hug.
We have tried to replicate Grandma’s pies each Thanksgiving since her passing, and whether or not we get close, Thanksgiving seems to be both different and more special for my family as we think about G&G and remember how important it is to enjoy our family and keep their memory alive.
I have compiled a list of Healthy Appetizers that I hope you will enjoy. Thanksgiving is such a special day but who says you have to go overboard and stuff yourself silly? Enjoy your friends and family and celebrate your health and happiness. Choose simple recipes so you can eat a special dish without exhausting yourself!
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10 Healthy Appetizers for Thanksgiving
Lighter Creamy White Bean Dip
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