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Thanksgiving dinner can be a  very difficult time for empty nesters. 

I would like to share some ideas for a Thanksgiving dinner for empty nesters. My husband and I have a blended family consisting of 8 children, their spouses/fiances, and 13 grandchildren.  The first 10 years of our marriage, 7 of the 8 children lived with us so every meal was a feast and Thanksgiving always involved days of baking and cooking.  They are now grown and have their own homes so we are  rarely able to all be together for Thanksgiving. 

The Thanksgiving dinner should still feel like a special meal of the year.  My husband is a hunter and Thanksgiving week is the highlight of hunting time in WV.  He hunts until around mid-morning and then comes in for a few hours.

Thanksgiving ideas for empty nesters.I try to make it special by using fresh flowers, candles, and linen napkins.  The foods do look a little strange to me served in such small dishes, but if you fix your plates and carry them to the table, it will feel like you are not missing a thing.  (It is a bit more quiet though than with the family here)    Continue reading EMPTY NESTERS THANKSGIVING IDEAS

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Traditions are defined as  the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.  Our Thanksgiving traditions are created from memories and gatherings of people sharing their blessings. Thanksgiving traditions

When I was growing up, I remember that my mother cooked and baked for days preparing foods for Thanksgiving.  I believe that I can still feel the warmth in our home and experience  the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.  One of the Thanksgiving traditions our family observed was that everyone came to our house to eat.  This included grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.  Continue reading THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS SHARED BY GRANDPARENTS

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Thanksgiving dinner is over and the food was delicious. If you fixed a downsized meal you may not have a lot leftover, but why not enjoy the food that  you do have. A colorful, light salad that tastes so refreshing after a heavy Thanksgiving dinner. Great way to use leftover turkey.thanksgiving, leftovers, cobb salad 

The Caribbean-Turkey Cobb salad is a refreshing, light salad that is a total escape from the heavy Thanksgiving foods.  This recipe makes 1 salad so you can adjust to make the number you want by how much turkey is leftover.



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