by Michele Miller


This year, did you pull out the green beans you’d canned from your garden? Or maybe you broke in to your pecan stash in the freezer to whip up your famous pecan pie. Perhaps you are a hog and/or turkey farmer and enjoyed a feast of meat that your sweat equity provided.

That is such a good feeling, isn’t it?

While Thanksgiving is about putting a bountiful spread of  home-grown and/or home-cooked food across a big table, is is more of a time for being thankful and sharing those blessings with others.

This Thanksgiving, like countless others, my family whipped up plates of dinner with all the fixings and containers of individual desserts, and delivered them to neighbors in our area who had no family or friends to cook for or eat with them.

The look of shock and gratitude on the faces of the people we delivered to was the truest blessing of this holiday!

No matter if you used recipes that were handwritten in old notebooks and note cards that had been passed down from generations, the authentic recipe for days of yesterday follows:


Recipe For A Bountiful Thanksgiving


  • 1 heaping scoop of love
  • 1 heaping scoops of gratitude
  • 1 heaping scoops of sharing
  • 1 heaping scoops of giving
  • 1 heaping scoops of caring
  • 1 heaping scoops of remembering


  1. Mix all of the above ingredients together, stirring well.
  2. Let sit for a spell.
  3. Sprinkle the finished recipe all along the way….


Reflect on your family and friends and on holidays passed. Make it a point to take your focus off of making everything so fancy and perfect – and instead, focus on spending quality time with family and friends.

And if you take time to share some of your bountiful meal with those who are forgotten, you will discover the true meaning of Thanksgiving!

How did you celebrate this year? Will you do it differently next year? Will you include a neighbor or two who will otherwise spend the holiday alone? Will you use this recipe I’ve provided when preparing for Christmas or another upcoming holiday that you celebrate? Let’s talk!




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