Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful.

Such a wonderful holiday, Thanksgiving is! No real pressure for anything. You pretty much know what you will cook because it is the same thing you have cooked for the past 20 Thanksgiving. (Although I do like to be a rebel and throw something new out there occasionally, such as the yummy pretzel, strawberry salad I made this year!)



2 c. pretzels, crushed

4 tbsp. sugar

1/2 – 3/4 c. butter, melted

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. sugar

8 oz. carton Cool Whip

1 lg. box strawberry Jello

2 c. boiling water

2 pkgs. strawberries (frozen), thawed and drained

Mix pretzels, 4 tablespoons sugar, and butter together; press into bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes; cool. In mixing bowl, fold Cool Whip into cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Spread over cooled crust. Dissolve Jello into boiling water. Add strawberries to Jello and pour over cream cheese. Chill and let set.

I don’t have to clean house because we always meet at Leiah’s, no turkey to thaw, don’t have to dress up or drive far.

It is a great time for family to get together before the wildness of all the Christmas events, the shopping, pageants, baking and such. I have to reflect on just how blessed I am to have been able to spend the day with both parents in good health and nearby, my brother and his precious wife Leiah, my beautiful niece Madison and very funny nephew Mitchell, Aunt Laurie and Kathy, Roger and his fiancée and her daughter, Leiah’s Mom Ginger and her significant other Don. But especially my wonderful family. husband, David, son, Tanner and daughter, Alyssa who has been away at college since August.

This year was much the same, we met, blessed the food, ate like fiends, retreated to our various areas to veg out, watched the annual Christmas movie, drove around on the golf cart and caught up with all the news.

I LOVE Thanksgiving and I LOVE my family. Click below to see pictures from the day.

2008 Thanksgiving

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