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On Thursday, I will begin a “Thursday Thanksgivings” series in which I list what I am thankful for each day of the past week.  I started this endeavor on my weight loss blog and wanted to copy the original post that started it all onto Veronica’s Cornucopia so you will have the story and the background behind my thanksgiving resolution.

Posted on November 25, 2010

I adore this picture.  The big, genuine smiles.  My husband took it while my mother-in-law and I were preparing scalloped potatoes from her old recipe file that she’s had since she got married 48 years ago.

Phyllis is one thing that I’m hugely grateful for on this day of thanks.  Making scalloped potatoes with her makes me happy in such a ridiculous way that is hard to describe.  I won’t get into my childhood, but let’s just say that Phyllis is the kind of mother I always wanted and I’m so thankful to have her in my life now.  I’m thankful for my own mother as well, who I know loves me dearly, but it is much more difficult to find this deep-seated happiness when sharing a kitchen with her.

Our scalloped potatoes (in the red dish) turned au gratin with the addition of some Velveeta. Also pictured: sweet potatoes (two kinds), scalloped turnips, and smoked turkey.

Today was a good day.  God has blessed all of us abundantly, and recognizing these blessings is something I need to do more often.  Therefore, I have decided to make a Thanksgiving resolution.  From now until Thanksgiving next year, I’m going to find something to be thankful for every day and do a recap every week to keep myself accountable to this resolution.  Here’s to more enjoying what I have and less complaining about what I don’t!

Past weekly thanksgivings can be found here.


About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

35 responses »

  1. Glad you’re still having the Thanksgiving posts! I like these!


  2. Wonderful post and picture. Some people are just more at-home in the kitchen than others and it appears you and your mother-in-law are really happy to be there. The dinner looks so good.


  3. Veronica,
    That is great! Gratefulness is a great thing. It is a very high vibration emotion and is very healing. In my coaching, one of the first things I tell people in order to have the life they want is to feel gratitude as often and for as much as possible. Medical Science has even shown the healing power of gratitude. So very good for reminding all we have so much to be grateful for. I am grateful for you and your blog and getting to share in your joy or making scalloped potatoes. :-)



  4. I definitely remember this post — I love that first picture of you and your mother in law! Great series, Veronica…reminds us to be thankful all year long.


  5. Everybody can benefit from some reflection upon what they are grateful for instead of whining about what they don’t have! Great idea and I now look forward to Thursdays! Wait, it’s Wednesday… :)


  6. I’m thankful for you. :-)


  7. Who is Liz? I 100% agree with her, I’m thankful for you, too. :-)
    Keep on giving thanks, my dear friend. It really works wonders to the soul.


  8. Love your blog! Having an attitude of gratitude is a good idea! It always feels good to see things in writing!

    I love old recipes like the one in the photo. I have lots of hand written recipes from my Grandmother and I cherish them.


  9. That picture is beautiful and says so much. I hope to one day have a picture like that of me with my daughter! :)


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