For the last 8+ years, my family has done an “Italian” Thanksgiving using authentic recipes from my cousin’s Sicilian chef husband… YUM! That said, we actually haven’t had a traditional thanksgiving with the stuffing, gravy, turkey, casseroles, etc. in years and in the last week, I found myself absolutely CRAVING Thanksgiving foods. So, I decided to make them myself!
Whoah… Thanksgiving for just you and Damir… are you nuts? Yes. I might be… Our apartment sized fridge is already packed to the gills with leftovers. But hang on just a second… there is more to it.
See, there is a gentleman who I will be very shortly introducing to you via a post on his poetry that I have been blessed with meeting and getting to know in past months. Kent, my now friend and poet, had less than $12 to his name just 6 months ago, but through the kindness of my friends and co-workers, we have helped him to get on his feet and start getting a grip on his health issues, which include Parkinson’s Disease and COPD.
Not everyone has something to be thankful for…
The holidays can be incredibly lonely without family and friends, and I know he doesn’t have much in the means of travel, and I wanted to make sure he had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday regardless! All of the Thanksgiving food you will be seeing on the blog in the next few days was prepared and frozen with cooking instructions, and will be delivered to Kent tomorrow in donated bake ware. It cost me just $40 for the food and fixins, and its a small thing that goes a long way!
The “Give Thanks” Challenge
This time of year is full of ads for Black Friday encouraging you to spend your annual paycheck/max your credit cards on DEALS DEALS DEALS. While I certainly encourage you to partake if that’s your thing… I also challenge you and your family to think up a way to make a difference. How can you help someone you know? Could you line up or volunteer a few months worth of snow removal for the elderly neighbor down the street? Purchase a bag full of kids gloves and hats and donate to local charities? Maybe assembling a full meal and delivering to someone you know could use the help, be it someone who has recently been sick, or a family with a newborn and limited time. Be creative, and make it a family affair!
Make someone’s day, remember to be thankful for everything you have… and to pass it along!