Friday Four: Thanksgiving- FIND YOURS

Thanksgiving carries different meanings for different people. My family on my dad side host a huge dinner. Everyone gathers at an elders family member home and we eat, laugh and lounge until the belt button pops! Then walk it off with our more fit aunts! The guys usually play a round of football or basketball.  Some even ride a horse. It’s awesome because everyone is included and made to feel welcomed and warm. All the family drama is left in the glove compartment for the day. Horse exercise

Now that I have a tribe of my own, I go there less often and try to establish my own family traditions. Although I want them to feel the generational love, I want to impress memories with them as well. The first dinner I did was before my 11 yr old past in 2004*. My now 23yr old son did the sweet potatoes and Mya did the cabbage. We had a simple yet delicious spread.  But ended up throwing away a large amount of meat and beans. I didn’t like that too much and knew that we had to try something different.

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So now, we take a little out for the local shelters before we eat.  Problem solved.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.

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At any given moment, I have 14 arms to hug and love me unconditionally. At any given moment,I can bend over and pick something off the floor. At any given moment, I can walk outside my door and work in my garden. At any given moment, I can go to my sink and collect clean* water. At Any Given Moment, I can give THANKS to God for my life!

Here is how we do Thanksgiving.

  1. We recall what we are thankful for )loved ones, life, health, family and a peace of mind and everything in between)
  2. We will not gorge on this day. For we know that we must eat  well after that one day.
  3. We will find a way to bring joy in someone else life, via food, deed or both.
  4. We will build on what we have and find ways to care for and our current gifts.

More on Thanksgiving (Please check out the links and book offer. Each purchase from the books justify time given to this blog- THANKS IN ADVANCE. 🙂 )

The real cost of Thanksgiving

Oven Cautions!

The Latin Kitchen- How to cook in 3 hours!

Detox your self after the fest/ eat clean during it . Follow my pinterest board.

Recipes the kids can help make!

Buy the book! Teens Gobble Gobble MAD LIBs

Charlie Brown ThanksGiving

Thanksgiving Is For Giving

Children’s Books: WHAT’S FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER? (Delightfully Fun, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Making Friends and Being … Ages 2-8) (Happy Children’s Series 5)

and Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving “This is a very cute book with really nice illustrations and such a good story. ”

Conversation-worth-Having-Image How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? I would LOVE to know.

Gobble Till You Wobble,

Kelle, QC Supermom

Wednesday Wow: Gobble till you Wobble!

tgvngThe big day is almost here. ThanksGiving 2013.

Who cares that folks think it’s tied to that crazy man thinking he made an discovery whilst folks were already here. I am looking forward to getting my “feast”on! Although we haven’t planned out a menu yet, I got a feeling it’s going to be delicious! The girls are very excited to be doing the bulk of the cooking. I hear them planning and brainstorming between the two of them. columbus1

Recipe: Classic (Whole Wheat) Bread Stuffing

Recipe: Classic (Whole Wheat) Bread Stuffing

15 Conversation Topics to Avoid at Thanksgiving Dinner

Lemon-shortbread cookies - yum! by Common Sense Homesteading

Lemon-shortbread cookies – yum! by Common Sense Homesteading

I do know our dinner mission is to eat Clean, go Green and burn Mean.

Chasing Supermom Here's another delicious alternative to pumpkin pie!

Chasing Supermom
Here’s another delicious alternative to pumpkin pie!

Thanksgiving Stuffing Poppers with a Cranberry Jalapeño Dipping Sauce

Here’s a note from No Excuses Just results.

‘Tis the season to be healthy!  Use these tips to make your Thanksgiving just a little healthier.

  • Don’t starve yourself the morning of Thanksgiving just so you can eat everything in sight.  Eat your meals like you normally would.  This will help prevent overeating during dinner.
  • Eat a small snack or appetizer about 1-2 hours prior to your Thanksgiving meal.  Try some fruit or a salad.  Again, this helps prevent overeating.
  • Use smaller plates.
  • Use alternative seasonings/ingredients (i.e. olive oil spray instead of solid butter, lemon juice instead of salt, turkey instead of pork, 2% instead of whole milk).
  • For casseroles, use reduced fat condensed soups (i.e. cream of mushroom/chicken/celery).
  • Avoid adding salts or sugars after your food is prepared.  Adding seasoning after the food is cooked doesn’t allow them to fully dissolve, so you actually end up consuming more salt or sugar than necessary.
  • Don’t try to eat every item that’s on the menu.  More than likely, there will be leftovers, so save it for the next day.  However, if you must have everything, fix small portions of each item.
  • Take a walk after eating.
  • Drink more water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Try mashed sweet potatoes instead of mashed white potatoes.  Sweet potatoes have more fiber.
  • Introduce more colorful vegetables like sweet peppers, tomatoes, red cabbage, etc.
  • Do your workout first thing in the morning to avoid delays and interruption.
  • Stretch while watching the football games.  With a full day of football, you can burn a lot of calories by doing some light stretching throughout the entire day.

See I only shared the good stuff! 🙂 I hope this gives you some ideas for a happier and healthier Thanksgiving.  We wish you and your loved ones the best during this holiday season.  Enjoy!

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“One should eat to live, not live to eat” -Benjamin Franklin

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(ooook, I’ll try my friend.)

It was brought to my attention the there is a mom in the QC with four children. They are living in a hotel. In the family is ADD, ADHD, ODD, social depression and other insecurities. My goal is to find them a house by the 25th of next month. Call me crazy, but even after loosing my own young  daughter, I believe in miracles.

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This is not my family. We could never pose for a picture like that. Bless their hearts!

~pulling up my shirt sleeves

Total Children’s Wellness Fair 2013

0769542It’s time to get all these community connections together for this years Total Children’s Wellness Fair. It’s the biggest event of the year for my stay at home mom support group. The theme will be “Sliders: The Perfect Universe.” My moms (from Queen City SAHM) are super duper excited and so far the event partners. Utilizing everyone’s strengthen I know this year will be the best one yet! As I believe it really does take a village to raise these little ones. I just posted information about it on another social media outlet and so far so good! The response was fantastic!hiv

Here are the details: Date 11.16.13 at  A New Vision Child Development Center

500 West 32nd Street, Charlotte, North Carolina.  from 11 am- 2pm.  We have a bunch of ‘Out Of The Box things planned, like the Re-Fashion show, the Mini Chef cook off, Artsy Dance by Oneaka, and the biggest showstopper ever… it’s so amazing, that I can’t even tell you about it.  I’ll save that till the week of the fair!

So, anyone that comes, they should expect:an engaging awaking in their child’s spiritual, social, physical, financial, environmental, educational, and nutritional wellness. It is targeted to from the unborn to the college student. Because it’s targeted to children, we took extra time to make sure they will enjoy themselves while there. I can’t wait!

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Complete with live music and story telling. This fourth year should go in the books as the best Children Wellness Fair ever! We even have a design team and real industry professionals from every branch of wellness to steer head it’s success. tcwf

All of them are women ( I clare I didn’t plan it this way)  But it’s ok with me! I’m sure by November we’ll have a more balanced number of participants.

Till the next update, take care, QC Supermom

Friday Four:Thanksgiving strategies for gratitude

Thanks Giving  as always is a great time to focus on being thankful. As the parents of 7 adolescents, my husband, Rag, and I generally alternate between pride and dismay at their behavior. Mostly we get to see the good stuff, I’m glad to say. But lately the scales have begun to tip toward disappointment in one area. Amen, 3 and TeHun, 2, seem to appreciate the big things we give them . But their day-to-day comments have started sounding increasingly demanding and — I hate to say it — entitled:

“Mom, I need my juice!

“Ewww, that looks disgu

sting. I’m not eating it.”

“I’m not going. You can’t make me.”

“NO! NO! Leave me alone!”

On the other hand, these might just be the lines of the treble two’s and his natural desire to test his ring pass not.

Adolescence on the other hand are certainly a crazy time for both parents and teenagers. But it doesn’t have to be unpleasant.

I don’t expect my younger sons to be selfless saints, but I’d like to see my daughters and older son to understand how fortunate they are and to recognize the contributions that other people (including Rag) make to their lives. We already say grace, albeit speedily, before meals. 

But  I’ve also been reminded that some gratitude interventions—practices that researchers design to increase gratitude in individuals—don’t always work for everyone.  In fact, several prominent gratitude studies have shown that for some people, consciously practicing gratitude (in certain prescribed ways) actually doesn’t make them feel more grateful. But I’ll venture forth to say that I want mine to practice it regularly.

If you have been imparting good values to your children they will stay with him for the rest of his life.  During adolescence, “(they) may have put them (your values) in cold storage……..but they’re there and they will reappear in time”..no worries for you. 

Children need to see us being grateful for what we have. Tell them, “I am so grateful to have you in my life.” If that is too corny for you, you can say, (when they come home from school), “It is good to see you.”Here are a few more tips that we use to teach our children the value of  gratefulness:

  • Let them see you saying thank you to the postman, the store clerk, and your friends.
  • Let them see you and your spouse thank each other. Thank your spouse for making dinner, for taking out the garbage, cleaning a clogged drain or for making the phone call to Aunt Ethel, something you really didn’t want to do.
  • Don’t complain about all the things you don’t have.
  • Enjoy the beauty around you and point it out to your children. Sunsets, the sun shining on the snow, laughing babies and blossoming trees.

Check out Madea’s best parenting clip.  (You’ll LOVE It!)                 Till next time! -QC Supermom