Capture your Thanksgiving memories!
When I was a little girl I always knew it was time for Thanksgiving because my mom would set me and my sister in front of bowls and have us peel pomegranates for my grandma’s “Dixie salad”, (recipe below). The whole family would get together and eat a huge meal. As a child, it seemed to take forever to prepare, forever to eat, then forever to clean up. But, I remember enjoying watching my mom in the kitchen and being around my family. It wasn’t the turkey that made the day special, I don’t even like turkey, or pumpkin pie for that matter, but what I do love is my family. I love the tradition that comes with spending time with them, setting aside this special day for just them, no work, no worries, just them, just joy, and food of course.
Now as a mom, one tradition we’ve added to this special day is to go around the table before we eat, and each say what we’re thankful for. Then, each year I think of a new creative way to document each answer. This year, I am inspired by the NEW CKC class “True Colors with My Mind’s Eye.” This cute layout is the perfect way to remember what each family member is thankful for this year. Plus, it’s adaptable for any time of year. If you want to learn more about the techniques featured on this layout to use throughout the year, join us at a CKC near you! In the meantime, use this free “sneak peek” sketch to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Here are some other fun ways to show our thanks on Thanksgiving.
Abby M Interiors had this great idea for an easy place setting. Simply set your beautiful flatware on standard place mat size (18” x 14”) cut butcher paper. On the top right corner of the butcher paper create a journaling prompt, “I am thankful for:” with lines underneath and plenty of space for the occupant to fill in what they are thankful for.
Jeanine Hays with HGTV had this beautiful idea for a “Thankful Tree.” What a great way for everyone to participate by writing what they are thankful for, then tie your leaves to the tree.
There are many different variations to this method. You can use real leaves with a sharpie. This is a great method that lets the kids get in on the action and help collect the leaves ahead of time.
What you will need for a Thankful Tree
- Bowl of soft leaves or die cut/punched leaves
- Natural twine or glue dots
- Vase or jar with long twigs arranged
Have a happy Thanksgiving! We hope to see you next year at a CK Scrapbook Convention.
Grandma’s Dixie Salad
#10 can Fruit Cocktail in water (well drained)
3 large Honey Crisp apples skin on cut small
1 ½ pomegranate seeds
4-5 ripe bananas sliced
1 cup crushed Pecans
2 large tubs of Cool Whip
Toss together mixture then add cool whip about an hour before serving. Enjoy!