My family had the privilege of serving Thanksgiving dinner to some very well deserving families on Saturday at our church. It was a humbling and rewarding experience all at the same time. It made me realize just how often I take for granted the fact that my cupboards are nearly full. I am blessed to be able to feed my children nutritious meals everyday and I don't often pause to think about the families who struggle to provide food. It was such a blessing for us to be able to provide these families with a meal and a few surprises.
We even dressed the part of servers. (Could these two look any more alike?)
The setting was elegant - black tablecloths, fresh flowers, candles, the works. There were baskets of fresh fruit in the center of each table. The guests were invited to eat the fruit and then the baskets were refilled and sent home with the guests.
Once everyone arrived, we served up a meal fit for a king. (or queen) Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, cranberries and rolls. For dessert - pumpkin and pecan pie delighted the guests.
After the meal, the families were invited outside where we filled their hands with all sorts of "goodies" to take home. Each child that attended the feast was presented with a shoebox full of toys and gifts.
My heart overflowed with joy as I stood watching these children receive their gifts with such happiness. It was a good reminder for me, especially this time of year, to stop and reflect on the blessings that I have been given. The things in my life that I cherish the most are not expensive or extravagant and yet I often take those things for granted. I think that I was far more blessed by the gift giving than the children who received the presents.
I'm sure that you are not up for preparing another Thanksgiving meal already but Saturday's dinner had me thinking about turkey and dressing again. I wanted to share this recipe with you just in case you have leftover turkey and you're getting tired of turkey sandwiches.
Turkey and Dressing Casserole
4 cups cubed cooked turkey 8 ounces sour cream
8 ounces sausage, cooked ½ cup milk
½ cup onion, chopped 1 pkg cornbread stuffing mix
½ cup celery, chopped ¼ cup butter, melted
½ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon sage
I don't have a picture of the cooked casserole because I put it together and put it in my freezer. I think my family is getting a little tired of turkey and the beauty of casseroles is that they're freezable. My family is not super thrilled about most casseroles but they have always liked this one. It's easy to put together and it's delicious.
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