Thanksgiving is a great reminder to each of us to be thankful for everything that we have in life. I do my best to be aware of the blessings in my life on a daily basis but this one day each year is a great time to bring more awareness to each of these blessings. Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and celebrate the fact that we are surrounded by such a loving group of people. As we sit around the dinner table on Thanksgiving, my family has a tradition where we go around the table before we eat and say one thing that we are thankful for. As cliché as it sounds I think many people often forget to be thankful.
So today, I would like to take a moment to share what I am thankful for: I am thankful for a loving family and group of friends that make up an amazing support system for my life. I am thankful that I have a job and a source of income. I am thankful for health, not just for myself, but for those around me. I am thankful for the fact that I have food on my table every night. I am thankful for the roof over my head. I am thankful for the fact that I am able to blog about my passions. Once again, I realize that all of these things may sound cliché but I think often times we take advantage of what we have. Take a moment today to tell those around you how much you appreciate their presence in your life. I would also encourage you to reach out to those that might not be as fortunate as you this holiday season. On a lighter note, I am also thankful for the fact that I can cook a full Thanksgiving meal at any time of the year! While you might be a little tired of turkey at this point, you may have some leftovers that need to be used up. So why not craft a second round of sides to go with the leftover turkey.
One of the things that I love about stuffing is that you can pretty much throw anything into it and it will taste delicious. I'm more of a fan of traditional herb stuffing with a twist of fruit. The sweet and savory flavors come together to form a robust side dish.
I used green apples because they tend to add just a hint of sweetness to the stuffing but a great crunch. This is also a great side dish to serve with roasted chicken, so if you need a break from Thanksgiving dinners you can save this recipe for a later date. What is one thing that you are thankful for today?