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Bountiful Harvest Season

Yes, I am still here:-)

Thank you loyal followers. I have received a new position that has changed my free time for writing in my blogs. I so miss it, but I hope to write more throughout the holidays.

I saw this prayer that I found so fitting for this time of year when we are together with family and friends. I am so very thankful for my family, friends, my health and happiness.  May everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving, may that wonderful giving and thankful spirit last throughout the year.

Harvest Prayer from the Plymouth Colony

Please be gentle with yourself and others.

We are all children of chance,

And none can say why some fields blossom

While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun.

Take hope that your season will come.

Share the joy of those whose season is at hand.

Care for those around you.

Look past your differences.

Their dreams are no less than yours,

Their choices in life no more easily made.

And give.

Give in any way you can.

Give in every way you can.

Give whatever you possess.

Give from your heart.

To give is to love.

To withhold is to wither.

Care less for the size of your harvest than for how it is shared,

And your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.

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Spirit of Thanksgiving

Spirit of Thanksgiving
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, kids ages 2 to 12 were asked what they are thankful for. There’s nothing more adorable than asking a child a serious question to see what their candid response will be. What you are about to read will touch your heart and make you laugh as we explore what kids have to say about being thankful.

The Serious Kids
Some kids have a serious side when asked questions and some kids just say what they think you want to hear. Either way, it warms your heart and puts a smile on your face. We went through an “I’m going to say what I think you want to hear” phase when my son was about 6-years-old. It was pretty obvious that he was giving me an answer that he thought I wanted to hear. It was still cute but I’m glad we are out of that phase and he can candidly open up about his feeling whether they are serious, comical or the honest truth — his answer is not in this category.
Be prepared to shed a tear and smile as you read what these kids are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
• “I’m thankful that I love everyone in our family and that they love me too.” — Lizzy, age 8
• “I’m thankful for my mommy, my daddy, my sister, my brothers and horses.” — Emily, age 9
• “I’m thankful for everything good — and bad — that has ever happened to me. The good makes the bad okay and the bad isn’t really bad because there’s so much good. So, maybe I’m really just thankful for the good since there isn’t really any bad. Ugh, I’ve confused myself. I’ll just say I’m thankful for my sister’s rock moves.” — Kenzie, age 9
• “I’m thankful to be in this world.” — Alak, age 9
• “I’m thankful for the doctor who fixed my heart.” — Jillian, age 12
The Little Comedians
Kids don’t have to try very hard to be funny — they just are. They have an uncanny way of saying what’s on their minds and often have no shame when answering even the most serious questions. Sometimes their little brains are thinking a mile a minute and two — or three, or more — thoughts blend together. Check out what these little comedians are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
• “I’m most thankful for my mom and dad… What? Am I missing somebody? Oh yeah, I guess my sister, too.” — Ella, age 8
• “I’m thankful for my parents’ ability to discern that one grunt mean yes and another grunt means I’ve gone #2 in my diaper.” — Dad on behalf of Finnegan, age 2
• “The zoo and the monkey bars… and breakfast bars.” — Bennett, age 3
• “I’m thankful for my rock moves.” — Jaisy, age 3
The Honest Truth
With childhood comes innocence and with innocence comes honesty. This Thanksgiving, these kids are thankful for things that make them happy — in more ways than one.
• “I’m thankful for the USA, family and summer.” — Ava, age 9
• “Baby Einstein!” – Brodie, age 2
• “I’m thankful for my family and Thanksgiving feasts.” — Peyton, age 5
• “I’m thankful for Beyblades and cookies.” — Hunter, age 9
• “I’m thankful for Fridays because I don’t have to do any homework.” — Steven, age 10

*From an article written in 2011-sheknows.com-parenting.  

Even though it’s an older article, it still warms the heart…

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

 I am so very thankful for my family, friends, home, work, food on the table, etc…  

Thank you for reading my posts! 

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How Long Do I Cook It?


Herb Roasted Turkey —

Herb Roasted Turkey

Herb Roasted Turkey  —  Large Photo

Image © Diana Rattray

This turkey is roasted with a mixture of herbs and olive oil under the skin and all over the bird. Use small amounts of dried herbs along with the fresh herbs for more flavor. I used fresh dill, rosemary, and chives, along with about 1/2 teaspoon each of dried leaf marjoram and thyme.

Cook time: 4 hours                      Total Time: 4 hours


  • 1 turkey, about 14 pounds
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons mixed chopped herbs, such as chives, dill, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 orange, cut in 2-inch pieces
  • 1 apple, cut in 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • sprigs of fresh herbs

Preparation:             Heat oven to 450°.

Wash turkey inside and out; pat dry. Combine the chopped herbs with olive oil. Gently separate the skin from the breast and rub a few tablespoons of the herb mixture under the skin as far back as you can reach. Rub the remaining mixture all over the bird. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Put orange, apple, onion chunks, and herb sprigs in the stuffing cavity. Cover wing tips with small pieces of foil. Roast for 10 minutes. Tent foil loosely over the top of the turkey and reduce heat to 325° and continue roasting for about 3 1/2 hours longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°.
Serves 8

Roasting times are for a preheated 325 degrees F. oven.

Approximate Roasting Times for Stuffed Turkey
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 3 to 3-1/2 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours
20 to 24 pounds 6 to 6-1/2 hours
Approximate Roasting Times for Unstuffed Turkey
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 2-1/2 to 3 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 4 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4 to 5 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5 to 5-1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours


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