Turkey Time

turkeyWhen I was a kid, Thanksgiving was such an amazing time of the year. It was spent visiting with my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. I looked forward to it every year. I loved walking into both sets of grandparent’s house because you could smell the delicious food cooking that was all made with love. I enjoyed visiting with both sides of my family for different reasons. My Mom is from a family of nine kids so I have over 20 cousins on that side. It was always pure chaos with that many kids running around, but it was wonderful. I think we all miss those days at Grandma and Grandpa Saler’s house. My Dad’s family is smaller, but holidays were just as fun. My Granny always made her special biscuits and my Grandad was always telling jokes. I am very thankful to still have my Granny and Grandad in my life, even if I don’t get to see them often. . Every year around Thanksgiving, I take time to reflect on how lucky I am to have my family and all these wonderful memories that I treasure dearly.

I love to see people post all the things they are thankful for this year. I think it is great, but I hope they are thankful the other 364 days out of the year too. I believe starting your day with gratitude is one of the best things you can do. Every morning before I get out of bed, I think about the top five things I am thankful for that day. Some days, it is simply that I have a roof over my head, can afford life’s daily essentials, family, friends and my health. When you start the day with gratitude, you realize how fortunate you are, even during times of struggle. Listing your top five things for the day is also great to discuss over dinner.

This year it will just be my husband and me for Thanksgiving. This is the price we pay for living across the country away from all of our family and friends. This is why we are very thankful for Face Time. It is not the same as spending the day with all our family, but it is still a nice way to connect and it makes home feel closer. This year we have decided to run a 5k race downtown San Diego that will benefit the homeless. Afterwards, we will come home and make our own Thanksgiving Dinner. Of course, it will be a gluten/dairy/wheat free dinner. Here the menu I have planned.

Herb roasted turkey from Jen’s Gone Paleo
http://jensgonepaleo.blogspot.com/2010/11/moist-and-delicious-roasted-turkey.html

Paleo green bean casserole from the Paleo Diet Recipe Cookbook
http://www.thepaleodietrecipecookbook.com/paleo-thanksgiving-recipes

Smashed garlic potatoes our own version made with coconut milk

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust from Gluten-free Goddess
Read more: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2010/11/gluten-free-pumpkin-pie-with-praline.html#ixzz2kvR2GLXD

This is the third year in a row making this pumpkin pie recipe. It is delicious! My family won’t let me even try anything else because it is that delicious. As you can see, your Thanksgiving meal can still be delicious without gluten/wheat/dairy. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and get to spend it with people you love.

~With love and gratitude–Kristi