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A FULLY ENRICHED LIFE

FOR THIS I AM GRATEFUL 
 
Nov. 22, 2011 5:44 am 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 6:57 am
Our Thanksgiving feast has changed faces each year of my life.  We sit down to the familiar food that we have come to love this fourth Thursday of November, but the shape of our table has changed over the years.   Family members and friends have made their way through our table seatings as they have through our lives, some living out a normal lifespan, some moving away, some grown apart as the natural part of growing up. But the one constant has always been breaking bread with people we love.  For this I am grateful.
Rose-colored glasses have helped me to remember the good times with family and friends and to let the other times slip off only to be awakened if they are necessary.  Sometimes it is necessary to recall past unfortunate experiences because they tend to make us understand how we got where we are.  For this I am grateful.
My body is strong and healthy, and this is important as I have definitely rounded third and am on my way to home plate.  When my little 40-pound granddaughter claws at my arms and says “Hold me,” I can still scoop her up.  I am capable of taking my unfettered morning walk, starting the day with fresh morning air and new resolve for happiness.  For this I am grateful.
When I walk down to my kitchen dressed for the day, my husband of nearly 48 years still tells me that I look beautiful.  He always holds his hands out to me and tells me he loves me.  For this I am grateful.
My children live near to me, and I see them or talk to them nearly every day of my life.   My granddaughters are part of my weekly calendar and are near and dear to our hearts and souls.  They bring such a joy to us.  For this I am grateful.
As we sit down to our bountiful dinner on this Thanksgiving day, my husband will say the blessing, and everyone will look over to him for the tears that we have come to know as he acknowledges his family and friends and the soldiers who have made this life possible for us.  For this I am grateful.
Thank you to everyone who has enriched my life with stories and ideas and hope and love.  For all these blessings I am grateful.
 
Comments
Nov. 22, 2011 6:32 am
Marianne.....so lovely.....just like you XO
 
Nov. 22, 2011 6:45 am
Lovely indeed!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 6:53 am
Thank you, mauigirl and Cat Hill.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 7:13 am
I'm thankful that "my" beautiful Marianne has loved ones who appreciate and love her! Thank you! XOXOXOXOXO
 
Linnie 
Nov. 22, 2011 7:56 am
I envy you that your family lives so close. Lucky you and especially...lucky them...to have YOU! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving day and enjoy each other.
 
Anissa 
Nov. 22, 2011 8:03 am
Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 8:20 am
Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family, Marianne.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 8:41 am
LadySparkle, thank you for your sentiments. Linnie, it works out---for the most part! There are times..... Thank you, Anissa and witchywoman!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 9:15 am
Ahhh - Marianne, this is a lovely blog that brought tears to my eyes. I am blessed that you have become part of my life.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 9:16 am
Baking Nana, I just love you to pieces!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 3:40 pm
What a lovely tribute to your family and friends. May you once again enjoy their company.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 3:54 pm
Marianne, what a sincere and grateful heart you have. I am grateful for the priviledge of having met you. You are most precious!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 3:55 pm
Thank you, Marie. You will never know how much I appreciate you! I can't begin to tell you!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 3:56 pm
Hi Candice! I am so glad to see you! Thanks for your very kind and loving words. I am the fortunate one!
 
Mamaw1 
Nov. 22, 2011 4:19 pm
You are a blessed lady, and appear to be one who generously blesses others. Beautiful words and sentiments! Thank you.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 4:57 pm
Beautifully written Marianne. The tears are streaming down my face. You are truly blessed.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 5:22 pm
Thank you both, Mamaw and Cookin Up A Storm! I am truly blessed.
 
cookin 
Nov. 22, 2011 5:47 pm
Lovely post...how blessed your family, friends and the Allrecipes community are to have individuals like yourself!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 7:07 pm
That is so great of you to respond to this blog! Thank you! I have learned so much from all my friends here.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 8:07 pm
Marianne, beautiful blog. Hugs to that wonderful hubby of yours, he knows a treasure when he sees one. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 8:35 pm
What a great time for me to turn off my computer, MB! Thank you so much!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 11:42 pm
Such a lovely gratitude list from a lovely lady. Thank you for sharing it with us, Marianne. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
 
Nov. 23, 2011 5:11 am
Thank you so much, BigShotsMom! Very sweet of you to say!
 
Nov. 23, 2011 6:33 am
Very beautiful!! For you, you have not taken for granted little things that affect our daily lives!! Simple things like you mention, be able to pick your granddaughter!!Happy Thanksgiving Marianne! And to your family as well!
 
Nov. 23, 2011 6:37 am
BTW Ramon120308, that just disgusts me that you would spam someone's personal blog with your garbage-really brash of you! Sorry Marianne-that's just the pits that someone have no manners/class these days...I have bumped into many younger generations that have no clue what poise, manners, ettiquette, etc...due to the parents of today, not taking the time to teach and reach their children-this I am thankful for my mother for raising me OLD SCHOOL! My humble apologies to all for ranting..
 
Nov. 23, 2011 6:50 am
Thank you so much, WickedCreations! I pay no attention. I will let AR know so that they can ban the user.
 
Nov. 24, 2011 10:30 am
Having had the opportunity to meet you, for this I am grateful! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving.
 
Nov. 26, 2011 6:11 am
Thanks, Christine. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!
 
Nov. 26, 2011 8:17 am
very sweet, Marianne! You truly are blessed and appreciate it!!
 
Nov. 26, 2011 9:07 am
Thank you, mickdee. And yes! You do know that I'm still not doing photos in a blog! Hats off to you!
 
Nov. 28, 2011 7:33 am
This brought tears to me eyes! Thank you for reminding us all of what is really important. We all shared things that really touched us this past week at the Thanksgiving table, and as we get older, you realize what truly is important. I am grateful for all the blessings He has given to me. I know I am not worthy.
 
K-Dub 
Nov. 28, 2011 3:43 pm
Beautiful Marianne! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 
Nov. 29, 2011 6:57 am
Thank you so much, Brooke and K-Dub! Brooke, you probably are more worthy than you guess. Yes, K-Dub, we did have a good Thanksgiving!
 
 
 
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About Me
As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
 
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