Turkey and Dressing With Plenty of … GRATITUDE!

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When I walked through the Wednesday night dinner line at church, the lady on the other side of the service bar asked, “Want gravy with your dressing?” Of course, I nodded before the word YES! came out of my salivating mouth!

But as I enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal with friends at church, I found myself looking around the room, seeing my church family, and realizing … this thanksgiving there is so much more to our gathering with family for turkey and dressing that we will smother with gravy, but we “get to” gather up with loved ones and smother it all with GRATITUDE.

I know this time of year can be so difficult, heavy and hard for those who have lost loved ones. It’s painful to gather or watch families gather together and your heart is grieving the loss of your family member or dear friend.

I understand.

But this Thanksgiving, find someone who can pray for you, pray with you, and make your gratitude be heard. There is so much that God has done in your life that this Thanksgiving can be just that – a “set aside special day” to voice all that you are grateful for among those dear close friends…with family…with loved ones.

Smother the day, not just with gravy, but with overflowing GRATITUDE! 

Here are a few Table Decor’ Ideas

A great step by step post on decorating your table…..on a budget!


One way to always save on the moolah, is go outside and bring it in. Use branches, sticks, leaves. This is one way to create a truly beautiful table!


Simple. Clean. White. Bright. The chargers can be bought at 20% off at Pier One and you can find white plates pretty much everywhere. Painting mini pumpkins white and using a simple linen napkin…and what an inviting setting it all makes!

Go to ellaclaireinspired.com and you can find a host of free printable leaf name tags…and a whole lot more!


The white chargers that you see in the photo below also are available at Pier One (20% off sale) and the napkins, too.


Giving guests an opportunity to jot down what they are thankful for and then share those blessings all around the table, is a great way to begin the festivities! Brown paper can be picked up at the local Postal office in a roll, at Michael’s or Walmart.


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