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Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on what is important in our daily lives. One of Traditions’ favorite ways to celebrate is with our friends and family; some our fondest memories are shared around the dinner table, and what better way to share our family traditions than to give a peek into what will be on our Thanksgiving dinner plates!

Grand Raspberry Trifle 

Recipe Courtesy of: Martha Stewart 

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup seedless raspberry jam

4 cups raspberries

2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 pounds favorite pound cake

Directions: 

1. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, and lemon juice to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool

2. In a small bowl, combine jam with 3 cups raspberries, mashing slightly. In a large bowl, while cream and 2 tablespoons sugar to stiff peaks.

3. Slice pound cake 3/4 inch thick; brush both sides of slices with lemon syrup.

4. Fit 1/3 of slices snugly in the bottom of a 4-quart trifle dish or other glass bowl, trimming edges if necessary. Gently spread top of layer with 1/3 of raspberry mixture, and then 1/3 of whipped cream. Repeat to make two more layers; garnish with remaining cup raspberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.

 

“There is no Sincere Love than the Love of Food” – George Bernard Shaw

Festive Cheese Log 

Ingredients: 

1 Goat Cheese Log

1/2 Cup Raspberries

1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds

Honey

 Cracked Black Pepper

Directions: Let goat cheese sit out to room temperature. Top with fresh, or thawed frozen raspberries, sunflower seeds, and torn up mint leave. Drizzle honey overtop and cracked black pepper to taste. Serve with crackers.

Candied Pecans

Ingredients: 

2 cups Finely Chopped Pecans

1/2 cup Melted Butter

2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

3/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/4 tsp Dry Mustard

2 Egg Whites (beaten until fluffy)

Directions: Melt butter and set aside. Beat egg whites and add other ingredients, with butter added last. Coat pecans and put on cookie sheet and bake @ 325 for 28 mins stirring every 7 mins. Store in sealed container.

 

 

“Cut my Pie Into Four Pieces, I Don’t Think I Could Eat Eight” – Yogi Berra

 

Chiffon Pumpkin Pie

 

Bourbon Corn Pudding

Whether your day will consist of a Turkey Trot or just a turkey, we sincerely hope that your holiday is full of family, friends and fond memories!

 

This Thanksgiving, we share our warm wishes and hope that your blessings are too plentiful to count. Thank you for being part of who we are as we are very thankful for you.

Our hearts are full of love and these are the things we are especially thankful for this time of year.

Carolynn is most thankful for her family and friends.

Mary DJ  appreciates the hours between 10AM and 6PM for her coworker and all the special times, love and laughter.

Mary is thankful for good hair days!

Kathy is thankful for those clients that have become good friends and for the opportunity to play some small part in making their lives more enjoyable.

Suzanne is very thankful for all of us at Traditions! “You have made me (Suzanne) a much better person with your friendship, creativity and never ending support.”

Rhonda is loving her grandchildren and facetime more than ever this time of year. Thank goodness for technology helping us stay connected to our loved ones.

Kriss is thankful for coffee in the morning, good foundation that covers age spots and wine at night! But mostly, she is thankful for her health.

David is thankful for never having a bad hair day, and is most thankful for good health and good friends!

Sharon is thankful for the time to spend with her family and friends this time of year.

Nancy is thankful for her family and friends.

Sarah is thankful for her warm winter coat as we go into the coldest months of the year, her anti-frizz products, but most importantly, her family.

Emma is thankful for her family and friends, especially this time of year.

Kersten is thankful for the quiet minutes of early morning—where she can listen to nature and enjoy the moments before the day really begins.

Lauren is thankful for family and all the support they offer throughout the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of year can be chaotic for many. It’s nice to be reminded about our favorite things during the most stressful times.

Suzanne is loving her newlywed son and daughter in law. Spending the holidays with them has been so much fun!!

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Kersten loves enjoying sunsets on the beach with her family. Though she and her husband live in Naples, they don’t make it down to the beach nearly as much as they would like. When family comes to town this time of year, it provides the perfect reason to catch the final moments of light in the day.

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Mary enjoys the tradition of making her mom’s wild rice soup on Christmas Eve. It’s a quiet, cozy evening spent with family and a night she looks forward to each year.

Carolynn loves spending time with her friends, family and Durham, the newest four-legged addition to her family.

Lauren’s new favorite thing this year is the restaurant ie Italian Eatery. The food is spectacular and the atmosphere convivial.

Kathy’s favorite thing is ordering a complete lasagna dinner from Broder’s Cucina Italiana, on Christmas Eve, so she doesn’t have to cook (which she never does) and having all that extra time to just enjoy her family.

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Mary DJ loves going home after a long day and enjoying her decorations and the falling snow outside while sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and reading Christmas cards.

Rhonda loves her four young grandchildren at Christmas time. The joy on their faces when they open a present from grandma is enough to keep a smile on Rhonda’s face for months to come.

Nancy enjoys the thought of Christmas in Colorado with loved ones. Snow and family are all she needs during the holidays.

Lucy’s favorite thing is the Christmas lights all around town. Houses, trees, store fronts, you name it, Lucy loves it.

Glowing lights in the dark.

Happy Holidays from our family, to yours!

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