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Happy Thanksgiving From the Mamas!

Today’s inspirational quote:

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.

~J. Robert Moskin

Today’s not-so inspirational quote, as shared by Mile High Mama Connie via Twitter:

Ordered my Fresh Free Range Thanksgiving Turkey…feel good knowing it was raised in a caring environment before it was beheaded.

We’re grateful for your continued support of Mile High Mamas. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful Things for Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again where we all declare what we’re thankful for. And though most of us will stop along the year to reflect on things or moments, it’s this time of year that really brings the giving and goodness out in people. Unless, of course, you’re shopping during any Black Friday sales. Then, it’s every person for themselves.

Scandalous Holiday Season Confessions

You know it’s the holiday season when a certain local radio station—the call letters rhyme with NOSI—busts out sleighbell-laden songs. ‘Tis the season to deck the rooftops with partridges. I love Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any holiday that falls during this time of year. If Administrative Assistants Day fell during November and December, I’d totally get an Administrative Assistants Coffee Mug Tree and string it with paper clips. I’d sing carols like, “Carol of the Tasteful Ringtones.” I guess I’m in a partying mood at the end of each year.

However, there are certain norms and rules regarding this time of year. Sometimes, I fear I’m doing the holidays wrong. Or, I get irritated by some of the traditions and only begrudgingly celebrate. Here are my holiday confessions:

1. I love getting adorable family photo greeting cards, but what do I do with them? It’s no longer

Delicious Cranberry Salsa Served Over Cream Cheese

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of cranberries but I can’t get enough of this delicious cranberry salsa served over cream cheese. My friend Eva regularly brings this dish to our Christmas potlucks and I love it. It’s perfect for Christmas but gosh darn it if I’m not adding it to our Thanksgiving line-up. You can either serve it with your turkey or as a side or appetizer while people are waiting for your turkey to cook. As as bonus, it’s totally easy.

Every year, my family participates in Volunteers of America’s service project to serve Thanksgiving dinner to low-income seniors. This year, I brought our cranberry salsa and it was a hit! Talk about the perfect way to spend this holiday–in service and sharing a delicious meal. Enjoy!

Chicken (or turkey) Vol-au-Vent Recipe: Perfect for Apres Thanksgiving!

My mom has been making Chicken Vol-au-Vents for as long as I can remember. Sounds fancy? When you’re from Canada, you don’t think twice about incorporating French dishes into your cooking repertoire. I’m not quite sure what vol-au-vent means but following the enthusiastic response this tasty recipe received from my picky kids, I’d translate it as “miracle food.”

Chicken Vol-au-Vents are essentially a light puff pastry shell filled with a ragout of meat, veggies or fish. They’re super easy to make and delicious. The first time I introduced them my husband when we were first married, he didn’t get it.

Me: Voila, dinner tonight is Chicken Vol-au-vents with Parmesan couscous and fresh broccoli from the garden.
Husband: Errr..why do these them thar biscuits have holes in them?
Me: They’re not biscuits, you Southern Redneck. They’re puffed pastries with le fowl francais in them.
Jamie: Errr…where’s the gravy go?

Note for the uninitiated: asking where the gravy goes on the “biscuits” is equal unto putting ketchup on a gourmet steak.

42 Ways to Recapture Childhood Holiday Wonder

1. Save the wishbone.

2. Eat the dark meat.

3. Get dirty, wet, and cold on purpose, leaving a flock of snow angels behind.

4. Appreciate your cousins. Play with them.

5. Celebrate Snoopy Thanksgiving.

6. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Make sure to high-kick with the Rockettes. Or low-kick. Or flick your toes.

7. Truly enjoy the sight and sound of coagulated cranberry oozing out of a can in one gelatinous cylinder.

8. Make a turkey with your handprints.

9. Wear mittens instead of gloves.

10. Make candy cane fangs.

11. Snoop

Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Activities and Crafts

It’s that time of year again! Not only is it the day you fill your stomachs with Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, and Apple Pie, it’s a day to spend with family and friends. There are many fun activities you can do on this glorious day.


Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday to commemorate a harvest festival by the Pilgrims in 1621. Show your thanks this year by doing something selfless to show your compassion.

  1. Send a holiday care package to a soldier: Many men and women in the military are

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie is our go-to recipe at Thanksgiving and at Easter.  What I love about this recipe is that it is easy to make (only one bowl), it’s delicious, and it is one of Mile High Mamas’ most popular recipes! 

I shared this recipe with a Food Bank in North Carolina – the sweet potato capital of the US.  I made it for volunteers at a sweet potato sorting event and it was featured on their telethon.

If you want to make it even easier, buy a prepared rolled pie dough from the grocery store but homemade is always best. To jazz up your pie even more, bake it in this darling Be Grateful pie plate and skip doing the dishes by using these ‘Thankful’ dessert and extra-large disposable plates

Thanks For Giving: Thankless Mom Moment Rewards

It’s true that as a mom our joy and reward is all the happy moments. It’s loving our children and watching them grow.

It’s also true that being a mom is a 24/7, 365 day a year job. There are no days off. The pay sucks. The vacation? Well, it’s often more work than the day-to-day grind. Being a mom is a tough job. It’s a full-time, selfless gig with little, or no thanks in many departments. But, sometimes those thankless tasks have their rewards. Maybe they don’t show up right away, but in the end they make the struggle, or fight, worthwhile.

Here’s a few “thankless mom moments” and their rewards:

Random Thankfulness: An Oddball List

Dear God /  the Divine / Universe / Higher Self,

Thank you for my blessings, especially the people. The have let me know love.

Thank you things and people I once thought were curses. They have made me grow.

Thank you for the times when things have gone easily for me. Like buttah.

Thank you for the times when you’ve presented brick walls to bang my head against. It hurt, but I am learning to stop banging.

Thank you for my body and increasing health, and the teachers you have sent to help me heal myself.

Thank you for my curiosity. It makes life so interesting.

Thank you for the Internet. Duh.