Holiday cooking

Cooking is something I enjoy. It's a skill my sweet Nana gifted to me, lovingly teaching me every aspect. She always allowed me to help her in the kitchen when I was growing up. Thankfully, she taught me extremely well. ;)

Holidays were always something extra special. I have such fond memories of three generations of family getting together and bringing their best dish to share - macaroni and cheese (my personal fave), collard greens, pot roast, turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more desserts that we should have had. We often laughed to the point of tears as we cooked for hours and reminisced. In the end, we would all sit at the beautifully set table, give thanks to God for His goodness and mercy, and enjoy a meal that was prepared with love. 

If memory serves me correctly, this picture was taken Thanksgiving 1993 at my Aunt Connie's house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As I remember Nana's gentle smile (seated bottom left), I am forever grateful for her wisdom and gift of endless love to us all. She was an amazing lady who gave of herself freely. She will forever be the Queen of our family. 

Although 2020 has been challenging for so many and the Holidays are certainly different this year, I am thankful that I can reflect on years past and smile with immense gratitude. I encourage you to reflect and find at least one thing to be grateful for, then call your family and friends and tell them you love them. I'm so thankful for the memories and look forward to the future!

P.S. Can you pick me out in the picture? 

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