Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Add Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies to your Christmas cookie list. Deliciously flavored moist blondies with chocolate, molasses and gingerbread spices made with healthy ingredients.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and not the food. Teaching our daughter to be thankful and give back has been a priority this year. Since she was young, we would go to the store and she would pick out a toy. The toy was not for her, but to give to Toys for Tots. When we started this, she did not understand that there were some children that did not get presents. Now that she is a little older, that is starting to sink in. Of course, she asks why Santa would not bring them presents. That is a tricky question to answer. This year her Sunday school group collected food to deliver to a food bank. They were able to tour the food bank and sit down with one of the administrators to talk about people who food is scarce for. At the age of 9, this is a concept she still does not fully understand. They also made up bags of food to be delivered. This seems to have the biggest impact on her, seeing how a little food could make a big impact on someone’s life. We really need to do more of these activities so she understands better, and learns that part of life is giving back.
The other part we try to work on with her is being grateful. She is an only child and an only grandchild on my side. Oh yes, spoiled! I won’t call her “spoiled rotten”, because she is a very good girl. We have been having an ongoing conversation about being grateful for what she has and not continually asking for something new. That is a lesson even I need a refresher on sometimes. When something goes bad, it is so easy to be caught up in the moment and feel a little self-pity. Those are the times I remind myself that I am one lucky lady. My husband had a heart attack a few years ago, but is luckily still with us. Life was pretty painful getting to this point, but we seem to have come through the other side. Things do go wrong in our life, but I try to remember they always seem to work out in the end. It may be very painful getting to that point, but with a little faith we will get there.
Everyday I am exceedingly grateful for the health of my family. My daughter does not understand how lucky she is to have 2 great-grandmothers and a great-grandfather alive. Seeing their close relationship is so rewarding. We are very lucky to have this time together. My Mom’s parents always come for Thanksgiving. Over the holiday, we all go and cut down our Christmas tree. I treasure each year, because we never know if there will be another. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
I love the idea of pairing a slightly spicy Chocolate Gingerbread Blondie with Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio. Red wine fans would also love Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir. Find out how Gallo Family Vineyards likes to give thanks in their blog post. You can find a store near you that sells Gallo Family Vineyards wine here. Connect with Gallo Family Vineyards online – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube. Gallo Family Vineyards has also made it easier for you to help give back with their Every Cork Counts program. For the sixth year, they are donating $1 for every cork submitted through their website or mail to Meals on Wheels America. All Gallo fans have to do is snap a photo or send their cork in to help end Senior hunger and isolation.
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Appetizers and Bread:
- Antipasto by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Blue Cheese, Fig, and Caramelized Onion Palmiers by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Crusty Artisan Style Bread by Life Tastes Good
- Grandma’s Oyster Stew by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Turkey Croquets with Mushroom Sauce by Basic N Delicious
Salads and Sides:
- Autumn Crunch Salad by Magnolia Days
- Harvest Chopped Salad by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad by Family Foodie
- Kicked Up Oven Roasted Red Potatoes by Recipe for Perfection
- Roasted Squash and Wild Rice Salad by Ruffles and Truffles
- Rustic Herbed Stuffing with Greens by Shockingly Delicious
- Fig Basted Roast Butternut Squash Stuffed with Quinoa, Apple and Fig Stuffing by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Paella by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Beef by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Desserts and Sweets:
- Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies by Food Done Light
- Cinnamon Spice Coffee Cake by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Dark Chocolate Caramel Bark by Take a Bite Out of Boca
- Pumpkin Angel Pie by Desserts Required
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake by Alida’s Kitchen
Plus 10 Ways to Give Thanks by Sunday Supper Movement
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards