Happy Thanksgiving! (Recipes, Music, and Family)

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I have featured my friend, Michelle Chapman’s recent photography in this special Thanksgiving edition. Be sure to check it out below! Be sure to follow her Instagram account: @michellechapman93


Just yesterday my husband and I were sitting at the dinner table talking about how it did NOT feel like Thanksgiving was two days away.

Today, I have been busy in the kitchen and now, it feels like Thanksgiving! It was like magic! So, if you’re still waiting for those Thanksgiving vibes to hit- just start cooking and see what happens!

It is really crazy to think that the end of the year is just around the corner. I have been thinking and reflecting on this past year and everything that has happened.

I think the most important question I have asked myself is: How have I grown as a Christian?

To be honest: I don’t feel like spiritual growth was a priority in 2018. Why? I’m not sure I have a black and white answer that would satisfy such a poignant question, but I know a lot of it had to do with my health.

What’s amazing is the scriptures that I had hidden in my heart helped me through the darkest of days. When I was in pain, it was hard to much outside of caring for myself and my family. Good days were spent catching up on housework or other loose ends. But God was always with me. He reminded me that I was not alone and ministered to my weary heart.


Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

(Deuteronomy 31:6)


Music Is Freeing

I called my eleven year old over to help me cut some fresh basil.

He worked on cutting that after I showed him the technique. Not only that, but he baked a batch of Snickerdoodle cookies. They are quite yummy!

Mom Tip: If you want your kids to open up without even having to ask, get them cooking in the kitchen with you. Out of nowhere my son began telling me about two different activities he did in class this past week. It’s funny how when I ask him about his day he has almost nothing to say about it. Cooking is key!

Before we began working in the kitchen, I had put together a iTunes music playlist titled “Thanksgiving 2018”. I included family favorites and a few of my own faves slapped on at the end. I asked my oldest for his input. He quickly requested “Take On Me” by a-ha.

This helped create a more welcoming, relaxed atmosphere while we were working.

Here is a link to that iTunes playlist:

iTunes Thanksgiving 2018 Playlist


Cooking Is Therapeutic

My son and I conversed and shared tips and chuckles. It was a very special moment that I will cherish.

He asked me about songs and artists and I got to listen to him tell me about mummifying an apple.

He did a great job cutting and baking,

The Snickerdoodle cookies came out of a package, but for him, it was a big deal.

Thank you Betty Crocker!

I put together a zucchini squash dish that can be found here:


This is before I put it in the oven:




Thanksgiving Day and Family

My sister in law has hosted our family for the past few years. She and my brother open their beautiful home on Thanksgiving Day for us all to gather to feast and relax.

It’s always difficult getting us all together because of extended family commitments, work, or sickness.

She always makes it seem so effortless but it is very apparent that she has worked her tail off! We are so thankful for her and her willingness to do all that she does.

This year in Tennessee we are supposed to have a fairly mild day with nice weather.

We are all looking forward to gathering this year. In the past it has been a struggle because our son with autism has had a hard time coping. We have had to do things a bit different, but we are all going to make it this year.

I hope and pray we can stay!

I am simply thankful we can even consider it now. Even if we have to cut our visit short, it’s a small step in the right direction.


I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. If you find yourself alone on Thanksgiving, seek out a local church. Many in our area (including our home church) are serving Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. I pray you are welcomed and loved!


Now, I want to share some of Michelle’s art! She has such a unique eye for beauty and this fall she captured some gems!


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Happy Thanksgiving from Real Life Moms by Laura Hurd!




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