An Attitude of Gratitude!

Thanksgiving is not just a time of year but an attitude of gratitude.

Each year we focus on gratitude at our Thanksgiving table.

We put candy corn on our plates and each person at the table shares some of things that they are thankful for.

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I have made the harvest blessing mix in past years but this year I made these adorable candy cornucopias.

The recipe for the Blessing Mix is found below:

This recipe will make about 16 blessing mix gift bags of about one-third cup each.  Use cellophane goodie bags or zipper food storage bags to package this treat.

Ingredients:

2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks

2 cups small pretzels

1 cup candy corn

1 cup dried fruit bits or raisins

1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds

1 cup M&Ms brand chocolate candy

16 Hershey’s brand chocolate kisses

Directions:

In a large bowl, gently mix all ingredients except Hershey’s Kisses.  Place 1/3 to 1/2 cup Blessing Mix in small cellophane treat bags.  Add one Hershey’s Kiss to each bag.

  Makes 16 Blessing Mix gift bags.

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When I lead the singing in Primary I always emphasize the importance of gratitude.

I told the children about our tradition of putting candy corn on our plates at Thanksgiving and telling what we are grateful for each year.

I gave the children a cardstock paper tag for them to take home to share with their families.

Each child also received some candy corn.

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This is the 4 by 4 tag that I designed to give to each child and what I attached to the cornucopia with some simple cooking twine.

This is where I got the idea for the candy cornucopias.

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Caramelized Crispy Snack Mix

9 cups Rice Chex cereal

9 cups Corn Chex cereal

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup butter

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups candy coated chocolate candies (a.k.a. M&M’s!)

  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.  Spray a large roasting pan with cooking spray.  Measure the cereal into the pan.
  2. In a 3-quart saucepan stir together brown sugar, butter and corn syrup.  (WARNING:  Resist the urge to use a smaller pan – the baking soda makes it bubble up!) Cook and stir 8-9 minutes over medium heat until mixture heats to boiling.  Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in baking soda.  Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. 
  3. Bake 40-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until coating is set.  Cool 5 minutes; stir in candies.  Spread on parchment paper to cool, about 10 minutes.  Break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

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Craig and Nichelle had the table beautifully set with Craig’s grandmother’s vintage china and a ecru lace table cloth.

I found some beautiful pine cones, sparkly pumpkins and leaves on clearance, so I brought them to decorate the middle of the table.

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The candy cornucopias were a beautiful addition to this already elegant table.

I have always been a big proponent of gratitude and always will be.

The writing of thank you notes is a lost art.

I am so thankful that both of my girls still write very timely and thoughtful thank you notes for every occasion.

I love this quote about gratitude that was penned by Abraham Lincoln.

(We saw the movie, “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg, it really made me want to learn more about the Civil War, Lincoln and his family.

It is a very dramatic movie that makes you think about what you are watching.)

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in number, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.  It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."
-Abraham Lincoln – October 3, 1863
Thanksgiving is not a time of the year but rather an attitude of the heart.

Another favorite quote of mine is by Ezra Taft Benson:

“God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children.

Someone has said that an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples and never looking up to see where they come from.”
Ezra Taft Benson (1899 – 1994)

I have so much to be grateful for and I want to express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for his continual blessings in my life.

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