Thanksgiving – 2018

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Portugues
Thanksgiving weekend almost caught me by surprise this year. There has been so much going on I kept thinking it was still weeks away until suddenly, it wasn’t. I’m sharing our menu for this year’s dinner this morning, then I’m off to mom and dad’s so we can spend the day together and cook for tonight.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s really worth taking the time to celebrate it, be it with friends, family, or even on your own. It’s more than the dinner and the orange-hued decorations.

Thanksgiving is about mindful thanks-giving, about counting your blessings in the year so far. It’s a time to celebrate the abundance of good. Negatives and bad things loom so large and slip so easily into our minds and take up so much space in our conversations. For most of us, it’s a bad habit we have to work to break. Thanksgiving provides the perfect time and initiative to be thankful.

This year, whether celebrating American or Canadian Thanksgiving, insist on including thanks-giving into however it is you may spend the holiday.

I’m listing my blessings until the negatives seem like little specks in comparison, for I am very blessed. I encourage you to do the same and see you too are really very blessed.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday everyone!

Menu PDFs below.

We must ask for God’s blessing if we would receive it. Prayer is a duty and a necessity; but do we not neglect praise? Should we not oftener render thanksgiving to the Giver of all our blessings? We need to cultivate gratitude. We should frequently contemplate and recount the mercies of God, and laud and glorify His holy name, even when we are passing through sorrow and affliction….
The Lord’s merciful kindness is great toward us. He will never leave nor forsake those who trust in Him. If we would think and talk less of our trials, and more of the mercy and goodness of God, we would find ourselves raised above much of our gloom and perplexity. 
SELECTED MESSAGES BOOK 2, p. 268

Menu Template

Thanksgiving Menu 2018

Portugues
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O dia de Ações de Graças quase me pegou de surpresa este ano. Meus pais estavam viajando e nós estavamos ocupados por aqui que derrepente chegou esse final de semana e quase que nem vi! Estou compartilhando nosso cardápio para o jantar deste ano, e depois vou para casa dos meus pais para passarmos o dia juntos e cozinhar para hoje à noite.

O Dia de Ações de Graças é um dos meus feriados preferidos. Vale a pena dedicar um tempo para comemorá-lo, seja com amigos, familiares ou até mesmo sozinho. É mais do que o jantar e a decoração de outono.

O Dia de Ações de Graças é sobre agradecimento sincero, sobre contar suas bênçãos recebidas no ano até agora. É uma oportunidade de comemorar a abundância do bem. Coisas negativas e ruins são tão grandes, aparecem tão facilmente em nossas mentes e ocupam tanto espaço em nossas conversas. Para a maioria de nós, isso é um mau hábito que temos que trabalhar para quebrar. O Dia de Ação de Graças proporciona a oportunidade perfeita para ser grato e focar nas coisas positivas da vida.

Este ano, seja comemorando o Dia de Ação de Graças ou preocupado com a situação do país, tome um tempinho para agradecer.

Vou fazer uma lista das minhas bênçãos hoje até que as coisas negativas percam seu tamanho e tornarem-se insignificantes em comparação, pois sou muito abençoada. Faça você o mesmo e veja que você também é realmente muito abençoado(a).

Desejo um feriado maravilhoso e seguro a todos!

Temos de pedir as bênçãos de Deus, se é que as queremos receber. A oração é um dever e uma necessidade; não negligenciamos, porém, o louvor? Não deveríamos mais freqüentemente render ações de graças ao Doador de todas as nossas bênçãos Precisamos cultivar a gratidão. Devemos freqüentemente contemplar e contar de novo as misericórdias de Deus, e louvar e glorificar o Seu santo nome, mesmo quando passamos por tristeza e aflição. …
É grande para conosco a bondosa misericórdia do Senhor. Ele jamais deixará nem desamparará os que nEle confiam. Se pensássemos e falássemos menos em nossas provas, e mais na misericórdia e bondade de Deus, sentir-nos-íamos erguidos acima de boa parte de nossas sombras e perplexidades.
Mensagens Escolhidas 2, p. 263

Os menus em PDF:

Menu em Portugues

Menu em branco

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Menu Template Included

Português
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Thanksgiving is a North American tradition and therefore a more recent addition to our family’s traditions. In the USA, we learned the holiday is observed on the fourth Thursday of November as a day to eat and give thanks. It originated with the pilgrims, and its symbols include turkeys, cornucopias, and pie.

In Canada, the holiday arrives on the second Monday of October with little fanfare eclipsed by the ever-nearing Halloween. I think it’s earlier in Canada because winter comes earlier too. It’s a time to gather and see everyone before we hole up for the winter, which isn’t as much of a big deal now as it certainly used to be. It’s a time to enjoy the year’s harvest and to give thanks.

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Canadian Thanksgiving.

Being Brazilian, growing up in America + having an America born brother, and living in Canada, is quite an interesting thing, especially when the holidays come around. For example, for us there are two Independence Days, 4th of July and 7th of September, plus Canada Day on the 1st of July. 
Thanksgiving is a funny one because in October Brazil’s already standing on its tiptoes looking straight ahead for Christmas, in the US the days ’til Thanksgiving start being counted right after Columbus Day and while you’re busy with Columbus Day, here in Canada we’re celebrating Thanksgiving. Quite a funny mess, huh? 
We make the best of it, especially Thanksgiving which we do something special for. So this past weekend after arriving home from Virginia on Thursday, we picked Daddy up form Seattle on Sunday and came home to .. well sleep. On Monday, however, Thanksgiving preparations began and soon supper was ready. 
Did I mention we’re vegetarians? We are. 🙂 So our menu will have no Turkey, but I can guarantee you nobody missed it.
This was our very simple menu that took no longer than a morning to prepare and filled us quite nicely as well as provided plenty of leftovers for the week.
Vegetarian – Canadian Thanksgiving Menu
Beet Salad
Shepherd’s Pie
Zucchini/ Tomato Bruschetta 
Meatballs
Heart of Palm “Pastelzinhos” 
(I’m sorry there’s just no other name for them. There’s a picture 
below so you know what they look like. Yes, they’re Brazilian.)

Dessert

“Little Pumpkins” Pumpkin/Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
All Natural Ice Cream

Heart of palm filling for the pastelzinhos.
Dough for the pull apart bread.
Beets for the beet salad.
Rising doughs.
Measuring out homemade breadcrumbs.
Vegetarian Meatballs, with a creamy surprise in the middle, made with dehydrated PVP, ready to go into the oven.

Pastelzinhos. Aren’t they adorable? Bite sized and filled with heart of palm goodness.
Tomato and marinated tofu bruschetta.
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. PVP for the beef and frozen veggies, well-seasoned and then…
Covered with creamy mashed potatoes and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Getting the zucchini bruschetta ready.
Ready for the oven minutes before supper is served.
Table is set and supper is served.
(We’re also a non-alcoholic household, so sparkling water was served instead.)


Victor’s favorite thing I’ve cooked so far. Pumpkin pull-apart bread baked in a cupcake pan to form individual breads. Just don’t tell him they have pumpkin in them. He thinks we call the “Little Pumpkins” because they “look like pumpkins.” Shh! I’m trusting you not to tell!

We’ve got so many things to be grateful for it’d be so hard to list them all. But here’s a summarized version of my list, I’d like to share with you. 

God. Salvation. Hope He Gives.
Family.
Friends.
Health.  
Freedom.
Opportunities. 
Plans.
Books.
Our blogging community, 
(This means you.)