Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thornton Thanksgiving in Chicago {Guest Post}

Today we'd like to welcome our guest poster, Kendra. She's sharing with us a little about what her family does for Thanksgiving every year. It's always fun to hear about others traditions! Take it away Kendra. :)

As the leaves fall all over Chicago and the air in the Windy City acquires the telltale nip that indicates the holidays are just around the corner, my excitement can barely be contained. Thanksgiving ranks as one of my favorite times of year. I love that we have a national holiday for the purpose of focusing on gratitude and giving back. This year will be extra special for the Thornton’s as all of our relatives are coming to visit for the occasion.

In preparation, I’m having lots of fun browsing Pinterest for great appetizer ideas and recipes for desserts that the kids can enjoy helping me make. As they get older, they seem to enjoy helping Mom out more and more. I have learned to keep their cooking tasks simple as the more complex food tasks result in big messes that I get left with cleaning up. This year, I’m focusing on fun food that is fast and easy to prepare.
My family and I love a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Certain dishes absolutely must appear on the serving table. I’ll be sure to include a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with rivers of gravy, and cranberry sauce. I’m also planning to try a few new dishes this year. I found a great article on Gogobot that divulges Thanksgiving menus for some luxury hotels, and I think I’ll try my hand at a few remixes.

As I prepare these new delicacies, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everyone enjoys my experiments. The dish I’m most excited about serving is my version of a pumpkin soup from the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. This pre-dinner treat, features lobster as a way to bring out the flavor of a traditional autumn comfort food. What could be better to serve my guests on a chilly Chicago day?
There doesn't seem to be an end to the many things for which I am thankful this year. I’m grateful for my family and my many friends and especially for the ways in which each of them enriches my life. Each year at our Thanksgiving feast, my family gathers around the table, and each person shares at least one thing they are thankful for. I’d be thrilled if your family would like to incorporate this tradition into your annual celebration. Whatever you do for the Thanksgiving holiday, may you have a safe and happy celebration! I hope your holiday will be filled with delicious food and memories to cherish forever.
 



     
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kendra Thornton: I was a former Director of Communications at Orbitz before I was promoted into being a full time mom of three wonderfully, fun and crazy kids! I enjoy to travel around the world and stay active in my health and fitness. I am getting ready for this Thanksgiving season and am delighted you have welcomed me to share with you some of my traditions! 
 
 
Thank you so much, Kendra, for sharing your holiday traditions with us! And that pumpkin and lobster soup? Ooh, it sounds divine! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. :)






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