Thanksgiving; it’s all About Giving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
– Melody Beattie

Diane's Thrifty Cupboard


The winter holidays are here again.  Leaves are turning, weather is getting cooler and it’s that time of year when our budgets feel the most pain.  Planning and budgeting for the holidays can sometimes be tricky; especially when you are the host of all the family festivities.

I have always been the lucky one to host Thanksgiving Dinner.  I have always loved doing it; getting up in the wee hours of the morning to get the bird prepped and stuffed, and getting the pies ready for baking- mmmm pies…..


I really do miss having all the family over; gramma wanting to help and getting in your way ,brother in law hitting the scotch a little too early in the day  and having heavy conversations with sister’s new boyfriend on politics and religion, which usually ends up in some heated argument.  Children fighting over the video game console; the pre-teen bored…

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