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These are just a few of the recipes that came to mind which are already on SouthernPlate.com. There are a little over three hundred recipes and tutorials up now, all directly from my family to you. If you’d like to browse them a bit, just click here to look at the Southern Plate Index.
Also, if you have any last minute pies and don’t want to make an elaborate crust or don’t have a store bought one (there is absolutely no shame in using a store bought crust as long as you make the pie with love!), here is my easy peasy Mix In The Pan Pie Crust recipe which I love!
I also wanted to share a few special ideas with you, that I truly feel will bring more meaning and happiness to your Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Help Support Our Troops!
A while back I heard of several service members who are currently overseas and desperately in need of mail and care packages. You’ve no idea what a boost this is to their morale. I mentioned it on the Southern Plate Family Page on Facebook and received many offers of folks asking for addresses and also more addresses of service members who would love to benefit from your kindness. If you’d like to adopt a service member overseas, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. After Thanksgiving I’ll email you an address of a service member who is currently serving and would like to receive mail and/or packages. Also, if you have or are a service member who would like to receive cards/packages from a Southern Plate family member, please send your address to email@example.com.
“A Child Who Needs Me”
We had a WONDERFUL experience this past weekend, and it’s all thanks to you. Back in September when I sold the Bountiful Baskets, I wanted to do something special with the proceeds but wasn’t sure what just yet. This past Saturday my family and I went and bought two brand new bicycles. I let Brady and Katy each pick out one so of course we ended up with a boy bike and a girl bike!
We then went and donated them to Toys For Tots at their kickoff event. It meant so very much to me to be able to do that and to see my kids so willing to give. I honestly thought Katy Rose would have a hard time handing over the bike but she was just as willing as Brady, even asking me “Mama, can play with the kids who get this bicycle?”. It was a wonderful experience and I know my kids will always take that with them and remember it. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holidays!
Thank you so much for giving that to me and my family, I will always be grateful.
This year, as you look over your Christmas list, I encourage you to pencil in, up at the very top, “A Child Who Needs Me”. Then be sure you check them off your list and donate your toy, knowing that some child you will never know is going to get to feel a little more love because of your giving heart. I know times are tight but Mama always said that its times like these that we all need to come up with a way to give just a little bit more to someone else.
It comes back to you, I promise.
There is always something to be grateful for.
Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of
Selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
False friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.~credited to Mother Theresa