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The Thanksgiving Blues or Don’t Worry, Be Happy

You may have noticed my lack of presence around the blogoshere the past few weeks. I really do apologize for not getting around to visit most of you lately. It’s nothing personal. I truly value all of my readers and wonderful blogging friends I’ve made since I began this journey. I’ve just kind of had a bit of the blues lately. November is a difficult month for me. It is the month of both my dad’s birth and his death. They say that time heals all wounds, but that really is a bunch of crap – at least for me.
Ever since my father passed away two years ago, the Holidays just haven’t been the same. We buried him the day before Thanksgiving. As you can imagine we found it hard to find much to be thankful for that year, much less do anything to celebrate. Last Thanksgiving, we tried to get into the feasting mood. We really did! But, it just didn’t work. I half-heartedly threw a meal together, but that empty chair at the head of our table was too painful a reminder of what we had lost.
This year, my family is trying a different approach to “Turkey Day”. We’ve decided to bust out of Dodge and are taking a Thanksgiving cruise to the Caribbean. So, by the time you read this post, Mr. SGCC, Mini SGCC, my mom, brother, sister-in-law, the twins, my niece and other assorted relatives will be heading off into the sunset, with pina coladas in hand for a week of tropical therapy, and hopefully some fun in the sun.
Even though I won’t be cooking my own Thanksgiving dinner this year, I thought I’d leave you with some recipe ideas from the SGCC archives. Some are old standards and some are new favorites. Each are delicious. I hope you enjoy them!
Soupe au Pistou [1]
Bacon-Pecan Brussels Sprouts Saute [2]
Candied Sweet Potatoes [3]
Our Favorite Oyster Stuffing [4]
Chipotle-Lime Corn Saute [5]
Apple-Maple Acorn Squash Puree [6]
Pumpkin Cheese Pie with Toffee and Caramel Swirl [7]

Caramel Apple Raisin Pie with Rum Raisin Ice Cream [8]
Pumpkin Mascarpone Pie [9]
Big Fat Greek Topless Pear Tart [10]
Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle [11]