Today’s Guest Post is from Kendra! Just a lil bit about her!
She contacted me a few weeks back and thought you would all enjoy a thanksgiving special. You can follow her over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KendraThornton
– I was the former Director of Communications at Orbitz
– I am now a full time mom of three great kids
– I love to travel and spend time with my family being active!
It is that time of year again. Everywhere I look I see gorgeous colored leaves in tones of gold, orange, and warm browns falling from the trees, and each evening there is chilliness in the air that reminds me of warm fires and snuggly blankets. Calls and emails are flowing back and forth between family members and me as we firm up plans for the upcoming holiday season! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year because it is a time to celebrate giving back to others and your community, while taking the time to be thankful for all the blessings I have in my life. To add to the excitement, this year the Thornton family is hosting the holidays for all of our relatives right here in Chicago! This makes the holiday even more special!
My kids love to help me in the kitchen, so I have been searching through the pages of Pinterest for tasty appetizer and fun desserts that we can make together. Each year, my kids get a little older and they become more and more interested in working with mom in the kitchen. The only downside is that the more complicated the recipe the larger the mess we make in the kitchen. I have learned the simpler the better when it comes to cooking with kids in the kitchen. However, we do not sacrifice taste or cuteness for simplicity. The goal is to find great treats that are fast and fun to make!
I have yet to find anything to take the place of a delectable, traditional Thanksgiving meal. There are certain dishes that are staple items for the day, such as mashed potatoes and gravy (my personal favorite), stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Of course, the turkey is the ultimate staple item on my table each Thanksgiving. With family coming this year, I have decided to try a couple of new recipes that could become old favorites. In my former life I accrued a lot of travel experience, so I am always reading about up on travel news. I found an exciting article detailing exciting menu items that luxury hotels will be serving to their guests this Thanksgiving!
Armed with some fabulous ideas from the article I decided this was the year to try a new spin on old favorites. I am a little nervous and hopeful that my family will enjoy the new selections, but isn’t Thanksgiving the perfect time to try something new and adventurous? The Waldorf Astoria in Orlando is serving up an exciting velvety pumpkin soup with lobster this Thanksgiving for their guests. What a great way to start a holiday meal! This is my first must try recipe, because there is nothing like soup to warm you body, heart, and soul!
I have so many things to be thankful for in my life. Here at the Thornton home, we go around the table and let each family member tells us one thing that they are grateful for. Maybe this year our family tradition can become your family tradition. My hope is that each of you has an amazing and safe holiday filled with love and family, including scrumptious food and new memories!