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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I sincerely hope you all have a beautiful day. I am thankful for so much. I have a wonderful group of friends and a beautiful family--and I am just so grateful for my husband and boys (and the rest of our family). Family is what it is all about and I am looking forward to later today. I am also thankful for having better health that earlier in the year. I'm thankful for you as well.

I need to head to bed. I've been downloading Christmas songs to my iPod to listen to this weekend when I decorate the house.

As for this beautiful Thanksgiving 2009, I changed my cooking plans last minute. I hope no one here will mind, but I am not making my sweet potatoes with walnuts and bourbon this year (very sweet). I decided to take my Greek roasted potatoes and use the recipe on sweet potatoes and put feta on top. I took them out of the oven about 10 minutes ago and they smell so good!

I think I am going to go a traditional mashed potato. My great Aunt Margie used to make the best mashed potatoes on earth. I can picture her now. She lived here in West Irondequoit and was a teacher at a local elementary school for many years. She was my grandfather's only sibling and I just adored her so much growing up.

Aunt Marg always had her nails painted red, her hair set and curled, and she was just such a loving and warm person. She used to wear a floral apron that I used to think was so "old ladyish." Now you can find them on Etsy and they're just great vintage finds...pieces from that generation. She used to stand in my grandparents' kitchen and she did the potatoes and whipped them to perfection.

I still need to bake the apple pie, but think I'll catch some zzz's and get up around 7 to start the day. I'll try to be back later.

My boys are so excited about watching the Macy's parade and are also anticipating the new Toys R Us and other toy ads so they can add on to their Santa lists. I just love the magic of the season with small children. It's such a wonderful time. I am so thankful for each and every day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!