Thanksgiving 2015: What We’re Thankful For

Giving thanks

It’s almost time for Thanksgiving. Before we enjoy big meals with our families, watch football, and engage in other holiday traditions, it’s time to give thanks.

I’m personally thankful to be a dentist for kids. I love my patients, and I love seeing their eyes light up each time they enter my practice. I also love working with you, their parents. Each day I come in to work, I’m thankful for you.

I’m also thankful for my team. I’m blessed to have a team that works so well together. They each provide excellent care for our patients, and I couldn’t live without any of them.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, my team and I put together this blog post to tell you what we’re thankful for– this year and always.

We want to know what you’re thankful for, too! At the bottom of this post, we’ll ask you a few questions, and you can respond on our Facebook page.

Teressa –

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

My lord and savior Jesus Christ, my husband Robby, my wonderful children, and my grandchildren.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

Stuffing– we make a bread stuffing that I love!

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

We typically watch Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving Day to start off the Christmas season.

Lynn

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I’m most thankful in 2015 for the grace and mercy of God.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

My Grandmother’s fruit salad recipe.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?My most memorable Thanksgiving moment happened in high school. We gathered at my Grandmother’s home with all the cousins, Aunts, and Uncles. We all played football after the meal, and then went to the school gym and played basketball.

Cori

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

Family and a roof over my head.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

My grandmother’s mashed rutabaga.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

We had spaghetti (my Grandfather’s favorite meal) one year, instead of traditional turkey, stuffing, etc. I will remember that Thanksgiving forever.

Alyssa

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I’m thankful for being blessed with another healthy son. Also, being able to go back to work with a smooth transition. God always has a plan.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

My favorite recipe is green bean casserole! I’m a fan of green beans. Also, who could forget the popular favorite– stuffing and brown gravy! If I have these three items, you could forget the turkey.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

  1. One memory of my Thanksgiving is going to the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans game. I didn’t know who to cheer for because they’re both my home teams!
  1. All the family was over, and we were hanging out in the backyard after eating. I was seven years old and my Uncle Vince picked me upside down and was spinning me in circles. Well, I was wearing stretchy pants that day. You can just say it was a full moon that night.

Cristina

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I am most thankful for my family. Without my Mother I would be totally lost. My girls are the best thing God’s ever given me, and without my family’s help and support, I’m not sure where I would be.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

My Grandmother’s fruit salad. We only make it on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the holidays wouldn’t be the same without it.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

My cousin made garlic mashed potatoes one year. The recipe called for a clove of garlic, and he thought that meant the entire clump of garlic. So they were very garlicky. We still give him a hard time every year.

Yvette

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I’m most thankful for my children. They keep me grounded and focused on what’s most important.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

Pumpkin cheesecake, drizzled with caramel, topped with whipped cream, and sprinkled with pecans.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

At my Uncle’s two years ago, we had plans to use the grill. There was a rainstorm that somehow managed to end with the grill in my Uncle’s pool. My two uncles jumped in the cold pool to fish out the grill. The smoked turkey legs were amazing!

Brigitte

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

God, my family, and my job that I was able to come back to at the beginning of 2015. I love it!

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

Green bean casserole, coconut cream pie, and Granny’s dressing– which my Mom makes now.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

I think it is of my beloved Dad, because he was so impatient when it came to the Thanksgiving feast. He was always right behind the cooks, having to sneak bites. Then, by the time it was time to eat, he was full. Thanksgiving will not be the same– Daddy’s favorite holiday!

Myra

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I am most thankful for all the wonderful and loving people (family and friends) that I have in my life. I am thankful that I get to work doing what I love, in a wonderful office. When I’m not working, I get to be with my three amazing children and husband!

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

Homemade cranberry relish with fresh cranberries and oranges, from my husband’s side of the family, and my mother’s cornbread stuffing.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

When I was a teenager, my Mother had to have surgery right before Thanksgiving, but she was released from the hospital so she could be home that day. My Grandmother came to our house and cooked the Thanksgiving dinner, with my helping her in the kitchen. That was my first experience in making giblet gravy. To this day, I will not eat gravy! My Mom laughed at me a lot that day because of the frequent updates I would give her about how the dinner was coming. My Grandmother’s homemade chocolate cream pie made up for the gravy!

DeAnn

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I am thankful for my family. For my Dad, who passed away earlier this year. He was a man who gave me guidance, discipline, and pushed me, allowing me to become the person I am today. For my beautiful grandchildren, because they give me love, laughter, joy, and hope every moment. For all my friendships, for those that are old and also new. For my physical and mental health, even when it is not 100% some days. For my faith, love, and the hope that I have each and every day.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes 1 cup white sugar

½ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs ⅓ stick melted butter

½ cup milk

Mix together, pour into greased dish

Top

½ cup melted butter ⅓ cup flour

1 cup brown sugar 1 cup chopped nuts

Mix and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

My husband had just gotten a brand new turkey fryer, and he was excited to fry his very first Thanksgiving turkey. He followed the directions to a “T,” and watched it come out a perfect golden brown. It smelled amazing, and we all gathered around in the kitchen to watch the carving of the turkey. As he began to slice through the moist and juicy skin, our mouths watering in anticipation, the turkey completely collapsed in on itself!

It was as though the turkey was a balloon, and someone had punctured it, causing it to deflate. Even the bones had melted inside. There was absolutely nothing left but an exceptionally hard “turkey jerky,” and we laughed and laughed. We discovered that he had timed it for a turkey breast rather than a whole turkey. We had never seen a turkey disintegrate before our very eyes, but that is exactly what it did. Thank goodness I also made a ham that year!

Dr. Duffy

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

Health, peacefulness, and calm in my life.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

Very simple– cinnamon rolls made from brown-n-serve rolls: roll them in oil and then drop in a bag full of cinnamon and sugar. Easy and yummy.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving memory from years past?

My sister and I made Thanksgiving Dinner the year I was doing my residency in Cincinnati. We must have called my Mom 30 times. We could have bought plane tickets home for the cost of our long distance phone bill.

Now that you know what we’re thankful for, we want to hear from you, too. Head on over to our Facebook page and leave a comment. Tell us which Thanksgiving food you look forward to the most, tell us about your favorite Thanksgiving memory, tell us what you’re thankful for, or tell us about all three.

Thank you for everything.

A Healthy Mouth is a Happy Mouth!

~Dr. Duffy

 

 

 

 

 

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