This Thanksgiving we are doing something new. We are having Thanksgiving dinner at our house. It’s exciting because it’s our first time hosting a gathering and we’re breaking out of a routine. Each Thanksgiving my mother gives something at her house and Greg’s grandmother gives something at hers. Since Greg, Boogie, and I are a new family, we’ve been trying to figure out the whole who’s house are we going over and when debate so no one feels left out. This year Greg’s side will be coming over on Thanksgiving day and the day after, some of my side will be coming over.
We’re hoping to create a new tradition with a new environment, new family member (Boogie), and entertainment. There will be turkey, greens, dressing, mac n cheese, sweet potato pie, cabbage, potato salad, salad, and pumpkin cheesecake. No way am I cooking all of that, not this year! I’m just making the cabbage, potato salad, salad, and pumpkin cheesecake. I had planned on making catfish, but since the season has changed, so did the price of seafood, yikes!
To get in the Thanksgiving spirit, I bought table linens to use. I thought they might make the kitchen look more inviting. Through my involvement with the Rwanda Path to Peace Project, I received a beautiful hand woven basket bowl, an apron, and a market tote that I can put to use on Thanksgiving day. Rwandan basket bowls celebrate different blessings based on their patterns such as patience, bountiful harvest, and good fortune. The basket that I received celebrates life-giving bounty, certainly something we all are thankful for. The village print featured on the apron and market tote celebrate the Rwandan village life of graceful balance with the earth and their neighbors. Curving paths lead from one house to house, from friend to friend, clusters of plump fruit hang, flowers bloom, garden rows are dotted with sprouting plants coming up from fertile soil. A winding stream brings the delight of gurgling sounds and clear, cool water to drink. Yes, so much significance in one pattern.
Consider paying it forward to women in Rwanda who earn a sustainable income by providing these gifts to consumers. The entire line of Rwanda Path to Peace products can be found at Macy’s. Also, if you’re interested in giving the gift of O Bracelets for the holidays, hold that thought. I just may be able to provide a discount in the near future!
For a chance to win a Rwandan basket (color may vary), a Kikkoman recipe book, two full sized bottles of Kikkoman’s special sauces, plus a bottle of Country Bob’s seasoning salt and all purpose sauce to use this holiday season, leave a comment. Feel free to answer any of the following questions: What do you have planned this Thanksgiving or depending on the day, what did you do this Thanksgiving? Do you usually jump from house to house? How do you make it work? Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? Tell us about them in the comments! This giveaway will run through December 1st, 2009 7PM CST.