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A Very TCC Thanksgiving

A Very TCC Thanksgiving

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving 2020 is only ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!

Yes, 2020 has been...interesting...but, we are still so thankful for so much here at TCC this year!

In this blog post, TCC staff members Emily Kenniston (me!), Courtney Lynch, and Tori O'Donnell share some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories/recipes from years past. 

 

Courtney:
"Favorite Memory: Growing up, Thanksgiving has always been a holiday I spent with my immediate family (Christmas is always the big one for us to see relatives), many times my parents would invite neighbors or elderly friends that aren't able to be with their families and they became a part of ours. For as long as I can remember watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and 6ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with my parents and 2 sisters was our tradition. Many years my dad would take my older sister and me and later on both of my sisters and me down to Philadelphia to watch the parade in person while my mom stayed home and cooked without interruption. As we got older, the tradition of watching the parade in person changed, we would watch at home in our PJ's with hot chocolate and then go to Manna on Main Street to serve meals and spend time with those less fortunate. 
One fun fact about Tori and I, we went to high school together and it now seems to be a holiday tradition where I find my way to her parent's house to crash her family celebrations...always showing up later than when I originally said."
What I'm Thankful for in 2020
"I'm very thankful to be blessed with family and friends (especially Tori) that still find ways to laugh through the craziness of 2020. Being at home with my parents and younger sister has allowed me to spend more time with my 91-year-old grandmom who always keeps us laughing. I'm grateful to have been able to find joy in all that has been going on this year, especially watching my older sister and brother-in-law become first-time parents and my younger sister start her college career."
Tori:
Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition: "My favorite Thanksgiving tradition actually involves leftovers! Every year, my mom makes a Turkey Cranberry Wreath that has since become one of my favorite meals, and something I ask for all the time when I visit. Here’s the recipe:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) chopped cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (we leave these out)
  • 1   egg

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Unroll crescent dough; separate into 16 triangles. With wide ends of triangles toward the center, arrange 8 triangles in a circle on a pizza stone. Corners of wide ends will touch and points will extend 1 inch beyond edge of baking stone. Arrange remaining 8 triangles in center, matching wide ends. Points will overlap in center; do not seal.)

  2. Place mayonnaise, mustard and black pepper in a bowl. Chop turkey. Slice celery. Snip parsley. Add turkey, celery, parsley and cranberries to batter bowl. Grate cheese into batter bowl. Mix filling. Scoop filling over seams of dough, forming a circle. 

  3. Coarsely chop walnuts; sprinkle over filling. Beginning in center, lift one dough triangle across filling mixture. Continue alternating with outer triangles, slightly overlapping to form wreath. Tuck last end under first.

  4. Separate egg (Discard yolk or set aside for another use.) Lightly beat egg white; brush over dough. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

    Makes approximately 10 servings. Recipe is by Pampered Chef, but it’s now “mine” after insisting on making it so many times 😉"


What I'm thankful for in 2020: 

"I'm thankful for how much time I got to spend with my family and friends this year. As crazy as this pandemic was, it gave me a chance to just settle down from the hustle of work for a little bit and appreciate the amazing people around me."

 

Emily: 

Photographer: Lindsey Hart Photography

MUA: Patrice Williams

Location: The Reading Public Museum

 

"When I was a kid, we always spent Thanksgiving at my Grandma's house in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where my mom grew up. Going to Grandma's house for the holidays is a memory that I will always treasure in many ways, especially now since we lost Grandma this year.  I'm very weird in that I actually don't enjoy traditional Thanksgiving food at all, however, my Grandpa always used to make this incredibly thick chicken soup with homemade egg noodles. I have amazing memories of Grandpa covering the entire kitchen table with noodle dough and painstakingly cutting them out by hand for his incomparable soup. To me, it was the best part of Thanksgiving, hands-down.

When I became a young adult, I started spending the Thanksgiving holiday with my then-boyfriend, now-husband's family. Thanksgiving is "the big one" for my in-laws, and family members typically gather from all over the East Coast to share a meal (obviously this year is going to be wildly different). My Father-in-Law changed my whole perspective on turkey, which I've never really cared for, by smoking it in his amazing smoker...let me tell you, smoked turkey is the most amazing thing ever."

What I'm Thankful for in 2020:

"While this year has indeed been insane, God has done some truly beautiful things. The facts that my daughter's speech has improved drastically, and my husband and I finally became home owners definitely top my list of things I'm grateful for this year! I'm also incredible grateful that, despite the pandemic, this has been a year of incredible dream fulfillment for me. God has been so good--I got a job as a reporter (and discovered that apparently I should have majored in journalism 10+ years ago), competed in my first pageant, and am all set to compete next year for the title of Mrs. Pennsylvania International again!"

I know that many of us are struggling with how different this year is going to look--many of us will not be able to celebrate with our families in person due to safety concerns. However, I'd love to challenge you to join our #TCCThanksgivingChallenge and comment below: What's something that you are thankful for in 2020?
Here at TCC? We are thankful for YOU!
Sending lots of lovely for a beautiful holiday,
-Em <3

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