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Dear Reader: Happy Turkey Day!

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three

As most of you who know me know, I’m not really much of a cook. I come from it honestly, as my mother was not much of cook either. I have to admit that planning a Thanksgiving dinner makes me super nervous. I have only made a turkey once in my life, and if I’m being completely honest, my husband did most of it. Don’t get me wrong - I love to have people over to my house, I love to entertain and decorate, but the actual meal prep and cooking is not my forte. But, if you put me in charge of games, I will shine and we will have a blast! 

Growing up, my family spent more time on the decorating and game planning than the actual cooking. In fact, my mother doled out the Holiday dish assignments so purposefully that she only had to make a few things, even when it was at our house. One thing she was really good at making was her pecan pie. In her honor, I try to have a piece of pecan pie every year with a small dollop of heavy whipped cream. I am grateful to have this food-centric memory to pass on to my children. I love to eat my pecan pie and tell my children about their grandmother that they never met. Thanksgiving is a holiday where so many of our dishes are from nostalgic recipes from past generations. It’s the perfect way to give thanks. 

This year, I know a lot of people are like me in that planning the menu and cooking for a holiday feast seems daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Callie Collins’ article, Make Thanksgiving Dinner Special: 11 Ways to Make it a Fabulous Family Feast, on page 12, she writes about how incorporating small things into the meal can really add to the ambience. She suggests everything from displaying your kids’ artwork to writing gratitude notes.

This holiday season is such a perfect time to be thankful and have a grateful heart. In the article, Readers Respond: Thankful for So Much, on page 10, you will find that a lot of our readers are living life with the spirit of Thanksgiving in their hearts. 

In this month’s Humor at Home, Julie Willis writes in her article, Seventh Grade Blues: To Be Independent or Not to Be Independent, on page 18, about her daughter’s emotional ride through adolescence. She reminisces about being a teacher and wishing she had her current perspective with her own children to understand her students a little bit more. 

Thanks to Emily Duran for letting KCFM feature her this month in Hello, Happy Hardworking Mama. In the article, Emily Duran on Balancing Work, Family Life, and Community on page 14, Callie Collins writes about how Emily juggles her professional and personal responsibilities. She is Kern Health Systems’ chief network administration officer, wife, mother, daughter, and community supporter.

No matter what your plans are for the Holiday break, one thing is certain. You will make a mess somewhere. In the article, How Washing Machines Can Clean Your House, on page 8, you will learn about all the different types of unconventional household items that you can safely wash in your washing machine. It really makes it a lot easier to clean up if you can just throw it in the wash.

With large family gatherings back on the menu, I am super excited for this Thanksgiving break. Even though I’m not a big fan of cooking, I really do love everything this holiday stands for. It’s so important to be grateful and thankful and create these generational memories with your family and friends. I am also really excited for my nice, warm piece of pecan pie! 

Happy Turkey Day!

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