15 Quotes and Prayers for Your Thanksgiving

15 Quotes and Prayers for Your Thanksgiving

15 Quotes and Prayers


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. -Theodore Roosevelt

Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. -A.W. Tozer

Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another. – John Clayton

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. – Henry Van Dyke

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving. – Joseph Auslander

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. -E.P. Powell

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! -Henry Ward Beecher

If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that? – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W. T. Purkiser

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward


Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing!
Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who have pleasure in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy,
they are established for ever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant for ever. Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
a good understanding have all those who practice it. His praise endures for ever!

We Give Thanks

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

– Harry Jewell


And just for giggles…

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? -Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981


Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

There is enough drama around Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that it’s best to keep some things very simple. The funny thing is, four of the five super simple recipes listed below are the ones that we get requests to make (and for the recipes… I end up emailing at least a couple of my kids or their friends the recipes every holiday season.

So here are  5 Quick Dishes To Make (or Bring) for Thanksgiving or Christmas. whether you’re hosting at home, or bringing these on the road, you’ll be thankful for a few appetizers and deserts you can make (mostly) ahead.


Artichoke Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese – shredded
  • 1 c. mayonnaise low-fat or fat-free is acceptable (pantry)
  • ½ t. dill weed
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped (pantry)


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream the cream cheese, add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed  and garlic. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and then spoon mixture into a 9×9 pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Serve with crackers, toasted baguettes, or toasted pita points. Serves 8 as an appetizer


Goat Cheese Bruchetta


  • 2      tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2      tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, or basil
  • Toasted baguette
  • Goat cheese


  1. Add the balsamic vinegar and herbs together. Drizzle over slices of toasted baguette or other bread and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.


Drive By Cheese Plate

For those last minute party invites. Just grab a plate and cheese knife from home. You can assemble once you arrive. (Or, if you’re like me, in the backseat of the car while your hubby is driving…)


  • Camembert  or other artisan cheese
  • Carr Water Crackers
  • 1 bunch of green grapes


  1. Grab at the store:

Roger’s Pumpkin No-Bake Cheesecake


  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup Pumpkin pie filling
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust


  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust.

Recipe Notes

Garnish with Cinnamon sugar  (makes it look baked) Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

Roger’s Cranberry No-Bake Cheesecake


  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 Cup Whole cranberries in jelly
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust


  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust

Recipe Notes

Garnish with any (or all) of the following: The remaining whole cranberries/jelly.  I put this just on the outside edge of the pie. Orange peel zest Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

And don’t forget the TURKEY!

Here’s my recipe that you’re sure to love!Turkey in the Oven

 Now it’s your turn. Tell me your can’t miss, so simple it’s embarrassing, recipe that you pull out for the holidays in the comments below.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

Yikes! It’s almost time to cook the holiday turkey!

Do you have turkey-phobia?

It can seem like a daunting task to make the perfect turkey, but I promise you, it isn’t. Try my turkey recipe and follow my instructions, and you’ll have a table full of guests licking their fingers and begging for more. But beware, this turkey is so good, there may not be any leftovers for turkey sandwiches.

Turkey in the Oven recipe

Kathi's Brined Turkey


  • 1 gallon water - cold
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 3 oranges cut in half


  1. In a large garbage bag, combine the all the ingredients.
  2. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bag in a roasting pan and in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.
  3. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  4. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.