What I am thankful for this Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday to me. I did not grow up with it and was introduced to it when I moved to Canada. Younger me never really paid much attention to it especially as my family did not celebrate it. As I got older, Thanksgiving was all about turkey and pumpkin pie with friends. 


Now that I am a mother and in my late 30s, I am intrigued by what the real significance of this holiday is. I find the concept of ‘giving thanks’ and ‘counting your blessings’ so very important now. I want to teach my daughter the meaning behind this holiday. So I have compiled a list of what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving:

1.  I am thankful for this country I live in. 
My parents could have moved anywhere in the world. I was a child so I did not have a say in where we were going to live. I am thankful that we came to Canada. With everything happening in the world recently, natural disasters and shooting rampages, I am thankful that I live in a country where this is not the norm. Canada is far from perfect, but I feel safe here. I don’t worry about being shot at while I am at concert or being stranded during a natural disaster. 

I am thankful I get to raise my daughter in this country.


2. My family

Families are not perfect. Every family has its ups and downs. I may not have a great relationship with my parents, but I am thankful for the strong relationships I do have with other members of my family: my brothers, my sister in laws and my friends.

I never thought I would meet and marry a man like my husband. We have had our ups and downs but in the end it has strengthened our relationship. 

I never thought I would become a mother. But I am so very thankful for the baby girl that has given me the privilege of being her momma. I get to wake up everyday to this beautiful smiling face, who thinks I am her whole world. I am thankful for the awe in my daughter’s eyes.

3. Roof over my head and food in my belly

I usually take this for granted. But there are so many people in this world that don’t have this. We live in one of the most expensive cities in the world and I am grateful that my family and I have a place to call home. I am grateful that we have the ability to buy the food we want, without thinking too much about it. 

So this thanksgiving, as we are drinking our wine, eating our turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, take some time to reflect, and be grateful. 

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? 

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Easy Slow Cooker Meal : Creamy Chicken, Corn and Peas soup

It’s officially soup season and it is time to pull out the slow cooker. My daughter is a pretty picky eater but she LOVES soup. This soup is easy to put together and makes a lot of left overs for lunches for the family. This recipe will make about 4.5 QT of soup. So if you have a smaller or larger slow cooker you will have to adjust the recipe. 

Disclaimer: I am not a chef. I focus on simple recipes that are quick and my family will love. 

Prep time 10 min

Cook time 6.5 hours

Ingredients 

700 grams chicken thighs boneless and skinless

1 can cream of Chicken 

 1 can cream of Broccoli 

1 Chicken bouillon 

4 cups of water

300 gm of frozen corn

150 gm of peas ( you can more if you like)

Pepper to taste

Salt to taste

3 cloves of fresh garlic (halved)

1 tablespoon dried parsley 

1 tablespoon Ginger powder

Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on high for about 6 or 6.5 hours. 

Start with chicken first and top with garlic, pepper, parsley, ginger powder, boullion and both cans of soup. Top with corn, peas and water. Cook till chicken is shredded, which is about 6 or 6.5 hours on high. Add salt to taste and stir when it done. 

This was the most delish soup I have had. It was a hit with my hubby and picky eater 2 year old daughter. This will be my go to slow cooker soup recipe. 

What is your go to slow cooker soup recipe?  Please feel free to comment and share.