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A Thanksgiving spent with family, and easy bagel dip


It was a wonderful Thanksgiving for us. We were able to see lots of family, eat lots of food and spend a full day with my daughter, Alyssa, and her boyfriend, Travis, who drove back from Denver to celebrate the holiday.

I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to see everyone for Thanksgiving, but somehow, we managed to see the majority of our families. We started the day by heading to my parent’s home in Dell Rapids where my brother and his family joined us.

Mom had her typical huge spread for us with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potatoes. Then she had plates of veggies to snack on and some salads, too. After we stuffed ourselves, she brought out brownies, pumpkin pie, cookies and her coconut cream pie.

Needless to say, after we all were done eating, we were all ready for a nap from over-indulging. Instead, we visited for a while before heading back to De Smet to go to Josh’s parent’s house for round two.

Their house was packed with his siblings and their families. It wasn’t long after we arrived that another spread of food was offered to us. I didn’t think I could possibly eat another bite, but, of course, after seeing all the goodies everyone had brought, I couldn’t help but find a little room to indulge on some of my favorites.

Then Sunday Alyssa and Travis came to De Smet to visit us. We were lucky enough to be able to spend the entire day with them catching up on what’s all been happening since they moved to Denver. I have to admit that a part of me was hoping they would say they were ready to move back to South Dakota, but that definitely is not the case.

They both love Denver. Travis likes his job there, and Alyssa is interviewing for a job next week. They seem to be settling in nicely, and as much as I hate how far away they are now, I’m glad they are both happy.

It was a lot of long hugs Monday morning when they left. I’m so grateful for the time they spent with us, but it was hard to see my daughter go again. I just hope the weather holds out, so they can come back for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, this week I’m sharing one of our family’s favorite appetizers we enjoy during the holidays. It’s easy to throw together the night before and delicious. Enjoy!


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