Giving Thanks

This Tuesday we will not be celebrating recipe Tuesday as I like to do each week.

I thought about postponing the EATS! New Zealand post to make up for Tuesday or creating a Thai food post…but I want to talk about giving thanks.

Every holiday is important in the Cansler household.  Birthdays illicit one or even two week parties. Christmas is multiple trees around the house and tons of gifts even at 32 years old.  Even the smaller days like a Monday holiday enjoy celebrations of day long BBQ’s and yard games but most importantly, they are a day with family. While our fiends help make our lives a little more beautiful, family time can remind us of the powerful connections we are so lucky to enjoy as a human community.

I love my family, my extended families and the holidays we share.  Even the simple holidays like a Sunday dinner – these are very powerful moments of family and community.

Thanksgiving holds a special place in my heart.  I have enjoyed a family that celebrates moments large and small and a family that celebrates with a passion one specific holiday a year.  While the others were recognized there was one that was always special and it was Thanksgiving.  I have too many fond memories of this holiday and in the spirit of giving thanks – the next 6 weeks I plan to dedicate to the meal of Thanksgiving.  I want to thank my beautiful friends and family by sharing Chef Grants Thanksgiving recipes. These have been perfected over the past 10 years and I’m proud of each one.

The recipes range from the simple to the complicated but each one yields a result which I find to be delicious and I hope you do as well.  I have never shared these but I believe sharing of recipes is important and I hope a few of you try these.  When you do, there are few key steps not to forget as these are essential to creating the best dishes –

Love – Cook with it.  Take time to give thanks for the ingredients and the people who produced them – and then take a look around you and give thanks for where you are and who you may be with.

Smile – This is an easy meal to cook and you are cooking with love, so smile.  It doesn’t matter if the meal isn’t on the table right a 2pm or if something looks perfect or not – smile because its delicious and you get to share this with people you love.

Breathe – Thats right.  Food tastes better when you relax and breathe.  So just relax and enjoy peeling potatoes and the little tasks which will go into this meal.  Relax. Breathe. Chill.  I usually do not do this in the kitchen so learn from the A-Hole who yells at his mother for trying to help. (And I usually do not yell…) Its just food.  Relax and enjoy preparing it.

Happiness – This is a happy moment. No matter what happens, what burns, who is there or who isn’t – this is a happy moment because its yours and every moment can be a happy moment if we live in that moment.

Give thanks for each day, but its good to take this day of Thanksgiving and give a little more.  Whether you are rolling solo or have a family of 50 – remind yourself of the good in life and give thanks for past joys, present life and future hope.  Because there is nothing but beauty in the future, happiness in the present and thanks for our past.

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9 Responses to “Giving Thanks”

  1. debbie cansler
    October 2, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Grant that is just beautiful. I love you so much and so very thankful for our wonderful family! Love mom

  2. Emily Gibson
    October 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Grant: Thank you for the beautiful words you shared with this post. Thanksgiving is a most special time for us and has been for a long, long time and will continue on and smile. One of my most favorite songs is Smile. My mom loved Nat King Cole and he would sing this song like no other. – Smile on Grant and continue to enjoy your journey and give God all the Praise and the Glory for all that he has given you, and all of the beauty ahead for you to see. Love, Emily

    Smile though your heart is aching
    Smile even though it’s breaking
    When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
    If you smile through your fear and sorrow

    Smile and maybe tomorrow
    You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

    Light up your face with gladness
    Hide every trace of sadness
    Although a tear may be ever so near
    That’s the time you must keep on trying
    Smile, what’s the use of crying?
    You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile

    That’s the time you must keep on trying
    Smile, what’s the use of crying?
    You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile

  3. Linda Hendershot
    October 3, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    And our family is thankful for YOU, dear Grant! You have been an awesome brother/friend to Jake, and that to us is a gift from God the Father. Keep writing, because I intend to keep reading all that you so beautifully write. What a wordsmith you have become. Love it! Love you! May you continue to acknowledge the Creator Himself in all the beauty you see during your continued world travels as well as in all the new foods you get to savor. Hugs, Linda

  4. Dad
    October 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I am really enjoying all of your posts GC. Keep them coming!
    This one was especially touching, and I think it is partly because you’ve taken your writing ability to a whole new level. This is so wonderful to see!
    In other words, I’m really enjoying how accurately expressive you’ve already become on your journey around the world, and it hasn’t even quite been a month yet. Keep it up!
    Love you, ~dad

  5. Heather
    October 4, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    GC – In keeping with your theme of thankfulness, I wanted to thank YOU for such a wonderful post. I am so glad you are sharing these recipes, I know how amazing they are and hope people try them out, they won’t be disappointed!

    Also wanted to thank you for a wonderful time in Thailand. Looking forward to seeing those posts :) I am thankful for YOU…keep up the amazing work on this blog. You are an inspiration.


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