Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from Jelly Bean Journals!

We will be spending the holiday making food and memories with our extended families.

Chelse’s tribe will be honoring a family tradition of making homemade, from scratch, Cavatelli in marinara sauce. This process takes hours. So, the sauce is started early in the day and placed on the stove to simmer while the noodles are crafted and subsequently boiled. Rolling and “flicking” the noodles into the right shape and thickness is a true art, passed down over generations. She would be murdered for sharing the family recipe here on the blog, which actually includes potatoes as an ingredient, but Martha Stewart rocks a simple, straightforward recipe if you’d like to give a version of this Italian noodle dish a try. You can find it here.

In Kerstin’s family, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without extended family time and pumpkin pie!¬†¬†Kerstin’s family regularly sees 1st, 2nd, 3rd and even 4th cousins over Thanksgiving! With family spread out across the U.S., it is a wonderful time to catch up with everyone and for our kids to play and get to know each other.

Typically, the pumpkin pies are made by an honorary Aunt who spends Thanksgiving with Kerstin’s family. But this year, Big Brother N has requested he get in on the action and make the pumpkin pies. Auntie is happily handing the responsibility over. Over the last year, Big Brother N found a big love for pumpkin so he can’t wait to try his hand at making pumpkin pie and sharing it with his family! We’re hoping this tradition will stick!

We wish you a blessed holiday with the people who love you the most. If you have a recipe or fun tradition to share, please post in the comments below.

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