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The Working Mom

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

A Different Thankful List

We can all think of advice that our mother told us like, “keep your house clean…you never know when company is going to stop by” or, “if you don’t knock it off, your face is going to stay like that!” That last one proved to be false, I think. A favorite piece of advice my mother passed on that I still hold dear is “be thankful for what you have.” This one rolls off my tongue more than once a week whether I am at work or home. We have smart phones, ultimate gaming stations, tablets…you name it and it will be outdated after Christmas. No, I am not going to tell you the story of having to walk three miles to school in a blizzard and having one house phone. But, I will tell you that it was pretty darn cool when we upgraded from a rotary dial phone to a push button home phone. And, guess what?! You can now purchase a rotary dial handset that plugs into your smart phone for a “retro” look. Crazy. It just seems like the status quo is never good enough and the market demands bigger and better. Are we ever happy with the status quo? Are we truly thankful for what we have? As I watched video footage of the recent storm out east, I was so thankful for a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in each night. So, during this week of Thanksgiving, I find myself wondering what thankful thoughts to share with you. The easy list consists of the heavy hitters such as my family, friends, job, and health…. but that would be too expected. To switch it up, I am sharing my secret thankful’s the little things that matter:

1. I am thankful for the one and only meal my husband cooks: ring bologna, boiled potatoes, and corn---Ahh, forget the calories, it’s a night of supper on the table that I didn’t cook.

2. I am thankful that my son and husband both do laundry.

3. I am thankful for my iPhone with free apps. Playing bingo in my jamas….sweet.

4. I am thankful that a co-worker said she was shocked to find out I was older than 35.

5. I am thankful for DVR. It is a secret pleasure to watch my shows at odd hours of the morning or evening and skip all of the commercials.

And, despite the bad rap it sometimes gets, I am thankful for social media and the ability we now have to quickly share family and community news. We can access thousands of people at one time to ask for prayers during times of personal heartbreak and through tough times…sending prayers at this time for all of those affected by SuperStorm Sandy and sending prayers for the Riley and Jeche families. Have a happy Thanksgiving week and please take time to be thankful for those items on your heavy hitter list.

Crab Meat Squares from Pat Musolf’s kitchen

1 can crab meat (drained) or 1 – ½ cups finely minced frozen imitation crab (minced mine in the food processor)

1 jar Old English Chedder Cheese

2 Tbsp mayo

1 stick butter

1/4 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1 big package of English muffins

Mix ingredients together until smooth. Spread on each half of english muffin. Cut into quarters (I cut mine AFTER they got out of the oven and were cooled off a bit). Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes (until lightly browned on top)

TIP: You can also put the uncooked squares into the freezer on cookie sheets first and then layer them in tupperware with wax paper in between so you can just take them out when you want them.

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