Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 CSB
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Thanksgiving is defined as “the expression of gratitude, especially to God.” New Oxford American Dictionary. Sadly, many in modern day America skip over this holiday of giving thanks. They hop from Halloween to Christmas.
The whole reason America celebrates Thanksgiving is that the Pilgrims celebrated the harvest of 1621 with the Wampanoag native Americans. The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England in search of a land where they could worship God freely without King James I of England penalizing and arresting them for not agreeing with the Church of England. They arrived in Plymouth, Massachusets in late 1620. The first winter was a miserable tragedy. Forty-five of the original 102 settlers died during the winter. By 1621, the survivors were desperate for a change in diet and they searched for an opportunity to give thanks to God. After partnering with the Wampanoag native Americans, the Pilgrims were able to give thanks to in late 1621.
Thanksgiving did not become an official holiday until President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in 1861 that the fourth Thursday of November would be set aside as a day of prayer and giving thanks.
I compiled five fall-themed appetizers, desserts, drinks, and dips for you to serve at your next fall harvest festival, party, or an afternoon at home.
1) Thanksgiving Trail Mix
This trail mix is completely customizable for you, what you have in you in your pantry or allergies. Trail mix is a simple hors d’oeurve that can be packed into plastic bags for an on-the-go snack or poured into bowls for a party.
Honestly, trail mix is one of my favorite snacks to prepare for on-the-go adventures such as a hike, a car trip (short or long), or an easy treat in the pantry.
- 2 cups Popcorn Kernels
- 1 10.1 oz bag Orange, Red, Brown, and Yellow M&M's
- 1 8 oz bag GF Pretzels
- 1 cup dried mangos
Pop the popcorn kernels in either an air popper or on the stove.
2) In a large bowl, mix together the popcorn, the pretzels, dried mangos, and M&Ms until just combined.
2) Mexican Hot Chocolate
Did you know that the Aztecs and Mayans first drank Mexican hot chocolate over 4,000 years ago? The word chocolate comes from the Aztec language of Náhuatl and means ” bitter water.” When it was first invented, the concoction contained cacao, water, and sometimes corn. Nowadays, people add sugar and cinnamon, but they remove the addition of corn. It is common to drink Mexican Hot Chocolate on holidays like Day of the Dead, Christmas, and Three Kings Day. Interestingly enough, it is only drunk in central America, not South America. Should we rename the hot chocolate “Mayan/Aztec Hot Chocolate” or should we leave this timeless drink alone?
- 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
3) Rice Krispie Pumpkins
Did you know that the rice in the U.S. version of Rice Krispie cereal is grown in Louisiana and Arkansas?
Rice Krispie cereal was first invented on July 10, 1927, by Kellogg’s and were released in 1928 to the general public.
The reason why my pumpkins are square instead of round like normal pumpkins is that of the story of Spookly, the square pumpkin. Spookly was a square pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. All of the other pumpkins teased him about being square instead of round, like them. On Halloween night, a violent storm blew through the patch and rolled, turned, and moved all of the pumpkins into chaos, except for Spookly.
- 6 cups Rice Cereal
- 6 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 tsp orange food dye
- 6 tbsp butter
Melt the butter in a medium size pot.
2)Add all of the mini marshmallows into the pot.
3)Once the marshmallows and butter are completely melted and mixed together, add the orange food dye to the mixture and combine until just combined.
4)Then, add all of the Rice Krispies into the pot and fold into the marshmallow mixture until the cereal is completely covered.
5)Line a 9"x11" glass pan with parchment paper with paper that folds over the sides and pour the Rice Krispies into the pan.
6)Let the Rice Krispies cool before cutting out circles.
4) Sparkling Apple Cider
Did you know that Prohibition-era filmmakers substituted sparkling apple cider for champagne in films? (I didn’t know that.) I have drunk sparkling apple cider almost every Thanksgiving since I can remember and the brand I drank was S. Martinelli’s & Co. Homemade sparkling apple cider is comprised of apple juice, white grape, sprite or 7up, and ice.
- 32 oz apple juice
- 32 oz white grape juice
- 2.1 Quarts 7up or Sprite
- 6 cups Ice
Chill the apple juice, white grape juice, and 7up.
2) Fill a pitcher with ice.
3) Then, pour all liquids into a pitcher and chill.
You can make this a day before a chill it in your fridge.
5) Cranberry Salsa
Cranberry salsa? Don’t you mean cranberry sauce, Evelyne? No, I mean cranberry salsa. You’ve probably heard of salsa and you’ve probably heard of cranberry sauce, so you smash the two together and voila, you know have cranberry salsa. Just kidding. This salsa is a bit spicy, sweet, and savory with a hint of apple, which is perfect for fall.
- 3/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar-free applesauce
- 1 1/2 tsp dried onion flakes (rehydrated)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 12oz bag of dried cranberries
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
2) Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
3) Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!