Tradition: Holiday Throwdown

We have lots of traditions at the holidays.  One of those is our family cooking throwdown over New Years. We get together with our girls and their significant others each year right after Christmas and through the New Year. We often go somewhere “beachy” although this year we will be at one of their houses due to scheduling challenges for travel. During our trip we select a night and a theme and each of the 4 couples compete for the coveted Throwdown Champ award. The prizes vary between puzzles (we always do a puzzle together on this trip), a game or something that someone has donated as a prize.

There are 8 of us so we crowd into a small kitchen where eight of us cook simultaneously

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We have competed with pasta, pizza, sliders and appetizers. We have eaten well during these competitions!

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We have had awesome foods like the year our Italian competitor made a KILLER vodka sauce for their pasta. We have had the not so good beer cheese dip that ended up a weird consistency.

We have had fun more than anything though...

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We cast ballots in the voting booth (the bathroom) and we vote on taste, visual appeal and originality.

So we like to eat so we have incorporated that hobby into a fun, holiday tradition. Let another Holiday Throwdown begin!!!

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What are some of your holiday traditions?

Happy Unleashing during the Holidays!

FGU

Thanksgiving Traditions; Grateful Hour

turkeyI think every family has some traditions they follow for holidays.  We do too.  They have evolved over the years; some have been around for a long time, some are newer.  Some we can’t do anymore because of situations in location or participants.

When I think of  Thanksgiving some traditions revolve around food (of course!).  If my youngest is at the table I have to make green bean casserole.  My middle daughter is vegetarian so an abundance of veggies is a must!   Oldest daughter must have corn casserole and mashed potatoes.  Hubby always makes pumpkin pie from freshly roasted pumpkin and dinner rolls that the kids shape anyway they want!  I have to have stuffing and something squash.  The stuffing never changes; I have made it the same every year for as long as I can remember although I have no recipe for it.  Food is a big part of our traditions and I suspect it is for you too!

But our biggest tradition and longest standing one is “Grateful Hour”.

From the time we get up until we go to bed, every hour we do a round robin of what we are thankful for.  I love this so much.  It keeps our focus on gratitude all day.  For those that aren’t here, we call over the phone or text for participation. The predictable ones come up but it is always fun as the day progresses to see what everyone shares when the timer dings.  The last hour of the day usually brings up “glad that gratitude hours are over” with a laugh, but everyone really does love it and it just would not feel like Thanksgiving without it.

What traditions do you have?  Whatever they are, enjoy them, enjoy the holiday and enjoy pondering over what you are grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!