One of the aspects I enjoy most about Thanksgiving is that the focus of this time is not on shopping or presents or anything else but gratitude.


It’s even in the name – Thanks+Giving = giving thanks! Gratefulness takes center stage on this day, and with it, all of our own traditions that have been built from each year and passed down, either through our family or friends, or even traditions we have created ourselves. 


What makes traditions so special anyway? I think it is the connection between these inherited practices and the relationships that we have. For me, the best part about Thanksgiving is the quality time I get to spend with my family and friends. And – everyone else is of the same mind; we are all focused on being together and giving our time. I believe that the traditions we hold onto, especially for Thanksgiving, are what help keep the bonds in our relationships. πŸ’• 


My traditions for Thanksgiving mainly revolve around showing gratitude to the important people in my life and giving extra time to my loved ones to continue strengthening our relationship. Because food is such a big part of Thanksgiving, cooking certain dishes has become another traditional part of this holiday for me and my family. 


One of my favorite holiday recipes comes from my daughter, Suzan.  We love sweet potatoes and this version is always a crowd pleaser! πŸ™Œ


Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes or yams

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup milk


πŸ‘‰πŸΌPart One: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place yams and or sweet potatoes on the sheet.  Bake or roast until soft.  Cool and peel.

πŸ‘‰πŸΌPart Two: Mix together potatoes/yams and the other ingredients with a mixer. Be careful not to over mix. Next, grease (or use non-stick spray) a casserole dish



  • 2 Tbsp butter

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup toasted and chopped pecans

  • 2 tbsp flour


πŸ‘‰πŸΌPart Three: Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.




Please Note: This dish can be prepared a day ahead and baked just before dining.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving and may your special traditions continue to be special this and each year!