Thanks – Giving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. It is actually my husband (our Asst. Winemaker), Ethan’s, absolute favorite holiday and well, it hasn’t taken much convincing for me to join him. I’m sure it is the warmth of the colors, the candles, the comforting food, and being around loved ones that make it so. I’m sure the hot stoves and ovens actually make it a warm house too, but it’s the actual warm, fuzzies that stick with us.

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Even though we are off that day, we do not sleep in as we have work to do! Ethan and I love being apart of the food prep as it is our way of showing love to our families.

Ethan is our turkey guy in the family. He spends time slowly prepping the turkey for cooking by chopping herbs, garlic, and citrus. He is very thoughtful about this whole process.

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As for me, I make a pecan pie which stirs up memories of my Grannie, who used to be the one that made them. The smell as it bakes brings a sense of comfort as I remember her laugh and smile.

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We usually then delegate the rest of the dishes. Taking turns each year cooking our style of yams, stuffing, and green beans. The day is really a family effort. Every person contributes.

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Of course, we always make sure that we have wine with the meal as well as sparkling cider!

  • 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
    • Cheese Plate & Pear
  • 2013 Chardonnay
    • Duck
  • 2012 Zinfandel
    • Turkey
    • Stuffing
  • 2010 Silken Blend
    • Ham
    • Green Beans

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With all these things, there is so much to be thankful for. And it really makes me stop and become overwhelmed by the fact that we are so blessed. We know that not everyone is fortunate to be blessed to have a family, or even a plate of food. That is why we are wanting to help this holiday season with not only being thankful, but the giving.

On Dec. 1st, next Tuesday, it is #GivingTuesday and we have been partnering with Must! Charities for over a year. They give to our local Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club, which both are organizations that need on going support.

If you would like to join us in giving now or on Dec 1st, please feel free to at mustcharities.org and share an unselfie, using the graphic below, with us using #mustcharities #parrishfamilyvineyard as we will be posting a collage of those who have given so far on Dec 1st to inspire others. The idea is to spread the spirit of giving and being other minded, which is something that our world needs. If you are unable to give, be inspired to give in a way to someone in need whether it is encouragement, or a small token of love.

Thank you and be blessed this Thanksgiving, no matter where you are.

Cecily

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