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What We’re Thankful For in 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it’s time to count our blessings.

Each year on Thanksgiving, I have to clear out of the kitchen and give Randy plenty of room. He’s the real star of our household on Thanksgiving. He makes sure the turkey is perfect and the sweet potatoes are plentiful and his mother’s stuffing recipe is a hit, each and every year.

He also happens to use every single utensil in the kitchen– especially the ones that have to be washed by hand. But it’s endearing and charming, so I let him do his thing. I also let him clean it up. 😉

I’m thankful for that wonderful meal. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful we’re happy, healthy, safe, and together. I love Mt. Pleasant, and I feel blessed to live here. I’m also thankful for my job.

As a children’s dentist in Mt. Pleasant, we have plenty to be thankful for every year. We love our patients and their parents. We love our team and we love our practice. Every single day is rewarding when you do what you love, and we feel grateful when we get to work each and every morning.

We’re thankful for you.

This year, I thought I’d ask each member of my team what they’re thankful for. I also asked them about some of their favorite Thanksgiving traditions and some of their favorite holiday dishes.

Ashly – Front Office Team

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I’m thankful for my families: my immediate family, my church family, and my work family. I have been blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people in my life and I am very grateful.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving moment?

My husband and I do not live near our families. For the past 10 years, we have prepared Thanksgiving for our friends who also have no family living nearby. It always feels good to share a meal with our friends.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a favorite family recipe. I do look forward to Stove Top Stuffing. I only buy it one time a year and that’s Thanksgiving.

Lisa – Dental Hygienist

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I am thankful for many things, but now that both of my parents are 80+, I am VERY thankful that they are both happy, well, and live less than three miles from me.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving moment?

One year, MANY years ago, our turkey turned out very dry. The delicious turkey stuffing my Mother made really needed the drippings, the juice from the turkey, to make the stuffing moist. With no extra time to find a grocery store that was open (back in those days the grocery stores were closed on Thanksgiving Day), mom went to the big chest freezer in our basement. She got out some frozen chicken to boil, so she could use THAT for moisture in the stuffing.

The “chicken” was boiled and the chicken juice was added to the stuffing. Everything was finally cooked and ready to eat! YAY!!! Once we finally sat down to our beautiful Thanksgiving meal and said our blessing, my brother immediately went for the stuffing, which is his favorite, too. The look on his face was PRICELESS! The “frozen chicken” was actually frozen FISH. YUCK!!!!

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

My Mother’s turkey stuffing, made from scratch, has always (well, ALMOST always) been delicious. My Dad also makes a great oyster pie!

Jenny – Dental Hygienist

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I am most thankful for my family being close by, and being able to get together with them.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving moment?

My family went up to the mountains. We were frying a turkey, and we left the oil outside to cool for a few hours. When my Uncle went to clean it up, a black bear had knocked over the oil and was standing over the oil with her cub. My Uncle came back inside and said “there is nothing left to clean up,” and we all asked why. We all ran over to the window, saw the black bear and her cub, and started laughing.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

My Grandmother’s shrimp casserole.

Sumner – Dental Assistant

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

I’m thankful for the roof over my head, the food on our table, and for a loving God.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving moment?

When I was a kid, we had a Great Dane named Myra. She was a master at opening doors, cabinets, and the like. One particular Thanksgiving, Myra opened the oven door and ate our turkey. We were not amused at the time, but it has become a great story to share and remember each Thanksgiving.

I also love this toast my father-in-law often gives at Thanksgiving, and throughout the year:

“May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

My Mom makes oyster dressing. Typically she burns water, but this is her signature dish!

Gretchen – Dental Assistant

What are you most thankful for in 2015?

In 2015, I am most thankful that the people in my life are in good health. I’m especially thankful that my parents are present in my life, healthy, still married, madly in love, and able to be doing a ton of traveling together. Last, but not least, I am thankful that I have the job I have. I have the pleasure of working for a great, kind doctor, and a wonderful staff that have become much like family.

What’s your most memorable Thanksgiving moment?

My most memorable Thanksgiving moment was when I lived in Denver, CO. I was in Hygiene, CO with my friend who I lived with, and her family, at their family farm. For one, it’s ONE of the most magical, beautiful places I’ve been. The house view looks out upon a huge pond with a magnificent view of the mountains. I knew all of the seven people that were there, but my friend’s brother had just returned from Argentina. By the time dinner came, he was the most entertaining, hilarious guy. We were all in belly-hurting hysterics, crying with laughter, all the while enjoying some of the driest turkey I can ever remember eating.

Which Thanksgiving recipe do you look forward to every year?

The family recipe I always look forward to is a spinach casserole. It has spinach, cream of mushroom soup, a ton of cheddar cheese, and it’s topped with croutons. I, unfortunately, don’t make it home much for Thanksgiving, but it’s always my “go-to” dish to take to wherever I may be going. I also look forward to a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top.

We Are Most Thankful For You!

We couldn’t be a children’s dentist without you. Our patients and their parents make the world go ‘round for us. We want to know about your Thanksgiving memories, recipes, and traditions, too.

Go ahead and email us or leave a comment on Facebook, or just share with us the next time you visit our practice. Maybe we can feature your recipe on the blog sometime soon!

This Thanksgiving, we all have plenty to be thankful for.

The Busy Mom

~Cullan Pagenkopf