Recipe for the BEST HOLIDAY EVER!

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By Susan Greene

Happy holidays without turning on the stove… As the magnet says:  MAKE RESERVATIONS!! That is just what I did!  Back in July, I thought about taking my “Grand Girls” to the Big Apple for Thanksgiving. NYC here we come (if the pocketbook could stand the expense of the trip)!  I have always wanted to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person and now that I am getting older, I thought that I had better seize the moment NOW! I had this conversation with my precious Aunt Dot back in the summer and she was seriously considering making the trip with us. She died on October 12th of this year and her death made me realize how short life can be.  Her funeral was on her 85th Birthday and she was a very vivacious “Energizer Bunny”.  She could have kept up with us and never missed a beat.  I know that she was looking down on us every minute of the trip and believe me I had so many thoughts of her. I have been very blessed to have her in my life!

Let me tell you, this was the best idea that I have ever had!  No dirty dishes, no leftovers, no oven to clean and better yet ,no ROLAIDS or extra POUNDS. Made the reservations to go to NYC and we counted the days to the departure.

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I planned every day very carefully to include everything that we could possibly do in four and one-half days.  I had 2 things that I wanted to do FOR SURE: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Rockettes. Some of the other activities included were: the Broadway musical “The Addams Family”, Time Square, Radio City Music Hall, Ground Zero, the top of the Rock, Dinner at The View, the Empire State Building, Dylan’s Candy Store, Canal Street, Rockefeller Center, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, St. Patrick’ s Cathedral, Macy’s, Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, several rides on the subway, the inflation of the balloons the night before the parade, and last but not least SHOPPING!  Of course, we had to work around the weather and we did just that!  I told the group rain or shine, cold or hot we were going to see all that we could possibly see while we were in the Big Apple so get ready to GO! WE were NOT going to NYC to watch TV or play on the computer!

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Mission has been accomplished and this might become a family tradition. These memories will not be found in a cookbook!

Stay tuned for some great Christmas activities with your children, grandchildren or friends!

Bubbles grew up in Albany, Georgia. She is a vivacious, fun loving, always on the go, Twentieth Century Grandmother. Having 3 precious grandchildren makes her day interesting. Carpools, reading to the class, softball and soccer games (not to mention the girls are on different teams), caring for my parents, grocery store, cleaners, and whatever pops up on any given day! Sometimes she believes that having the grandchildren first would have been easier. She runs on GO 100% of the day and is always the last to turn off the light and the first to turn on the stove. There is never a dull moment in her life. Memories are what Bubbles wants to leave with her grandchildren and their friends. She is well on the way to large volumes of just that. Read her Blogs and you will be able to take ideas to your house to share with your children and grandchildren.
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Susan~ It was truly a trip of a lifetime and one that Ivy will always remember and treasure. During the planning stage, Ivy could not imagine not being home with family on Thanksgiving Day; however, each time we talked about this trip, we reminded each other that she would be with you. Knowing this, made everything OK. I knew that you would keep them entertained, and there would not be any time for her to miss home. From talking to Ivy and reading your blog, I was absolutly right! She had a wonderful trip, and I will forever be grateful to you and your family for all of the love and support that you have shown her over the years. I definitly agree with Ivy when she said that you have a heart of gold, and you always find time to do for othes. The only change that you should make next year is to take me along! Thanks again for all that you do!

By Vicki Inman on December 07, 2011

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I love it Mrs. Susan! I'm so honored that I get to be apart of such an awesome family! As some of you may not know, Bubbles "adopted" me into the family about ten years ago to help babysit her two precious granddaughters. From then on, my life has completely changed! Who would have ever thought I would have the opportunity to go on countless (and VERY, VERY entertaining) beach trips, shopping trips, lunch and dinner dates, New York trips, and the list goes on?! Each event is filled with memories I will forever hold close to my heart and cherish! I will have to say, this New York trip and our St. George trips top the charts! This Thanksgiving is one that I will always remember! Mrs. Susan has a heart of gold and you just can't help but to love her! You're the best, Bubbles!

By Ivy Inman on December 06, 2011

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My junior year in college, my parents, brother, and I spent Thanksgiving in Branson, MO. While it is not NYC, that is still the best Thanksgiving we have had; my Grammie was furious with us and was pretty convinced we had lost out minds. That was about two years before my father got really sick and the last holiday we spent together just the four of us before I got married and my children came along. Such wonderful memories, and the holiday we most reminisce over each year. My goal with my kids is to just once spend Christmas and New Years in NYC, the 4th of July in DC, and hopefully Easter in either Vatican City or Israel...one of these days. Merry Christmas!

By Lori on December 05, 2011

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
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