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The Joy of a Full Plate

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday  I cooked and baked in the kitchen preparing my favorite meal of the year. I took delight in the smells of summer savory from the roasting turkey, the hint cinnamon coming from the cranberry sauce simmering over the oven, and the subtle scent of chocolate turtle cake baking in the oven. It is in those small moments that a small magic happens in my kitchen and everything falls together with ease.

A Full Plate

A simple act of preparation and timing creates  just the right overture that makes everyone want to fill their plate.  We feasted on the turkey dinner with a relaxed joy and a sense of connection as a family.

In those small moments I am grateful for the magic in the kitchen that brings my family together for these special dinners.

It was with our bellies stuffed and we retreated to various corners of the house that I realized a full plate is a wondrous joy. Sometimes we pretend to forget that we are throwing the rules of moderation to the wind when we enjoy an over-flowing plate of delicious delights.

It is after dining we may begin to feel a mild discomfort that rumbles within our bellies.  Just as in life we all have full plates but what if we stepped back to measure in moderation. Would we feel the levels and discomfort of stress? The regret of enjoying too much?

All I know is I enjoy my full plate because it brings me joy to know that I am moving in a new and exciting direction. I get to choose what to put on and what not to put on my plate! It  is with patience and practice I hope I will finally get the balancing act just right.  But every now and then I like to have my plate full! Real Full!

 Wishing you all a very Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

15 replies

  1. I thought it was only us here in NL who enjoyed savoury with turkey! Mmmm. Glad to see our enlightened fellow Canadians in Alberta have figured out the wonderful combination too :-)This year my family’s thanksgiving had to be in two parts. I, along with 2 sons and daughter enjoyed chicken at St. John’s and My wife, along with eldest enjoyed roast in your fair city (later they took a walk on the Peace bridge). Like my wife noted I think the real thanksgiving for us will be when he comes home at Christmas.

    1. I am an east coast girl from New Brunswick – it would be a disservice not to have summer savory 😉

      It sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving! I hope your wife had a great time in Calgary. It is such a beautiful city.

      1. I am not sure if I am going to do the traditional turkey and all the fixings or do a four-course dinner with wine pairings with a sherbet course and cheese plate for dessert.

  2. Ah, you’re speaking my language there aren’t you. A full plate. I hope you had a lovely thanksgiving and I’m sure the meal was as delicious as I’m imagining it to be now. Looking forward to hearing how you found my book when you’re ready. Its very cheering to see you Blogging again, although I know I’ve already said that

  3. I actually tried not to overflow the plate too much this year! well, except my aunts gravy, because that’s like edible gold!! I think by now, in my 40s, my tummy must be used to this rather large meal once a year – LOL. it’s adjusted accordingly because it actually growled at me about 30 minutes after I finished eating. We were in the middle of a very long trail ride/walk in the woods. I was actually hungry again when we returned. So I had a second piece of dessert. 🙂

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