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A Blessings Mix is a visual and tasty reminder of the Pilgrim's at the First Thanksgiving. It's easy to make and flexible. I made this for our Monday Family Home Evening treat; most Mondays we have a gospel lesson or activity and a treat. We discussed the meaning of each of the items.
I have included the meaning and the amounts of each ingredient that I used to fill this medium-sized cracker jar. Last year I put the Blessing Mix in cellophane bags and tied it with a pretty ribbon with a tag attached telling about each item of the mix. It's a fun and tasty giftie for friends and relative.
Bugles (2 cups) -- Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance .
Pretzels (1 cup) -- Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
Candy Corn (1 cup) -- Sacrifices of the Pilgrims' first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.
Sunflower Seeds (1 cup) -- Promise of a a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
Dried fruits (I used 1/2 cup dried cranberries) -- Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.
Fish Crackers (1 cup) --A remembrance of the abundant sea life and the blessing it was to the Pilgrims.
I adapted the ingredients and the sayings from the blog Organized Home.
Today I am thankful because a new little girl arrived safely from heaven to our family -- I am now a Grandma! I am so thankful that everything turned out well! She is 5 pounds and 11 ounces and there is no name yet! Our son and his wife and new baby live in Virginia -- our son is going to medical school there. We won't see the baby until Christmas! Just so happy for them!