Thursday morning started out with an intense class at the gym, and coming home and watching some of the parade with Joe. I did a little baking and cooking before heading out to my Uncle Vito and Aunt Kathy’s (who live like 2 minutes away).
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Carrots
(Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper. Baked at 375 for 50 minutes.)
I’m so thankful for an amazing family and friends, good health, and not just delicious, nourishing food, but the fact that I have never known true hunger and have never had to worry about how I was going to get food on the table. Oh, you guys, we are so blessed! Let’s never take that for granted! Gratefulness is always something I need to work on-sadly, I find it way too easy to take things for granted or to complain. And like I said the other day, I’m most grateful to know the God who is love, the Giver of all these gifts, the One who gave His Son to die for me.
Thanksgiving was a good day.
Katie and I love tiiiny things, including tiny beer steins.
It was so fun to have Joe’s younger sister Anna with us as the rest of the fam was out of town and she had school and work. There was some Catch Phrase and Mario 64 thrown in, which was obviously awesome.
I didn’t get one of U. Gary, A. Michelle, and Sam, and we missed Sara who was taking care of patients all day! 😦
There was so much delicious food! Brussel sprout casserole, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, veggies with bacon, stuffing, roasted veggies, balsamic roasted broccoli, turkey, gruyere Champaign cauliflower, and Grandma’s Jell-O molds.
Grandma always makes her Jell-o molds! 🙂
And the desserts! My mom made those chocolate chip bars which are unreal. There is an Oreo crust and then she added peppermint extract to the condensed milk, and there were pecans, shredded coconut and chocolate chips on top. They were inspired by a recipe my Aunt Sharon sent, but Mom couldn’t find the mint chocolate chips so she substituted with the pep extract and they were perfect. Homemade coconut cake and Katie’s gingerbread pumpkin trifle were amazing as well!
Random, but has anyone seen those American Airline commercials with the military girl in the airport?! Oh man, I just started crying, I kid you not. Thankful as well to live in this country, with brave people and families who make sacrifices for us, and the gift of living in a country where I am totally free to write and share about my faith. We are blessed.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7