Happy two more sleeps to Thanksgiving!
I love this time of year, I really do. Sometimes, I think the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas are just as special and exciting as the days themselves. I enjoy the anticipation of time with family and friends, the parties and specials dinners to look forward to, and the spirit of excitement, giving, and gratitude.
I don’t mean to lump Thanksgiving and Christmas together in such a way that Thanksgiving isn’t given it’s due. While my mom has always called the day after Thanksgiving the “Official Beginning of the Yuletide Season,” so I associate it with the beginning of the Christmas season, I truly love Thanksgiving for what it is–a delicious meal around a table packed with my family. A day to be reminded of the things I have to be grateful for, and there are oh so many. I consider myself pretty happy, and I think regular acknowledgement of the many, many blessings in my life is so important to my happiness.
Normally I would fill my recipe posts with musings about the recipe. While I certainly could–this is such a simple, delicious side that would make a great last-minute addition to your table, adding only a few ingredients and a little time to your last minute preparations–I feel compared to share the things that I am truly grateful for this year.
As a Christian, I am constantly aware of the blessings He has rained down everywhere in my life–people, opportunities, experiences–and His everlasting love and grace. I don’t think I could begin to put the gratitude into words–I am in awe of Him and all He does for me.
As a daughter, sister, cousin, niece, granddaughter, and auntie, I am grateful for the many people I call family and the joy and laughter they fill my life with. I’m grateful that I have family so close, for daily lunchtime walks with my momma, for group messages with my parents and siblings on a daily basis, for the sweet little boy who calls me Auntie, and for the health and longevity of my beloved Shammy. I’m grateful that my oldest friend is my cousin Diana–she was born 11 months and three days after me and I’d like to think we’ve been friends ever since. I’m thankful for my Aunt Rita, who has always looked out for me and loved me like one of her own. And for many, many more aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, and extended family, for being loving, adorable, taking so many pictures, clinking so many glasses, and bringing so much cheer to our family.
I am beyond grateful for Donald. Every day, I am in awe that he loves me and cares for me so intently and so unconditionally. He is kind and loving, wise beyond his years, and so caring and giving. I could not even dream of a better partner to do life with than this man.
I’m so thankful for a group of friends who are like family. The kind of friends who make you laugh uncontrollably, love to eat as much as you do, revel in your mutual fantasy of living in Miami as a retiree, Golden Girls style, and open their heart to you in the best kind of way.
I’m thankful that Donald came with parents, brothers, nieces, nephews, and many family members and friends who have welcomed me and loved me as their own since day one. His family has become our family, and that is the best and most beautiful feeling.
I’m grateful that the snow is so pretty, so it has at least one redeeming quality. For morning coffee, for heated blankets, for a bed that is the most comfy place I’ve ever been. For the chance to learn and grow in very unique places at both of my jobs. For the chance to (finally!) have my own food blog, and for the people who read it, comment on it, and support my ginger eats side. I’m grateful for a church that is doing big, beautiful things in the way of loving people and loving our world. I’m grateful that I’ve met some amazing people through The Father’s House who have taught me so much about life, love and friendship.
I’m grateful for a divorce that is over, because the weight that feels lifted, the dark thoughts that have gone away, and the baggage that feels just left in the past are priceless to me.
I’m thankful for the fresh, happy, delighted, fulfilled life I am creating for myself, and all of the pieces–the people, the opportunities, the things, the experiences, the places–that make up this beautiful ride.
Wishing you and your family a beautiful day of gratitude!
PS– I’d love to hear: what are you grateful for this year?
Roasted Delicata Squash & Apples with Honey Butter
- 2 delicata squash, washed and sliced into ¼ inch pieces
- 2 apples, sliced into ¼” pieces
- 1 stick butter
- 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- Salt & pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large baking dish, combine the apples and delicata squash.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add garlic and honey, stirring well, and allow to cook for about 3 minutes. Pour mixture over squash and apples, then toss to coat. Season with salt, pepper, and thyme, then stir to coat.
Bake squash and apple mixture for 40 minutes, until squash is nice and soft. Serve and enjoy!