Giving Thanks

Sneak peak of tomorrow’s dessert. My dad is not a fan of pumpkin, so I present to you an apple-cranberry pie.

And it looks like you also got a preview of our chairs. After almost 4 months of eating at our coffee table, we have these pretty white chairs that will go perfectly with our new dining table. We are picking it up later this week. Finally!

For tomorrow’s feast, I signed up to make a few other (vegan) dishes, of course. I’ll be making bruessels sprouts, fruit and nut stuffing with chestnuts, cranberry-persimmon sauce and biscuits and gravy, which was a special and last minute request by my husband.

Eric and I will be celebrating our first Thanksgiving as a married couple and we are all gathering at my parents’ house. As I mentally go over the list of all the ingredients I need to pack and transport to their place, I got to thinking that as important as all these logistics are, the people in my life are so much more important.

I often get overwhelmed this time of the year with what seems like a never ending to-do list, and lose sight of what’s important to me, which is my family. I start feeling even more guilty when I think about all the things I am not doing as much as I should – charity, volunteering, and giving back my community. These are productive thoughts, but I find myself overwhelmed just thinking about it all. Simple Organic has a well written and encouraging post on this exact topic – managing stress during the holidays.

And since I’m in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to take a few moments to reflect and appreciate the people who help make my life so fulfilling.

My partner in crime, my husband. He is always there to listen, console, and share my happiness. Oh and make me laugh.

My family. They are so supportive and love me just the way I am – imperfections and all. And although we will spend this Thanksgiving without my grandfather, I hope that our meal would make him proud. He was the master chef in the family, and if I could share my love and share my food with others the way he did, you would all be very lucky.

My new family. My new family is now so big and I could not have asked for more sincere and kind people in my life. My mom and dad (in law) are such wonderful people who treat me with the utmost respect and love.

My friends. Some I have known for ages, some for a few years or months, but I know that when times are difficult they are there to help and when times are great, they share my success and happiness.

When I get overwhelmed I have to remind myself that these important people don’t care whether my floor hasn’t been mopped, or my coffee table is dusty, or even that my pie crust is not perfectly cooked, they just want to enjoy my company, and I want to enjoy theirs.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone.

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