Thanksgiving is about two things: Food and being grateful. (Football probably makes the list for lots of people, but not this non-sports fan!) So I thought I'd make this Thanksgiving-eve post about both.
First, the food. I've been doing a lot of cooking lately, and I thought I'd share some of my new favorite vegetarian recipes:
These spicy sweet potato patties are a delicious side dish, or, if you eat enough of them (and you'll want to!), they're a filling meal.
Here's an easy-peasy brocolli dish that's a little more intersting than the typical brocolli fare.
My mom's Italian, and so I was raised to love love love Italian food. Since my husband doesn't eat cheese, I rarely make the dairy-heavy dishes, but I made these cheese-stuffed eggplant roll-ups recently, and boy was I glad I did. Yum, yum, yum.
And lastly, here's my favorite Thankgiving recipe of all time--acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, cranberries, and hazelnuts. Even the turkey eaters who bless my table on Thanksgiving save a big spot on their plate for one of these babies. I've altered the recipe here and there since I've been making it for 5+ years now, but it's delicious as is, too.
Now onto the giving of thanks. Like most people I know, I've got a ton to be thankful for. Even as we all deal with life's little and big challenges (in my case, a nasty cold/flu virus that has been attacking my poor immune system for the last 4 weeks now!), there are so many things we take for granted, like clean water and warm homes and the internet (really! Think about how the internet has changed your life!).
But I'd like to list the things that are more personally meaningful to me this year:
*Finding--no MAKING--the time to nurture my budding novel and various other creative pursuits.
*The friends who encourage the above.
*The husband, who seems to truly get just how important writing is to me (even though he won't "let" me quit my job and write full time.)
*This blog's readers! It's been so much fun to "meet" new people and reconnect with old friends via this blog.
I could go on and on, but those are the blessings on my mind at the moment. How about you, what are your top 4 things to be thankful for this year?
Here are some pics from last Thanksgiving, enjoy!
My sister-in-law with my chicken chalkboard
My dad being silly while my mom smiles beautifully for the camera.
My mom and I getting down to work.
A Mayflower replica Brian made
The place cards I made
(I'm having some trouble alighning the captions with the photos...hope it's obvious which should go with which!)
Happy Thanksgiving all!