Happy Thanksgiving!

“If you never learned the lesson of thankfulness, begin now. Sum up your mercies; see what provision God has made for your happiness, what opportunities for your usefulness, and what advantages for your success.” ~ Ida S. Taylor

Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite of all the holidays, and I am really excited for the festivities tomorrow!  This fall has been one of the hardest that I can remember, emotionally.  We have had some very sad things, disappointing things, and downright hard things…but I am looking forward to spending time with family, reminiscing the life of my sweet Aunt Mo, and sharing the things we are all thankful for in life.  I have made some fun decorations, garland, and printed some cute cards to write our thanksgivings.  I have challenged myself to cultivate thanks every day.  I began writing my thanks as gifts 3 years ago this December (as I read Ann Voskamp’s blog and book 1000 gifts), and I am beyond blessed as I look back and read the thankfulness, giving glory to God for all the ways He has shown me His love.  I would challenge you to start writing down at least one thing every day that you’re thankful for that day.  It is amazing to read them back over the years and see His goodness!

The engineer and I went to a wedding of some sweet friends from church!

My mom is hosting the day at her home, so I am helping her by making the turkey!  This will only be the 2nd time I have roasted a large bird, so hoping it will turn out well!  I have already made the cranberry sauce, and the pecan pies are in the oven as I type, and the turkey is brining in the fridge!  Tomorrow morning will be an early one as I get up to pop the turkey in the oven, and make the giblet gravy!

Many of you have asked about the recipes that I use…I always use a recipe, but I often alter it based on my favorite flavors, or what I have on hand, etc.

My go-to always use Pecan Pie recipe is from Ree Drummond (y’all, I really love her!!)  I don’t really alter this one at all–except I have found that the recipe should be for 2 pies, not just one.  I use 2 regular store bought pie crusts (gasp!) and bake them for 50 min at 350*.  I cover them with foil for the first 30, and take the foil off for the last 20 min.  They are perfect!!  You could probably use one deep-dish pie crust, and just bake it a little longer.

Oh and I may have already put up one of my trees (its a small one) and on it, I hung some of the garland I have been making (going in the etsy shop today!!)

There it is!  The most fun scrappy garland ever!  I really love it on the tree,
but you can use it on your mantel, above a bed, a doorway, on a festive table, etc!

Hope you all enjoy your time with family and friends.  Take time to give thanks, and eat some yummy food!

What are you thankful for?

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