Hi friends– I afraid to say that I’ve been stewing a bit over Thanksgiving. For the first time in a few years, ALL our family will be together in Ojai for a Thanksgiving weekend (It warms my Mom-heart!!) and I think I’m letting the details of getting us all together overwhelm my heart and mind. I need to back up and not lose sight of this time of Thankfulness…
Some Family together about this time last year.
So here I am– stopping to sit in quiet and thank God for a few things today:
1. The maple trees turning in the backyard, beauty out my window.
2. My people (especially Larry) who walk through these days with me.
3. Food in the fridge and a fire in the fireplace.
4. MOPS moms and young adults at church who keep me from feeling old.
5. Our kids–scattered and settled and doing well.
6. Grand-kids learning and blossoming– nothing dearer.
7. My Monday ladies who listen and understand and pray with me.
8. Books and music and mugs of tea in the quiet of our home.
9. Our parents who know us well and keep us grounded.
10. A walk with God, who loves us more than we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3)
I’m sure you have your own list– Doesn’t it bring a calm to your soul to think through your blessings??
“O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” — William Shakespeare
And I wanted to send you one last pumpkin recipe (Thanksgiving breakfast??). So quick and luscious! Made these with two baking buddies– Jenna & Bekah. Love those girls!!
2 tsp. water
2 sheets puff pastry (1 box), defrosted
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tab. coarse sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tab. milk
1 tsp. vanilla (or maple syrup)z
In a small bowl whisk together the egg and water. Set aside
Open out the puree pastry onto the counter. With a rolling pin, roll both pieces into 12″ by 16″ rectangles. Cut each piece in half to have 4 !2″x 8″ rectangles.
Mix together the pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Then spread the the pumpkin mixture to cover the 4 rectangles clear to the edges.
Starting at the long side, roll each rectangle into a long cylinder.
Then with a sharp knife cut clear through the cylinder, leaving a 1″ part at the top that is not cut. Turn the two cut halves of the cylinder around so the pumpkin layers are showing. Then braid the two stands together, so that the cut layers of pumpkin show on top.
Then twist the braid into a circle and carefully set the circle of pastry onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat until you have 4 braided circles (so pretty!)
The brush the egg mixture onto to coast the tops of the pastries and sprinkle on the coarse sugar.
Pop them all into a 400 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the tops are crusty and golden.
While they are baking whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla for the glaze.
When the pastries come out, let them cool for 5 minutes and then drizzle on the glaze. Delicious warm from the oven!!
Thanks Bekah & Jenna fo dropping in on a Saturday morning to bake and talk and eat. Love you two!
“What we’re really taking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday in November, when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” –Erma Bombeck
Thankful Heart Charts with the grand-girls 2016
And every Grandma needs a few easy tricks up her sleeve when the family gathers for Thanksgiving.
#1. Thankful Heart Charts– Been making these every year since our boys were small. Provide a cup full of markers and everyone draws tiny pictures of all they are thankful for (or contributes to a bigger chart to share with everyone).
#2. Gratitude Basket –Last year Jodi had everyone write what they were thankful for on a slip of paper (keeping it a secret!) and then after dinner she pulled the slips from the basket and as she read them, we guessed who had written each one. Some easy to guess, some hard, some hilarious. So fun!
#3. A to Z Thankfulness — Go around the circle and think of things to be thankful for, starting with the letters of the alphabet.
#4. Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt– Give each grand-kid a brown paper bag with this list on the front– a turkey, a pretty rock, 3 leaves, something fuzzy, something smooth, a small pumpkin, something green, a stick, something you think is beautiful. See what they come up with!!
Grand-girls in homemade turkey hats & standing by the welcome turkey at the front door.
“In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings – for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms.”
And finally, here’s a few of our favorite Thanksgiving books to share together after the turkeys eaten and there’s time to sit cozy on the couch.
Best Thanksgiving Books (Link to theses books & more)
Finally as you sit down around the table for Thanksgiving ahead, I hope for you that your heart is happy and settled and full of gratitude for your blessings great and small. Thanksgiving Blessings to you, dear Readers.
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” — Cicero