...pass the yams!

as one of my BFF's said in one of her posts earlier, why is it Thanksgiving is always over-shadowed by, not only halloween, but ESPECIALLY Christmas?!
yes, Christmas is great;
the smells of gingerbread,
the decorations,
sharing the birth of Christ with everyone you love around you.
but, i am here to say,

knowing the true history of it's origin, i don't celebrate it because of the pilgrims and native americans. but, my love of it goes beyond it's sad beginnings.
it's a simple holiday with a simple meaning...
be thankful
and i am!
and that's why i love this day.
and that's why i will not stand aside and allow it to be the wallflower among holidays any longer!
...nobody puts baby in a corner!

(okay, that might've been outta' context)
so, this post is to remind you to enjoy this day.
to be grateful you have a minute to stop and be thankful.
here are a few simple things to help get you in the thanksgiving spirit...

#1 Colors Galore!

you will never see these shades of yellow, orange, red, green and brown again in any other season! i really think this must be God's favorite time as well, because He stops at nothing on this one to make it beautiful! go out and enjoy these beauties before the winter time blues hits!

#2 "Thankful"

bless you, josh groban, for adding ONE thanksgiving song to your christmas cd, "noel". the cd is amazing!! but, if nothing else, buy it for the song, "thankful". it brings tears to my eyes every time i hear it.

check out the song on youtube
(click above)

(yet another reason why i love this man ALMOST as much as i do my husband...it's a very close "almost", though! ;)

#3 Pumpkin!...need i say more?

what a magical food it is! you get to play with it before eating it!
toasted seeds,
ice cream...
you are amazing!
nothing says fall and thanksgiving like pumpkins!
for another twist on a pumpkin treat (besides the usual pumpkin pie) try


4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12x18 inch half sheet pan.
  2. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together the eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bars spring back when lightly touched. Cool before cutting into bars.

Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Option: Add chopped walnuts on the top as a garnish.




7:45 PM

am i famous yet!!!?! i have been quote on someone else's blog! heehee
i love this post. i love thanksgiving. this is why: thanksgiving=family. i always equate this day with family. it is the day i look forward to all year, more than any other day - except my birthday. haha great post sarah!