Giving Thanks

I am giving thanks for so many things. Today is Thanksgiving and the very first things I will give thanks for is my family. Next I am thankful that I don’t have to cook a turkey today. Oh, I’ll be cooking one, but tomorrow. Today I get to enjoy baking pumpkin pies, from pumpkin grown accidentally in our garden. You gotta love compost and re-seeding.

I know this started hundreds of years ago as a harvest festival then turned to a church service but now, with the American Thanksgiving putting the North American settlers gratitude swing on things, I’ll accept the turkey and give thinks for everything.

I am going to make a shortish list (so, please do not be offended if you’re not on it.) of things I am thankful for.

  • Family. Yes, all of you!
  • Being loved and being able to love.
  • Friends – near and dear as well as far as a star.
  • A warm bed at night and for naps if I need or want one.
  • My health. I’m here aren’t I?
  • Food – most of it anyways. There’s always something people don’t like.
  • Living in such a beautiful place with so much nature around.
  • My mind! I may have lost it once or twice, but I always find it.
  • Amusements. This is a big category but includes books, computer games, movies etc…….
  • Animals. Pets, wildlife and the exotics in National Geographic – all of them. They make us human,
  • Plants. We can eat them, smell them, look at them and make things from them. They’re pretty important if you want to make things like mojitos
  • Rocks. I really like rocks: mica, hoodoos, marble, slate, agate, opals, even coal. All of them – respect them!
  • The sun and space. It’s a universal thanks for all of this. (Get it?)
  • The things that have no explanation. They give me faith that we can become all that we want to .
  • All of you. (even though I do believe I mentioned you in the friends category even if I haven’t met you, yet.)
  • Being able to give thanks. I raise my hands to all!

So, I will enjoy the day and let Norm take me for a walk. The house will smell glorious and I won’t have to eat brussels sprouts. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

May your stuffing  be tasty

May your turkey be  plump,

May your potatoes  and gravy

Have never a lump.  

May your yams be  delicious

And your pies take  the prize,

And may your  Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off your  thighs!  

Diane’s Fireball Yams

2-3 pound of yams or sweet potatoes – peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
dots of butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 ounce Fireball
1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec (don’t use Blue Curacao or you will get turquoise yams! Another story)

Slice the yams(sweet potatoes) into a single layer into a relatively shallow dish or casserole. Sprinkle with brown sugar and dot with butter over the whole thing.  Then, pour the Fireball and Triple Sec over the whole thing and add to the oven at 325/350 F for at least 1 hour!!!!  The alcohol evaporates but the flavour remains – big time!  Enjoy!

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on October 7, 2012.

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