Besides the amazing feast, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it brings people together and gives us the opportunity for reflection. With only one week left until Turkey Day, I wanted to take a few moments to highlight some of the things for which I am grateful.
- My Family: With an adorable 20 month old daughter and a loving husband, I am truly blessed. We have so much fun hanging out with each other and nothing brings me more joy than snuggling up with them at night. And of course I am grateful for my parents, my brother and sister, uncles and aunts, cousins, niece and nephews…no matter where we are in the world, I know they are always there for me and I appreciate their love and support.
- My Music: I am so grateful to be able to share my love for music with others. Whether I am prancing around the room with scarves, shaking myself silly with a pair of maracas or singing lullabies on my guitar, not a day that goes by that I don’t stop and say, “wow…I’m having a blast…and this is my job?”. Thank you to all the families who come and support my classes. I appreciate you investing in the gift of music for your children and their future.
- My Readers: When I started my blog over a year ago, I had no expectations. I was merely looking for a creative outlet. And now I am connected with almost 400 followers. Thank you for your encouragement and feedback. I appreciate your likes, comments and interactions. My freshman year was a blast! Looking forward to seeing what the next year has in store :)
And last but not least, I am grateful for my fresh, organic and local fruit and veggies…and of course my produce party people! Holler if you hear me ;)
At last week’s party we had a total of 23 link ups. And by the looks of it, I’m not the only one craving something warm in this cold autumn weather. Soups, stocks, chilis and bowls of potage are making their way onto everyone’s dinner table this time of year. Throwing in your CSA veggies into your favorite pot of soup not only helps take your homemade concoctions to a whole new level, but its an easy way to use up leftover produce that is on the verge of going bad. A big thanks to everyone who participated in the party last week. I appreciate your continual support and loyalty to this wild and crazy party.
Speaking of wild and crazy, check out what’s going on in my box this week…
Is that dragonfruit? Wow! This is definitely the highlight of my 2+ years experience with my CSA. I didn’t even know these were grown locally! Learn something new everyday :) Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Coolest. Fruit. Ever!
So now the question is, what in the heck do I do with this thing? I tried it before and it was a bit disappointing. But after reading up on it a bit it might have been because the fruit was unripe. Plus, we all know CSA produce is way better than anything at the grocery store, so I am hoping this local fruit will change my mind. Fingers crossed…
My other item of excitement for the week…Brussels sprouts. It has been almost a year since I got these in my box and so I am thrilled to have them back. Like most of my veggies, I plan to roast these puppies right away. And if I am being honest, I will be eating this entire bag in one sitting. Because nothing tastes better to me than roasted Brussels. True story.
And then of course you have another household favorite, gocki (for those of you who don’t speak Harper, that means broccoli). The child LOVES gocki. The last time we got gocki I steamed it and planned to serve it with dinner for guests. But before I could get it on the table, Harper ate more than half of it on her own. Made me pretty darn proud to see her following in her mama’s Chucks ;)
I still have a few pears left over from last week and after this delivery am thinking of making some sort of sweet pear treat. Although, I still owe you an apple crumble (will be making my 4th crumble again tomorrow in hopes of getting it on the blog…it always goes too quickly). So not sure if I will have time to do both. In which case I will continue to enjoy them for a snack.
With cold season in full swing, I am doing my best to ward off wucky cooties (another Harper term). Fresh squeezed orange juice is the way to go this week. Might even mix it with some juiced kale. Because now that I have a juicer, the sky is the limit!
Russet potatoes always get me in the mood for Thanksgiving. I can remember one year when I was celebrating with my aunt and uncle, my cousin and I stayed up late the night before peeling potatoes. The memory always makes me chuckle because there was only one good peeler. So we would take turns sharing the good peeler and as we passed it between each other would say, “It’s only fair”. To this day, I always keep more than one vegetable peeler in my drawer just in case I have a late night pre-Thanksgiving potato peeling party.
Surprisingly, I am loving the tomatoes this week because they are heirloom, and heirloom tomatoes = something special. I am thinking a caprese inspired salad using the gorgeous lettuce that we got too. Would make for a delicious side dish or even a light lunch.
Your turn: What are you grateful for this year? Any special family traditions that you observe on Thanksgiving? Looking forward to reading your responses :)
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