So Thanksgiving week is here and there's no denying that the holiday busyness is upon us. I'm hosting my family for the Thanksgiving meal and I've been busy in the kitchen already. Two loaves of pumpkin bread, one loaf of banana bread, one pumpkin cheesecake, and one flourless chocolate cake are now safely tucked away in my freezer. Whew! The turkey is thawing in the fridge, sweet potatoes and Yukon golds are in the pantry, and fresh green beans are chilling in the crisper. Wow, what a lot of food! I'm counting on getting at least two meals from the feast, so it seems good to prepare a lot.
My mind is also busy with the thought of Christmas presents. I'm trying to simplify this year, turning my photos into gifts, and making donations to charities like this one. I love shopping on Etsy, too, with so many great artists and affordable options. Something like this would be fun to give to family or friends.
In the midst of all this, I remind myself that the food and gifts don't matter nearly as much as the people for whom they're intended. I'm so grateful for my husband, children, parents, siblings, and close friends! They are what make my life full, give me a reason to smile, and keep me lifted up. They are life's real blessings, and for them I am truly thankful.
P.S. If you're interested, details on the hat can be found on Ravelry.