Happy Thanksgiving!

Although I’m in the US this Canadian Thanksgiving (and will be in Canada for American Thanksgiving…) I want to take a moment to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life.

10. Homemade baked goods
This afternoon I may take advantage of the bounty of apples and the cool weather to make some coffee cake… nothing soothes the soul like like lovingly baked treats!

9. Good books
Thanks to my new kindle my uptake of books is rising steeply! Favorites lately: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and The House of the Scorpion. Also: Goodreads is awesome and appeals to the list-maker in me!

8. Warm, comforting soup
There’s nothing like hot seasonal soup on a cool day!

Roasted squash and pumpkin soup, served with local steamed mussels.

7. Wonderful animals
Although I sometimes feel like our apartment is an animal asylum, I love our kooky pets!

Our bearded dragon Icky having a bath in the sink, and our ex-street kitten Vincent, unimpressed with the camera.

6. Pumpkin Season
We are taking full advantage of the abundance of pumpkin this fall, eating it in soup, pumpkin beers, and of course, pumpkin smoothies. We’ve been adding old fashioned oats to our smoothies to make a yummy, complete breakfast!

5. Wonderful job
I’m so very fortunate to have a day job that I love. I have a great group of colleagues whom I will be very sad to leave, but no matter where I end up I know I’ll have the opportunity to help families in a powerful way.

4. Community Supported Agriculture
Thank goodness for our farm share!  I think you can see my enthusiasm through my weekly produce posts. It is so wonderful to have this weekly delivery of seasonal produce, knowing that it’s fresh and of the highest quality. I swear Icky can tell the difference between grocery store kale and the yummy stuff we get from the farm!

3. My family
I’m lucky to come from a loving family that gave me my love of food! I’m grateful that they have shared their recipes with me and I wish I could be with them for this holiday!

Doing yoga with my family in my parents' backyard!

2. My guy
Not to get mushy, but I am so lucky to have found someone as kooky as me in Doug. I can’t wait to start a new adventure with him soon…

My favorite picture of Doug and I, all snazzed up for our friends' wedding.

1. New adventures!
As I recently announced, Doug and I are on the precipice of our next stage in life. I can’t wait to get started on the next phase of our lives in a new city (new to me, anyhow). Between Canadian and American Thanksgivings we have a lot to do, but by the time folks on this side of the border are finished their leftover turkey, we’ll be on the road to Boston!

What are you thankful for?

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