Happy Thanksgiving. I adore this holiday, especially for the reminder to count my blessings. It’s that time of year. The gratitude days. Today, I am feeling particularly grateful for this space, and all of you who come to visit me here. I am grateful for my kooky dog who leaps into my lap at the most surprising moments. I am grateful for lazy mornings and apple fritters with Dennis. Gratitude extends to good novels (The Goldfinch. Read it. No kidding) and afternoons spent knitting, watching movies on Netflix.
I am breathing again. Remembering what I do when not facing a massive list of obligations. For the first year in ages, we’ll have Thanksgiving elsewhere and will forego our annual Dead Poultry Society party. It didn’t seem like a good year to add more stress to my adrenaline fueled life. I’m happy to be making this stuffing and a couple of pies (this one and this one) for tomorrow’s dinner. I like the idea of being a guest.
It’s cookie and candy time around here. I do this every year, and, frankly, I over-do it every year. The list of cookies is crazy long and there will be some busy days and nights, but each sweet is like an old friend, and the stirring, kneading, decorating and packaging is a meditation for me, releasing memories with each step.
I’m so happy to be holding another holiday cookie giveaway. Just leave a comment, tell me your favorite holiday treat, and please “like” my Facebook page and if you’re on Twitter, would you click Follow? (I pretty much hate asking, so don’t expect a lot of this shameless begging.)
The contest closes next Monday, December 2. I’ll use the Random Number Generator to select a winner, and your cookies will arrive a few days later. Until then, you’ll find me in the kitchen in a cloud of sugar, butter, vanilla and flour.
What I am making —
Candied Citrus Peel
Meyer Lemon Gumdrops
Chocolate Chili Caramels
Cardamom Vanilla Caramels
Little Apricot ConfectionsGrasshoppers
Pistachio Sand Crescents with White Chocolate
Ginger Chocolate Chip
Raspberry Hazelnut Thumbprints
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies