Thankful Thursday

I’ve decided to start having Thankful Thursday here on my blog. I’m doing this for a couple different reasons….

1. I’m a sucker for all things alliterative. The double letter alliteration just makes me so darn happy (the only literary device I like more are puns; I LOVE puns)

2. It is always good to call to mind our blessings and thank God for all the wonderful things he has bestowed up on us.

Each week I will discuss a different thing that I am thankful for and I invite you to do the same. So, on this first installment of Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my wonderful mother who cooks me amazingly delicious and healthy meals (of course I’m thankful for her for many other reasons too, but that is what I’m focusing on today).

Often times, with school and other things, I don’t have much time to cook during the week. Fortunately, my mom is always whipping up delectable and nutritious meals. She goes through great efforts to cook  healthful foods that I will want to eat and, if she is making something with dairy, she’ll leave it out of my portion. I don’t tell her often enough, but I appreciate everything she does so, so much!

A scrumptious dinner Mommy made recently. She even plated it up all pretty because she knows I like it that way.

An exquisite sandwich she made, featuring turkey, avocado, sliced apples, all grilled to perfection on cranberry pistachio bread. It sounds a bit odd but the creamy-ness of the avocado so perfectly compliments the crunchy-ness of the apples. Even if you don’t eat meat, you should really try the  avocado + apple combo.

She also helped me make this delicious bread. Okay, let’s be honest; saying, “she helped me make it,” is totally deceptive. She did most of the work! Not wanting to wreck our mixer motor, we decided to make it by hand and mommy dearest did pretty much all the kneading. She makes homemade dough regularly so she’s pretty darn good at it.

An awesome open faced sandwhich and some fruit

And let’s not forget about this soup.

The above are just a few things I happened to snap pictures of. My mom is always making nourishing yet saporous food!

Thanks Mom!

What are you thankful for on this lovely Thursday?

Any fun puns you’d like to share?

Here is an entertaining one I read. Greengrocers earn a meager celery, come home beet and just want to read the pepper, take a leek, turnip the covers, endive into bed.

Turnip the covers? Endive into bed? Please tell me that at least made you smile :)

~Ann Claire


Thanksgiving Festivities

I hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful thanksgiving! I did but, sadly, I did not take one picture the entire day. Beginning Wednesday, my mom, dad, 2 sisters, brother and I were all together at home. All of us being so scattered apart because of various education and work, this has become quite the rarity.

Wednesday night we enjoyed a nice family dinner

to which I contributed a spinach salad.

Featuring goat cheese, (I find it doesn’t bother me the way other dairy does) a white balsamic, olive oil and honey dressing, and of course pomegranate arils.

Saturday we all headed out the door around 7:15 to do a 5 mile Turkey Trot with, ya-know, over 17,000 other people. There were so many people there! It’s great to get out and get some exercise before being sedentary and eating too much; guess we’re not the only people who think that. We then spent the rest of the day with lots of family and watched A&M beat UT! Whoop!

All in all, a great thanksgiving; so much to be thankful for!

How was your thanksgiving?

Do you eat turkey on thanksgiving? If so, do you do it because you like it or because it’s tradition.

My family decided that next year we are NOT having turkey or the traditional thanksgiving fare since, while we enjoyed it yesterday, there are other foods we like much better.

Enjoy your Friday!

~Ann Claire