I can’t believe that Thursday is Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to feasting on some turkey and way too many carbs. Once again, we will be traveling for Thanksgiving so yet again I have gotten out of all of the planning for the “big” meal. I know I will do my fair share of cooking in the kitchen, but the planning is up to someone else. I enjoy being the guest for Thanksgiving, but sometimes I miss the hustle and bustle of getting everything together in my own house.

The year William was born, all of our family came to town for William’s baptism and we had a huge Thanksgiving celebration with both sides of our family. Jeffrey and I lived in a small 2 bedroom house so we set up shop at our church to cook the feast. It was a magnificent celebration! Everyone was cooking and my parents added such flair to the occasion. For those who know my mom and dad they would attest to the fact that dad would always decide to add one more item or mom would decide we needed just one more dessert. We always had way to much food.  It didn’t matter because it was always so much fun. It is memories like these that I cherish.

Jeffrey loves to share about how one year when my mom, grandmother and I were all in the kitchen working on our Thanksgiving dressing (we don’t “do” stuffing) he caused a huge disturbance.  He would simply told my mother that my grandmother wasn’t cutting the celery into small enough pieces. After she went over to complain to my grandmother, he just stepped back to watch the mischief he had caused. He loved to get our goat on little things such as how small/big to chop the celery. Great memories are made in the kitchen.

I hope this year you make lots of good memories and take time to be thankful for all of the blessings we have.

Instead of sharing a new recipe today I have decided that I am going to honor one of my favorite ingredients instead: pumpkin. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes because I simply cannot get enough pumpkin. Hopefully I will still get a couple new pumpkin recipes in before Christmas. (I have a friend who makes an amazing pumpkin scone.)

Also, I wanted to add that on Wednesday I will be sharing my all time favorite pie for Thanksgiving. So if you are still looking for a delicious treat for Thanksgiving stay tuned.

Mom's Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Coconut Cranberry Crisp

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin Pie Crunch