(I took this pumpkin photo at a Half Moon Bay pumpkin patch while visiting my brother in California last month.)
I hope you have a wonderful day filled with delicious food and the love of family and friends.
I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday. I plan on spending the day cooking most of the family meal - turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, molded cranberry jello salad, and green bean casserole. Since I got a head start on several dishes yesterday, there should be plenty of time for sipping Prosecco too!
Mom will bring the mashed potatoes, relish tray with cream cheese stuffed celery and shrimp cocktail. My sister is in charge of the bread and desserts, so they'll be a surprise.
This is the first time in decades we'll be able to get together without the complication of a plane trip. It will be bittersweet since this is also the first Thanksgiving since my dad died. But he'll be with us in spirit.
I've decided to take the day off from tracking my PointsPlus values. Instead I'll eat what I want and focus on stopping when I'm satisfied without denying myself anything. Then, Friday morning, I'll get right back in maintenance mode 🙂
My heart is overflowing with gratitude for all the blessings in my life:
- My health.
- Sharing my life with such a sensitive, caring husband.
- My family.
- Mom's successful transition to Phoenix
- Brenda's move to Tucson.
- Working with my brother, Peter, on our websites.
- Great Step Kids.
- Francie, our beloved golden retriever.
- Good friends.
- Yoga and all it has taught me about awareness and self care.
- Freedom from back pain.
- Good sleep.
- An incredibly comfortable bed.
- Disappearance of food cravings.
- Books and Cookbooks.
- Weight Watchers.
- Daily walks with Francie.
- Happy Memories.
- Blue skies and perfect weather in AZ this time of year.
- Morning coffee.
- Fresh baked cookies.
- Ice cream.
- Bubble Baths.
- Peanut Butter.
- The ability to travel.
- My kitchen.
- The joy of cooking and baking and eating.
I also wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who visit here, leave comments, and share recipes. It's fun connecting with you.
And I'm forever thankful for what finding the balance between my love of delicious food and desire to be slim and healthy has done for me and my entire life and I wish the same for each and every one of you!
Have a wonderful day!
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