Today is a very busy day for me…much to busy to even step out into the garden.

But, all my plants are happy – especially since the drenching rain they received over the weekend.

Every year, Thanksgiving is usually held at my house and I can often be seen this time of year running around, trying not to stress about how nice the tables look, whether or not I need to polish the silverware since it only comes out once a year.

Of course all that keeps me busy in addition to the cooking.

However, yesterday something happened that put a wrench into our Thanksgiving plans…my son got sick.  He has a ‘croupy’ sounding cough.  The doctor said that it isn’t croup because he just had his shots 6 weeks ago.  But, he is contagious.

So, we are having our Thanksgiving meal at my oldest daughter’s house.  Of course, I will still be making everything at our house and then driving it over to her house just 5 minutes away.

You would think that my son’s illness would stress me even more.  But, other then a horrible cough and scratchy throat – he is okay.  AND now I don’t have to clean my house, polish the silverware or set out my special dishes.  

All I need to do is cook 🙂

In our family we do a potluck for Thanksgiving where each family brings something.  My mother-in-law makes delicious stuffing.  My sister-in-law brings her green bean casserole and my daughter braves the crowds at Costco for their famous pumpkin pies.

I am in charge of the turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls and making pumpkin bread.

Now this is no ordinary pumpkin bread.  It is quite seriously the best that I have ever had.  

The recipe came from my pre-school’s cookbook – so it is old, like me 😉

This pumpkin bread has made its appearance every year at Thanksgiving and sometimes at Christmas.   I make 6 small loaves of it.  

I can’t tell you how often I am asked for the recipe.  It is very easy to make.

So, because you are such wonderful people for taking a little time out of your day to read what I have to say, I am going to share with you this special recipe…

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

I wish for you all a very special Thanksgiving!
Or should I say,

I imagine this turkey is happy that he lives at the zoo and not on a turkey farm 😉

Believe it or not, I haven’t even begun to get ready for tomorrow’s meal, which is at our house.
I have to set the tables, bake pumpkin bread, a pumpkin cake and I am trying a new cranberry tartlet recipe.

The past few years, we have spent Thanksgiving at our house and every year, my husband makes his famous mashed potatoes.

And my father-in-law would carve the turkey…
Last year, Thanksgiving was extra special because my father-in-law had must been diagnosed with ALS.  His diagnosis gave us a greater appreciation of how precious our remaining time together was.
This year, we are not having turkey or mashed potatoes.  We are doing something different, just for this year.  We are having ham, my mother’s cheesy scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, my grandmother-in-law’s famous stuffing and rolls.
Right now, I am kind of enjoying the prospect of only having to heat up a ham instead of preparing a turkey 🙂
This Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for…
– a wonderful husband and children
– my family that lives nearby
– my garden

– opportunities to help people learn how to grow a beautiful garden


– my second oldest sister and her family just moved to Arizona from California AND they live just 6 houses down the street from us!

– and the greatest blessing of all, was the birth of my granddaughter, Lily 3 weeks ago….

I could just hold her all day long….

My wish for you is that you will enjoy a special Thanksgiving.

God Bless!