Thankful Week: A List

Happy Wednesday!

Is anyone else starting to crave turkey and stuffing? Excited for a day of food, football and thanks? I am! I can hardly concentrate at work today thinking of all the last minute prep we need to do before hosting Thanksgiving at our house tomorrow. I’m so excited!

Today, with all this holiday magic in the air, I can’t pinpoint just one thing I’m thankful for. So, I’ve decided to share a list. Weird…me make a list.

I am thankful for:

  • Our office closing at noon today. Oh, and my job. Thankful for the job.
  •  The egg nog I had with breakfast. (And the egg nog latte I’ll likely have with lunch.)
  • The little guy kicking me from inside.
  • After tomorrow, people won’t judge me for listening to Christmas music.
  • A warm home with everything I need and more…even if sometimes it feels like it’s falling apart!
  • My dogs – who are currently barking in the backyard. Speaking of, ever wonder where pugs come from?
  • Having a relatively easy pregnancy. Have you been following The Bump posts?
  • Warm, cozy blankets.
  • My spouse whose cookin’ up Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.
(Me & the Spouse)
  • Shopping on Saturday at LOCAL shops.
  • A long Thanksgiving weekend to relax and plan for Christmas.
  • The trip I’m taking to NJ & NYC in December!
Rockefeller Tree
  • My mom & sister throwing me a baby shower (hence the trip to NJ!).
  • Picking out table decor for tomorrow’s feast (think cream, pinecones, and a little sparkle). Inspired by this.
  • The Muppets Movie comes out today. Check out this sweet Muppabet.
  • Family & friends to share the holidays with.
  • And finally….Christmas Movies!! (Which technically I started watching on November 4…but I am so very thankful for them!)

I hope you all have a long list of items to be thankful for this holiday season!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thankful Week: Baking

Happy Tuesday!

I woke up this morning with a serious hankering for coffee cake. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I think I’m making a stop at Starbucks on the way into the office today. Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, here I come!

(Side note, I wrote this post before heading into the office and the car in front of me at the drive-thru bought my coffee! Isn’t that awesome?! I bought a cup for the person behind me…keep the joy going! I’m also thankful for kind people today!)

Today, I am thankful for baking. More specifically, for the resulting baked goods. If I’m being honest with myself, I’m thankful for home-baked goodies every day…especially the last few months. I’m no stranger to carb cravings but being pregnant has amplified my usual lust for a loaf (or a cookie or a muffin) to an obsession. Mmmm, cookies.

Being that this week is Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to indulge in my desire for delectable buns by baking a few of my favorite pumpkin treats. I’ve always enjoyed baking (whether or not I’m actually good at it) and I’m thankful for the smell of cookies or pastries in the oven, for licking the spoon, eating the dough, and for the warm treat I get to enjoy once it’s done.

Here’s a few of the planned treats for this week. I can’t wait to make them!

Pumpkin Pie – My contribution to Thanksgiving dinner since the spouse cooks everything else (seriously, I’m lucky gal).

Pumpkin Bread – A yummy treat for Thanksgiving morning. I plan to enjoy it with an egg nog latte.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Something to hold me over until T-Day. I need a sweet bit o’ pumpkin and little chocolate now.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding – WHAT!!!?? How have I not had this before!

Okay, I totally don’t plan to attempt to make bread pudding before Thanksgiving but I might let myself try it out over the weekend. I found it while searching for the other pics and recipes… looks mouth-watering good (don’t you agree!?).

What Thanksgiving day baked goods are you thankful for?

All images & recipes via Martha Stewart.

Thankful Week: Spreading Gratitude

Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had an incredible weekend….or at least a productive one. Mine was productive; no major fun but a lot of crossed off To Do’s (hoo-rah for raking leaves).

So sorry for my absence in the latter part of last week, my cousin and his girlfriend were visiting FC so I was busy being a tourist in my fave town (and working…of course….to all my co-workers who follow this). Anyway, since I missed last week’s Thankful Thursday and since Thanksgiving is this Thursday, I decided to dedicate this entire week to showing appreciation.

So, I now introduce….Thankful Week! Each day I’ll be writing a little post about something I’m thankful for (extremely original, I know).

Today, I am thankful for all of the simple and creative ways we can spread gratitude. I’ve been seeing so many cute ideas on the interwebs for fantastic Thanksgiving table decor that embrace the holiday’s meaning, there are so many tools at our fingertips to help us spread a message of appreciation, and I think sometimes we forget that we can say thanks by showing our appreciation through an action or gesture.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite ways to spread gratitude for everything you’re thankful for:

  • Add these cards to your Thanksgiving Day table setting.
via Babble. via Satsuma Press.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
  • Use this idea to create a jar of thankful messages.
via Young House Love.
  • And while you’re creating your jar of thanks, you can download this template to mail a thankful message to special people in your life.
via Young House Love.
  • Send this text to your best friends: “Unscramble This: I MA LHTAKNFU ORF !OUY” Answer: I am thankful for you! (You might remember this from Valentine’s Day).
  • Ask guests attending your Thanksgiving dinner to bring a canned food item – donate all the items you collect to a food bank on Black Friday instead of hitting the stores (or between shopping stops….thankful for multitasking!).
  • Say a little prayer of thanks for all the blessings in your life. 
via Polish My Crown.
  • Write a list of the Top 5 Reasons you’re thankful for your spouse or partner and give it to them Thanksgiving morning with a yummy egg nog latte.
  • Bring a Thank You note and a fall flower arrangement to dinner for the host of your Thanksgiving feast.
via frolic! via Saipua.
  • Ask your kids to draw a picture of what they’re thankful for and tape them to your fridge.

I’m sure there are a million other small ways to say thanks, so add them in the comments below.

Happy Thankful Week!