With a blink of an eye, it seems, the Holidays are here. I used to love the Holidays. Seeing family, eating good food, watching the faces of the ones you love as they open the perfect gift. This year seems to be different. I’m finding the Holidays particularly difficult. Our family is a bit displaced again this year and I’m feeling the worst I’ve felt ever. The thought of travel and foods that are not my “safe foods” make me nervous and not want to go. I found myself searching for the joy as I pulled down my long driveway after picking my son up from Preschool. I couldn’t seem to get out of the funk.
His sweet-self fell asleep on the way home so I came to home to a quiet house. I made myself a cup of tea, one of my favorite things, and thought “how am I going to do this upcoming Holiday?" I turned around and stared at my cookbooks and one just stuck out. Literally, it was out of place and caught my eye. It was my late Grandmother’s orange “Betty Crocker's Cookbook.” It’s funny, I can’t eat a single thing out of it, yet as soon as I pulled it out and opened it up I felt instantly at peace, like she was saying “here honey, this is how you will do Thanksgiving.” I turned to the pie section and was instantly filled with love. I saw signs of her everywhere. I quietly read through each recipe and could easily pick out her favorites. They were the recipes where the pages were torn a bit from the binding and the oil had turned the pages yellow. I had to be careful because some pages were stuck together from leftover pie dough. I was searching for her pumpkin pie. I felt panicked for a second because the quantities of pureed pumpkin and evaporated milk were missing, but I caught my breath once I realized that they were there under little pieces of paper that belonged to the page before. Once I carefully revealed the complete ingredient list I was at peace once again.
Yes, through pumpkin pie is how I will find the joy of this Thanksgiving. My dear friend and her kiddos are coming over on Wednesday and I am going to teach them how to make pumpkin puree and then we will make pies together. This may be a new tradition, Holiday pie making. I hope it is because time with the people you love is always something to be thankful for.
As we near the upcoming Holiday, I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you too have the most wonderful day!
Hi there! Welcome to Grace In A Glass. My name is Danielle and I am so happy that you are visiting this site today. We all have something in life that we are working to overcome. I began blogging about my struggle with overcoming Esophageal Dysmotility and Crohn's Disease with the hope of reaching others with words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for letting me share my stories with you, and hope you have the most wonderful day!