So Much To Be Thankful For…

From our family to yours, we wish you all a very, very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Enjoy today’s every moment with family and friends and eat to your heart’s desire.

When life gets crazy, it’s so easy to forget the important things: the blessings, small and large, that define who we are.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year… 

First and foremost, my family.  I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who has worked so hard in his career, I am now able to go forth and realize my own dreams.  What I am doing now, I never thought was possible.

I am thankful for my two beautiful boys who continue to teach me what it is to love unconditionally and enjoy life wholeheartedly.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to stay home and raise my kids, not missing any details of my children’s lives.

I appreciate the clarity I have discovered (this seems to have taken the longest), being able to focus on things most important to me and being at peace with those decisions.

Realizing how much good is in my life and never taking any of it for granted….even when it seems like the sky is falling.

For good friends, near and far.  Sharing life and experiences with them has been a wonderful gift.

And now for the small blessings I am grateful for everyday…they may seem unimportant but these are the ”icing”, making my daily life more palatable…

My husband doing the dishes and emptying the dishwasher…
I can make quite a grand mess in the kitchen.

My Kitchen Aid Mixer, I could not live without it.

Morning walks with friends for our daily dose of exercise, especially when it’s over!

My favorite cooking magazines.

My husband’s right-eye eyelashes that are curly, while the left are straight.  I love that.

The right to vote.

Good wine.

Chris Daughtry’s Music, I love it.


Legos, because they entertain my children for hours.


My camera, to capture life’s memories.

Whipped cream, butter, mayonnaise and bacon.

My reading glasses, I can see again!

Oatmeal…I love oatmeal.

For my blog readers.  I can’t believe you all visit here everyday, I am truly humbled.

Overall, my life is not in any way easy or extraordinary but it is enjoyable.  I would never change it for anything else in the world…for that I am truly grateful.

“Gratitude – the quality or feeling of being thankful.  A sentiment often expressed during the Thanksgiving holiday, in the form of blessings, hugs and pumpkin pies.  Thanks, thankfulness, appreciation and gratefulness.”      -Real Simple Magazine

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  1. What a great picture of you and the Hooligans. And what a special tribute to what you are thankful for ! I am thankful for blogs like yours ! I am also thankful for the pumpkin/yellow cake recipe I was making tonight to take as the Thanksgiving dessert. It is a perfect choice, we have so many lactose intolerant relatives…but the yellow cake mix I bought is lactose free and hooray, I can make a rich pumpkin dessert without dairy !

    Also, yes, yes, yes, I am so thankful for butter, mayonnaise and bacon ! The real stuff! But I am too most thankful for my family and friends and the abundance we still have in our home and country ! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  2. I forgot to mention the recipe I am using for dessert is the recipe you posted Nov. 11, Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze ! Thanks again !

  3. HoneyB 3

    I wish you and your family a great Thanksgiving together!

  4. Evelyn 4

    So sweet is your photo with the boys. God Bless all you guys. I love Family and Friends too. Thank is full that is for sure; whether for the good times or the hard times. Each has a lesson in it for our good, I suppose. Love always wins and is within the Thank and the Full.

  5. Kate 5

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Cathy. You are truly blessed and it’s wonderful that you realize this. Beautiful family!!
    Hey, I was thinking of you yesterday at the wine store. I found the Kim Crawford and am opening it for dinner. Thank you for suggesting it!

  6. Barbie with a T 6

    You DO have a lot to be thankful for, and you expressed your gratitude very well. I TOO, have a lot to be thankful for, especially my husband of 6 years, who is the greatest person I have ever met. Thanks for sharing your pictures…I just love your website and never miss a morning, first thing in the morning, going over to my kitchen computer and checking out your entry. Whether it is food, wine, or the property, the hooligans, I am entertained by it all. Thank You again.

  7. Thanks for providing me with great recipes, lots and laughs and something to look forward to reading every morning! I’m thankful I found you and your blog!

  8. A Joyous Thanksgiving To You & Yours.

    Many blessings,

  9. Becky 9

    Happy Thanksgiving, Cathy, to you and your family!
    Hope you have a great day!!

  10. Katrina 10

    Great fall photo. Great gratitude, thanks for sharing! Have a great day/weekend.


  12. marcy 12

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too Cathy! Have a safe and fun day!

  13. Shirley 13

    Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful photo! Enjoyed the quote from Real Simple and the wine photo, too. We all have so much to be thankful for … thanks so much for sharing your list and including us–back at you!!

    Must go make crab casserole, banana pudding, and mini-pumpkin cheesecakes now … how can anyone not LOVE Thanksgiving? ;-) LOL

  14. What a wonderful photo!
    Have a most wonderful turkey day, Cathy.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Cathy. I love your list…. and sweet potatoes. I love sweeet potatoes!


  17. Cassie 17

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  18. Teri 18

    List of Thankfuls… Real people like you who make us laugh everyday, share your life with everyone and bring us great food and photos. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  19. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!
    Thanks for your awesome blog… I love it here…

    Gorgeous photo!

  20. shonda 20

    All good things to be thankful for….and your boys are dolls.

  21. ELRA 21


  22. Jesse 22

    Hi Cathy, this is my first visit here and I’m so in love with your beautiful blog! Your two boys are absolutely gorgeous, I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

  23. Bunny 23

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Cathy, raise your glass to family and friends and that we are blessed to have a table full of food to indulge in. Yes there is much to be thankful for.

  24. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Cathy with your family…we all have a lot to be thankful for:D

  25. Kim 25

    Warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family. The picture of the three of you is precious! I too was fortunate to be a stay at home mom when my girls were growing up and wouldn’t have missed the opportunity for the world. Enjoy the day!

  26. “Whipped cream butter mayonnaise and bacon.”

    I love you. Really.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with that beautiful family.

  27. mikky 27

    happy thanksgiving and enjoy your celebration… :)

  28. Trisha 28

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Your picture with the boys is wonderful!

  29. Louise 29

    Thank you for sharing your family and life’s adventures with us!

  30. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Cathy! I hope it is wonderful!

    BTW, there is a woman on this cruise ship who is a dead ringer for you! I want to go up and say something, but she’d probably think I’m a psycho! ;)

  31. Tammy W 31

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  32. Happy Thanksgiving Cathy!

  33. Chris 33

    Great photo and post! I talk about you and your pumpkin pancakes in my post today.

    I’m anxiously awaiting your winery to one day open. I’ll be making the trip down south from Seattle to visit. I grew up in the Willamette Valley and touring the vineyards remains one of my favorite things to do.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    I love that picture of you with your sons. Just gorgeous. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful celebratory day together!

  35. Blessings;)

  36. Your blog is part of what I am thankful for today.

  37. Leslie 37 side straight, one side curly?? Too cool!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to your Family!!

  38. Fran 38

    I am thankful for a blog friend who inspires me everyday!

    You sure do have some handsome young men!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  39. pam 39

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’m not so sure about the mayonnaise, but I am definitely thankful for bacon.

  40. To my favorite writer on the internet I wish you all the best. Beautiful photo! I hope everything was spectacular :)



  41. Lo! 41

    I hope you had a truly wonderful Thanksgiving… that you feasted, and celebrated, and truly enjoyed.

    It’s true… we have much for which to be thankful!

  42. Happy Thanksgiving Cathy!! That’s a great pic of you and the boys!!

  43. Lori 43

    Those are some wonderful things to be thankful for. Have a great weekend!

  44. Pam 44

    Great post Cathy. What a sweet picture of you and your boys. I loved all of your small blessings. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  45. Pam 45

    What a great post Cathy and that is such a sweet picture of you and your boys. I loved all of your small blessings.

  46. nina 46

    I do not even have a page long enough for all the things I am grateful for, but it is necessary that we just take stock now and then……Happy Thanksgiving.

  47. Cheryl 47

    Fantastic picture of you and the boys…adorable and so fallish. :)

    Great, great post. Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

  48. Cath,
    I would like to break that wishbone with you sans burps, and wish for peace, prosperity and health for everyone!
    Happy & Healthy.
    Stacey Snacks

  49. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

  50. Melissa 50

    Nice list Cathy. Thank you for being out there and being such a joy to read. Happy (one day late) Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family.

  51. tipper 51

    I too have much to be Thankful for. I like how you mentioned the little blessings-they really do enrich our lives. Love the pictures and I’m thankful for loyal blog buddies like you :)

  52. Egghead 52

    You are so blessed. Those little boys are so sweet and what a lucky woman to have a husband to support you in your wine endeavor. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful

  53. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, very late! I am just getting around to catching up on your posts. I really enjoy reading your blog and your wonderful recipes! I am glad you enjoyed your holiday-now, on to the next!


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