Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

November 21st

sliced apples
Apples ready for the pie
Recipe note cards
Pumpkin polenta batter

I know I’m happy when time is of no importance. I’m not glacing at the clock, wondering what I’ll do next. I’m not wearing a watch. I’m not setting an alarm or rushing to the next event. This week, I’m living in my apron, preparing pies and breads and meals for the people I love. Last night I baked 10 loaves of pumpkin polenta bread and sliced apples for a pie that will go in the oven today. When I looked up after finishing the dishes and rinsing the flour from my hands and arms, hours had flown by. I smiled, stretching my hands above my head and taking in a deep breath of warm air scented with nutmeg, cinnamon and sweetness.
Tonight when my family arrives, we’ll feast on butternut squash lasagna and spinach salad. I’ve got a pot of lentils stewing on the stove for Thanksgiving and a picnic basket full of baked goods to deliver to the bagel shop and office. I am thankful I am not hungry. There are many people in this world who are.


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27 Responses

  1. almost make me want to be a good cook (rather than the bad one that I am…). It sounds so peaceful in your kitchen & world. I love that.

  2. But didn’t you read that no one in the US is ‘hungry’ anymore?

    And you CURRENTLY have things stewing on your stove at home?!?! I’m having my firefighter call you.

  3. Your family is going to love it! Have a very happy Thanksgiving holiday.

  4. Those apples look beautiful! I love your descriptions of what you’ve been doing. I can almost smell the cinnamon.

    Our house has hamburger buns baking and stamppot – a dutch dish of mashed potatoes, thinly sliced escarole and smoked sausage cooking on the stovetop.

    I echo your sentiment about people being hungry. I’m also thankful I am not one of them.

  5. As I said before, we have many things to thank for. Be able to prepare good foods for the ones we love is one of them. I like so very much to cook for my family and friends, we enjoy very much the time we spend together in a kitchen, it’s a treasure we keep inside our hearts.

  6. You do good, Donk. I can just see you in the kitchen, baking away. I know that inner peace that comes from pulling warm baked goods from the oven. Who needs a shrink when there are pie plates to be filled? Plus, so much more delicious than Xanax.

  7. i like them apples! what is the pumpkin polenta bread? care to share the recipe? i’m curious. i want to try it.

  8. Yummmmmm…..I hope your pies turn out great! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. oh, sounds lovely! i’m so jealous, but i am inspired to make more of an effort–

  10. All of us that are fortunate enough to have a full stomach and loving family around should be thankful. This is the true meaning of Thanksgiving!

  11. Mmmm, can I come to your house on Thanksgiving?

  12. Butternut squash lasagna? Mmmmm… can you share that recipe?

  13. All the baking and cooking and apron-wearing sound delicious!

    I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving and an amazing visit with your family!

  14. aaaaahhh! i love that you can relax and enjoy this time! have a great visit with your family and a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  15. I’m thankful that I can cook and bake for the ones I love. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday- it seems to escape so much of the commercialism that surrounds the other major holidays. Have a great time with your family!

  16. Kelli, you are one wonderful human girl.

  17. Yummy! Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. did you see dixie chicks perform your fav song tonight on the amer music awards? ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. lovely post, Kelli. I wish I was coming to your thanksgiving dinner(I’ve never been to one before…!)

  20. For sure… thankful for all the things that we have enough of……because so many others don’t. Your cooking looks delicious…..hope you have a fantastic visit with the family and a Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Yummy menu Kelli! Hope you have a WoNdErFuL & DeLicIoUs THANKSGIVING!!

  22. Your apples, cinnamon, and sugar are VERY photogenic! YUM!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  23. Mmmmm, it looks delicious!
    Hope you’ve had a great day!

  24. Here, here! Full bellies are indeed something to be thankful for! I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as you planned. Cheers!

  25. What a lovely post – I hope your whole long Thanksgiving weekend is wonderful!

    (and thanks for sharing the fab sounding recipe!)

  26. great post. must have your recipe for the pumpkin bread. nothing is more satisfying than spending hours in the kitchen and not even realizing it ๐Ÿ™‚