All posts tagged: Thanksgiving

so much to be thankful for and a veggie Thanksgiving

The list of ALL the things I have to be thankful for is simply too long to write.  So, let me just tell you where I was at in life one year ago today. I was in the midst of a high risk pregnancy and wondering every day if it would really work out. I was taking my mom to chemo and watching her suffer. I was trying to cover the work of about three people at my job while worrying about the above two things. Life will always have challenges.  It is easy to forget what to be thankful for and instead, focus on new stresses or troubles. This year, things are very different. I was given the honor of being the mother of a little boy that is so incredible that it sometimes seams surreal that he is mine. My mother is now strong and healthy.  She was also recently introduced to a doctor that, in one day, gave her hope and a plan. My work situation has dramatically changed for the positive …

herby onion veggie gravy

I was telling my friend, Becky, about my vegetarian gravy yesterday and she encouraged me to post the recipe.  Becky is one of my very first vegetarian friends and though I didn’t know it back when we first met, she was one of the inspiring people that–without trying–encouraged me to become a vegetarian.  She never pushed me not to eat meat.  She didn’t criticize my turkey sandwiches or tell me all of the ethical reasons I should give it a try.  She was simply healthy and had conviction about the food choices she made, which can be an even more powerful tool than steamrolling someone into giving up something that has been a foundational part of their diet for a lifetime. Thanksgiving, to me, is all about returning home to a warm place full of family and friends, yummy food, late night games of Pinochle, crunchy leaves, crisp air and sweaters, red wine, and stuffing and cranberry sandwiches for breakfast the next day. There are also mixed feelings because of the main food choice on this lovely and non-commercial …