Just a quick post today as we are on our way to celebrate Thanksgiving with family.  This is by far my favorite holiday, it’s just so simple…family, friends, food and gratitude.  What can be easier than that?

In the spirit of thankfulness I wanted to share a few things that I have been feeling especially grateful for lately…

my family…

(photo courtesy of Bree Hester)

a birthday…

this furry little fellow, Jack, that has made his way into our home and hearts…

friends that know just the right things to say…

the health of my children, their contagious energy and creative spirits…

last, but certainly not least…all of you.  Thank you for visiting, reading, commenting, sharing, emailing.  I’ve met so many wonderful people since starting this blog just under a year ago, I am grateful for each and every one of you.

I’ve had a few ask what will be on our Thanksgiving table as we sit down to eat today.  We are the sole vegetarians of the group so our menu is full of variety, holding a little something for everyone. The meal is a joint effort between my mom, sister-in-law and myself.  Sharing duties makes the day a little less hectic, allowing us to spend more time together and less in the kitchen.  As it should be.

So here is what we will be having…


Stuffed mushrooms

Cheese plate with fresh veggies and fruit


Smoked Turkey

Vegetable Pot Pie

Rice Pilaf

Sweet Potato Souffle

Mixed Greens Salad

Tapioca Orange Salad


Pumpkin Roll

Apple Cranberry Fruit Crisp

Mmmm…I get hungry just reading it.

Wishing you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!


There are a few things that come to mind for me when I think of  Thanksgiving…

Gathering family and friends around the table to share a beautiful meal…

The NFL game…

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…

My mom’s sweet potato soufflé…

Pizza on Wednesday night for supper….

arugula pizza

Yep, that’s right.  Pizza.  With all the cooking that goes on in preparation for the big meal on Thanksgiving Thursday the last thing I feel like doing it cooking supper on Wednesday night.  So, whether we make it ourselves or have it delivered, pizza is one of our Thanksgiving traditions.

arugula pizza

We have lots of combinations when it comes to pizza night, but this one is truly one of my favorites.  The peppery flavor of arugula along with the salty, nutty parmesan are a perfect combination set atop a multigrain crust.

Arugula Pizza

Your favorite pizza crust–I always have a few bags of Whole Foods multigrain pizza dough in my freezer for occasions when I’m not making my own.

2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing on crust

freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon

1 clove garlic, minced

salt and pepper

3-4 cups arugula

parmesan cheese

arugula pizza

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Press the dough out to your desired shape and place on bottom side of pizza pan (makes for a crisper crust) or pizza stone.  Brush crust with extra virgin olive oil.  Place crust in oven and bake for 1-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

arugula pizza

While crust is baking make your vinaigrette.  In a mason jar or small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Toss with arugula until lightly coated.

arugula pizza

When crust has finished baking remove from oven and immediately top with arugula and parmesan.

arugula pizza

What are your some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?


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