Thankful in Every Season


I hope this Thanksgiving finds you all feeling grateful and blessed.

I haven’t been as active as I was previously due to a thousand little reasons and a few big ones. During the more difficult seasons of life, I find that I draw inward and even stop writing in my daily planner. Just getting through each day can seem to be a struggle.

As a result of this particularly difficult season that my family has been in over the last few months, I am actually feeling more grateful than usual.

Without going into a ton of detail, my mother fell and broke both her arms, then found out she has the very earliest stage of colon cancer, and one of my children has been struggling with depression and all that goes with it. Even though these are things that are not good, I am thankful for my family who will step up and help out when we need them. I am grateful for doctors who are so intelligent, discerning, and thorough in what they do. I am thankful for true friends who know that sometimes all I need is to know that they are there when I need them. I feel blessed that my husband’s job offers good benefits which make finding help easier. I am most grateful that my God never leaves my side. I can come to Him in every moment and cry out to him in joy and despair. I am loved and cherished by my Savior who died for me. For that, there is nothing for which to be more grateful!

Every one of us will go through hard seasons in life, but I pray that I will always be able to find things that make me realize how truly blessed I am. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!


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Thanksgiving {Free Printable}

We’re counting down to Thanksgiving around here. Last night at dinner, we each shared one thing for which we have to be thankful. We have a book we write them in, but I created a free printable that I think would be great to use daily or at Thanksgiving dinner. I put mine in a frame and put out a wet erase marker. I was surprised and delighted to see that almost everyone who visits our home has written something on it, and I didn’t even have to ask them to do it.



It’s my hope that this Thanksgiving season will truly be filled with more gratitude and thanksgiving for all the blessings we’ve been given!


In 23 days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. The actual day of Thanksgiving is usually a very hectic one for my family. We usually go to both sides of the family for lunch then dinner. I always have high hopes that we can truly think of the many, many things for which we have to be thankful, but on the actual day it seems too busy to have time for reflection.

I am hopeful that I can make the days leading up to Thanksgiving a more reflective time. We have a book that I keep at the table during November that we each write something that we are grateful for.

image.jpeg I also would love to think of a way to make some little gifts for people we are grateful to have in our lives. I just got a Cricut. I haven’t had a single moment to play with it, but watch out when I do! Hopefully, I’ll make some cute things to give to our friends and family.

Spicy Broccoli Casserole{Low Carb}

My sweet husband loves broccoli rice casserole. It’s one of the dishes he looks most forward to eating for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Going low carb means finding an alternative to that rice filled dish.

I came up with a recipe this Thanksgiving and it received rave reviews from both carb eaters and low carbers. We also have diabetics on both sides of our family, so it felt good to give them a dish that wouldn’t contribute to raising their sugar levels very much, if at all.


2 large broccoli crowns

1 container of Philadelphia jalapeno cream cheese

1 can jalapenos

2 small blocks of habenero cheese (cut into small pieces)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup full fat sour cream

Steam the broccoli. In a bowl, add broccoli, cream cheese, habenero cheese, sour cream, jalapenos (I drained mine and only used the juice). Gently mix until everything is well incorporated. Pour into a greased baking dish. Put shredded cheddar cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until bubbly. Serve hot.

I would love to hear if you try it. I hope you enjoy it as much as our families did.



Corn Casserole {Thanksgiving recipe}

049For most people who celebrate Thanksgiving, there are foods that make Thanksgiving… Thanksgiving and not just another day with another meal.

Where we live most everyone will have turkey, ham, dressing, and gravy. For dessert there will most certainly be a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie. Of course, there will be way more food than just these items, but what they are will vary by family.

In my family there will be corn casserole, deviled eggs, green bean something, scalloped potatoes, some broccoli dish, a sweet potato item, and too many pies to mention.

I asked my youngest daughter what was her favorite part of Thanksgiving and she said it was the corn casserole. So, I thought I’d share it with y’all.

This is not low carb of course, but it is delicious.

CORN CASSEROLE:   Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole Recipe

Now, the only difference between Mrs. Deen’s recipe and mine is that we don’t put cheese on ours.


  • 1 (15 1/4 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14 3/4 oz) can cream-style corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 (8 oz) package corn muffin mix

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray an oven safe dish with cooking spray and pour it all in. Bake about 45 minutes or until browned on the top.

This is super easy and fast to put together and it is always a hit!

Thank you Paula Deen for sharing this recipe with the world. It’s a family tradition and a truly delicious dish.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. Did you try it? What foods are your family eating this year? What makes Thanksgiving Thanksgiving at your house?