A Stroll Down Thanksgiving Memory Lane


Happy Thanksgiving, wonderful friends! It’s 30 degrees outside. Which might seems like nothin’ to Christy and my other wonderful Canadian readers, but it’s pretty cold for Florida. And it means our Thanksgiving tradition of eating on our back porch isn’t going to happen.

(Thanksgiving 2011, with sweet tiny Lucy peeping over my shoulder.)

And since you need a close up of that precious face….

(My sweet Lucy-girl rocking with her grandmother.)

P.S. That outfit is one of my  favorite things in the universe. Benjamin wore it first and I would have made Gwen wear it all the time, too, if it hadn’t been a thousand degrees during the months it would have fit.

While we’re taking a stroll down Thanksgiving memory lane, check out sweet 2-year-old Benjamin:

This sweet boy is spending the morning with his great aunt making pies. The same recipe my great-grandma who was a professional chef passed down to my grandma, my dad and his sisters, and to me. That’s pretty special.

Anyhow, we’ll be moving the shindig inside this year. At least we got our Pope Francis picture up in the dining room:


Speaking of Pope Francis, have you started reading the new encyclical: Evangelii Gaudium (The Gospel of Joy)? It’s so beautiful and so pastoral. Reading it feels like sitting down with Pope Francis and hearing him share his heart. Can’t wait to read it all!

Deals for you:


And before we get ready to go to Thanksgiving Mass, a quick reminder that today is the last day to get our new liturgical year eCookbook at the sale price of $4.99 (it will be $7.99). And a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you who purchased our book.

Feast - our liturgical year cook book from carrots for michaelmas

It’s been such an exciting week! Finally getting to share the book with you, seeing it do so well (We’ve sold over 250 copies already!), and then hearing from so many of you about how much it’s meant to you and how it’s helping you enter into the liturgical year…..amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And if you want to get it on sale, you can buy it here.


And the Mama and Baby Love store is 50% for a Thanksgiving sale, so if you’ve been thinking about buying any of Stephanie’s slow cooker real food freezer meals eCookbooks, now is your chance! We use her recipes all the time. Especially after having Baby #3 and needing to have dinner in the Crock Pot in the morning and not think about dinner again until it’s time to sit down at the table. And we love her Gluten-Free Baking eCookbook, too. M+BL Cookbook Bundle (all four cookbooks for a discounted price) 50% OFF! This bundle deal is normally 30% off, so with the sale it will be 80% off!

And Bundle of the Week is having a huge sale on their Christmas bundles on Monday!

BundleoftheWeek.com, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

BundleoftheWeek.com, 5 eBooks for $7.40!


Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving! So grateful for each and every one of you. And there’s still time to join in with Advent Unplugged and link up with your Advent plan for a quiet and reflective season (and if you don’t have a blog and want to join in, feel free to leave a comment about your Advent plans!)

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  1. says

    Happy Thanksgiving Haley! I love your pictures. Sweetest kids ever.

    Idk if I’ll tackle Pope Francis’ new exhortation personally. My mush for brains would probably appreciate it, and with unplugging I should have more time to… buuut I usually just read the commentary and highlights online via Jimmy Akins / other smart people. I did just learn it’s technically not an encyclical. Encyclicals are more doctrinal while an apostolic exhortation is more pastoral–which sounds just how you described. Sitting down with the Pope. Beautiful. I might read it. IDK (I’m just so lazy).

    I did hear there were some nice pro-life things in it I’d love to pull a quote or two from.

    Also, I have to say–I am NOT fond at all of this freezing weather! blech. I have to wait for the water to warm up at the sink before I can wash my hands… what is this!?
    #Floridaproblems indeed… lol

    <3 jeni

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