1. I am thankful for the opportunity to cook the holiday dinner because it means I have family and
friends who will join me at the table.
2. I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by
3. I am thankful if my clothes are snug after a meal because it means I have had enough to eat.
4. I am thankful for the rooms that need cleaning and the lawn that needs tending because it means
I have a home and garden.
5. I am thankful for the smile lines and crows feet on my face because it means I've laughed
and lived in the beautiful warm sunshine.
6. I am thankful for (some) of the political rhetoric because it means I live in a country with freedom
7. I am thankful for the loads of laundry because it means I have clothes to wear.
8. I am thankful for the sore muscles after exercising because it means I am healthy and strong.
9. I am thankful for the alarm that sounds early every morning because it means I am alive.
I would like to share my most precious holiday recipe- Pumpkin Bread. The recipe was given to my mother some 45 years ago. Long before pumpkin became trendy, this was a family favorite. It's been gifted to countless friends, teachers, service workers and kids away at college. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family has.
Claudia's Pumpkin Bread
3 1/3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
3 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
15 oz. canned pumpkin
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients. Pour into oiled and floured pans. Bake at 350 degrees,
approximately 50 minutes, until browned and center tests clean.
Makes 2 regular loaves or 5 mini loaves ( perfect for gifting!)
The Empty Nesters wish you and yours a beautiful and delicious holiday.