H is for Holiday - what are you thankful for?

Friday, October 9, 2009

It is Thanksgiving this weekend in Canada, which for me is a time to reflect on the things I am truly thankful for in my life.

  • My health - This time last year I was in the midst of doctor's appointments and tests and had yet to have found the cause for my tummy troubles. I've since found out about my Crohn's and have embarked on a new lifestyle as a result. I feel infinitely better than I did this time last year and I believe that changes I've made in conjunction with the other blessings I have in my life have made that so.

  • Joey - He's so lovely. I am thankful to have such a kind, caring, supportive partner (who likes vegetables)

  • My meetings & Weight Watchers - I love going to my meetings every week. I am so proud of all of my members and everything that they have accomplished. They continue to inspire me. And because of this program I have learned so much about myself and have accomplished things I never dreamed of.

  • My friends and family, online and offline - I have collected such an amazing group of friends and family through my endeavors in life and as a result of the blog world have added even more. I thank all of you for being so special and supporting me in all that I do.

I love this life I am living and am so thankful for each and every day of it and the beautiful people I get to share it with. I really look forward to everything that is to come.

What are you thankful for?

This weekend I'll be having my dad and brother over for dinner. I've been mulling over the menu for a couple of days and here's what I have planned so far

  • Meatloaf for the boys
  • Tempeh for me - either in loaf form or an orange-maple version
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Vegan gravy
  • Acorn squash in the slow cooker, drizzled with maple syrup (no butter or sugar required)
  • Spinach salad with pears, pecans & cranberries
  • Gluten free vegan pumpkin pie (!)
I will definitely be blogging and tweeting about it over the weekend, so stay tuned! (I've never made pie before, let alone a gluten free one so wish me luck!)

Are you having a Thanksgiving dinner? What's on the menu? Any good gluten free, vegan or WW-friendly recipe ideas?

If you're wandering how to handle all the food that may present itself at your table on Sunday or Monday, be sure to check out
my post from Thanksgiving last year and remember that it's just one meal. Learn from your past experiences, enjoy yourself and remind yourself of all that you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!


GeekyWhite Girl Joan said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Your menu sounds wonderful. When I was in Highschool my boyfriend had moved to the states from Ontario. I got to have 2 Thanksgivings for a few years. Now that's something to be thankful for!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

SOOO much to be thankful for, for sure - happy Thanksgiving to you, dear Ashley!!

I'm thankful for life and for health.

Ali Raney said...

I am thankful for one year of marriage with my hubs, thankful for work during these tumultuous times, thankful for the amazing friendships and relationships I have in my life and I am also thankful for your blog and getting to read what you're up to on a weekly basis!! xo have a great thanksgiver. Enjoy the vegan pumpkin pie...I love me some pie.

Meg's Gut said...

I'm thankful for my health, family and friends!
As I type this comment, I am baking a gluten free vegan pumpkin pie! Can't wait to taste it :)
Happy Thanksgiving Ashley!

thewwchick said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Ash!!!!! Your meal sounds delish. I loooooove squash. Mmmmmm....squashariffic.

Catherine said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful to have gained so much inspiration from your blog. It's not Thanksgiving for another month and a half for me, but I wish you the bestest Thanksgiving and I am sure your gluten free pumpkin pie will turn out wonderfully!

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