Let’s Say Thanks

Thank You cards seem to be a thing of the past, but most people still enjoy receiving them. That is because we all like to feel appreciated. When we do send Thank You cards, we often send them for a specific gift or action. But I like the idea of sending random Thank You cards to people who have positively influenced my life – either in the past or the present.

I am going to challenge you to do that during this season of Thanksgiving. Whether you have already celebrated Thanksgiving or will celebrate in the next few months, the entire fall season is a time to reflect on all the things for which to be grateful.

Start by sitting down and making a list of people in your life whom you would like to thank. Here are a few ideas:

  • past teacher
  • aunt or uncle
  • friend
  • grandparent
  • parent
  • past coach
  • pastor
  • neighbour
  • coworker

Now, why not send out one Thank You card each week for the remainder of the season or send out one Thank You card each day next week.

At first it may seem a little awkward to randomly send someone a Thank You card, but I can assure you it will mean a lot to the recipient!

Happy Fall!


My Favourite Fall Recipes

What says fall better than tasty treats made from apples and pumpkins? That is why in this week’s post, I am sharing three of my favourite fall recipes.

my favourite fall recipes

First, let me share with you my mom’s favourite apple pie recipe that she has made for many years. A few years ago, she hand-copied the recipe for me of which I am making reference for this post. And remember, as the old saying goes, “An apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.” At my family’s gatherings, the pie course would never be complete until the plate of cheese is passed. So here is the recipe:

Mom’s Apple Pie

Crust Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup lard
4-5 tablespoons of cold water

Filling Ingredients
5 cups of thinly sliced peeled and pared apples
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Margarine or butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To prepare crust, measure out flour. Cut in the lard and add cold water. Mix together well into a ball and divide in half. Roll out each half for top and bottom crusts.

For filling, stir together sugar, flour, and spices. Mix with apples. Turn into prepared pastry. Dot top of filling with butter. Cover with top crust and cut slits in it. Bake for 40 minutes. If the crust is loose upon shaking the pan, the pie is done.

Apple Pie Variation

Use the crust recipe above. But only roll out half of the dough for the bottom crust. Also mix together the sugar, flour, and spices from the above filling recipe. Mix the flour mixture with the apples and turn into prepared pastry. Omit the butter and top crust and instead add the following crumb topping:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Another of my favourite treats includes chocolate, of course! The soft texture of these cookies and the taste of pumpkin also helps to make this one of my favourite recipes for the fall.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cup chocolate chips

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Beat well. Combine dry ingredients. Add gradually to wet mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake on greased sheet in dropped teaspoons. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

This is another dish that always graces our family’s Thanksgiving table. Many people who have joined us for dinner rave over the pleasant taste of this dish. You’ll more than likely have to double or triple the recipe since seconds are sure to be enjoyed.

Carrot and Apple Side Dish

1 1/2 cup diced carrots
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup diced peeled apple
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water

In a saucepan, cook carrots in water until crisp-tender; drain. Add margarine, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon; mix well. Stir in apples. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine cornstarch and cold water; stir into carrot mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes or until glazed, stirring constantly. Makes four servings.

So warm up the oven, pull out your baking dishes, raid the pantry and have some fun.

Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian Followers!