This year I am thankful for…
…a house that has no shared walls with neighbors, a garden that offers more fruit that we can ever hope to eat, and a kitchen big enough to contain all my cooking tools and ambitions.
…a family that, no matter how crazy they drive me, acts always out of love.
…a husband who has “had my number” for more than five years (only one-plus of them married, but you know what I mean). I’m glad he’s on my team.
…a cat who provides both entertainment and warmth.
…a group of friends who, no matter the time or distance, are always there.
…DVR. Tivo more so than the crummy DirecTV ones, but really anything that lets me watch the shows I love and skip the commercials.
…the internets– the source of much of my news, entertainment, communication, and procrastination.
…Amazon Prime, for allowing me to skip the worries of shipping costs and delays, particularly for my Christmas shopping.
…the fact that I have the time and money to cook and experiment to my heart’s content.
…butter. Sugar. Olive oil. Flour. Cheese. Garlic, tomatoes, beans, tortillas, avocados, maple syrup, and all the other ingredients that make the sticky fingers, accidentally Microplaned knuckles, and smoke alarms worth it.
…travel, and the fact that it is possible to wake up one morning and, by the next, find yourself on the other side of the planet.
Here’s to a happy, healthy Thanksgiving that is filled with love, laughter, and more food than anyone should reasonably eat in one sitting.