Happy Monday, friends
Many – though not all – of you celebrated Thanksgiving last week. From what I gather from my lovely American friends, that day is rather big down there. I sincerely hope each of you enjoyed whatever the week brought you: time with family, some friends, time around a table with others, good food, relaxation, a dip out of your norm, and most importantly, a feeling of connection.
And as the holiday suggests, I hope you also felt a little extra gratitude for what there is around you.
Gratitude is not something I’m good at. It’s not something I like to admit, but I tend to be the type of person that doesn’t see the little things as “enough.” I hold very high expectations and am rather perfectionistic, so it can be hard for me to come down off my high seat and be grateful for what I do have. I usually want more. But I’m working on it. A place of gratitude is definitely a more peaceful place to be.
So with that, although it wasn’t Thanksgiving up here, I decided to join Meg and take the opportunity to practice some extra thankfulness, myself.
To look at my achievements with a lense of gratitude, last week I…
Felt so grateful to have the time to cook – like, real food! – again. As I told you in my What I Ate Wednesday post, I made some wild rice chicken soup in my slow cooker, which ended up being even better than I had hoped.
I also made this spaghetti squash casserole bake, but revamped it Mexican style. I changed the herbs to taco seasoning, substituted black beans for the chicken, added cilantro, and threw in 2 cups of cheddar cheese. I really just wanted the cheese…
Besides these alterations – for taste preference purposes (and #morecheese) – I felt really grateful to be at a place where I no longer look to change recipes (to make it “healthier,” or more “fat free,” or fit my levels of what I think “should” go in a recipe). I’m grateful to follow a recipe as is, because I know whatever the recipe calls for will make the outcome taste better, and that now, happiness in taste actually matters That usually means more butter, sugar, and oil. I’m really grateful for that.
I baked this pumpkin gingerbread loaf – a sort of segue between my fall and christmas baking? – and it was exactly what I wanted. I had been craving a solid, moist slice of gingerbread like I used to get from the farmers market (this baby right here) and thought I’d never make a homemade version as good. But I absolutely did it.
I also made Kat’s pumpkin spice caramel rice krispies with the caramel I made last week. I’ve got a lot of gratitude for that caramel sauce. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.
Oh, and for my comfy couch and essential oils, too.
I felt grateful for having the opportunity to be part of a University study, where actors were being hired to come in and improv a variety of personality traits. It was surprisingly a really good practice opportunity for me. I also made a quick $40, which I was very grateful for, because I left and immediately used it on good quality treats for myself.
Like local, organic, grass fed meat products.
I’m grateful to be at a place where I want to pay more for products that I know are good for me and the environment. I can still be a frugal brat, but I really feel good spending this extra money, knowing I am giving my body good things (and not giving it harmful things) and supporting the best farming practices for our planet. I’m grateful for this good feeling I get when I do so.
I’m also grateful for really nice butchers who will take the time to have a lengthy conversation with me, as I learn what questions it is that I want to ask.
And tea that – even though the prices blew my mind – I was happy to have treated myself with.
I’m grateful for online shopping, not having to stress about biking to different stores in the snow, and coming home to receive parcels in the mail.
I’m grateful for time in the mornings to make perfect pancakes from scratch
And for finally making homemade popcorn that didn’t burn
I’m grateful for time in-between work and my show, where the early darkness of the outside settled me into a cozy state of relaxation, and I’d sit with a tea and finish reading plays that I’ve been trying to finish for weeks now. …..and where I’d also fall asleep in a public space.
I feel gratitude for the people I got to work with these last few months, and for the chance to watch their work up until their closing show this past weekend. And also for not screwing up any of our shows :).Week In Review: The Gratitude Edition @cleaneatsfast #gratitude #thankful #thanksgiving #time #food Click To Tweet
Did you celebrate Thanksgiving? What was your favorite part?
What were you grateful for last week?