The holiday season over the past years were some of the toughest I endured. Yes, I put the word holiday and endured together. Today I looked back at a post Thanksgiving week from 2 years ago that I titled, How Can I be Grateful?
The paragraph that stood out the most to me was…
“This Thursday will be tough, I can promise you that. I have so many things to be grateful for and have so many blessings in my life, there is no doubt. But for these empty arms, how can I be grateful? Right now, today, I really don’t know. Someday I hope that I will see the blessings in the pain and suffering. Someday I hope to realize my own strength and ability to pick myself back up and move beyond the pain with dignity. One day this agony will be lifted and I will see clearly why these tragedies happened. For now, how can I be grateful? …”
I literally still can’t believe that my right now is exactly what I was talking about in that paragraph.
For every time people told me everything happens for a reason, or God has a plan, I grew more jaded, more closed off and more doubtful. I found these things were so easy for those who just didn’t understand to say it. And throughout those years, I became resentful toward anyone who told me these things.
It is only now, now that the pain is gone and now that I have Samuel here in my arms that it all makes sense. All the pain, all the suffering, now and only now can I say I am actually grateful for because I now know he was completely meant to be ours. Maybe I was weak to not trust and to live so guarded, but there were so many times I just wanted someone to say, “Gosh, that sucks.” And that was all I needed.
This Thanksgiving, I have more to be grateful for than ever in my life. I have been blessed beyond my imagination this year and want to make sure I never take this perfect gift for granted. I am so grateful for all of those who prayed and believed and loved when I couldn’t do it on my own. I am grateful for this community, for all the kind words of support and love. Thank you so much. For you, I am forever grateful.
And perhaps there is someone you know who is suffering this holiday season. Don’t worry about trying to say the right thing. Maybe it’s better to say nothing at all and instead listen, love and if it makes sense in the moment, you simply say, “Gosh, that sucks.”
For some reason when I was building my recipe arsenal for when Sam was born, I completely forgot about Thanksgiving. I didn’t plan for any good side dishes or desserts that would make it into the Thanksgiving them. But then again, we are not having a typical Thanksgiving this year, so maybe that’s why. I have plenty of other goodies from previous years including my very favorite Sweet Potato Pie Crumble–you cannot go wrong with this one, ever! Another one of my favorites quick side dishes is my Cranberry Almond Roasted Butternut Squash. We are talking so easy, but no one will know! Oh and don’t forget these Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Mousse Cups. They won’t last long! So needless to say, even though I didn’t have a lot this year, past years have got you covered!
Since we are having a very quiet, cozy Thanksgiving in this year, I guess I had warm and cozy on my mind. And this Spicy hot cocoa is on the menu for a little night cap. A lot of times at night when I am craving something sweet, I like to whip up a creamy, frothy hot chocolate. I make it a little different each time, but a few weeks ago, I decided to add a touch of spice to it. With cold and flu season on its way, adding some turmeric gives this tasty treat medicinal properties to help me fight the germs out there. I want my immunities at their best with the little guy around now. I also really love a touch of ghee for some healthy fats, but it is not a necessary ingredient so if you don’t want to add it, no worries. I like the flavor it gives to the warm drink. I love it in my coffee as well.
The trick of this drink is in the blending. That is where you get the froth. I have even tossed a couple of cashews in to make it thicker at times. Froth is everything! So sit back, relax and enjoy whatever your Thanksgiving week looks like and maybe even enjoy a warm cup of this turmeric spiced cocoa!
- 1 1/3 c milk of choice
- 1 T, heaping cacao
- 1/ tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 tsp pure maple syrup or honey
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 tsp ghee (optional)
- Heat milk stove top or in the microwave until starts to bubble.
- Pour milk into high power blender and add all other ingredients.
- Blend on high for about 45 seconds - 1 minute.
- Add a sprinkle of sea salt and turmeric on top and enjoy immediately.
- Start with 1/4 tsp of the spices and double if you prefer more!
- If your prefer yours even thicker, add in about 5-10 cashews before blending.