Pecan Pie Ingredients

Today I am thankful for vanilla! What a rare ingredient that is so easy to purchase, and yet would have been difficult to obtain in times past.

I’m also thankful for spatulas!


What are you thankful for today?


P.S. Here’s a little history of available spices in the 18th century to English-speaking cooks.

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  1. I am thankful for the home I have, my wish is to expand its use as a gathering place for the many and varied people/groups I meet.

  2. Ha! I love spatulas, too, but my favorite is the whisk.
    I’m thankful for lunch hours; it’s unpaid but soooo worth it!

  3. Also, I am thankful for many things. The food, the home, the family. I am blessed so much.

    I have made vanilla extract recently. It was not hard and is very good. I will gift it to a few friends this year too.

  4. Love that photo!

    Today I’m thankful for good colleagues, who not only sent me home when I fell ill at work yesterday, but who drove me home as well, and then stayed late to cover my shift. I really appreciate them.

    Am also thankful that I’m not working today, as I can catch up on chores, baking, and blogging. Also, napping to recover my strength. 🙂

  5. I am SO THANKFUl for Brandy and her blog, which is chock full of inspiration, information, positivity and hope! Thank you so much, Brandy!

  6. I am thankful that today is my last work day this week. I am so looking forward to some time off with my family. I am also grateful that the snowstorm we had yesterday was mild.


  7. I am trying hard to be thankful. I am more sick. The children are very poorly and cross ( me too).
    I am thankful for a husband who understands. I am thankful we were able to have Thanksgiving catered so that we could still have a holiday. I am sad not to have my beautiful homemade rolls or my cranberry sauce. I have struggled with pride as I insisted I could do it all, but I cannot, not this time. I am thankful that I am sad to miss the cooking as I know I will be doubly happy next year.
    I am thankful for antibiotics and have thought many times this week how sad this holiday could have been for us in a pre-antibiotic time. I am THANKFUL my friend will be here in an hour to help me clean the house as it is in dire straits and so am I.
    I am thankful for Alice in Wonderland as the children are watching it while I try and rest til my friend arrives.

    Dr. Seuss
    “And the Mom , with her mom-feet covered in laundry
    stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without fanfare It came without shine. It came without homemade stuffing, or potatoes with thyme. And she puzzled and puzzled ’till her puzzler was sore. Then the Mom thought of something she hadn’t before. What if Thanksgiving she thought, *could* come from a store. What if Thanksgiving, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

  8. These are so good. I am grateful for spatulas too!

    I am grateful my daughter is moving back home from California. I miss her so much.

    I am also grateful for this blog. I love your ideas and how you focus on what is important.

  9. I am thankful for the huge pecan tree right outside my window. She has given an abundance of of pecans in the 20+ years we have lived here. I hate to admit it out loud, but she is in her decline. She dies back a little more each year and produces less nuts than she used to. She has shaded my house from the Texas heat also. What a grand old tree she has been.

  10. I am thankful that two years ago I discoverd a pecan pie recipe that works at 8000 feet above sea level. It’s my very favorite pie and I love being able to make it again.

  11. I am thankful that my brother, sister, and nephew live close enough to spend Thanksgiving Day with us. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow.
    I am also thankful that my town has a great many immigrants from all of the world. I have gotten to know so many interesting people, it has really changed the way I look at life. My nine and ten times great grandfathers Giles and Stephen Hopkins came here on the Mayflower in 1620. They were immigrants, too, as well as many others.

  12. I’m grateful that my husband got out of work at 3pm today. We had enough daylight to take our dog to the dog park for an hour of fun. Now he’s passed out and snoring!

  13. I am thankful for you, Brandy, and this website. I’ve been helped through many difficult times and also have learned so many things here. Today I stopped at Joann Fabrics for the black Friday interfacing deal. I never would have known about it if it weren’t for this website.

  14. I too am thankful for this website, thank you Brandy for the time and effort you put into this little community. I have learned so much!

    I am also thankful for my husband who cooked the turkey today so we could slice it up and freeze most of the meat for use later. Tomorrow we are going to a friend’s home for turkey, so this will be a two turkey thanksgiving!

  15. I am thankful for my non-judgemental cats, who’s greatest joy in life is a nice bowl of food, a good cuddle, a toy (preferably filled with catnip) to play with and a nice warm fire to sleep by. I am grateful that I try my best to live as joyously as they do on the simple things in life.

  16. I am grateful for a healthy baby boy that joined our family one week ago. And the doctors that helped bring him earth side.

  17. I am grateful that on this day in November, with snow in the fields and frost on the trees, that I am able to buy fresh greens for salads, veggies for stir-fries, and strawberries.

    I need some healthy living before the holiday treats begin. (Thanksgiving was early in October for us.) I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

  18. Today I am thankful for my daughter. She works so hard and never complains. 🙂 I am thankful for the kitchen aid. It makes my life easier.
    Have a blessed holiday everyone.

  19. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to rebuild where I grew up. It will be a lot of work, but the American Dream is opportunity! Spatulas are great too!

  20. I am thankful for those working the ER (especially the ones that checked my ankle , bad sprain and tendonitis but not broken ) this morning and the firefighters that save a friend’s cousin (girlfriend didn’t make it out) . I am thankful for the friends that invited us to dinner today (ours was Sunday but there is a lot of drama going on so half didn’t come) even though they are working

  21. Hello to you, cousin! I should check my genealogy, he could be an 11 times great grandfather. When I see your posts from now on, I will make the connection. He seems to be one of the more ‘colorful’ members of the Plymouth Colony.

  22. I am thankful for my family and a strong faith. We have relied on both through difficult days and days of blessing. This year my oldest daughter will host our Thanksgiving feast as I have had both feet operated on since June. We all contributed so it didn’t make too much work for her.
    Also, thankful for my glasses and contacts. Without them I would miss many blessings and God’s beauty as I have bad eyesight.
    Thank you Brandy for your inspiration.

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