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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

With A Grateful Heart

I just wanted to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I feel very blessed and so happy to be here right now. I have lots of preparation to do today. I feel like every thing in my house is holding its breath for the whirl-wind that will be me shortly. As soon as my cream cheese gets soft. My butter gets warm. My brine for my turkey cools. Lots and lots of things to do. My dishes are waiting on the dining room table for Emilie to come and decorate the table. Putting in the leaves and moving chairs. All of it I am thankful for and thankful that we have cold weather with rain in the forecast. Living in California, there is all of that sunshine.

Cranberry Bliss Bars
I have had computer issues this week. I made these Cranberry Bliss Bars last week. I wanted to show you the picture. They are wonderful with a cup of coffee and pretty easy to make. The recipe is in the link under the picture. I think they are so dressy and I know I will fix them for Christmas. I love cranberries.

 Here is the restored motor to the windmill. Ben brought it over this last weekend. Didn't he do a grand job?

Here is the before.

Now it all works and he even made the parts for it. He just amazes me. When he was a little boy, he would spend hours in the garage with a grinder on his Dad's work bench turning old scooters into swords. Now he does this and lots of other things. His knives are incredible. So in 2017 the goal is to get that derrick made and the windmill up. One thing at a time.

 I loved this picture of Ron, Ben and a couple of the boys. Three generations right here.

So today, I am thankful I have a nice kitchen to cook in and I don't have to cook outside. I loved this picture because I have my iron pot like this and I really do need it brought up and hanging from a tri-pod someday.
It was Ron's great grandmothers and she always made her soap in the front yard so she could talk to people walking by. I just loved that. I am very blessed I think.

I didn't have to come here on a boat, nor have I suffered the deprivations that my family endured to come here and to have freedom to have the life I live today.

I wish you the best of days. I know we will eat and not be able to move. The list of pies and goodies that people are bringing continues to grow.

So from my heart to yours
Happy Thanksgiving!


Psalm 100

 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!

 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing!

 Know ye that the Lord, He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise! Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name!

 For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you are going to be busy today getting ready. We are going to smoke a turkey for the first time, so I am anxious to see how that comes out. Stuck some chicken breasts in there too, just in case we dry the bird out!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving.
    We have much to be thankful for living in this great land of ours.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Kim! Enjoy the whirlwind and the feasting and the noise and the quiet. God bless.
    Love, Jody

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Kim, I love your heartfelt words that always inspire me. Hugs cheri

  5. Lovely to read that all is just about ready for your family Thanksgiving. I love cranberries so I would love those at Christmas.
    Enjoy every minute of your family get together!

  6. bless you and all of yours...always.

  7. I think this is one of my all-time favorites of your blogs. I am thankful that you are happy. Happy Thanksgiving! Email is

  8. What a sweet post! Wishing you and your amazingly talented and super sweet family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I love Psalms 100 , when I was in the 3rd grade we had to memorize it and recite it at our Thanksgiving table for our family. Happy Thnaksgiving!

  10. What a wonderful post. I love the photos. Especially of great grandma making soap. I am happy your windmill is back to work. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. I hope your Thanksgiving feast was wonderful! I love that soap pot. I think we had a crab/lobster cooking pot in our backyard when I was a kid. We climbed on it. It was huge!
    Aw, I'm so glad that lots of desserts came to the party!
    I hope you are resting today!
    love love love!
    Oh! I'm excited about the windmill and those cranberry bliss bars look wonderful!

  12. i have been having blogger and picture issues, so frustrating. the cranberry bars look very good!!

    i hope you had an awesome thanksgiving!!!

  13. Cranberry Bliss..oh one of my fattening addictions! I have to make up a batch. Love your pictures!! The generations, just warms my heart! I know your time with family was wonderful.

  14. I too am amazed by the windmill restoration. One of my boys was here this weekend and helped me with various things that I am too ignorant or unskilled or weak to do myself. It is a mind-boggling thing to have one's former nursling grown up and so competent and willing to serve.


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