Well, the big day is finally here! Thanksgiving has finally arrived and I’m sure that all of us have plenty to be thankful for this year. I know I certainly do! Despite all the hardships of the past year, I couldn’t be more grateful for still having a job (even if I’m still a temp), a roof over my head (though I freak out about how I’ll make the rent every month), and my overall health (even if I’m accident and flu-prone). I have incredibly loving and supportive parents (for those who are interested, my Dad is getting better every day with the help of everyone’s good vibes and prayers), and friends who, though few in number, couldn’t count more if they tried.
But the biggest surprise of this past year, and one of the things I’m hugely thankful for, is how well my little blog has done. Or how well I’ve done to make this tiny little blog what it is today. This time last year I was just starting out and I was thrilled to have about 45 fans who would visit PGEW regularly. The number now is far bigger, of course, but I am still giddy as ever when I see that there’s a new reader, a new subscriber, a new Facebook fan. I know I can’t interact with everyone every day, but I do want to take this moment to thank all of you most sincerely for supporting me, my blog, and my missions: to make sure everyone eats ridiculously well on a miniscule budget, and to bring that knowledge to the folks who need it the most – the poor and the truly hungry (which I’ll be focusing on more in the coming months). I wouldn’t be here without all your words of encouragement and support and I keep that in mind daily. It’s like having 2,500 cheerleaders rooting me on and I want you to know that you’re the ones that keep me on my toes and as creative as possible!
/end sappy moment
Before I go and annoy my mother by pretending I’m official “quality control” (it’s my excuse to pick at stuff throughout the day), I thought I’d remind you of a few Thanksgiving worthy PGEW dishes that you can try this holiday weekend. I know there are a lot of you out there who are doing the last minute thing, so hopefully these will help! They’re tasty, easy to make, will put a different spin on your holiday meal, and will keep your Turkey (or Tofurky) Day costs low so that you can save more of your hard-earned money:
~ Butternut Squash stuffed with Cauliflower-Cranberry Couscous
~ Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Pineapple-Cranberry Chutney
~ Spiced Pear Bread Pudding
~ Linguine with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach and Ham
~ Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Cranberry Salad
That’s it for now, folks! Stay tuned for the big 24, 24, 24 post this Sunday, when I’ll be showcasing my After Thanksgiving Colombian Tapas Party. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!