Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and even though I try to be grateful throughout the year, I still find myself overwhelmed with thanks this time of year. So I’m postponing our Canadian vacation recipe for a special Thanksgiving treat.
Even though, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, there have been many things this year that have snored the mango, there are so many more for which I am thankful. It goes without saying that I’m thankful for Mike, Mr. N and Miss A. I thank my lucky stars for their health and happiness every day. I’m also thankful for my wonderful friends, neighbors, mentors, co-workers and of course the many friends I have come to make through this blog. My life is richer with each passing day.
I’m also grateful for our kitties – especially the old guy helping out Miss A here. And of course I’m thankful for the amazing family vacations, couples getaways and day trips we’ve had the good fortune to take. I’m thankful for the many opportunities that have come my way – many of which I was not even expecting. And I’m even thankful for those challenging situations this year – without them, we wouldn’t be where we are or who we are.
This year though, my thoughts of gratitude have turned to my extended family. My grandmas and grandpas, my aunts and uncles, my cousins and of course my mom, dad and sister. The many get togethers, holidays, birthdays and celebrations we have all enjoyed together. Even the random Saturday afternoons just hanging out.
As many of you remember, my Grandpa passed earlier this year, and he and my grandma are especially on my mind this week. We spent many of these celebrations and lazy days at my grandparents’ house. Not to mention we spent most Thanksgivings there as well. Their home was full of comfort, warmth, love and family and I’m thankful for all the memories we made in their house on Pearl Street.
We recently said goodbye to my grandparents’ home – their home of more than 40 years. They raised their four children in this three-bedroom bungalow and later laughed and played with their eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. It was their only home I ever knew. And it was a home away from home.
I’m also thankful that my mom, the kids and I had one last morning, just visiting before we had to say goodbye. We brought coffee cake, one of grandma’s favorites, and I fried up some bacon – because the house just didn’t seem right without the smell of bacon in the morning. We walked around, told stories, cried and felt at peace. I’m thankful for that.
But most of all, I was thankful for the sound of Mr. N and Miss A’s laughter coming from the front porch. They were playing “boat,” a game of imagination that I’m sure my cousins and I played long ago on Grandma’s porch. Listening to their laughter was the perfect way to say goodbye to a home that played host to so much joy.
And I thought it also quite perfect to make Grandma’s apple crisp for dessert tomorrow. This recipe was passed down to my Grandma from her mom, my Great-Grandmother Lucy. I tweaked the recipe slightly, but my Grandma’s note still rings true, “Serve a la mode or as is. Delicious either way.”
Thank you for sharing this little trip down memory lane with me today. I’m feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, joy and love. I have much to be thankful for – including all of our readers, commenters and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Whether you’re celebrating the holiday tomorrow or not, may you all enjoy endless love, warm memories, lasting health and true laughter.
Print this recipe: Grandma Pat’s Apple Crisp