Food Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

I hope you’re having a great evening and not stressing too much over food preparations, whether you’re hosting dinner tomorrow or not.

I love thanksgiving. It encompasses the things I hold dear; family, good food, togetherness, and looking at the positives to give thanks.

I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying that life is defined only a small percentage by what happens to you and mostly by how you handle it.

Finding the blessings in life is about attitude, and it’s about choosing to see and nurture the good in the face of hardship.

It’s pretty sweet we have a whole day to help us focus on this!

Last night on twitter I participated in #foodchat’s #foodthanks party. It was several hours of twitter conversation focused on how and why we give thanks for food and our food system, how we can involve kids in an attitude of gratefulness, and some fun thanksgiving food questions to round things out.

The responses got me thinking about all the parts of our food “community.” Everyone from truck drivers and chefs to processors and farmers play an important role we can be grateful for.

I also thought about how lucky I am to be food secure. Hunger is something people are concerned about and maybe donate a few dollars to, but it often seems so far away.

Last night I really started thinking about what it would mean to go to bed with a starving belly. How much it must hurt to not have enough food for your own children.

It’s such a crippling problem, and I know I need to do my part to help those local and far away who are in need. It’s a small part, perhaps, but if many people do a small part it adds up to something huge and even world- changing.

I’m not hosting thanksgiving (I never have), and I’m not even supposed to bring anything to (JR’s) Grandma’s house.

I felt drawn to make something…so I decided I could show my own food thanks to our employees who work hard to help keep our farm running strong, even on holidays.

I made up some pumpkin muffins and just finished icing them. I also may have been multitasking in the kitchen with a paint brush. 🙂

I hope everyone will like pumpkin!


May you have a full table and a full heart this holiday. I wish you and your family a blessed thanksgiving.

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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4 Responses to Food Thanks

  1. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family. Gratitude towards are food – and the people who bring it to us- is something we should, but don’t always, show every day of our blessed lives.

  2. Great post! Very nice of you to take some baked yummies to your employees, i’m sure they appreciate that you recognized they are working on a holiday.

    Hope you & JR had a great thanksgiving!

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