It's a hard year to be thankful, it seems. Health care costs have skyrocketed, and making ends meet gets harder each month.
But we have amazing girls. They're strong young women, with strong ideals. We spent a few hours out walking, and playing at a local playground.
And then we came home to a corn free, gluten free, dairy free meal. We all could consume almost everything on the table. (I can't do green beans, but it's not Thanksgiving without them. So I had to put them on the table.
What did we eat? Well...let's see.
We roasted a chicken. Maybe a bit too long, Mr. Violets couldn't carve it, the meat simply fell off the bones. But it was good.
We made a mash of parsnips and carrots. It was surprisingly good, and 3 out of 4 eaters agreed it should be made again.
We had chebe bread sticks.
Sweet potatoes, both fried into chips and cooked with a sweet apple juice/sugar and cinnamon mixture. A small dish of the sweet version was topped with marshmallows and toasted. Bumblebee approved.
We had green beans, too.
And there was an apple pie for dessert. Not that there was much room for dessert, mind you.
All in all, it was a great meal...especially for all the allergies it had to accommodate. I'm thankful that we didn't have to worry about accidentally poisoning anyone. I'm thankful that I've stayed over a hundred pounds since April. And I'm thankful that I'm surrounded by a loving family, that I have a husband who supports my food allergies, and that I have inherently good kids (they're not easy, but they're GOOD.)
I'm thankful that we're still making rent. And groceries.
I'm thankful...I'm thankful that it's not impossible to eat organic on a budget. And I'm thankful that I can go to sleep tonight and feel 90% sure that there's both going to be a tomorrow and that I'll be up for enjoying it.
I'm thankful that I can still feel thankful. Life isn't always easy. Especially when it comes to allergies. But when there are family and friends to share it with, it makes things easier.