I'll admit, I don't usually give the Thanksgiving holiday the credit it deserves. I look at it as a chance to gorge myself on great food and spend time with family, but the real reason for the day is often lost somewhere between the turkey and the pumpkin pie.
I want to change that this year. This year, I want to really and truly focus on my blessings. I want to find ways to show the gratitude that I feel for the abundance that is in my life. And I'm going to do it all on my blog.
Each day, I'll focus on a blessing and express my thanksgiving for having it in my life. I also decided that I will throw in a few giveaways this month, in gratitude for the people that come here every day to read about my life.
And since Thanksgiving always brings to mind feasts, I thought I'd share with you the feast we had to celebrate Bria's baptism on Saturday evening. And don't fall over dead or anything, but I'll even link you up with some yummy recipes.
I had every intention of taking at least one picture of the spread, but everything happened too fast and I didn't get a chance. You'll just have to trust me that it all looked very pretty. And you'll have to trust me even more that it all tasted amazing, since I didn't get to eat any of it due to my diet, but word on the street says that everything was totally yummy.
First of all, I made these cupcake pops:
I took a picture the night before because I was so proud of them. They were rather labor intensive, after all. I started the process on Tuesday night, molded the mini cupcakes on Wednesday, and my fab friend Erin came over on Thursday morning and helped me with the final step of dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling them. She ate a couple, and confirmed that they were as delicious as they are adorable. Although I think that Erin and I did a fabulous job with these, we are nowhere near as professional as Bakerella herself, where I found the recipe and instructions. Here it is for your viewing, and possibly baking, pleasure. I also learned that Pioneer Woman did a Halloween version of these very same pops, so here is that link since you only have 362 more days until next Halloween.
The other thing that I, Lara, actually made, is apple tarts. Basically, I just bought apple pie filling in a can for those. I did make the crusts from scratch, though. I just opened my cookbook and found the recipe, but I substituted cream cheese for shortening. Then I made little mini pies in the muffin tin. They were really yummy according to my dad, who ate most of them.
Joel made BYU mint brownies which are to die for. When I am not on a diet, I have been known to eat an entire pan almost by myself. If you are familiar with BYU catering's version of these, you know they are divine. Except to my nephew, who said, "Uncle Joey? I think you accidentally put toothpaste in these brownies," the first (and last) time he ever tried them. Toothpaste and chocolate together are not so appetizing to him, I guess.
Joel also made pumpkin cobbler. I got the recipe from my friend Kathy, who recently made it for a Stake Young Women leadership training meeting. Since, alas, I couldn't eat my serving, I took it home to Joel, who exclaimed over its fabulousness with every bite, and couldn't wait to make it himself. I know I would love it, because I love pumpkin pie, but I will have to wait to try it another day. You, however, can go look at the recipe on Kathy's blog and try it out. Nothing's stopping you!
We also had a few cookies and some pumpkin bread donated by my mom and my cousin, Michelle. (Michelle....Joel loved your cookies, you'll have to send over the recipe unless it's a family secret!)
It all looked and smelled amazing, and turned out to be a wonderful way to celebrate our Bria's baptism.