time to give thanks

It's Thanksgiving weekend and I am stoked. Three days off and the weather is going to be gorgeous. We'll also be stuffing ourselves with delicious healthy food. Last Thanksgiving I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares (yum!) but this year I'm not sure yet (oh-oh!).

I have a lot to be thankful for these days but one person really stands out on my list and that person is the Hubs. L'il 'ol hormonal me hasn't been the easiest person to live with for the past year, but the Hubs has stuck by me and taken a lot on the chin. I feel very lucky to have such a supportive partner in crime and trusty sidekick.

Without you babes I wouldn't:

  • Have L'il E
  • Be organized
  • Have a shoulder to cry on
  • Have an ear to vent into
  • Have my best friend

Thanks for being there for me even on the days I'm a turbo bee-atch :)

i'm thankful for...

Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday and time of year so in the spirit of Thanksgiving here are the top 10 things I'm thankful for: What are you thankful for today?

  1. The miracle of reproduction and the growing babe in my belly
  2. My amazing hubs, Dave, who is the most respectful, caring, funny and loving guy a girl could have
  3. All of my beautiful, intelligent and inspiring girlfriends (you know who you are and I love each one of you)
  4. The most supportive and loving parents/soon to be grandparents
  5. My east coast parents, sisters and brothers in law and their adorable children who I wish I could see more of
  6. My health and mobility
  7. A hot cup of tea every morning and a warm cozy bed to crawl into every night
  8. The serenity I get through my yoga practice
  9. A life full of laughter and very few worries
  10. My blog and all of the people that read it everyday (please vote for fridaysoff under best new blog for the Canadian Blog Awards)

Thanks everyone!! Happy Thanksgiving!

October 11, 2010 — Alanna Banks

pumpkin chocolate chip squares

My contribution to our Thanksgiving feast is dessert and rather than making the same old pumpkin pie I decided to switch things up and make pumpkin chocolate chip squares (yum!). Those that love the spicy goodness of pumpkin pie will be satisfied and all the chocolate lovers will get their fix (aren't I thoughtful?).

If you're scrambling to make a yummy dessert for your Thankgiving dinner try out this recipe from The Stop's Good Food For All: Seasonal Recipes from a Community Garden (love this cookbook!)

Here's what you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp each nutmeg, ground cloves and ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (or fresh if you're up for it)
  • 1 pkg (340g) semi sweet chocolate chips

Here's what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9x13'' baking pan.
  2. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients except for the sugar and chocolate chips.
  3. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth, beat in egg and vanilla until combined, then add pumpkin puree.
  4. Drop mixing speed to low, add in dry ingredients until just combined, then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter in baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Cool and cut into squares.

Yum! Happy baking!

October 10, 2010 — Alanna Banks