november: a time to be thankful

november is when the masses have decided they will take the time to be mindful and share what they are thankful for day to day. my question is (even though i love that people are doing this); why only during the month of november? why does it take a holiday called thanksgiving to get us to stop long enough that we can be mindful of our lives, our emotions, our interactions, that on a daily basis for a month we can actually declare what we are thankful for... ???
i am not being hard, cold, or any other word some one may chose to desrcibe my questioniong of something so "good", but this really does confound me. especially since i was lucky enough to learn to be mindful and thankful. i used to be like everyone else; mindlessly going through life, not realizing much of my unhappiness stemmed from lacking the ability to be mindful and in turn thankful. since this transition occured in my life, i wonder why more do not see that the lack of minfulness and thankfulness in this world is a huge part of what (i feel) burdens our society(s), and in turn so many of us are... unhappy. depressed. anxious. (1 in 4 to be exact, according to recent studies/numbers.)
ohhh the ramblings of a questioning mind ;o)

lol right now i am thankful for a son with an amazing imagination that makes me laugh... and scream ;o)
what are you thankful for?
do you find yourself dwelling on what you do not have?
i was asked by my doctor the other day if i have stress in my life right now. for once in my life (and only becuase i learned to be mindful and thankful... nevermind acceptance of what is), i could say, "not really." i admitted that i have some financial stress right now, but that i know things are going to turn around soon so the "stress" was not really a "stress". i was not letting it "get to me" becuase i know this time of financial stress will pass. i know things will get better. knowing this makes it so much easier to not let the "stress" of the situtation consume me and cause mental and physical symptoms. and being thankful for what we do have is the key to success for (us when) coping with it all.

with that it is time for the lighter side of things ;o)
something else we are thankful for this time of year: pumpkins!!!
hope you enjoy this recipe!
Pumpkin Hummus (gluten free!)

Pumpkin hummus is the perfect appetizer for your Fall table. This super easy recipe uses canned pumpkin and ingredients commonly found in your pantry.


  • 1 15-ounce canned pumpkin (or use equivilant of fresh pumpkin)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


In a food processor, combine ingredients until smooth and creamy. If hummus is too thick, you can add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until desired consistency.

Spoon into serving bowl, and sprinkle with desired topping like cinnamon, red pepper, or more parsley.
enjoy this season of thanksgiving!
live, laugh, love!


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