10th & 11th


Nov 10th – thankful we live in Santa Barbara, especially on days like today when I spent the morning hiking and then Selah and I went to the Natural History Museum this afternoon (Jesse has volleyball out of town so is gone). We are blessed to have yearly admission to the zoo, museum (courtesy of my mom), sea center, and botanical garden and more weeks than not, we visit two out of the four. The weather is mild, we have the beach, the mountains, are not too far from lakes, and are within driving & reasonable flying distance from a lot of cool spots. Thankful to call this home for the past 12 years!


Nov 11th – thankful for food! I’m thankful I’m able to feed my family not only enough to keep them healthy, but also a variety, which is far more than most in the world have. In fact, I remember distinctly in Nicaragua that the kids don’t really even understand the question, “What is your favorite food?” because they don’t ever get a choice – any food is their favorite because it means they have a meal. And today I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum, receiving at my doorstep a fresh box of local, organic produce that comes every other week. How rich and how thankful I am!
So to make room for the new loot, I used up “leftover” veggies in the fridge and threw together a crockpot of random vegetables plus the last of my amazing canned tomatoes from Nana & Papa for a pretty darn good pasta sauce!

Selah actually even ate it on spaghetti and I hid spinach, carrots, and zucchini in there! Score one for mommy! šŸ˜‰

Then tonight after she went to bed, I threw together some homemade strawberry applesauce and baked strawberry muffins for breakfast, using apples from my mom and some ‘on the verge’ fresh strawberries I wanted to use up.
Strawberry applesauce pre-cooking:

Finishing it off in the Vitamix since I kept the skins on for the vitamins:

Muffins before & after:



Lots to be thankful for – including a nice win against #1 ranked Alabama by my Texas Aggies as well! šŸ˜‰

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