Thanksgiving and all the trimmings…

Today is December 1st!  I can’t believe it.  Seems we just celebrated the New Year…..but if today is December 1st, that means we are all just now coming out of our Thanksgiving food coma.  It’s easy to forget just how much we have to be thankful for…clean water, heat, food on the table, a warm coat to wear on the cold days….it’s also easy to forget many of our fellow neighbors don’t have those things or are at risk of nothing having those things on any given month.  We can easily get so caught up in the things we want and don’t have, that we miss the things we have been blessed with that matter.

This year, I want to be sure I stop and remember how thankful I am for love, joy, the good health of those around me, the fact God has always supplied my needs.  I want to be sure to be thankful for today…not skipping to tomorrow-not staying stuck in yesterday.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

So, as we officially enter Winter and the Christmas season….may we always remember to be thankful…even on the days it’s not “Thanksgiving.”

I want to leave you with one of the hits of our Holiday Feast….Buttermilk Chocolate Cake.

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

One of the classics at our table.

One of the classics at our table.

1 3/4 cup flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup cocoa

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup strong coffee

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (the first six listed above). Whisk to combine. In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients (the last 5 listed). Whisk to combine. Stir the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients until nearly no lumps remain. Pour into two round baking pans lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 35-38 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pans. **Start checking your cakes at 30 minutes.**

Frost with cream cheese frosting. 🙂  Yummy!!!

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