Around the holidays, I have an urge to bake constantly. This may be a surprise to some of you, but I have a giant sweet tooth. I love trying new recipes for cookies, muffins, cakes, pies and everything else sugary and delicious. I especially love to share my finished results with my friends and family… if they turn out well.
One year I was in pie mode, so I baked homemade apple pies like they were going out of style. Another year I was into different types of brownies and muffins, but this year it’s all about the cookie. I found this yummy recipe on DailyCandy.com (my bible for all things fab) for Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies,and of course I had to try it. Marshmallows make my mouth water and chocolate is my weakness, so I was happy to see that this recipe would make a few pans to keep me satisfied for at least a day or two.
(Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies ~taken by me)
Looking back on the past year, I have so many moments to be thankful for. 2011 has been an incredible year with its ups and downs and today is the time to thank God and those who have contributed to making this life beautiful.
This past week I’ve posted about some of my belle blessings, but today I am thankful for having the people I love at a Thanksgiving belle table. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it’s not about gifts, money or material things, but instead about family gathering together, acknowledging what beautiful relationships we have with each other and filling our bellies with delicious food. It’s the epitome of my definition of a belle table.
One thing that I am so thankful for is the beautiful home I was fortunate to live in for the past two and a half years. Not only was this last apartment in L.A. comfortable, welcoming and equipped with a gorgeous view, but it was filled with love, memories and a chapter of my life that I’ll hold in my heart forever.
(beautiful day at Runyon Canyon ~taken by me)
If you don’t know how in love I am with my two nieces and my nephew, then where have you been? Besides being absolutely obsessed with my three little belle loves, I am also so thankful to have them in my life. I can be having a horrible day, but just hearing their sweet little voices or seeing their beautiful faces will make everything negative disappear.
I’ve already written multiple times about how wonderful my mom, dad and the rest of my family are, but this Thanksgiving, and every Thanksgiving, they are two of the people I am most thankful for. I’ve gone through so much change over the past few years and no two people have been there for me more than my parents.
This Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful for my parents’ respect and support. I was always taught to make my own decisions growing up. I was given options and was never told what to do, but I made decisions based on the values that were instilled in me. My mom and dad may think this has backfired on them now after 20-something years since many of my choices aren’t always what they’d choose for me. Fortunately they raised a daughter who has become pretty resilient and independent.
Grandparents are such a special addition to our lives, and I’m so thankful to not only have three grandparents that have been very involved in my life to this day, but I also have so many memories of my paternal grandfather who passed a few years ago.
Our parent’s parents have a certain kind of wisdom that can only be passed down to every other generation. Despite the difference in age, it’s as though grandparents have a unique, and sometimes better, understanding of their grandchildren. I see it with my grandparents towards me, with my parents towards my nieces and I’m sure I’ll see it towards my nephew as well.