Wishing my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving filled with the love of family and friends.
Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.
Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.
Photo copyright Adele Downs.
Photo copyright Adele Downs
This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, social media followers, and my wonderful readers. Thank you for your support and your enthusiasm for my books.
I wish you all a safe and memorable holiday filled with love.
Photo of Adele Downs’ homemade apple pie copyright 2016
My husband and I are foodies who love to eat, and we follow an organic diet. Several years ago, we stopped buying processed, packaged foods in favor of fresh, and began cooking all of our own meals using ingredients without hormones, steroids, liquid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, processed salt, trans fats, or chemical preservatives. Take a look at the long list of unpronounceable ingredients on a can of soup or a frozen meal and you’ll see what I mean.
Since we made the switch to organic we’ve never eaten more delicious meals or felt better. We’ve both lost weight (my husband lost more, of course), though we don’t skimp on portions or taste. Yes, we still enjoy the occasional pizza, takeout Chinese food, or basket of hot and tangy Buffalo wings, and my chocolate cravings will never, ever disappear, but 90% of the food we consume is 100% healthy. Eliminating processed foods from our kitchen has been the best thing we’ve ever done for ourselves.
Our free range Thanksgiving Day turkey was raised at one of our favorite local farms, and the stuffing, vegetable side dishes, and desserts will be wholly organic. My husband likes to cook the holiday meals (I know, I’m lucky!), and he bakes the best pies I’ve ever eaten with his signature scratch crust. Even I don’t know his secret recipe. At the end of our traditional holiday meal our family enjoys his pumpkin pie with dollops of real whipped cream. (Pictured is one of my husband’s pumpkin pies, fresh from our oven.)
Organic eating has changed our lives for the better. This Thanksgiving Day, and every day, I’m grateful to those who grow, raise, supply, and distribute these delicious whole foods to us. I’m thankful for the family I love, and the time we’ll spend together around our holiday table chatting and eating a guilt-free meal.
I’m also thankful for you, my readers and blog subscribers, for your year-round support. I wish you a warm, healthy, happy Thanksgiving.
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It’s Friday! What better time to enjoy a fun adult beverage than the weekend?
Here’s the perfect autumn pumpkin margarita recipe from one of my favorite sites Sauza Tequila®.
The Sauza® Harvest
Spoonful of pumpkin puree
1 part Maple Syrup
2 parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
How to make:
Rim glass with brown sugar. Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a margarita glass. Garnish with star anise.
See a photo: https://us.sauzatequila.com/recipes/sauza-harvest
The Traditional Margarita:
If a lime margarita is more your thing, here’s one of my favorite videos to teach you how to mix your own. With a hot fireman and a kitten as your tutors, your next margarita is bound to be delicious. Salud!
(Posted with permission from Sauza® Tequila.)
To all my American readers, family, and friends ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
OMG, I had no idea wine tasted great with chocolate! All my life I thought wine was meant for salty foods like cheese and crackers or as a delicious beverage with dinner. Boy, was I missing out! I need a subscription to Wine Spectator.
I took a day off from writing to celebrate the completion of another manuscript (Yay!) and visited the Chaddsford Winery in Chadds Ford, PA. Hubby and I did something completely new and fun with the winery’s “Wine and Chocolate Tasting” event. It’s not every day we give ourselves permission to drink seven kinds of wine, each paired with a specific piece of chocolate to complement the flavors, so on this day we were all in!
Who knew a light, crisp white wine paired well with dark chocolate butter creams; that sweet and spicy apple wine tasted great with milk chocolate maple creams; or a semi-sweet red needed milk chocolate caramel? Mmmm.
I’d like to know whose job it is to sip wine and nibble chocolate and pair them for wine tasting events. Sign me up for that job, please!
My favorite wines were the chilled Proprietors Reserve White (light, crisp, and clean. Perfect for sipping while cooking dinner) and the Spiced Apple, served warm. We bought bottles of both and will serve the Spiced Apple at our Thanksgiving table. I think it will be the best wine we’ve ever offered our holiday guests.
We enjoyed our afternoon wine tasting event and will definitely visit again.
I love my home state of Pennsylvania. There’s so much to see and do here!
I wish you and your family a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving.