Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful, relaxing day, filled—positively FILLED—with delicious food, maybe a satisfying turkey run, and lots of good laughter. 🙂 For everyone else in non-Thanksgiving parts of the world, I hope y’all are gearing up for some fun and chillaxing this weekend.

Side note: I had a little too much fun making this Friendsgiving greeting… 😉 Anyone else planning on watching ALL the Friends Thanksgiving episodes today??

Side, side note: Erik and I stared at this photo way too long. Like, where is Phoebe? It’s worse than finding Waldo! But when you find her… oh, it’s so worth it. . Additionally, WHERE is the salad that’s supposed to be in that bowl?? Surely no one would finish the salad on Thanksgiving. .

Anywho! I’ll be spending the day with Erik and, hopefully, squeezing in a run, plus cookin’ up plenty of good food. And, of course of course, baking at least two loaves of the pumpkin bread below!

But, more importantly, we’re getting ready for Christmas!!!!. I’ll admit it, Erik and I wait with bated breath, all year long, for the day that we can finally put up our Christmas lights.

One Bowl Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Bread (V, GF, DF): an easy, one bowl recipe for perfectly rich and moist classic pumpkin bread. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree | BeamingBaker.com

In fact, in our old abodes, we would have Christmas lights up all year long. Because: they’re amazing. Plus, if we call them “twinkly” lights, no one’s the wiser. Ahem.

But before I get super distracted talking about Christmas, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for reading this blog, supporting this blog, and just hangin’ out with me and my kooky family. I appreciate the time you take to visit, to try a recipe, to a take a pic of your amazing creation and share it on Instagram.

No Bake Paleo Chocolate Pecan Bars (V, GF, Paleo): a 5-ingredient, no bake recipe for deliciously textured pecan bars topped with a thick layer of chocolate and nuts. #Paleo #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree | BeamingBaker.com

Thank you so much for your wonderful emails, your inspiring comments and your endlessly awesome recipe requests. Without you, my blog would be a big ol’ sad sack. In fact, it’d totally be Un-Beaming Baker or something equally disturbing. 😉 And seriously, who wants that?

Recently, I read a post from one of the bloggers I admire the most in the world, Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction. She asked us readers what we were grateful for this Thanksgiving. And, she reminded us the importance of not being overwhelmed by all the demands of the season. To remember the point of it all—the people who matter the most.

Lately, things have been getting pretty crazy in the BB kitchen. I’ve been trying my best to make everything more perfect (as if there’s something even greater than perfection… goodness), drizzling prettier, scooping better (yep, I said it), and just, doing all the things shinier. Or something. Reading Sally’s post reminded me to take a step back and Just Breathe.

To remember all the things I’m grateful for.

Erik, Me, my mom, my sisters Penny, Monica and Jenny, plus… Kevin!!!

So this Thanksgiving, I’m gonna count it off, just like Sally did, and invite you to do the same. Here’s a brief list of the things I’m grateful for:

  1. My family. I’ve never met a stronger, more loving, kind, generous, or smarter group of people. You all inspire me to be a better person. Every day. P.S. See photographic evidence of their goofy awesomeness above.
  2. Erik. You’re obviously family, but you might as well get a whole slot to yourself. I so know that you’re loving this. 😉 You’re the sweetest, most open-hearted person I know. Thank you for showing me what it means to open up. ❤️
  3. My friends. A few who exist outside of the blogging world (who cares about them anyway? J/k!!!), and those who don’t (but do, oh… you know what I mean): Chey, Natalie, Stephanie and so many more. Blogging would just be a big pile of, er… melty chocolate gone bad (ahem) without you.
  4. My readers. Thank you for taking a chance on me. Thank you for letting me into your homes (well, kind of) and most definitely your kitchens (riiiight?). I’m so blessed to be able to share these experiences with you.

Wishing you a safe, love- and laughter-filled Thanksgiving, just bursting with awesomeness. .

What are you grateful for?

As always, sending you all my love and maybe even a dove (or tofurkey). xo, Demeter ❤️

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  1. Oh my sweet sweets! I am BEYOND grateful for you and our friendship! Seriously, my lil D to the Meter, you are an amazing friend and blogger and I couldn’t imagine this crazy food blog thang without you in it (or my life for the record.. it would be boring without you)!! Thank you for being you – sassy, sweet and totally inspiring. I love ya girl!!! Xoxoxoxoxoxo

    1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 My dear Chey! Can I just ditto everything you said?? 😉 I couldn’t imagine blogging or IRL with you. Your humor, your work ethic, and your straight-up zesty attitude make my life so much better. Sometimes I’m like, how can one person create such beautiful things, be THIS funny and be such an inspiration in All the Ways? That’s you, my bestie. I love ya x million. Xoxoxoxoxo

  2. AWWWWW!! This. Is. Perfect. I tried to tear myself away from the computer yesterday, so sorry I’m a day late but I love it nonetheless <3 You are the sweetest <3 <3 You are always shining and beaming and scooping like a pro though! I am so so so grateful for you! For having found you this year and connected with you and exchanged epically long text novels with you and all the smiles you have put on my face 🙂 You HAVE TO send me a pick of your Christmas decor, kay..

    1. All the hearts and unicorns to ya, Natalie. <3 I'm so glad that you finally took a day off from the computer. 🙂 I am SO grateful for you. For being so kind, so open, so hardworking... and all the things I could want/wish/hope for in a bestie. Love ya to bits (okay, how weird does that sound??). Looking forward to more epic novel texts, sharing in our weirdness and so much more. Muah! xo P.S. Xmas pics to come!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Demeter! <3
    Thank YOU for sharing all delicious recipes with us. I really enjoy reading your blog. You are funny (so funny .) and passionate about food you're creating (I love that) … and did I mentioned.. your recipes are just amazing .!
    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here but I love the meaning of this holiday. It's really good to just stop for one day and feel grateful surrounded with people you love. Cheers!

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Natalie! <3 Your kind words really made my day. 🙂 Thank you so much for being such a great supporter and such a sweet friend. I am so grateful for you. Hoping you have a relaxing weekend filled with the people you love! xo

  4. Hubby and I are working our way through watching Friends again…such a good, easy to watch show. Love it!

    Hope you guys have a wonderful thanksgiving, Demeter, and you have your comfy clothes on 😉

    We celebrated our thanksgiving in Canada last month, but there’s lots to be thankful for, that’s for sure.

    Have a good one, my friend. XOXO

    1. It’s SO much fun! Somehow I knew you would be! 😉 Thank you so much for your Thanksgiving wishes. 🙂 Hoping you, the hubs and the fur baby are having a fantastic weekend. 🙂 Big hugs! xoxo