Thanksgiving is barreling toward us. I am sure most of you are busy thinking about what you will prepare. When it is my time to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, I spend the weeks ahead going over cherished recipes and looking for new ones to shake things up.
If you are like me, you started your preparations days ahead, and on Thanksgiving morning, you are busy!
I share this quick, easy, and delicious quickbread recipe with you, hoping you will take a moment on Thanksgiving morning to be good to yourself. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, take a slice of the quick bread, and meditate on what Thanksgiving means to you. Perhaps you might want to try a gratitude meditation such as this one.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in, and slowly exhale. Let go of any tension or worries you may be carrying.
Visualize yourself in your warm and inviting kitchen, filled with the delicious aromas of Thanksgiving. Imagine the sounds of laughter and conversation in the background, as loved ones eagerly anticipate the meal.
Begin by grounding yourself in the present moment. Feel the solid floor beneath your feet, the coolness of the countertops, and the warmth of the stove.
Allow gratitude to wash over you, appreciating the earth’s abundance and the opportunity to nourish others.
Take a moment to pause and breathe. Inhale the familiar scents of Thanksgiving, the herbs, and spices that evoke feelings of comfort and joy. Connect with the memories and traditions associated with this holiday, cherishing them in your heart.
Inhale the aromas that fill the air. Imagine the joy and gratitude on the faces of those who will enjoy this meal. Picture the smiles, the laughter, and the shared moments of connection around the table.
Take one final moment to express gratitude for this experience, for the opportunity to create and nourish others. Open your eyes, feeling refreshed, centered, and ready to embrace the joyous celebration of Thanksgiving.
And, before YOU PUT ON YOUR APRON, maybe take the time to donate to your local food bank or The World Central Kitchen: https://donate.wck.org/give/499865/#!/donation/checkout
WHAT’S COMING NEXT TUESDAY? THE ART OF THE BRUSH AND THE SPOON CHRISTMAS EDITION.