November is one of my all-time favorite months. The leaves have fallen, the mornings are chilly, and it gives me an excuse to start spending extra time in the kitchen cooking and baking. What else am I supposed to do with this time change?! And, of course, it’s the month of my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving.
One of my favorite moments on Thanksgiving day is sitting around the table with my family and sharing one thing we are thankful for before we dig into the feast. I love hearing and sharing with one another on this day, and every day, but no holiday (to me) beats Thanksgiving and the quality time spent with the ones we love most. Above all, what I am thankful for most is my family.
That said, one of my favorite things to do with my family is make and share yummy meals and drinks. After all, dining is a social experience, right?! During the holiday season my mom and I always reserve a weekend to bake goods for our friends, family and neighbors – typically in both November and December.
I wouldn’t call myself an expert baker by any means, but I do LOVE baking cookies. Every year we bake a variety of cookies ranging from classic sugar cookies, polvorones, toffee, and my absolute favoriteBerry Thumbprint Cookies. We also always make a few loaves of zucchini and pumpkin bread and, admittedly, we’ll make so much that we’ll store leftovers in the freezer and take them out to indulge in throughout the next several weeks. I am so grateful for these memories and to pass down these traditions to my own daughter one day.
When I think of ‘What I’m Thankful For’ I also can’t help but think of cozy weekday nights spent at home, especially during the fall-winter months. I only get a few days a week with my boyfriend being that he’s a firefighter, so when I do it is always treated like a gift – cliché and corny I know, but it’s true! Since it gets dark so early these days, we love to spend time in the kitchen and whip up different meals together. Typically, we’ll turn on our favorite tunes and create a dinner recipe I’ve found on Pinterest together as a team – it’s sometimes a hit or miss, but it’s definitely always fun.
Lately, we are really into making different variations of pizzas from scratch, and have loved thisStrawberry & Bacon Naan Pizzarecipe. It’s such a fun sweet and savory combo, and so easy to make. We have actually tried this recipe on a huge whole wheat tortilla too when we didn’t have any naan or dough in the house, and it turned out so crispy and delicious! We also like making a goat cheese, blueberry, arugula and balsamic version similar to thisBlueberry Goat Cheese Pizzaon the blog and it is mouthwatering.
I am so excited for the next few weeks of November and December for lots of family time and food. What are you thankful for? What family traditions or meals do you take into the holiday season? Is it cookies, cobblers or maybe even cocktails? I’d love to know in the comments section below!