A Month of Thankful Moments

November is a month of reflection and gratefulness. Every day we should embrace this but the holidays bring out these emotions. Giving back to one another and the community is one of the most humanly things we can do. Over the years I have collected and acknowledged some pretty great moments of thoughtfulness. I would like to share ten of the best ways (in my opinion) that you can spread grateful juju:

1. Pay for someone’s coffee when you go through a drive-thru. That way, the barista already knows what the person behind you has ordered. Sometimes I wait to see their reaction in my rear view mirror, it will make your day!

2. Donate to a new charity that you’ve never heard of before. Bring some hope and endearment to a new meaningful cause.

3. Leave a post-it on someone’s car door next time you’re grocery shopping. Or even on a grocery cart! A quote or just a simple “You are loved.” You never know how much someone may need to hear that.

4. Write a letter to an essential worker. Whether it be a nurse, doctor, bus driver, or your favorite teller at the bank. Let them know how thankful you are for putting everyone first before themselves during these Covid times.

5. This past summer when I was in Maine with my family, I pulled my Dad aside and told him how much I appreciated him. He said that he doesn’t think anyone has ever told him that and how much it meant for me to say it to him. Tell someone today how much you appreciate them in your life, it will mean so much to them.

6. We have all had piggy banks at some point in our lives. This is what I call the grateful jar. Every day for a month, write something you’re grateful for that day and put it in the jar. At the end of the month, look and see all the things you wrote down.

7. Bring some cookies to your neighbor(s)! Even if you’re not a good baker, you can buy the ones already made at the grocery store and just pop them in the oven! A warm plate of cookies is always something to smile about.

8. When you’re out for a walk in your neighborhood and see some trash, pick it up! I usually bring some disposable gloves and a bag to put the trash in and throw it away when I get home. This is an easy way to help the community and the earth.

9. Read a child or children a book online! There are virtual readings that you can sign up for. Check your local children’s centers too and let them know you would like to do this as a free event!

10. Lastly, ask a loved one if they are okay. Your cousin that you haven’t seen since they got married last year or your Aunt that lives alone. Just asking that simple question can help.

There’s no time like now to be grateful and giving towards one another. Let November be our guiding light that leads us to a new year full of hope.

Cape Cod Key Lime Pie

One of my other passions that I will share with you from time to time is baking. I love to bake! I decided to share a twist on a beach pie. It’s the perfect amount of everything for your tastebuds. From the sweet, tart, and salty. If the sky opened up and decided to rain a perfect Summer pie (or any season!), this would be it. I experimented with this and luckily it turned out just as great as I thought it would.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 Hour and 5 mins

Ingredients for filling:

  • 14 oz organic sweetened mcondensed milk
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 3/4 cup Italian lime juice
  • zest from 1 lime and 1 lemon

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar

Instructions:

1. Preheat your over to 350 degrees F.

2. Make the crust first. Using your hands or a food processor crush the saltines finely. This gets messy so I would suggest a food processor if you have it! Add sugar and then the butter(room temperature). Mix well. Place the crust in a 9 inch pie pan and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then, cook the crust for about 30 minutes until slightly brown.

3. While the crust is baking, make the filling. Take a medium bowl and whisk the zest and egg yolks together. Then, add the sweetened condensed milk. Lastly, add the Italian lime juice. Mix well and then set aside so it can thicken.

4. Take the pie crust out of the oven and slowly put in the Key Lime filling. Bake for 16-18 minutes.

5. After the pie has cooled off, place in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. Add some lemon and lime zest on top and serve with homemade whipped cream! Enjoy!