After a beautiful warm and sunny afternoon at the beach yesterday, I’m spending many hours in the kitchen with my family cooking our Thanksgiving dinner today and tomorrow, and I actually look forward to doing that all year. My favorite activity + my favorite people = my favorite holiday!
This year, we plan on making lots of easy, healthy, and delicious dishes like my ultimate healthy whole wheat rolls, my healthy maple sweet potato casserole, maybe my healthy roasted Brussels sprouts, and my ultimate healthy pumpkin pie. (We’re still deciding whether we’ll sneak in another one of these 35 healthy Thanksgiving desserts!)
Yet in between the cooking and taste testing and dishes, I wanted to have a little coffee break with you! So pour yourself a warm beverage (maybe a healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte or the easiest ever healthy chai latte or maybe even a healthy peppermint hot chocolate?), and let’s chat!
Because I have something special to share with you…
A few days ago, my friend Ashley shared in a post on Instagram that she was starting a gratitude challenge. After hearing that just 14 days of gratitude can lead to months (if not years!) of happiness, she planned to share at least three things she felt thankful for every day until Thanksgiving.
Although I’m starting her idea a little late with just one day to go until Thanksgiving, I still wanted to share a few things I feel incredibly grateful for, seeing as it’s the perfect time of year for that!
My family. They totally deserve to be at the top of my list. They’re my best friends, my biggest cheerleaders, and the sweetest supporters that I’ve ever had. They encourage me to chase my dreams, even when the doubts creep in, and they celebrate every success I’ve experienced, no matter how big or small. I feel so truly blessed that they’re my family and my friends!
My dog. Maybe it’s a little weird to put her at #2, but since I work from home, she’s always there with me (often sitting right next to me on my desk chair!) and showering me with her unconditional love. I look forward to every walk we take during my work breaks, smiling as she explores the same patches of dirt and plants with the same unbounded enthusiasm and excitement each time we pass by. She snuggles with me, licks me with her cute doggie kisses, and always comes running every time I walk into the kitchen with hopes of snagging a little bit of carrot or apple or chicken. Definitely my second biggest supporter! 😉
My job. Amy’s Healthy Baking is actually my full-time job, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to say that. I turned my hobby into my career, earned enough to buy my own house, and enjoy every minute I spend baking and photographing in my kitchen. I love the freedom of setting my own hours and schedule (and the opportunities to travel all around the country too!), and it feels so rewarding and exciting to do something creative every day that helps thousands of people with their healthy lifestyle goals.
My “virtual” friends. With Amy’s Healthy Baking as my full-time job, many of my closest friends are people that I’ve met through blogging. Some of them I’ve met in person; others I haven’t. But the biggest thing I truly appreciate about food blogging is that we have such a supportive community where people are always willing to help each other learn and grow. As I’ve transitioned into full-time food blogging, I’ve realized that many other industries aren’t like that, and I feel so grateful that I’ve found a niche with so much love and support.
You. It may sound a little cheesy, but I’m incredibly grateful for you! Your interest and support for Amy’s Healthy Baking has enabled me to turn it from a hobby into my full-time job, and I’m truly thankful for what you’ve done for me. It means the world to me that you continue to browse through my recipes and read the stories in my blog posts and leave me sweet comments. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you, so thank you!