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Three On Thursday

To honor the month of November, my Thursday posts will be all about the things I am thankful for. I want to preface that by saying that I’m not going to be listing the obvious things you’d expect, like Dale and the kids and my family and job and health. Instead, I’m going to be sharing the small things, the every day things, the things that might get overlooked if I didn’t really think about them. Let’s get started.

  1. I am incredibly thankful to live in Massachusetts and I am celebrating our election results. Maura Healey has been elected governor, putting a Democrat in that seat for the first time in a while. Not only that but she is our first elected female governor, the first openly gay woman to take the office in the entire country, and she and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll are one of the first all-female teams to lead a state. We also now have a female Attorney General, a female Auditor, and a female Treasurer. I am so excited about this new wave of women in our top elected offices because, as we all know, women get shit done.
  2. I’ve been picking up Jackie from preschool on Friday afternoons since September. My absolute favorite thing about this, and the thing I’m so thankful for, is the little wave he gives me each week when he spies me waiting for him. It’s adorable and sweet and the look on his face is so full of love that my heart just bursts right open.
  3. About a year ago I decided to replace all of my bakeware. I got rid of all of my mismatched loaf pans and muffin tins and cake pans and bought all new matching ones from King Arthur Flour. Last week I decided to add a few more so that I’d have 3 round cake pans (in 8″ and 9″ sizes!) plus another 9×13 pan and another quick bread pan. I used the 2 quick bread pans on Sunday to make this pumpkin bread and it is so good and those pans are so awesome (no sticking and perfect edges) and I’m really grateful for the means to do this.

That’s all the thankfulness for this week, friends. I encourage you to think about what you’re grateful for, I believe this practice is life changing and the more you do it the easier it gets.

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  1. I am so excited about your new female team in Mass — I can’t wait to see what they do! I hope you get lots of good use out of that new bakeware. I am a firm believer in buying the best tools you can afford, and high-quality stuff will last a lot longer in addition to giving you good results.

  2. Jackie’s little wave brought back some sweet memories of my own little waves and hugs from my kids when I used to meet them at the bus stop. They were so happy to see me! And I’ve always thought that people should have showers not just when they are getting married, but maybe after every 10-15 years of marriage. New stuff is good and I was just dreaming over the King Arthur catalog last night.

  3. That is awesome about all your female leaders! (yes, women do get stuff done!!). I am happy that in PA we flipped both the state senate and the state house… so I am very hopeful that here in PA we will get some stuff done too!

    (We have our first black lt. governor!)

  4. I did that bakeware-replacement thing last year. It’s ALWAYS a treat to have nice tools/materials (whether it be in the kitchen, the studio, or the knitting basket). And . . . Jackie’s wave. It makes my heart happy — and also fills me with memories of my own kiddos and how they were so excited to see me when I picked them up. (Until middle school, when they “had” to feign ennui.) (But they were still happy to see me.) And I am so grateful for what happened here in Michigan on Tuesday. SO. MUCH. GOOD. NEWS. HERE.

  5. I did chuckle about you replacing all your baking pans with King Arthur Baking products. I’ve been doing that as well and am so pleased with all the pans I’ve purchased. Here in California it’s a major expense to buy KA products. A few stores sell their baking mixes and flour but mostly I have to buy it and have it shipped in. Each time I do that I add a new pan. Enjoy your November!

  6. Three wonderful things, Carole! I feel a warm sense of gratitude just reading about yours. Congrats on the state elections! I was cheering on the governor, but didn’t realize the women went so deep in your state leadership – yay! I bought new cake pans a few years back when I baked birthday cakes for the boys … I’ll bet a new 9×13 and a few new loaf pans might inspire even more baking!

  7. Those are three great things. I’m sure you have a lot of fun with Jackie. My little great niece gets out at 11:30 on Fridays. Mid October I picked her up and we had a fun afternoon of shopping and lunch out. Two weeks later I went to do it again and she screamed in the parking lot that she wanted her mother and we had a quick lunch and I dropped her off with her mother that afternoon.

  8. Oh, the joy on a child’s face cannot be emulated or beat by anything! I wish I could see Jackie’s wave, I am sure it would fill my heart with hope. Speaking of hope, can you figure out how you got that female team on board in your state and send us directions? YES, women get shit done without a lot of fanfare. We should have a national celebration for the woman in Mass.!!!

  9. We should all replace our bakeware (and cookware) more often! I’m out here surrounded by a sea off red that gets deeper every election!:(

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