Nutcracker Sweet Holiday CakeThis post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I grew up drinking Celestial Seasonings and honestly love their line of teas.   

With Ryan’s parents hosting Thanksgiving this year, I actually took the day off from cooking and enjoyed a slow morning at home with the kids and working on our Thanksgiving tree together.  It’s hard to believe, but his parents specifically instruct me not to bring anything for the meal.  Although it feels a bit strange not to be cooking on a holiday which is so centered around food, this year I embraced it and focused my heart on simply being thankful.

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Apple Oat Bran Muffins

I’ve fallen into a fairly new morning rhythm of rising a bit earlier to have some quiet time in the kitchen before the kids wake up.  In the past I’d been more sporadic about waking up, sometimes letting myself sleep until the last possible moment and then quickly scrambling to get ready in a mad rush.  (Cereal comes in handy on those days.)  I’ve found, however, that I’m much calmer and gentler in dealing with the children if I’ve had an hour or so to myself.  Being deliberate with preparing breakfast somehow helps me to prepare for the rest of the day and it’s especially comforting on chilly mornings to enjoy something warm from the oven.

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Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Our local raspberry farm was running a special on mini pumpkins this year- an entire bucket (nearly 40!) pumpkins for eight dollars.  I had just volunteered to supply my daughter’s class with mini pumpkins for their decorating activity at this year’s harvest party, so you can imagine how happy I was.  Inexpensive AND I was able to support a local farm- perfect.

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