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Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest


Giving Thanks


There’s a tradition in my family of going around the table on Thanksgiving giving each person a turn to speak about what they are most grateful for. Since we’ve invited you to our virtual kitchen table, I thought I’d start things off by expressing some of the many things I’m thankful for. Please feel free to join in to this little love fest by leaving your ideas and comments. It’s always lovely to hear from you since you’re the main reason we’ve been motivated to continue to share our passion for local food and living a sustainable life. I’m appreciative and honestly amazed that with all the blogs out there, so many people find the time to come to Mixed Greens. Many thanks to our readers.

Thanksgiving is the ultimate day to be grateful for the abundance of healthy delicious food we have available to us. My life would be quite different without the bounty our farmers and fishermen provide each week at our farmers market, rain or shine. The vendors bring us an incredible variety of their very best, usually with a smile, even under the dreariest circumstances. Whenever I rush back to my car to warm my hands, I’m aware they’ll be out there for several more hours. I’ve been a regular customer for years and this is something I’ll never take for granted.

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I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to create this blog with my dear friend, Sally. I could say we work together but more often than not, we’re collaborating in a way that is more engaging and fun than I ever thought work could be. Sally’s all about making art and being in nature. Who else is perfectly fine with stopping to stuff our pockets with autumn leaves and then spending several (and I mean several) hours photographing them? Our friendship is the basis of all we share with you.

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And finally I’m very thankful for my beautiful family . I TRY not to be one of those grandmas that whips out a photo of my precious grandchild every chance I get. But with Lily, it’s not that easy to restrain my enthusiasm especially when she’s spontaneously inspired to create a little dance for me. What a gift.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Don’t forget to save your turkey carcass. We’ll be making soup next week.

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5 Responses »

  1. Backatcha, Poppy. I too appreciate what we’re creating together, the mutual respect and love which encourages and supports it all . . .
    Also, that I can dance while I cook for family and friends, that there is the energy and will for all of it, deeply grateful. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. I am very thankful for all of the inspiration I get from the blog. It really helps me come up with some great meals for my family!

  3. I love thinking about all of you out there in the northwest preparing for, eating and sharing Thanksgiving with a wholesome attitude towards food that is so satisfying to me too … (partly with the lifetime influence of my big sister Sally S!) gardening, eating locally whenever possible, and dancing while I prepare it all, just because I can! Thank you!

  4. We are so thankful for you, our wonderful family! This year we bought Thanksgiving dinner, warmed it up in Lollie’s apartment, and it was delicious–I really missed the time spent in the kitchen, thinking about and preparing my favorite foods, but this was second best, eating dinner with our daughter! It is an important holiday–one that reminds us to take the time to think about all that we have…

  5. This Thanksgiving, we’ll be cooking at home, thankfully! James will be the director, Melissa, Lollie, Jim and I will be the support staff. We will have a small group at our table, but the meal will be fabulous and we will be thinking about all those who aren’t there. We’re thankful for our health this year, and always grateful for our wonderful family. Happy Thanksgiving, dear sister!