a much loved tradition in our house.
Three bowls of baking ingredients that when combined make...
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I've been making these every year for as long as I can remember,
even before the kids were born.
They define the start of the Holiday season in our house.
The kids know they are coming, and the words pumpkin and chocolate
and cookies are heard at regular intervals
in the weeks leading up to Cookie Day...
which this year happens to be today!
It's funny how traditions develop, but I love that they do.
There is something magical as a child looking forward
to something that only comes along on special occasions.
The anticipation, the dreaming, and then finally the end result.
They love it and I have to confess, so do I.
It's a ritual of sorts for me...
in the kitchen, apron on, hair pulled back and
of course it's the first day that the Christmas records get dusted off.
Who can beat standing in the kitchen, in your fuzzy slippers,
listening to a little Dean and Frank belt out some Christmas carols,
while the scent of pumpkin, cinnamon
and chocolate fill the air.
As we give thanks this week for so many things...
I am thankful for traditions, my friends
and above all my family...
without whom I would not be.
I would not be a spouse. I would not be a Mother.
I would not be who I am today.
For them I am the most thankful.