10 Things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving


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Every year for Thanksgiving, we go around the table and say one or a few things we are thankful for. When I was a kid, my mom would make a big construction paper board and we would write out all the things we were grateful for. It’s amazing what you can come up with and it’s certainly a beautiful way to reflect on all the wonderful things in your life. Even though there have been a few big bumps so far this year, there is also plenty to be thankful for. Here is a peak at my list…

Ten Things I’m thankful for right now!

1. My family // 2. This pregnancy // 3. My growing Christian faith // 4. Our home // 5. Health // 6. This blog //      7. Provision // 8. Happiness // 9. Living in Canada // 10. Friends near and far

Fall Vegetables www.bestofthislife.com Fall Tablesetting www.bestofthislife.com Carrots, Cauliflower, Onions, Peppers www.bestofthislife.com Fall Harvest Vegetables and Tablescape www.bestofthislife.com Autumn Vegetable Table www.bestofthislife.com

I’m wishing all my Canadian friends a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend!! I hope it’s full of delicious food, special time spent with family and friends, and plenty to be thankful for.

Before I sign off, I snapped these photographs of gorgeous vegetables that are perfect for the season, below you will find a list of 10 recipes that you can use them in!  Bon appetit!

Vegetable Recipes for your Farmer’s Market Haul 

  1. Honey Glazed Roasted Vegetables
  2. Roasted Vegetables with Fresh Seasoning
  3. Baked Squash with Apple Stuffing
  4. Gazpacho
  5. Austrian Pumpkin Soup
  6. Heart Warming Vegetable Beef Stew
  7. Classic Ratatouille
  8. Roasted Potatoes, Parsnips, and Carrots
  9. Raw Zucchini Noodles with Marinara Sauce
  10. Fresh Garden Salad


Emily Smith

Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights). She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty.

16 Comments on 10 Things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving

    • Emily Smith
      October 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Stephanie! I had fun taking pictures of all those veggies…and now we’re eating them ;) Have a great weekend xo

  1. Amee
    October 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm (1 year ago)

    Beautiful photos Emily! I love all of those delicious recipes, too!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! :)

    • Emily Smith
      October 15, 2013 at 9:01 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Amee :) We had a lovely Thanksgiving together and enjoyed all our favorite foods with friends and family. It was quite a spread!

  2. Alexa
    October 14, 2013 at 1:24 am (1 year ago)

    Gorgeous photos and lots to be thankful for!

    • Emily Smith
      October 15, 2013 at 9:01 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Alexa – there sure is :)

  3. tinajo
    October 14, 2013 at 3:05 am (1 year ago)

    Oh yes, there´s so much to feel thankful for – this life is pretty darn good! :-) Love the pics sweetie! :-)

    • Emily Smith
      October 15, 2013 at 9:02 am (1 year ago)

      Definitely Tina! Love your positivity :) Thanks for visiting xo

  4. Jess
    October 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm (1 year ago)

    Happy Thanksgiving! I know you are supposed to be thankful, but I’m jealous that you get to have it a month early in Canada! It is too close to Christmas in the States! And all of those veggies look delicious! I am finally able to start eating healthier (I’ve been less picky about what i can eat as I get closer to my third trimester!)

    • Emily Smith
      October 15, 2013 at 9:04 am (1 year ago)

      Hahaha, Jess – you’ll just have to have two Thanksgivings like we do…we celebrate the American one AND the Canadian one ;) I’m glad that you are having less food aversions and can now eat some more veggies and fruit without feeling yucky. Love the name Oliver!! Hoping over to read more…

  5. Jillian
    October 15, 2013 at 8:38 am (1 year ago)

    Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving, Emily! These photos are great. Looks like an autumn rainbow (if there was ever such a thing)!

    • Emily Smith
      October 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

      An Autumn rainbow – that’s such a lovely term. Right now our trees and woods are a tapestry of Fall colours and it truly is just like that…an Autumn rainbow! Thank you, we had a really lovely time as a family and ate so much good food :)

    • Emily Smith
      October 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jess! We certainly enjoyed it and had our fill of Thanksgiving dishes :) …Until we celebrate the American thanksgiving in November (my husband is thankful that we do two Thanksgiving a year!! lol)

  6. Nala
    October 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm (1 year ago)

    What a lovely post and your grateful list is definitely beautiful! Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving with your family and by the way the produce looks great!

    • Emily Smith
      October 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Nala, thank you for the compliments. I really enjoyed photographing and writing this post, because we are thankful for these things and it’s so important to stop and really take in all the goodness we have. We enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving as a family! Thank you for visiting today :)


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