Nov 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

This is my Apple Pecan Braid. It's a recipe I created as an alternative to apple pie. My daughter, my grand-daughter Word Girl, and I all love it. The little ones, Miss Personality and Computer Girl don't have the same opinion. I hadn't made this in quite some time so I decided to make it one Sunday while the girls were over. I knew the little ones weren't fond of this but I had something else they could snack on so I went ahead with it. Being the oldest, Word Girl takes a back seat to the little ones a lot. I'm really very proud of how well she handles it too. So sometimes I try to consider her first when I'm making these decisions and she was thrilled at this decision.

Miss Personality hung out with me in the kitchen while I made it and happily stole apple slices from my stock as I worked. We talked about the ingredients and she confirmed that she loved them all except the pecans but that she could pick them out. So she was sure she would like it and she wanted a piece when it was done.

After it came out of the oven I let Word Girl drizzle the icing on it. Now the icing was something they all loved. About that time Computer Girl came to watch. She knew she didn't like the braid and had a look of disappointment on her face but didn't voice any complaints. I let her taste a little piece of the crust with some icing on it and her eyes brightened up so I asked her if she would like a piece from the end where it is mainly crust with icing and she liked that idea.

As we were all enjoying our pastry and each other's company, Computer Girl looked over at me and in her sweet little voice said "Thank you Grandma." That one little expression of gratitude said so much. For one thing, it said that she felt loved. It also said that she was content with what she had been given. We both knew that it wasn't what she would have picked if she had been given the choice, but still she was content with it and freely offered an expression of gratitude without any prompting. That expression melted my heart and made me very proud of her.

God doesn't always give us what we want but He never discounts our desires. We can choose to complain about what we don't have or we can choose to be thankful and content with what is given. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, and throughout our lives, may we melt His heart and make Him proud.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Psalm 118:28

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Yolanda said...

Happy Thanksgiving Edie, and I'm so thankful for your sweet heart and investment into your grand-daughters. Mine will be here in two days, we are going to cook up something. Last time we made Cinnamon Rolls. She turned 5 in August.


Andrea said...

What beautiful memories you are making. Hope you guys have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

I hear you can fed-x food? lol!!

Blessings and hugs, andrea

RCUBEs said...

You are a great grandma and even with that simple to make [to you, not to us :)]apple pecan braid, they had felt that special love from you. That they are important to you, whether they like that or not. You all make up a wonderful braid! Coated with a special icing -His love!

I knew it...I shouldn't have come here yet as I sip my morning java, hmmm...that apple braid makes me drool...But I got another dose...from your ending...that God doesn't give us all we want... :( but He knows what's best for I'll remain contented...I got a pumpkin pie waiting with whipped cream in the ref.
But that apple pecan braid...
Happy Thanksgiving sister! God bless you and your family!

Andrea said...

Sitka's link is fixed, now. He left you a comment on his blog about it. Thanks for letting us know!

LOVE YOU, andrea

Jackie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Edie!

Praying that you and yours have a wonderfully blessed day!

Sweet Blessings!

Debra said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, dearie!
Love, Debra

Lea said...

Yummy recipe Edie!!!
Loved seeing the pictures of the kids on your blog. They are growing so much! Just wanted to drop in and say Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!!!
Love ya girl!

Irritable Mother said...

On my way over there now - with happy thoughts about the apple pie I made today, which I get to enjoy tomorrow. *grin*

Happy Thanksgiving!

Alleluiabelle said...

Hi Dear Friend,

I wanted to stop by and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm with Rosel, I'm drooling as well and could go for a piece of that delicious looking dessert, but I guess I'll have to continue chewing my gum for now. LOL

Thank you for your friendship and your thoughts and prayers left at my blog site. You are a precious one.

Love & blessings,

My ADHD Me said...

That looks YUMMY!
I love apple pie, pecan pie and apple fritters so this looks like something perfect.
If there is any left, maybe I'll pop over this weekend for a snack!

Thanks for the card and you're welcome for the bday present.

Now I'm going to go and check out a few of your past posts. Also want to check out Titus 2 in Action. I've been out of the loop for so long and it is nice to be back.

Still using the ancient laptop but MAYBE I'll be getting my computer back tomorrow (my bro-in-law is repairing it for me)

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!!!!

Warren Baldwin said...

Read your Titus 2 post. Was good, as I'm sure the pastry was! Have a great Thanksgiving with your family.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Happy Thanksgiving...Taking a few hours to read some favorite of my favorite things to do and something I have done very little of in recent days. You still have time to stop by my holiday blog and be eligible for 2 great giveaways.....