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My Top 10 Thanksgivings

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

November, for us Americans, is a time to reflect on the good, the bad and the surprisingly beautiful. Here, I'm counting my blessings and giving you a glimpse into my HFL world.

2020. WHAT. A. YEAR. I think we can all agree there have been a lot of ups and downs. Every single one of our plans have gone to you know what. But hey, I was always taught to look on the bright side of life. So now more than ever, I want to celebrate everything I'm thankful for and before Thanksgiving, I challenge you all to write lists of your own. Together, let's create a #thankfulforlife movement!

1) Family

Well, I talk about him all the time so I think you all know how much love I have for my husband, Kalo. He's the most genuine, generous and fun-loving person. I swear I'm one lucky girl. I'm also thankful for the strength I see in my parents and for the relationship I have with my brother and sister-in-law. More shout outs go to my extended family of in-laws, cousins, aunts, uncles and even the members of my family not related by blood. Thank you for your endless support and love.

2) Health

This year especially, I've learned to never take your health for granted, therefore, I am forever grateful to all those keeping the ones I love safe, healthy and on the road to recovery.

3) My Kitchen

My kitchen is where I feel empowered, in control and confident. Cooking is how I show my heart and I'm thankful I've found my passion. To have the ability to learn new techniques, test out recipes and share my kitchen escapades with you all really means everything to me.

4) Overcoming Anxiety

I've been on quite the journey for several months now trying to understand anxiety and learning to navigate my symptoms. Not going to lie, it kind of kicked my butt for a bit but I'm thankful for the knowledge I've gained and the priceless lessons I've learned.

5) Technology

I don't know what I would do without Zoom, Jackbox games like Drawful and Quiplash, The Global Online Pub Quiz, food delivery apps and of course Netflix. With technology we're able to stay connected, play, try, eat and engage. Nothing can replace face-to-face but technology (when it's working) now holds a special place in my heart.

6) My Pasta Machine

It's been said many times before on this blog but I'll say it again, my love for pasta runs deep. For my 30th birthday, friends bought me a pasta machine and I've had an absolute blast mixing, kneading, rolling and cranking out fresh pasta. Be on the look out for photos because in the next couple of weeks I'm planning to attempt ravioli and agnolotti.

7) Travel Memories

Since travel isn't an option these days, I'm extremely thankful for the many trips we've taken, the pictures we've stored and the stories behind each location. Kalo and I were able to go on our honeymoon just before the lockdown, and looking back, I now understand just how lucky we were to have snuck such an amazing trip in. I'm hopeful for the future but for now I'm simply grateful for the memories. Oh and if interested, keep checking the Adventure Guide section for an extensive breakdown of our week in the Maldives.

8) Leggings

Let's face it, legging are all any of us have been wearing for months. Comfort, baby. Straight out of bed to running errands, there's nothing like the perfect pair of leggings that are soft, don't roll and most important cinch you in. They're a staple in my wardrobe and I'm so appreciative for all the legging makers of the world.

9) Yoga

About 2 years ago, I stumbled upon obé fitness. Their site has completely changed my attitudes about exercise and well-being for the better. I'm so thankful for their inspiring instructors, the variety of classes and the brand's overall positivity. I love you obé!

10) Apothic Red Blend

It may be goofy but I am eternally grateful to Apothic for creating the best wine of all time. Their red blend is fantastic and I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that Kalo and I can't keep in on our shelves. It's smooth and sweet yet it can be bold and dry. Trust me, it's perfectly priced, perfect for cozy nights and perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Last but certainly not least, I hope you all know how thankful I am for this audience (no matter how small) and for this digital space that allows me to share my thoughts, hopes and recipes. For the future, I promise to be a more diligent writer but know that you can always count on me to keep cooking, creating memories and posting to @hungryfor_life_

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And remember to share your #thankfulforlife lists.

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