What I’m Really Thankful For…and 2 GF Recipes

“What are you thankful for in our marriage?” I said at Saturday morning’s porch party.  I didn’t really expect an answer. I mean, what husband loves relationship questions, especially first thing in the morning? And this December, we celebrate our 34th anniversary–maybe too many years spent together to answer my question.

Rick rocked and drank his coffee. Stared toward the November trees.

“Camaraderie, I guess.”

“Really? Even though I don’t get into sports?”

“Yeah, we do life together.”

“I love that! Tonight will you cook with me? I have two new recipes, but they’re not your kind of food. Harvest Pumpkin Soup and Gluten Free Carrot Cake.”

“No problem. I’ll make some nachos too.”

We’ve started cooking together on the weekends–so much fun! Wish you could have seen him Saturday night. He was just like Snoopy fixing Thanksgiving dinner.

He grated a big pile of carrots (which is a labor of love!) and chopped pecans for the cake. That’s our pumpkin soup in the blender.

Here’s the cake before I frosted it with homemade cream cheese icing–which is simple to make. Who knew? Note the Betty Crocker GF yellow cake mix, but I added special ingredients. 🙂

The finished dishes….

We couldn’t tell the cake was GF! I’m serious. And we ate every bite of our GF Harvest Pumpkin Soup.

All these years and I had no idea I was married to a pumpkin soup and carrot cake lovin’ man. 🙂

Recipe for Harvest Pumpkin Soup from Country Living Magazine, November 2012.

Recipe for Gluten Free Carrot Cake from Betty Crocker. (I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 5 years ago.)

I’m REALLY thankful for doing life together. And I’m REALLY thankful to connect with each one of you~~

What are you REALLY thankful for?

P.S. Have you ever made carrot cake? Sorta like marriage.  Some work required but so worth it!





  1. Love it that you are still making new discoveries after 34 years! Doing life together is certainly worthy of thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am soooooo thankful I “bumped into” you in the blogosphere!

    I am in the process of making a GF Key Lime trifle for tomorrow. (If it turns out, it’ll be on my blog shortly…)

    Thankful my only duties tomorrow are an early morning hike with family & friends, and arriving on my in-laws’ doorstep with a gallon of iced tea & mashed potatoes & green beans & a dessert. (The hubs is responsible for hauling extra folding chairs & tables…)

    May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving Time with you & yours, Julie!

    • Melody, I always get so happy to see your music notes, my friend. And I don’t think our bumping into each other was any accident. 🙂 Who says you can’t make friends online??

      Can’t wait for you GF Key Lime trifle. Sounds a little trickier than my GF carrot cake.

      Is your iced tea sweet? In Georgia, there’s no other way to make it.

      Blessings to your and yours, and thanks so much for sharing hearts with me. 🙂

      • Oh no! Never sweetened tea! Wonderhubs uses stevia in his, but I’m content with a spritz of fresh lemon or lime. (There was a time, however, that Arizona® Iced Tea made it’s smooth way down my throat pretty often…)
        Still working on writing-up the trifle post. It was quite the success! We were fighting over who got to clean out the bowl.

        • And you’ve tasted sweet tea, Melody, and still don’t like it? Shakin’ my red head. I can’t imagine. 🙂

          I’ve checked a couple of times for your trifle post. So glad it was a success!!! Can’t wait to read about it–and see pics too.

          • hahaha! When you know me better, you’ll understand that I’d much rather spend my carbs on a pastry…
            Finally finished the trifle post — talk about writer’s block… (gah!) Now I need to hint around until Keith decides it’s time to bring Christmas down from the attic. 😉

  3. Yummy! I’m REALLY thankful for love. All of it. All kinds of it. Just name a few (starting with hubby, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, sisters, brothers, food, fun, work, writing, dancing, music) I could go on. And I’m thankful for you, Jewels.

    • B.J. I am SO very thankful for you. You get me.

      Dancing!! That’s a good one. Hadn’t thought of that, and I do know how to dance!!

      Love you, my friend.

  4. We just (11/17) celebrated 45 years!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know, I am ancient:):) I am VERY grateful for the life we have made together, our 2 children and amazing SIL and having our health. Wishing you a happy and BLESSED Thanksgiving. XO

    • Pinky, 45 years. That’s wonderful, and you know, the weird thing is, even though I’ve been married for soooooo long, it doesn’t feel like forever. And some days I still feel about 28 or so.

      Thank you, my friend. So glad we’ve met. 🙂

      Blessings on your day today!

  5. That is so cool, Julie! And I love the doing life together. 🙂

  6. “doing life together” I can’t think of anything better to say about a relationship. I’m thankful for you and Ricky…as you two “do life together”, I learn from you. Beautiful beautiful marriage.
    smooches and hugs and prayers for a day full of light hearted moments tomorrow

    • Ohhh, Robin. How I learn from you–probably blog-worthy–there’s been so much over the years.

      You teach me how to love with my whole heart.

  7. Thanks for sharing Julie. I always love your porch party stories! My husband and I have had many challenges but I am thankful for the times we have been blessed to do life together. We cook together too! And we are doing so this morning for Thanksgiving. This year has been a tough one having lost my brother and my dad. My mom lost her soul mate with whom she’d done life for 60 years just 6 weeks ago. Today will be hard for all of us. But I am thankful for the family that will be gathered around my table today enjoying a meal and each other and all God’s blessings. I pray your Thanksgiving will be blessed — you and yours. 🙂

    • Julie, I just sent you an email. Can’t tell you how often you’ve come to my mind lately. I didn’t know your mother lost her soul mate. 🙁 Ohhh, may His Sweet Spirit comfort each one of you today. May His Peace rest in your hearts.

      So much love to you and yours–especially today,

      And thank you, as always, for encouraging me!

  8. After 43 1/2 years, I still love doing life with Gary. But you’re so right, we have to DO stuff together to keep the relationship going. 🙂

  9. Vonda, isn’t it just so sweet? I didn’t get it when I was younger. Thanks, my friend. xoxo

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