– Happy Thanksgiving –
“Strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with JOY, giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:11-14
A fan favorite that I have been making for a couple years now! Many people have asked for this recipe so I have finally decided to share it. This delicious cookie pie is what I describe as an in between of a “cookie” and “pumpkin pie.” Essentially its a super thick and gooey pumpkin flavored cookie in a pie crust. It is a yummy fall dessert that is perfect for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving – a time for giving thanks. Thats pretty simple right? But, sometimes life can get tough and challenging, making it hard to be thankful in the midst of pain or struggle. The past two Thanksgivings have been a little difficult for my family. Two years ago was our first Thanksgiving without my grandma and last year was the first without my parents being together. But, this year, things are looking well and my family has been lifted up and joy has began to overcome the pain. Things will happen in our life that we don’t have control over, but we have to accept them and move on. The adversities in our lives only serve to make us more bold and more strong AND within that strength emerges beauty and love.
The past two weeks I have been reading scripture and journaling before going to bed every night. My anxiety was becoming uncontrollable and unbearable, I was having nightmares, and waking up in night sweats. The enemy had a strong hold on my heart and was trying to tear me down. He took me down to my lowest of lows. I needed help. I was broken and holding on by a string and eventually cried out to God. With his strength, I took action and began the slow process of surrendering to God and chasing after his heart full force! That meant more simple leisure and time to myself for prayer and meditation, going to confession, more daily mass, more service, and more time enjoying the gift of sisterhood. One morning last week I woke up feeling very anxious- instead of breaking into tears like I had the many times before, I decided to start praying about things I was thankful for. I did this for 5 minutes and probably thanked God for ~50 things, then wrote some of them in my prayer journal. The beautiful part is that it worked! My anxiety was lifted and I felt a sense of peace. When I started praying I was so nervous and spilling out all my thanks incredibly fast while holding my pillow tight. As I prayed more and more my words came out slower and my grip on the pillow began to loosen. It was like I heard God say, “Calm down my sweet child. I am here. I have been here this whole time. Give me this anxiety. I love you. You are worthy. You are strong. I am here.” I have only had one moment like this before, it was during a retreat I went on in Jan 2015 called Fan into Flame. Sometimes in our very broken moments, God has to try extra hard to show us he is there. When the enemy gets ahold of our hearts it can become very hard to see God’s light. But, God does NOT give up on us. The Lord is chasing our hearts just like we are chasing his. The Lord will meet us where we are at, ALWAYS.
You may wonder why I am sharing all this. I guess I just wanted to show you that we can still be very thankful amidst our struggles. We are all imperfect, flawed, and broken, yet we are all beautiful and worthy of divine love. Gratitude has the power to break the cloudy storm in our minds and bring about the light!
I ask that you meditate on some reasons you are thankful for your beautifully unique life and qualities. Tell God why you are thankful. Tell your parents why you are thankful for them. Tell your siblings why you are thankful for them. Tell your friends and even your enemies. God puts people in our life for a specific and divine purpose. Maybe today is the day you tell someone who has hurt or harmed you that you forgive them and are thankful for them. Maybe that person you are holding anger towards right now made you more wise, more strong, more humble, or even more loving? Let them know you’re at least thankful for the ways they helped you become a better person or the joy they brought into your life when things were good. We are all going to have mountains to climb, but we can be thankful for things we learn along the climb. As you’re reading this – Today is The Day to let go, forgive, be thankful and love this path you’re traveling and those who have traveled the path with you. ♥
“When we have a humble and grateful heart, JOY will begin to fill us.”
Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
- 1 pie pan
- 1 package of store bought pie crust (or you can make your own and roll it out, I recommend Sally’s Pie Crust)
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 ½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a pie pan with pie crust
- Melt the butter, then place in the refrigerator to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs till foamy. Add in sugars and vanilla, then slowly add in the flour. Add in the pumpkin puree and sour cream. Add in the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spies
- Once the butter is cooled beat into the mixture till you get a smooth creamy texture, about 2 minutes. Note: The butter on the edges of the bowl may have solidified, but it should still be in liquid form, just more chilled.
- Stir in the white chocolate chips.
- Fill pie shell and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the edges become golden and the middle is no longer jiggles.
- Cut and serve warm!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!