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1canoe2 team

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope this holiday finds you well! We also hope that you are able to spend it with friends and family, and that you are able to enjoy all of the good things that come with being with the people that you love! We know that it is important to be thankful all year long, but it sure is nice to have a special day that is meant for reflecting on the wonderful things in our lives – and, we have SO much to be thankful for!

We were talking this week at the office about this very topic, so I wanted to share with you just some of the things that a few of us here are counting as blessings this year!

Beth says, “I’m thankful for the barn, and all the amazing people who work under it’s tin roof. For Amelia and her sweet spirit. She makes me smile all the way to my toes. For the opportunity to have work that we love and that is meaningful.”

Zach keeps it simple, but we know he has a big heart! He is thankful for Instagram (he really does love it!), empty movie theaters, and his family.

Haley says, “I’m extremely thankful for my two older brothers. They’ve changed tires, replaced headlights, and helped me understand countless math problems and tax forms. They’ve both opened their homes to be my (rent-free) summer housing, even letting me bring along a puppy in potty training. Plus, I can’t even begin to count how many delicious meals they’ve made or paid for. Thanks for being so awesome, Brad and Matt!”

Amy tells us that she is “Thankful for my grandma’s green jello mold. Reserved for the cranberry sauce every thanksgiving. My favorite as a little girl! It’s the only thing that I wanted when she passed in June. Also, I’m thankful for seasons. Life and weather. Joyful for each one and the “sun” and “showers” that each one bring.”

There are many things that I am thankful for this year, but I’m most thankful for my super awesome family that I can always count on, for ANYTHING. For the incredible team that we have stitched together who make coming to work so much fun. And, for a God full of love that always provides me with what I need (and, who is teaching me to be very, very patient).

Here’s to a holiday full of gratitude!

happy thanksgiving

What are you thankful for this year?

:: Carrie ::

Sour Cream Apple Pie

Sour cream apple pie might not sound that good, but believe me, it is!

I couldn’t decide what kind of pie to make for our thanksgiving feast, so I did a quick poll among my siblings and cousins, and this one won. By a landslide. I’ve made it several times before, and it’s always been a crowd pleaser. My brother Mike actually requested it multiple times in the week leading up to thanksgiving. He likes it. A lot.

I can’t remember exactly where I got this recipe, but all that matters is that it’s REALLY good! But don’t just take my word for it, you should make one and taste it yourself. I guarantee you’ll want to make it again.

Sour Cream Apple Pie

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 or 5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Prepare a single pie crust from your favorite pie crust recipe and fit into a deep-dish 9 or 10 inch pie plate.
To make the topping, in a bowl blend the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour until the mixture is combined well. Cover and chill the topping.
To make the filling, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and flour until the mixture is smooth. Add the peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples and stir the filling and apples together.
Spoon the filling into the chilled pie crust and crumble the topping evenly over it. Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the middle of a pre-heated 350 degree oven, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. (You may need to put a bit of tin foil on top of the pie during the last 15 minutes or so of baking. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want the top to burn!)
Transfer the pie to a rack and let it cool completely. Dig in and enjoy!
:: Carrie ::

Thanksgiving 2012

We sure do have a lot to be thankful for! We are blessed. So, so blessed.  I know sometimes it is easy to get all wrapped up in a busy schedule, or focus too much on that one thing that isn’t going right, that it’s easy to take for granted all of those things in life that we are lucky to have. Those things that we probably don’t deserve, but through God’s grace we have been given.   So let’s step back for a minute, take a look around, and be thankful!

We were talking about this here at the 1canoe2 HQ, and we can all agree that we are most thankful for our families and friends – the people we love.  Beth says she is especially thankful for a “certain red-headed almost-2-year-old. Also La Croix sparkling water, my iPhone, and being able to live out my artistic and entrepreneurial dreams in a small town in the Midwest.” All great things to be thankful for, I absolutely agree!

Karen just returned from a few days with her family in Albuquerque, NM. She says, “I’m thankful for my brother’s recent wedding, a wonderful time to be together with my family and celebrate the addition of our newest family member, Aunt Peggy! Also, home, health and happiness!”  And, I’m going to take this opportunity to let you know that Karen is coming right along with baby number three, due at the end of January! I, for one, can’t wait to meet this new little person.

The newest member of our crew, Zach, has certainly fallen right into line, and is quickly learning all of the ins and outs of what goes on around here. He’d like you to know that he is thankful for “family, friends, parks and rec(the show), apple slicers, HBO, and high tops.” Well said.  And, we are thankful for Zach! He has picked up our slack and is helping this place start to run like a well oiled machine. He also keeps us laughing, for which we are thankful!

I am thankful for these guys, for the work that we get to do, and for the future that is ahead of us. Also, I’m thankful for a healthy body that can run, jump and play, and for cool, crisp, bright sunny days.

We are hoping that you are getting to spend the day with friends and family, and that you find your hearts full! (and your bellies too!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

:: Carrie ::

Kicking off the Holidays…

Well guys, Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I love this week. I love Thanksgiving. It is hands down my favorite holiday, for several reasons. I think I just love the simplicity of it. It’s a time to be thankful for what God has blessed us with, to spend the day with family and friends and the people that we love, and to eat some really good food. And, in my family, we celebrate the end of harvest season this time of year. It’s a signal that life on the farm is ready to slow down for a few months. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too, I really do, but there is just something special about Thanksgiving.

Of course there are the traditions. We always have the traditional meal…turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green beans, sweet potatoes and my mom’s home made rolls. And, there is always oyster stuffing and everyone (my brother Dustin, and my cousin Colby in particular) looks forward to Aunt Bobbie’s layered yellow cake with chocolate frosting that she brings in the avocado green and white tupperware cake dish. Every year. Then, there is usually a game of football in the back yard. The annual game of football, from which we have so many legendary family stories. Then we eat a little more, and always play a few rounds of cards. Pitch. That’s our game, we always play Pitch. (By the way, is that just a mid-Missouri thing? Does anyone else out there know how to play Pitch? I’ve always wondered that. I never hear about other people playing it, but it’s the card game of choice around here.)

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Any special dishes that always make an appearance?

Also, I’d love to hear what you are having for your thanksgiving meal? I’m planning on helping my mom out in the kitchen. And, I’m also making a pie of some sort to add to our desert table selection (which is always way too big!) I’m thinking about making this one, or maybe something along these lines, or this one is always a winner. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

:: Carrie ::