November 23, 2011

I am thankful for:

I am thankful for YOU. That’s right, YOU. I love your comments. I love your love. I love it when you tweet me or post pictures on my Facebook page of a recipe you’ve made from my website. You brighten my day and you keep me going. You make my life happy. THANK YOU!

There are other things in my life that I am thankful for. First! I am thankful for my camera phone which allows me to take pictures of what I am thankful for. Here we go!

I am thankful for:

For the brief moments I get to myself.

My parents & their love for Cooper.

These words and how they challenge me.

Date nights with my husband.

Special lunches with my dad.

A freshly made bed.

An empty sink.

This friendship.

Beautiful San Francisco. I’m lucky to live in the Bay Area.

The abundance of good food in my life.

Finding Coconut Oil at Trader Joe’s!

Boys who cooperate during haircuts (there’s finally a cooper in cooperate!).

A clean kitchen table.

This workspace that takes a beating.

Funny signs.

Video chats with my brother in NYC (sometimes I wear disguises).

When a recipe looks exactly how it’s supposed to.

A boy who never minds sitting in a shopping car and refers to these shoes as his Spicoli’s.

That moment I set aside to look at our birch trees.

Because the next day there were no leaves left.

A boy who is obsessed with mustaches and likes to paint them on himself…

The moments when I get to play with watercolors.

Little signs that I’m on the right track.

Being able to see the love between a father & son grow.

Lastly, I’m thankful for this here space where I get to be me and tell you THANK YOU.

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Eat an extra dinner roll for me on Thanksgiving, would ya?

  • Alison

    Tracy that is such as awesome lovely post. I have only recently found your blog/podcasts (I’m from Australia) and want to say a big thank you to you! You brighten my day every time I listen to one of your podcasts or go on your blog. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving week.

  • Lucy

    Just lovely

  • Muriel

    What a lovely post Tracy! I’ve been meaning to leave a comment for ages now but I usually pop unto the site during work and never manage to get to it. I’m thankful that I discovered you and Joy this year, I’ve learned quite a few lovely recipes from both of you and you’ve entertained me immensely with your podcasts which I look forward to every week. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Katrina

    Great list! So touching! I see a trend – you are Thankful for CLEAN things!

  • Holly

    I am thankful to YOU, for your great recipes, weekly podcasts that keep me entertained, and inspiration to try new things.

  • Petra

    WONDERFUL! Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your family! 🙂 Petra

  • Anne @ Baking Me

    Love this post! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • cindy

    That’s a lot of goodness to be thankful for!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • jen @ the baked life

    this is a fantastic post. You have ALOT of great things to be thankful for.

    Happy gobble gobble!

  • brandi

    awesome post 🙂

    This is why Thanksgiving is my favorite – it’s a good reminder that, no matter what, we all have things to be thankful for.

  • Leslie

    Hello! Okay, so I’m officially de-lurking here. 🙂 I just wanted to say, I really love your blog and listen to the Joy the Baker podcast all the time and feel like we’re friends. (Okay, so maybe that’s a little weird) But you bring a little happy into my day, and I’m thankful for that!

  • Jane M

    Lovely post indeedy!

    I am about to head on down to my kitchen to do some PRE T-Day prep.

    We ate the pumpkin roll cake for breakfast this morning – tomorrow we will go “light” with yogurt and lemon curd :)!

    Happy Happy to you and yours!

  • Lindsay

    I am thankful for YOU! I have made some absolutely wonderful recipes and reading your updates is always an absolute joy! Thank you for all of your recipes and for helping with them afterwards, too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Karen Beth

    Those Zodiac pillows on your bed make me swoon! Did you make them??

  • Kasey

    Great post! I’m thankful that I found your blog via your podcast this year :). Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Sonia

    Cute, Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Kim

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    I’m thankful for your blog, your openness with all of your readers, your genuine care when one of us 911 messages you about ricotta that won’t form curds or kitchen floors. You are an absolute doll.

    Hope you guys have the best holiday!!


  • Janet

    This is such a sweet post! I’m thankful to know YOU! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

    PS: I looove your house.

  • Krissa

    Love the mustache and that he loves painting them on himself. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Vanessa

    I love the pic of Cooper and Joy! And his Spicoli’s, SUPER SWEET! I am thankful for finding Shutterbean, you inspire me to try new things like KALE! Loved it!

  • Food for Todd

    Adorable post!! What a happy looking life! We’re thankful for YOU, TOO!

  • Liz A.

    you are wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jemma

    Where did you get those cute pillows that say Leo / Pisces – they are adorable! Love the blog and the tips….

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • Kasey

    I am thankful for this friendship! xo

  • Baking Serendipity

    I love this post! I never thought specifically about the joy of an empty sink, but I definitely connected with that one 🙂 Wishing you a great Thanksgiving 🙂

  • nicole {sweet peony}

    this is such a wonderful post tracy! happy thanksgiving to you & your family!

  • Rachel W.

    Such a sweet post! I LOVE those zodiac pillows! Also, what kind of things do you do with coconut oil?

  • judy

    thanks tracy for the entertaining posts and beautiful photographs! this is an especially good one…nicely done.

    have a great thanksgiving!
    p.s. your sink is cool 🙂

  • Kelsey

    Awww, great post! Lots of awesomeness in your life! I’m feeling very thankful this week too…it can be so easy to get bogged down in all the stuff I am not thankful for, glad to have this time to get some perspective. Happy thanksgiving!

  • Alexis

    really sweet list, tracy! i’m absolutely loving the zodiac pillows on your bed! and the dark contrast on your website and in your home. have a fabulous thanksgiving!

  • Redhead in the Kitchen

    This was absolutely beautiful. And Cooper is painfully adorable. I am thankful for your beautiful photos, recipes, and the smiles that reading your blog bring! Thank you.

  • Nicole @ The Dirty Oven

    This post just made my day. What a wonderful family and lovely home you have. You are one lucky lady. Thank you for reminding me of all the love and laughter that I have in my life!
    Hoot Hoot for Coconut Oil!

  • alyssa

    Maaaan I love your house. Cooper is the cutest and your recipes are always divine…. I am thankful for masterminds like YOU!

  • christina d

    Wow. Tracy what a beautifully personal post. Happy Thanksgiving Week to you & your loved ones!

  • Susan

    You are so cool! Love it all (I can’t believe he calls his shoes spicolis–too cool). You rock! I’m so listening to the podcast on the aeroplane today.

  • Monica

    Happy Thanksgiving Tracy… love your inspirational pics!!! Great post… so true, so many wonderful parts to our lives… I love your list and along with the clean sink I am thankful for the smell of lemon rinds grinding in my disposal. 🙂 mmmmmmmmmm. gobblegobble

  • Kimberly

    Happy Thanksgiving Tracy! I’m thankful for you too! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Desert Abode

    What a lovely post! We started a new tradition this year where we wrote down something we were thankful for every day leading up to Turkey Day and put our notes of gratitude in a pretty jar: http://www.thedesertabode.com/2011/11/13/giving-thanks/

    It has been so much fun to recount the things we were thankful for this year. Our “Thanks Jar” will be tomorrow’s table centerpiece and afterward we get to read each other’s notes. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  • Alison

    Thank you for you. Your blog and podcast make me smile. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • modernworkinggirl

    That’s a moustache?! Yikes 🙂

  • PerBer

    Aw.. that was a beauitful post!! Happy Thanksgiving!! I will be attempting to make your addictive brussel sprout salad.. my husband just saw the print out and was so excited since it’s one of his favorite veggies..

  • Cortnie

    I’m thankful for you too and your funny-ness on Joy the Baker podcast and your super fantastic recipes. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  • LGMF

    I too am thankful for coconut oil at Trader Joes! And thank you in advance for answering the following, What’s the protocol on commenting and not just lurking? Is one supposed to comment on each post?

    • Tracy

      When you feel like it, say hello! Say something! If you don’t, that’s cool too. It’s just nice to know who’s reading 🙂

  • Dana

    Oh Tracy – this is so lovely. And sweet. It brought tears to my eyes. I can’t believe you get a shopping cart buddy still. I miss those days. He is too adorable, hope to meet him soon one day. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

  • Caley

    I love you Tracedogg!! That list was right-on….I’m going to go make my bed now. Suddenly have the urge to clean. 🙂

  • Jen

    And I am thankful for you right back!

  • Koko @ Koko Likes

    LOVE this sweet sweet post! Made me smile!

  • Dede

    Thank YOU Tracy! This was so touching, I loved every single bit of it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 🙂

  • Tiffany

    Thank YOU for sharing your world with us. You’re funny, creative and clearly know good food! I can definitely appreciate THAT 🙂

  • tanja vaillancourt

    you deserve all the love ! your blog is fantastic. I visit you nearly every day and ALL YOUR RECIPES ARE GREAT ! I admire you for all the things you do…

  • Sofie T.

    Love your blog and your podcast with Joy the Baker. Also loving the Love / Lust pillows on your couch (in your beautiful home)! Where can I find those?

  • Kim

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing that! And AMEN to an empty sink!!!

  • Sally - My Custard Pie

    What a wonderful celebration of life in general. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Karin @yum and more

    wonderful, inspiring… makes me breathless and thankful too!
    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing.

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  • Danielle

    I LOVE the pillows on your bed! Where did you them?!

  • Katelyn

    Very well said… love this. The one about the recipe looking like it’s supposed to is so true! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Gwen Edwards

    Aww Tracy! I’m so thankful to have found your blog and podcast. I just love everything you do, keep up the good work girl!

  • Lisa [With Style and Grace]

    what a beautiful post, happy thanksgiving my dear – hope today is filled with lots of love and laughter!

  • Jenny

    Loved this post! Lovely photos and they always feel natural and fresh and not staged.

  • Jenny

    I haven’t seen coconut oil yet in my local Trader Joes in WA! I’ll keep an eye out, hopefully it’ll get here soon.

  • MaryB

    I’m thankful for your awesome roasted veggie recipe, which I’m inhaling right now SO good!!! Also thankful for your great blog which can make me smile on days when not much else can! 🙂

  • Becky

    So thankful to have someone like you I can call a friend. Kiss.

  • radhi

    and i’m thankful for you, your awesome posts & pics!

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

    Good for you taking notice of the wonderful little things in your life! We are thankful for you as well, keeping us entertained and well fed!

  • The Cuisinerd

    I’m thankful that I met you this year and now get to enjoy your beautifully delish blog! Yippie!

    See you in January!

  • Lacey Chalenor

    THANK YOU! You have brought food, laughter, design, and fun to me through so many media venues and I am thankful. Keep up the amazing work 🙂

  • Rachel

    This made me CRY! Great list. And not to sound creepy, but I am applying to grad schools right now and looking at a couple programs in the SF area — if I move there, I am totally inviting you for coffee.

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