Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Simply Thankful


So I realized that we haven't been home for Thanksgiving since another pandemic, Swine Flu. At that time my egg allergic child, who could not get the vaccine, contracted the virus. It was almost a non-issue for most families in the United States, as there was thank G-d an available vaccine. When Rosie contracted it, she was still a toodling toddler, and of course to say I was "alarmed" is a gross understatement. It turned out to not be as bad as some colds she's had. Unfortunately, Covid hasn't been so kind to millions worldwide.  For many, their lives became unexpectedly complicated this year, and for some almost unbearable. 

I have always found the going around the table saying what we are thankful for to be kind of corny and cringy, as it's very personal. But, this year, although I'm reluctant to say that anything good has come out of a situation where over a quarter of a million of our countrymen have died, I have noted a few things in the "good" category (besides the many blessings we experience daily K"H): 

*The child whose specialty was melted soy cheese on a rice cake has learned to cook---and well.

*I was reminded how hard our teachers work to prepare and lead their classes, by actually hearing my kids classes.

*As an introvert who values alone time, I learned I can have some equilibrium with everyone home.

*My children learned how to clean for Passover because they were zooming at home in the weeks leading up to it, and I had no cleaning help. 

*I learned I could not have a breakdown in the above situation.

*My mother broadened her computer skills thanks to her social activities turning to zoom.

*The child who often misses the school bus can now do her classes at home.

*My family has recognized and encouraged my writing endeavors due to the many letters to the editor I've written, and have had printed, on Covid related issues.

*People have gained a broader understanding of what it's like to be alone on holidays, etc., and perhaps relate to those who are without family.

I encourage you to reflect on the good that may have come out of your pandemic experience.

It's very easy for those who have a family unit, or social pod, to downsize and "keep it tight", as our Governor has asked of us. But, it's for those sitting alone that I feel a pain in my heart. I hope they find solace in either a phone call, zoom, favorite movie, pet or comforting holiday food. Keeping it simple isn't bad as long as we are at peace with the situation within ourselves. I'm making a very basic pumpkin pie---the Libby's back of the can recipe. After trying many different more gourmet recipes over the years, I've always come back to the simplest recipe as my favorite. For the easiest crust, next to store bought, try this recipe. Enjoy, and may there be better days ahead.

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I have adapted the recipe to be dairy free by substituting canned, full fat coconut milk, and I used a frozen Gluten Free crust. If you wish to make your own crust, you can use this very easy foolproof recipe. For an egg free version, substituting a 1/4 cup silken tofu for each egg or an equivalent egg substitute is the best option.

Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie

by Nestle Tollhouse


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.

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