Lloyd’s Thanksgiving Motivation

I am so happy and honored to have Lloyd as my guest Blogger… he inspires me everyday! he is an autistic adult, who is blind in one eye. He has gone through so many challenges in his life, yet he gets up every morning happy and is always there to help others. I ask that you please share this blog with others… At the bottom of his Blog I will have links for him on social media as well as some other Blogs he wrote for Peyton’s company.

 

Thanksgiving will be upon us all very soon. So many in this country has gone through a great deal of good, bad, & in between. My family & I have gone through a great deal of many things.

We lost love ones so dear to us. We dealt with health issues involving love ones. We have & are dealing with issues that cannot share with others, but God truly know what we are going through.
Last month I took a vacation with my aunt & uncle in TN. I have never had a vacation that I can remember. We almost lost our mom but God healed her, she still have a few issues involving her health & we sure do need the prayers in more ways than one.
There are or could be others who are or going through what we are going through right now. I will try tell you this, don’t give up! It WILL be tough & hard but you can make it!
While we all go through these moments in our lives, just stop for a moment & give thanks for any & all who have helped you & what you have. Be cause there are many who have nothing & who are alone.
I ask you all this, if you know someone who does not a have anyone in their life or who are lonesome, try to reach out to them. A little help from others can be a great blessing.
Two last things that I will share with you all before I close this blog.
Most suicides happen during the holidays, so if know someone who is going through a lot & you who are at risk, please I ask you reach out to them & help.
Lastly please pray for those who have an empty chair at their table this holiday season. The empty was once filled with a love one who is now gone. Please pray & thank you all!
Happy Thanksgiving & God Bless You All!
Check out Lloyd’s blog on Team Awesomism where he talks about his eye problems, he has gone through: Where I learned to live with my eye problems.
Please follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Flipboard. He is truly one of mine and Peyton’s favorite people!

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

I absolutely love a true Dutch apple pie.. it is one of my favorite desserts… My oldest son is obsessed with it as I am! My other kids really love it too, but he and I absolutely could eat it every day!

I got this recipe from a Dutch cookbook that I’ve had for years and years is so worn parts of falling off it is full of “Food samplings” 😂😂 but it is by far my favorite cookbook… It is full of good Dutch recipes…

                                     

This is a great recipe for Thanksgiving… in all the years that I’ve been making this, there’s only been maybe one or two people that didn’t think it was absolutely awesome. It’s easy to make, and it tastes absolutely delicious and is a great addition to any Thanksgiving dinner, or event over the holidays.

Dutch apple pie

9 inch pastry shell, unbaked

Filling:

5-6 tart apples, sliced

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine

Preheat oven to 425°. Combine apples, sugar and cinnamon and placed in pie shell. Mix flour, brown sugar and margarine until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and bake 35 minutes more.

When you go to take it out of the oven, the top will look so bubbly and the brown sugar will almost have a caramel like look to it… I absolutely love this recipe it reminds me a lot of an amazing apple cobbler, only with a better topping.

I sometimes serve mine in a bowl with ice cream on top… This pie is not only absolutely awesome when it’s fresh out of the oven, but it’s also even exceptionally good reheated. I’ve even eaten it without heating it up again.

Another thing that I’ve done is double up on the amount of the apples, cinnamon and the sugar… And added a little bit of brown sugar and to it put that aside… And at a later time I’ve used that mixture in a cast iron skillet and made fried apples with it. This is also a great side dish, especially over the holidays with ham and mac & cheese.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and if you bake one… please send me your feedback as-well as a picture! I always love getting feedback on recipes…

As always, thanks for reading my blog! hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.. please feel free to share with your friends, family and others on social media!

Thanks for following our 45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays

“See” you tomorrow!

Don’t forget Thanksgiving

Too often we get all caught up in the “Christmas Holidays” and forget about Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday… It truly is a time in the year where everyone stops and thinks about what blessings we have in our lives.

It seems that there’s so much negativity in the world these days, you can’t turn on the TV without seeing something negative about someone or something. People refuse to respect other people’s opinions etc. etc.… One of the things that I love most about the Thanksgiving time is this…It’s the one time of the year that we really emphasize being thankful for the POSITIVES in our lives… I’d love to see that carried on beyond just one day

If everyone would take the time to truly focus on what they are thankful for, I truly believe moods would brighten. I know with my GAD… I too often get so focused upon my anxiety and what is causing the anxiety and what I’m frustrated or angry or hurt about.… If I make a list of what I am thankful for it truly changes my mood… I would love to offer this for Thanksgiving…

I hope each one of us would pause everyday from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday afternoon the weekend of Thanksgiving and make a conscious effort Of not only expressing what we are thankful for… But that we show it!

There are so many ways we can show “thankfulness”

Send someone a positive email telling them why you are thankful that they are in your life…

Send a nice card in the mail… Yes, we too often  now just do things electronically.. it’s nice to go to the mailbox and get something positive…

Call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while, tell them that though time has passed that you are thankful for the opportunity to “catch up”

Let’s show our gratitude and thankfulness by doing random acts of kindness this Coming Thanksgiving weekend!

Volunteer… Show others that you truly do care that they’re hurting. Help turn their sadness into thankfulness by knowing others care.

There are many people who are alone on the holidays… If you know someone invite them over.

Maybe you have an elderly neighbor who could use some help around their yard, In the warmer climates, in the colder climates maybe they need their sidewalk shoveled… Bring a neighbor something homemade.. like homemade chicken noodle soup… tell them I’m thankful for you…those little words and those actions can mean so much to people…

The best way to combat negativity is to be positive… So as we kick off this Awesomism holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s let’s start it out with acts of thankfulness.

As we make out our  “what I’m thankful for this year list”… Let’s all add to it that I’m thankful that I made someone else’s day/week/year better by letting them know how truly special they are… Because nothing says care better than actions…

As always thanks for reading my blog and I’d love to hear from you how you “showed your Thankfulness this Awesomism Holiday Season.

 

 

45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays

We are super excited to be doing the 45 Awesomism days of the holidays!

As I have discussed in previous blogs… I have GAD, general anxiety disorder… And Peyton is as everyone knows well…  is autistic.

The holidays can be very stressful for everyone, but it can be particularly stressful for those who suffer with anxiety.

Nowadays… The stores start decorating for the holidays and pushing Christmas and Thanksgiving already in July… I kid you not, Peyton and I were in a store in July and they were taking down their Fourth of July items and putting up Christmas already!!

That can really add to the stress and anxiety of the holidays, because it seems like as it comes sooner and sooner it gets more and more in your head about the holidays.

I absolutely love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday… I have always really decorated every house I’ve ever owned to the max… Peyton loves Christmas as well, and as I get older.. I get less and less inspired to do all kinds of decorating.. dragging all the boxes out of the attic… Although we call ours a Texas basement because it is a walk-able attic, so it’s not as difficult… But dragging everything down, scrubbing down the house.. putting everything that was Up away and then putting up all the Christmas decorations takes a lot of work!

However; to see Peyton’s face be so happy and so excited, it’s all worth it to me!

I decided that this year I was going to do a 45 day long blog/video/pictures/craft/ideas/recipes/tips on my Website!.We will have everything in one place on our website… Also, we will have a dedicated Flipboard Magazine, A dedicated Pinterest Board… we will be having daily items on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin!

I’m by no means an expert on helping lower your anxiety and/ or your stress… but I do know that with me, when I see tips that I can use, such as other peoples ideas.. it really does take a certain amount of the anxiety out of my life… So that’s what I’m hoping to do here! Just inspire people and help maybe lower your stress level, lower your anxiety by providing so many different things that can help you during the holiday seasons!

We will be covering Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day… as well as a few other surprises!

We have an Awesome Thanksgiving guest Blogger that you won’t want to miss his heartfelt Thanksgiving Blog.

I hope you enjoy our” 45 Awesomism days of the Holidays” and please share with your friends, family and anyone else that you think might benefit from it!

If you have any tips or ideas or would love to be a guest blogger, I would love to hear from you!

As always thanks so much for reading my blog and let’s get started…….. tomorrow we will start with a blog about some Thanksgiving tips

Here is a blog that I wrote a few years ago about the Stress I put on myself during the Holidays. Link: Traditions are made to be broken

Christmas Card Time!

It is never too early to think about Christmas Cards… at least I don’t think so!!

I remember when my older kids were young… They would run to the mailbox during Christmas season to try to get the Christmas cards out. We would play a little game of what do you think is on this Christmas card! Basically meaning we would guess if it was a picture of the family, a horse and sled, Christmas tree… Etc. etc.

My kids absolutely loved getting Christmas cards and we would take them and hang them around the Archway that separated our living room and dining room. When people include pictures and or/one pagers about their family, we would put them in this little wooden sled that I had.

Christmas cards became a very important part of our season. They connected us with family and friends who didn’t live close, and  put us in the spirit of Christmas, with those who did live close. I have always loved Christmas cards… As a matter fact I still have some saved from like 30 years ago.

So when Basic Invite came and approached me about writing a blog about their Christmas cards, I was super excited. I want to make a disclaimer here, I do not get paid to write blogs.. I have never gotten paid, I have however; gotten product. My reason for not getting paid is I do not want to be a “paid person” when I’m writing my opinion. I do however; ask for the product, so that if I am going to talk about the product and/or recommend the product… I’m doing it because I personally have seen the product and tried the product.

This particular part blog is going to be a three parts blog!Part one is going to be about the ease of using the website, and ordering from the website. Once I receive my cards, I will write about the cards themselves, their quality etc…

One of many things that stand out to me is that there is Over 500 Christmas card and holiday card designs!

Here are a few more awesome reasons, I am excited about these cards!

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil – Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

I love that it is a one stop shop as well, soooo many options… I take my card buying seriously, and from what I see on their website they do as well! They have taken much of the stress out of buying cards.. because it’s very well laid out and easy to see!

The website is easy to maneuver and the pictures are beautiful! here are some Christmas card ideas

There are Holiday cards… of all kinds! including corporate holiday cards

If you want to share photos of your family… there are even cards for that! photo holiday cards

As if all of these reasons aren’t enough… Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30

Please head over to their website and check them out… here are their Social Media links as well!

@basicinvite

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Twitter

As always, Thanks for reading my Blog and please watch for my follow up Blog where I share my cards! I am so excited to get them!

Have an awesome Holiday Season and Blog with you soon!

Lynne “AwesomismMom”