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I am so sad to be writing this post just days after we left with the news of Fires ravaging this area. We stayed in a cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN with my husband’s family over the Thanksgiving Holiday and we had a great time! We visited Gatlinburg (notice the tourist traffic above), cooked all day on Thursday which followed with a bountiful feast and went to a Trampoline jumping place on Friday for Sofia. The views were incredible and we had a blast with all the kids and parents. I made sooooo much food — I’m not sure why I didn’t capture many photos of it unless you follow me on instagram stories (@missjessashley) — I made: Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, 2 chocolate pies, 1 Maple Pecan and Chocolate Pie and my Butternut Squash and Spinach Stuffed Shells with Browned Butter Sage. I feel like I am still full!

Although the history about Thanksgiving is one that is quite horrible and painful especially for the native people of this country, I feel that it is important to remember to be grateful for our abundance. I’m not sure if it is ironic what is happening in Standing Rock at North Dakota right now with (once again) the Native people being victimized by the agenda of big business and US politics…namely the Oil industry. If you do not know much about this story please message me so I can help inform you! Water is life.

I hope you all had a healthy and happy thanksgiving – more recipes will be coming soon!

Here’s to a healthy and happy you, xo!

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