Thanksgiving week is upon us!

This holiday season is very exciting for me. In previous years, holidays have always been a time of long, busy hours at work and grouchy, stressed out people looking for pie. But for the first time in my adult life, I get to enjoy this time with my family and I will be savoring the moments.

I love Thanksgiving as a time of reflection, and this year has certainly been worth reflecting upon. Just 23 days into 2012, my daughter Eden Mae was born and every day I am learning, growing, and finding new reasons to be thankful for her. In April I created The Sweet Life and have been blown away by its reception. For years I have tried to find away to harmonize my love for food and passion for veganism and The Sweet Life has allowed me to do just that.  And lastly this year has been about family. I am fortunate enough to live within an hours drive of my entire family: parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, and nieces and I am very thankful for all the time I get to spend with them as our family continues to grow.

I will be taking the rest of this week off to fully indulge in this holiday, but before I go I leave you with a Thanksgiving Day Round-up. Also I will check the blog periodically to answer questions for anyone trying my recipes this week, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Click on the picture for the recipe.

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Maple Caramel Sauce

Vegan Meatloaf Cupcakes with Butternut Squash Puree

Mashed Butternut Squash with Brown Butter and Sage

Almost Raw Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

Vegan Bacon and Apple Stuffed Sweet Potato

Raw Pecan Pie Tartlets

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Tempeh Bacon

Grain-free Walnut Mushroom Stuffing

Gluten free Mushroom Gravy

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving enjoying good food, family, and friends. Come back next week because I’m opening with these:

Sugar-free Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge

spoiler alert: they are totally addictive.