Happy Thanksgiving (Giveaway!)

I’ve heard Christmas music on the radio all week. Can you believe it?

Call me old fashioned, but I think Thanksgiving deserves a little more time in the limelight.

We need to sit in gratitude and savor every moment.

The way I look at it, life is beautiful. I endured serious hardship in my early years, but I got through it. How? By first believing that,  in this great, big, topsy-turvy world, there’s always something to be thankful for… and second, by looking for just that thing to appreciate, that thing that could lift me outside of my grief.

Sometimes it simply takes getting out there and…

Trying something new…

… No matter what the consequences…

Gritting your teeth if necessary!

And so, in the spirit of appreciation and gratitude, I want to thank YOU for joining this Global Table Adventure.

Eating one meal for every country in the world is fun, but it’s even better with your support and company 🙂

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Now, for our little giveaway. Use it for yourself, for stocking stuffers, or for gifts!

The Prize:

Two lucky winners will get handmade soaps by LadyBug Soapworks. Sarah is a friend of mine from back in my Wesleyan University days… She makes incredible soaps. For fun.

I’ll tell you her secret.

She’s a biochemist.

How cool is she? For serious.

Not to mention she makes getting my “mouth washed out with soap” sound tempting. Delectable, even.

Just wait… you’ll see what I mean.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Each of two winners will get one bar of  “Pumpkin Pie Soap” (drool)

Pumpkin Pie Soap

And one bar of Apple Pie Soap (swoon)

Apple Pie Soap

Now that’s soap worthy of any Thanksgiving table! 🙂

How to Enter:

Simply answer the following two questions:

What are you thankful for?


Which is better, apple or pumpkin pie?

The first two comments selected at random that answer both questions will be the winners!

Contest ends Friday, November 26, 2010 at midnight.
One entry per person. Must be 18 to enter.

Disclaimer: Sarah has no idea I’m doing this giveaway – although I will share this link with her later. I’m not being compensated to do this, I just like the sounds of these soaps and thought you’d like ’em too!

Photos by Dylan Maxwell Reilly for Ladybug Soapworks.

PS No matter where you live in this great, big world … I wish you the inner peace that comes with gratitude. From my home to yours, Happy Day of Thanks “Giving” ♥ ♥


  1. I am thankful for the unbelievable friends who picked me up and carried me through the lowest days of my life, this past year. Love, love, love, mad love to all of them!

    Pumpkin pie is my personal preference, unless there’s Vermont cheddar available, in which case it’s a draw. As to which is somehow inherently better, that’s a question best left to nutritionists and eschatologists, no? 😉

  2. I am thankful for the guardian angel that stood by my side and kept me out of the big trouble I could have gotten into ; thankful for my two beautiful daughters that lighten up my life ; for the good people in this world.
    My vote goes to apple pie… because it’s really a favourite here in our family, but also because pumpkin pie is not traditional here and we’ve never tasted it ! (we will one day).

  3. I am thankful for my small family. I have a wonderful husband who works hard everyday while I can stay at home with our 14 month old baby boy. Everyday they are my two men who make me smile and filled with love. I couldn’t ask for more than for them to be happy and healthy.

    And typically I love pumpkin pie more, it defines the holiday season for me. 🙂

  4. I am thankful for my brilliant team at work and my loving family at home. It’s a blessing to have meaningful work that helps others in this bumpy economy! And I’m grateful to have found Global Table Adventure this year – what a pleasure to ‘join’ you. Ava and ‘Mr. Picky”!

    So hard to choose, depending upon my mood and the season – but apple pie has the edge here. And today I’m trying Cuban Pumpkin Flan that may replace pumpkin pie forever!

  5. Collette Lemons says

    I am so thankful for my friends and family. I know I don’t call them as often as I should but I love them all very much.

    I am thankful for Carrie and Brooklyn who keep me entertained, and Jen, Chad and Anamarie who bring more into my life than they know.

    I like pumpkin pie – I don’t like cooked apples with the exception of Grandma Rose Gunderman’s apple pie. she has past on but she is the only one to get me to eat apple pie and I loved her dearly.

  6. I’m thankful for SO MUCH! My amazing family who is so supportive and generous, my excellent friends, a great husband, and the little kiddo on the way!

    P U M P K I N! Hands down…

  7. I am thankful for a warm house to live in and family and friend to fill it!

    Apple is for sure the best!

  8. Yvonne Scott-Collins says

    I am thankful for the abundance in our lives – faith, family, friends, freedom, …and food.

    Apple or Pumpkin? Apple is my preference, (but with lots of cinnamon). This is probably because of fond memories associated with holiday dinners at my Grama’s house, but my husband’s pumpkin is really good, too! Truly, any flavor of pie is great when shared around a table with those you love.

  9. I am so very thankful for so many many things – topping the list is a fabulous family, wonderful friends, and the opportunity to spend time with them all.

    I am also thankful for insulin, which will allow my dear son to enjoy his Thanksgiving dinner safely. 😉

    And choosing a pie? My standard answer is a little slice of each. And some of the others pies as well. If I had to choose, pumpkin. But I don’t choose well.

  10. AnneSATX says

    My father passed away last month and I will be eternally grateful that the last thing I said to him the night before was, “I love you, Dad.”

    As for pie? Pumpkin, no contest!

  11. Arthur says

    I am thankful for the four big F’s in my life. Family, friends, faith, and FOOD!! nom nom nom… Go away, Cookie Monster, this snickerdoodle is MINE!! hehe

    But seriously, good friends and family make life so much easier and more enjoyable. And sometimes your “family” isn’t even kin to you. Really good friends can transcend the boundaries between friendship and family. And for those friends, I am truly grateful.

    I am thankful for my faith, which helps me through hard times and assures me I’m not alone on this big rock. Faith can be a prison or a palace, and I’ve learned to exchange the toxic beliefs I used to have for more positive ideas that encourage rather than belittle.

    And I’m thankful for the good and abundant food supply that most of us Americans often take for granted, myself included. We have only to look to our brothers and sisters in so many other nations to realize how blessed we truly are.

    And this season, I am especially thankful for apple pie, which just beats the socks off pumpkin pie!

  12. Stephanie says

    It’s not midnight here in California!

    I’m thankful for my adorable 17 month old daughter Charlotte, who unbelievably gets cuter and more fun each day.

    Tough choice, but I’d say apple pie. There are countless variations, and I love eating it year-round!

  13. Joanne says

    Sorry I missed the contest, I do love soap! so, not for the contest, but just to participate – I’m thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends. I love both apple and pumpkin, but not many in my family enjoy pumpkin so we usually have apple or pecan for the holiday.

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