Common Sense Home Good News Letter 11/12/22

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens

Over the years, I have heard the phrase, “It must be nice” many times – with regard to owning our own homestead, or being able to work from home with my family, or having a greenhouse – you name it. I paused to think about that phrase this week, and have to say, it is nice. Not simply to have those things, but to have all the years of hard work and sacrifice reaping a reward.

Life doesn’t always cooperate. Sometimes it’s job issues, or health issues (been there, done that) and you try to do the right thing but still run into trouble and can’t seem to get ahead.

There are many things that have happened over the years that I wish I could have done better or different, but right now, I choose gratitude and forgiving my younger self.

I hope as Thanksgiving approaches that you can find gratitude in your life, too, even though times may be challenging. Sometimes of late I find myself empathizing with the leaves in the yard being swirled around by the high winds.

We’re still trying to sort out Thanksgiving plans here on the homestead, but these are some of our favorite holiday and after-holiday recipes.


Deviled eggs

Liver Pate

Main Dishes

Chicken Pot Pie (works great with leftover turkey, too)

Side Dishes

Onion Pudding

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce with 7 Flavor Variations

13 Homemade Bread Recipes


Indian Pudding

Hungarian Nut Rolls


Peach Cobbler with Canned Peaches

Cranberry Walnut Pie

Cranberry Apple Pie

Maple Sweetened Pumpkin Pie

If you’re driving to see loved ones, don’t forget a winter car kit and checklist before you hit the road. (There’s nothing like trying to get dirty slush off the windshield only to find out that you’re out of washer fluid.)

If you’d like all our bread recipes (plus extra recipes that are not on the site) in a handy spiral bound book, use your subscriber discount “LETSBAKE” to get 20% off your purchase. With your book purchase, you also get an ebook version so you can start baking right away, PLUS printable PDF ebooks featuring our jams and jellies and desserts.

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May you and yours be abundantly blessed this holiday season.

Laurie (and August IV, August V, and Duncan)

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