I am a mom of 2 kids and wife to an amazing red head. I love Jesus with all my heart and strive to make my life a reflection of Him. I'm a photographer, a busy body who can't sit still, and a girl who's traveled to 21 different countries but wants to see so much more. I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes whose goal is provide HOPE and HOME to Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. I'm also the writer behind my personal blog, I Believe In Love where I share my travel adventures, my photography, and creativity.

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Thanksgiving Menu

I am so excited to cook the Thanksgiving meal for my family this year!  There’s a small gathering of us which will be perfect and cozy!  I’m one of those crazy people who likes to cook everything from scratch so these are the recipes that are on my menu this year!

Turkey – Of course you have to have turkey, right?  I’ve never actually made a turkey so I’m a little nervous.  I decided to brine it, because I’ve heard a lot of great things about this method.  I bought my brining kit at my local Sprout’s for $7.99.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Cranberry Sauce – I’ve only ever had cranberry sauce from the can so I’m looking forward to a fresher taste.  I am going to try it with agave instead of sugar.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes – I love sweet potatoes just mashed with a little butter.  In my opinion, there’s no need to add sugar!

Macaroni and Cheese – A favorite among my kiddos!

mac n cheese

Classic Green Bean Casserole – This is always a favorite dish that we have.  We prefer fresh green beans to canned or frozen.

Ciabatta Bread – My all-time favorite bread book is Artisan Breads Every Day.  The ciabatta bread recipe is simply divine!

ciabatta bread

Cornbread Stuffing – Yum!  I love this stuff!

Salad – I have to have some more greens on this menu!

Pumpkin Pie – I can’t wait to break out my pumpkin puree I froze from fresh pumpkins!

Apple Pie – I have my favorite apple pie recipe (see below) that I can’t do without!


My all-time favorite apple pie recipe…

6-8 apples

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 pint whipping cream

1 tablespoon vanilla

crust for top and bottom

Peel and thinly slice apples and then toss in lemon juice.  Combine the sugars, flour, cinnamon, and salt.  Cover a 10 inch pie pan with crust and layer the apples and sugar mixture (mixture, apples, mixture, apples-for several layers) in the crust.  Mix vanilla and whipping cream; pour over apple layers.  Lattice the top or slit a flat crust.  Lightly sprinkle crust with cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 min.  Serves 8.

What’s on YOUR Thanksgiving menu?

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