Apple-Maple Acorn Squash Puree, and a lot more apple recipes

It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You might not even realize this as the malls and supermarkets are already breaking out their Christmas finery. For the last few years, retailers have just skipped right over the Thanksgiving season, jumping right into Santa, Rudolph and the Grinch! When did this trend happen - and better yet - why? Is Thanksgiving not worthy of a little pomp and circumstance? Or is it because Thanksgiving doesn't inspire most folks to run around spending lots of money they don't have on lots of things they don't need? Maybe that's it. Maybe the merchants believe that the earlier we start seeing those Holiday decorations and displays, the sooner we'll all start shopping until we drop. Either way, it kind of offends me.

Thanksgiving may not be the flashiest holiday of the year, but in my humble opinion, it is one of the most significant. In its own understated way, Thanksgiving represents home and family and love. It's a time for reflecting upon all that is good in our lives, giving thanks for all the blessings we have been given. I realize that during these harsh economic times, it may be difficult for many to focus on the good things in our lives, but they're there. We may just have to dig a little deeper to find them.