A couple week ago I pulled out the last of the pepper plants in our community garden plot. I collected several pounds of small to medium-sized, but crisp and tasty bell, banana and cubanelle peppers. It took a little creativity to use all these peppers. I made pepper and cheese casserole, Italian turkey sausage with sauted peppers and onions, tortilla chicken soup with peppers, and roasted peppers marinated in garlic and extra virgin olive oil. I blanched, then froze about eight cups of chopped peppers. Finally, I took a grocery bagful of peppers to our local food bank. I am happy to say that we did not waste our last crop of peppers!
Here is my peppery Thanksgiving Day thought….just like my peppers, I do not want to waste the gifts, big or small that God gives to me. In God’s economy a grateful heart grows and produces more fruit.
May we all give thanks and celebrate the blessings in our lives this Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving Day! (and enjoy the leftovers!)