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Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Hi Everyone,

Bob and I wanted to wish everyone a

Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

We are both home with Covid 19 and are trying to take care of each other, our current symptoms and any new symptom that seems to pop up in our path on a daily basis. Thank you for all the calls, cards and texts and I am sorry if I haven’t answered some of you yet. This virus has knocked me out and I spend most of my days sleeping on and off.

We cannot thank you enough for all the prayers sent our way and we deeply appreciate each and every one of them. We truly believe in the power of prayer. All we can do is pray for a blessing and a complete recovery (and possibly our sense of taste and smell back).

This virus is no joke and it is plain awful to go through. I wouldn’t want anyone else to experience this virus. Through it all we are still grateful that (so far) we are recovering at home and not in the ICU and we are together.

So have a Happy Thanksgiving even if this year is a little different than others and be careful when you are out and about. Wear a mask and follow CDC guidelines (it makes a difference), say a prayer for the lives lost to Covid and count your blessings.

All our Love,

Bob & Diane


Update from Diane …

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to take the time to explain my absence.

A lot has happened this past week. First of all, I had an eye infection that caused an emergency visit to the eye doctor for medication and then followed by a PCP visit……After that, my husband was rushed to the hospital with chest pains after his nightly exercise routine and it turned out that he had a small blockage that was repaired with the addition of an implanted stent and he is home now and feels good as new.

Just when you thought life was back to normal and I could start my Thanksgiving prep, I had my routine quarterly post transplant check-up and told the doctor about my ordeal with the eye doctor waiting in the public waiting room for over two hours to see a doctor, my husband’s medical scare and the twenty paramedics that were in my house (and I couldn’t remember if they all had gloves and a mask on) and she wanted to give me a Covid 19 test to be on the safe side….

Well, in true 2020 fashion I tested POSITIVE for Covid. I was very upset and shocked being an organ transplant patient that always follows all the rules about masks and social distancing. I had no symptoms except a headache that I thought was just stress from my husband’s medical situation. It seems that someone that I encountered did not take proper precautions toward the safety of others.

So now I am in isolation at home with mild symptoms and hoping it doesn’t get worse. I have lost my sense of taste and smell and I do not have a fever or a cough. I ask for a small prayer and I will be back stronger than ever with more tablescapes and recipes.

Wishing you and your family, many blessings, and good health this Thanksgiving. Stay well and stay safe,


Pumpkin Fettucine Alfredo

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all fine, turned your clocks back for that extra hour of sleep on this lazy Sunday and had a wonderful Halloween yesterday!

We had a total of 75 trick or treaters (much lower than years before). I just love to see the toddlers in their costumes. This year for the first time as per doctors orders I wasn’t allowed to open the door to greet the children so I had to leave a bowl of candy outside on the steps, but watched them through the window. So cute. Some costumes are so clever and this year we saw a lot more parents and guardians in costume.

Bob and I made the traditional Turkey and 3-bean chili to keep our Halloween tradition alive and served it with whole grain cornbread …. (recipe on blog)

I am still cooking today, which brings me to todays post…….

Today I made a pumpkin alfredo pasta dish and posted it on my personal timeline. I thought I had included it on the blog once before and today I received so many requests for the recipe from friends that couldn’t find it via the blog index so I decided to post it again.

The original recipe calls for fettuccine but you can use any pasta of your liking. Today I used pappardelle, a large, flat & broad pasta noodle.

The secret ingredient for me is sprinkling the pasta with amaretti cookies before serving. The flavor between the amaretti, pumpkin and sage are fabulous.

These are my favorite amaretti cookies but there are many brands on the market … These can be ordered on Amazon or found in Italian delis.

They are wrapped 2 mini cookies to a package.

Lazzaroni Amaretti, 16-Ounce Tin

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do.


12 ounces fettuccine (or pasta of your choice)

2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin pureeNOT PURE PUMPKIN

2 cups heavy cream

Freshly ground nutmeg

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4-5 fresh sage leaves, chopped

Additional Parmesan cheese for serving


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion; sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until softened.  Stir in the pumpkin puree and a few leaves of sage.  Add the heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce is slightly thickened.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Drain the pasta and add to the sauce.  Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl.

Sprinkle the chopped sage over the top.  Serve with additional grated

Cooks Note: Feel free to toss some toasted, chopped walnuts or crushed amaretti cookies on top. 


Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,


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