Today’s Gem of Gratitude #334

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Today I am thankful for mashed potatoes. Now, to me, mashed potatoes comprise a rather simple dish; after all, the standard ingredients are some sort of potato (personally I prefer red potatoes, also known as new potatoes), butter, a little salt to taste, and some milk or cream. In addition to those standard ingredients, people often add anything from sour cream to dill to their chosen concoction of potatoes for a little kick and some depth of flavor. And for those who really want to be even more adventurous, replacing the water used to boil the potatoes with chicken broth adds an even greater dimension of flavor.

However, despite the fact that I thoroughly enjoy eating mashed potatoes, I rarely ever order them when I go out to eat or I purchase take-out, because most restaurants either do not season them enough, or they over season them to the point that they become practically inedible. And then there are the restaurants that serve instant mashed potatoes, which are of no interest to me. I am a mashed-potatoes-made-from-scratch-with-real-potatoes kind of woman. Anything less just won’t do. #lovebythedrop

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Today’s Gem of Gratitude #329

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Today I am thankful for the color silver. I am not certain as to why I am so drawn to the color silver, but for some reason it is the first color that comes to mind when I think of a number of things, such as that special car that will one day be mine, jewelry, accessories, and even nail polish. I guess that if I had to attempt to put into words possible reasons why I appreciate the color silver so much, I would say that it is a color that is sophisticated, yet is not as pretentious as the color gold; it is a color that is flattering to most items that bear its embrace; and it is pristine, cool, and fun. In a nutshell, it reminds me a lot of me, and that is perhaps the best reason of them all. Smile. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #314

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Today I am thankful for cotton. Though cotton carries with it a somewhat unpleasant history in this country, it has certainly proven itself to be a very useful material. After all, it can be used to make clothing, added to bottles of pills to prevent the pills from breaking up, and used in the creation of a plethora of hygiene-related items. In fact, its versatility is one of its greatest qualities.

And though I certainly would not say that cotton is a material that is indispensable in my life, I must note that I do make use of it enough on a regular basis that its absence would certainly be noticed, especially when it concerns having access to the nice and lite clothing that I like to wear to stay cool during the summer months when it is extremely hot outside. Let’s face it, a desert summer without having access to clothes that are made of cool fabrics like cotton is practically unbearable. And since I have already shared with you the fact that I am not a fan of extreme heat, my appreciation for cotton should come as no surprise. #lovebythedrop