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Recipes For Gratitude

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, our team decided to take the opportunity to share the foods that we're most looking forward to indulging in, as well as what we're each most grateful for.

BORIS OAK
CEO | Founder | Hair Whisperer

My favorite Thanksgiving Day recipe is my mom’s gravy. I’m a gravy fanatic and it’s my absolute favorite - the only thing is I don’t know the recipe and she’ll only share it with me if I’m there making it with her…so I will do just that and will report back in time for next year’s holiday.

In 2020 I’m grateful for all of the amazing people in my life and the love and joy they fill me with. I’m also grateful for Spotify and an occasional shot of tequila.

REGINA PLAZA
COO | President | Rainmaker

A family fave - it’s all about pumpkin and spending time together prepping for the fun that is to come! We bake multiple pumpkin pies - not only is it so delicious, but it has so many health benefits (who knew). Or am I possibly making up for the guilt of eating more than one slice LOL. 

It is actually antioxidant rich, packed with vitamins, and is one pie where you can reduce the sugar overload and it still has amazing flavor. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - that’s how much I personally love pumpkin. Favorite recipes come from the infamous Better Homes & Garden Cookbook (with the red and white checks) - I have both my grandmother's and mother's copies with all their note additions. 

This year we’ve decided to try an out-of-the-box pumpkin roll. My eyes wandered during a recent Costco trip and when I saw the rolls, I knew that I had to make a homemade version for this holiday. 

Thanksgiving 2020 feels more special for some reason, as it’s been an interesting year full of so many challenges.  

I am truly grateful each and every day. This year, the EVOLVh team has risen to every challenge and each person has made such a difference with their unique contributions and talents - I’m so thankful. On a personal note, I will have my blended family under one roof for the first time in a number of years. The current circumstances made it happen, but nothing is better than giggles with my family - I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

CHRISSY KAUFMAN
Director Of Sales | Programming Guru


Our two very prolific Mayer lemon trees get ripe at this time of year, so we spend a lot of time thinking about delicious ways to use lots of lemons. We make lemon bars, lemon simple syrup (for lemonade and cocktails), preserved Moroccan lemons (amazing on avocado toast), lemon salad dressings and marinades, and anything else we can think of! This year we are excited to make limoncello!

This year, I'm grateful for more time with my fur babies (two kitties and a long hair wiener).

LOLLIE ADDLEMAN
Operations Manager | Logistics Wizard

My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is Cornbread Dressing - in the south we call it dressing and everywhere else it is called stuffing. I use the same recipe that my great grandmother used - so the kitchen smells like wonderful memories of childhood holidays at my great grandparents farm in Mississippi.

I'm thankful for having more time with my 11 year old son. During a normal year we would be running all over for sports and activities - but since COVID, life has been a little slower and those evenings of shuffling carpools have turned into quiet walks and bike rides with my son.

KATERINA SIMONOVA
Director Of Digital | Content Ninja

This is the fourth consecutive year that I'm hosting Thanksgiving and I was thinking of switching it up and doing Duck Confit or individual Cornish Hens or SOMETHING new/different. But, alas, my ambitions were unanimously and enthusiastically vetoed and I ultimately came around to doing the traditional bird... yet again. After the rollercoaster that 2020 has been, there's admittedly quite a bit of comfort to be found in sticking to the tried and true. We all know it's all about the sides anyways! 

Gratitude in general, has come in extra handy this year and despite the many #2020PROBLEMS, there is so much to be thankful for. I somehow managed to pull off a micro-wedding (scaling waaay back, but refusing to let the year upend our plans because #LOVEISNTCANCELLED) and some major renovations on our house, all while maintaining some semblance of sanity - none of which would've been possible if my (now) husband and I were juggling our typical pre-COVID workloads and social obligations. Most of all, I'm thankful for cozy snuggles on our couch with our pup Quincy and a glass of (local) wine in hand. 

We like to think of gratitude as a muscle - it must be exercised regularly - so if this post inspires you to take a closer look and give thanks, our job here is done. 

Today and every day, we're endlessly thankful for each and every EVOLVher. Here's hoping you all also have lots and lots to be thankful for and that your hearts are as full as your stomachs this Turkey Day! 




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