A Lot of Sweet and A Lot of Savory and a Little Giveaway

Ladies! Y’all are so fun. I just need you to know that when it comes to breaking out all things Christmas, most agree to wait until after Thanksgiving. (Again, no judgement to those that decorate in September. Huge grin.) But, without further ado, here are our 20 pie winners that won completely at random, thanks to random.org. (Also, you’ll see a number by a name, that is the number of your comment which helps identify the winner if there isn’t a first and last name!)

Drum roll please….

14 – Melissa Embry

20 – Mary Lou

36 – Margee

43 – Joanne Swanson

44 – Robin Ballew

73 – Debbie Whitman

110 – Pam T.

222 – Linda Bennett

268 – Amanda C.

305 – Bernadette

335 – Shannon

505 – Tammy Wong

529 – Caroline

589 – Robbie

661 – Landa

734 – Kathy

737 – Tonya Leiva

832 – Ellen Yopp

930 – Sister Lynn

986 – Michele Oates

Congrats, ladies! You’ll be getting an email from me ASAP so that I can get your mailing address! We are so pumped for you. Goodness awaits you, for sure!


*Comments are now closed, ladies! We’ll be back soon with our 20 winners!


I’m not sure if you’ve ever picked up a clue that we are serious about two things around here: Jesus and food.

Man does live on bread, just not bread alone. (I wish you could see the big grin on my face.)

Just last week the Holiday Feast started around the LPM office. A little early if you ask me, but ready or not, we’re about to be bombarded with all manner of treats, and you won’t here one peep or complaint from our lips. There comes a time at LPM when I get serious about my workout regimen, and that’s always around Christmas and Thanksgiving, but regardless if I hit the pavement or not for a quick jog, I certainly enjoy every last bite of deliciousness around here.

When I say the feast started early, what I mean is a sweet friend of the ministry, who also happens to do all of our printing for Tuesday night Bible study (which starts in a little over eight weeks here…egads!), sent us one of our all time favorite pies.

What kind of pie, you might ask? The Brazos Pecan Pie that comes presented in the most fabulous wooden box from Goode Company. Goode Co. is a chain of all sorts of restaurants ranging from hamburgers and seafood, but they’re mainly known for their BBQ, and rightfully so. And they happen to make the world’s most delicious Pecan Pie.

“A decadent balance of sweet and savory” is how they sum it up on their website. Perfection if you ask me!

When I say we devoured the pie last week, I mean that in every sense of the word.

Allow me to share a visual with you.

Devoured. (And, for the record, this picture is as is, no filter.)

We may or may not have topped it off with a little whip crème.

If only we’d of had a little Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream lying around.

(Y’all, I’m salivating right now.)

Last year for Thanksgiving, LPM graciously gifted each staff member with a pie and when I walked in with that little wooden box to my house, you would have thought I walked in with a little Blue Tiffany’s box with diamonds inside. My family knew what the treat they were in for.

(Random Side Note: A couple years ago, my dad made a Mandolin out of said box. It’s true. I’m still impressed.)

Here is a picture of my pie from last year. It was too pretty not to photograph! This is what you’ll be receiving, for real. And believe me, it tastes as good as it looks!

Because the pie is something we all love so much, we decided for the Thanksgiving holiday to share the love with you (and your Thanksgiving table), our Siestas. It feels like the perfect giveaway, does it not?

If we could gift one to everybody, you know we would, but we’re going to give away TWENTY pies! Woohoo!

If you feel so inclined, I have one question for you: I respect those of you who pull out Christmas long before Thanksgiving rolls around, by I personally can only deal with one holiday at a time. I’m all for listening to Christmas music the day of Thanksgiving while decorating the day after. It just feels like a natural progression to me. Plus, there’s something to be said about Thanksgiving and just slowing down to enjoy the day without the hustle and bustle of shopping and wrapping presents.

When the pendulum swings, which side do you land on?

No judgment to those of you that put up your Christmas tree in September. To you I say, to each its own.

Okay, ready, set, let’s here from you! Your name and email address would be so helpful.

I’ll leave comments open for a little over 24 hours and close them tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon.

We’re SO thankful for you, Siestas. We thank God for you AND we get excited when we talk about you, which is every single day!

Happy Monday!


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  1. 500
    Deb C says:

    One Holiday at a time for sure! Lucky to even get some of those decorations up on time!!

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    Hannah Hancock says:

    One holiday at a time for us! Although I (like another person commented) have been known to listen to Christmas music and bust out an old Christmas movie at any time during the year! =)

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    Liz says:

    Starting to put some outside lights up tomorrow. Will leave our Thanksgiving/Fall Harvest decor inside and out until the day after Thanksgiving and then ..”let the games begin!!” CHRISTmas is our favorite time of the year!

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    Wendy P says:

    Totally 1 holiday at a time….although we do tend to leave our outdoor lights up “a little” past the holidays……we blame it on our kids but truthfully we just enjoy them festivities!!

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    Brandy A says:

    One holiday at a time and to be honest, I don’t even think about decorating for Christmas until December is in full swing. This year however I just pray my husband will be home for Christmas! Decorations or not, my 2 little ones and I just want to have daddy home. But work takes him when it wants.

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    Tammy Wong says:

    I start listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving and start putting up decorations that weekend!
    Pie sounds delicious.

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    Shirley U. says:

    One holiday at a time at our house. We celebrate Thanksgiving and then Advent; the tree doesn’t usually go up until the week before Christmas. We then celebrate Christmas…and it lasts until Epiphany which is when the tree comes down. I think, too, that being thankful as we head into Advent and then the Christmas season helps stave off greediness.

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    Donna Spiegelman says:

    I prefer to enjoy each holiday for itself. I can’t even think of Christmas or play the music at my hair salon till Thanksgiving is over. When I grew up we decorated the tree on Christmas Eve. I have moved in a little earlier but not till a week before Christmas does my tree go up and I put on all the lights and my girls that are grown up now decorate it. And it has to be a live tree none of that artificial and spray pine smell for me.

  9. 508
    Ryann J says:

    One holiday at a time please!

  10. 509
    Lori Lutz says:

    I do like to start Christmas right after Thanksgiving. I might start early this year… Thanksgiving is late, y’all!!!

  11. 510
    Christy L. says:

    Day after Thanksgiving for decorations, but Christmas music is fair game starting November 1st ; )

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    Karla Witmer says:

    I absolutely love Christmas, but I like to wait until Thanksgiving is over to start decorating. I do however love to watch the Christmas specials on TV that have already started. I still have a soft spot for “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I do my Christmas shopping throughout the year. Enjoy the holidays!!!

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    Jan Todd says:

    I can only handle on holiday at a time. I host Thanksgiving (31 folks) so don’t want to decorate for Christmas until after that. However, my beloved husband has already been putting up Christmas lights outside. He’s trying to beat the frigid weather and snow that are on the way:)

  14. 513
    Judy says:

    One holiday at a time.

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    Hope Carr says:

    One holiday at a time!

  16. 515
    Susan says:

    Typically, I decorate after December 1st.

  17. 516
    meretta slaughter says:

    I am a Life Group leader of a small women’s class every Monday night. Our favorite bible studies are Beth Moore’s :). On the way to church my sweet sister said my pet peeve Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. I opened this e mail and had to smile. I sure would shared that pecan pie with my small group of ladies. God bless you and your staff at Lifeway. Have a blessed holiday season.

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    Susan Kuruvilla says:

    We usually decorate the week after thanksgiving. But this year is the first time in 25 years of our married life together, that we put up the tree last week:(

    Two reasons, my husband is going on a mission trip overseas the monday after thanksgiving and will be gone for 2 weeks. Then my youngest sister and her family are coming to visit from IN for thanksgiving. So all that to say it made sense to do it early:)

    Not sure how i am going to blend my Thanksgiving decor with the Christmas stiuff:)

  19. 518
    Amy says:

    I take them one holiday at a time, but that’s mostly for the pleasure of savoring as much out of each stage as I can 🙂

  20. 519
    Bethany says:

    The day after Thanksgiving! Except not this year since my parents will be visiting from Oklahoma, and we’ll be tearing into renovations in the house I’m buying!

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    Patti Bodenhamer says:

    We wait till after Thanksgiving. We like to decorate for Christmas the weekend after.

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    Lyndsey says:

    Total early bird!:) may not decorate early but listening to Christmas music by November:)

  23. 522
    Janet Worthy says:

    Thanksgiving is honored and enjoyed all by itself all month long, we’ll almost all month:). The Friday following Thanksgiving is CHRISTMAS DECORATING DAY. Football games on TV and Christmas music on the IHomes, while everyone helps to get everything out of its storage building and put in its appropriate place! We have a real system going and everybody knows their duties!!!

  24. 523
    Pam S. says:

    I don’t mention the word Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving because I don’t want to become burned out. We have a tradition of putting our tree up on December 10th, and it comes down on New Years.

    And I loooooove PIE !!!!!!!!! Oh boy, do I love pie!!!

  25. 524
    Sue says:

    Nothing Christmas until after Thanksgiving weekend. I was visiting my daughter in the Dallas area last weekend and a neighbor had Christmas garland and lights around her front door – which lit up the pumpkins on the porch. That is just wrong!

  26. 525
    Diana S says:

    One holiday at a time; however, since Thanksgiving is late we will rush right into Christmastime.

  27. 526
    Lisa Lewis says:

    Our family follows the traditional route: colors of fall throughout the house and on the porch through Thanksgiving; Turkey and all the trimmings and pies plural on the table. We enjoy leftover turkey sandwiches as long as they last through the weekend. Friday all the autumn colors fade for the last time as the winter wonderland is transformed. We celebrate the Advent season so decorating includes an Advent wreath readied for the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for asking! I’d love to hear how the results of this informal poll turn out! And I’d love to win a Goode Pecan Pie too!

  28. 527
    Kim Robke says:

    I typically try to resist the temptation to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving for fear that I’ll be weary of it by the time December 25th rolls around. But this year? Bring it! 😉

  29. 528
    Fran Harris says:

    Listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but wait till the day after Thanksgiving to put up the tree.

  30. 529
    Caroline says:

    I’m on both sides!!! I decorate my store in November with a fancy tree. I wait until the first week of December to get our “real” Christmas tree for our home. I have to say that this year, after decorating my store tree, I AM DYING TO DECORATE MY HOUSE! I’m curious to see if I can make it. Wondering how long a “real” tree lasts AND if my husband or sons would notice if we went fake this year. Hhhhmmmm! We might even need to go girly this year with our tree!!! FYI…love me some pie!

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    Ann Marie says:

    I prefer one holiday at a time. We do not decorate until after Thanksgiving. However, one year the Christmas tree stayed up quite a while following Christmas. The Christmas ornaments were eventually removed, and the tree was decorated with pastel ribbons and easter eggs. You guessed it, it became an Easter Tree!

  32. 531
    M kAYE says:

    We will celebrate Thanksgiving then turn our hearts and minds toward Christmas. Being from the east, I am not familiar with that brand of pecan pie, but it looks delish.

  33. 532
    Christy Vines says:

    We don’t really stick to a decorating tradition around here. It is always after thanksgiving and good news is the girls are finally old enough to not attempt to eat the fake cranberry things on the tree! Woohoo!

  34. 533
    sharon, GA says:

    My husband prefers one at a time so I try to wait atleast until the dishes are washed and the leftovers are put away. 🙂

  35. 534
    Judy says:

    One holiday at a time around here! But, since Thanksgiving is late in the month, it would be nice to already have a pecan pie (our favorite) on hand!!

  36. 535
    Janie says:

    That pie looks amazing!

  37. 536
    WendyBrz says:

    The weekend after Thanksgiving weekend is decorating time for me! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!
    Pearls14434 at aol dot com

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    Tonia says:

    We decorate the entire house on Friday after Thanksgiving. Our kids love it & so does my husband. We let the kids go hog-wild on decorating & then I rearrange when the excitement winds down. I wish I could say I shopped early, but every year I wait until almost December before I buy a single item. This year I am aiming for pure enjoyment & no stress… I think I can do it !!!

  39. 538
    Mickey says:

    Usually sometime Thanksgiving weekend. I love, love, love pecan pie!!!

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    Maryjo Landwehr says:

    I land on the side of “relax and enjoy the blessings of Thanksgiving” before joining in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations.

  42. 541
    Barbara Monical says:

    We like celebrating Thanksgiving with our family dinner. Sometimes we put up our Christmas decorations early but we have a restful and thankful dinnertime because everyone pitches in and brings their favorite foods and this keeps anyone from having to do too much. We even have some of our children’s in-loves when they can come. It is a great family time. This year we have invited, our friend, a widow to come too. Otherwise she might be alone for Thanksgiving.

    Then when Christmas comes around we do it all over again and sometimes we have a Christmas play, made up of our grandchildren, about Jesus’ birth. Both of these times help us remember who we are and who our Blessed Savior is and whose child we are. We are children of the King.

  43. 542
    Andrea says:

    Yes, Thanksgiving, and when we are recovered from all the good food, then we go out for the Christmas tree over that weekend. Christmas definitely comes after Thanksgiving!
    And we do love PIE! Especially Pecan 🙂

  44. 543
    Jennifer says:

    We set up the tree on the first Sunday of Advent! Fun giveaway, thanks!

  45. 544
    Elizabeth says:

    We decorate the day after Thanksgiving. But this year it’s hard to wait!

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    Jane W says:

    Let each holiday be it’s own. Focus on gratitude and thanksgiving vs. the wants. Then day after, begin to celebrate Christ’s birth. I lived in Texas for 20 years and have not been able to go back for the last 10 years. I so wish Thanksgiving could be cornbread dressing and pecan pie! This pecan pie looks sooooo good!

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    Deb O'Neal says:

    I agree with the majority that each Holiday should get it’s full time of celebration without it being shoved aside by the merchants trying to get a jump on revenue created by the commercialism of Christmas. Thanksgiving is actually becoming my favorite holiday since it doesn’t have all the emphasis on “stuff”, but on family getting together to be thankful to our LORD for HIS blessings to us. When I see a blow-up Santa with eyes whirling around like pinwheels and deer in a blowup pool….in the same area that I am needing a new water hose because of the heat, it just seems like we are definitely not celebrating what CHRISTMAS should be about. I LOVE CHRISTMAS as well, BUT as Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven:…” Now IF you DO choose my comment for one of your 20 pies, I will certainly be THANKFUL!!! 😉

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    Peggy says:

    Got wreath on the door, but that is all for now!

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    Nancy Gibson says:

    One holiday at a time. We usually put up the tree and all other Christmas decor up the weekend after Thanksgiving. However since I do craft and I do think of Christmas way before time. I like to make small gifts and my own cards with a particular theme. Christmas music after Thanksgiving too. Both holidays are special in that it involves family and the real reason we celebrate is because what Jesus has done for us.
    Pecan pie is one of my favorites a Texas treat for sure!!!!! I enjoy your ministry. My heart has been touched many times by what you have taught/or now teaching. Thanks!

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    Cheryl Lynn says:

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    I love the blessings that come with Thanksgiving and try to savour the day for sll that it is and deserves to be. Christmas doesn’t officially start in our home until we’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving in all it’s glory. However, I am a nut for Christmas music and play it for months. Helps me to remember that Christmas really should be in our hearts each and every day!