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. 851
    Darcy says:

    Growing up, we always put our Christmas decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. And AS SOON as Christmas was over (I’m talking like the afternoon of December 25th), my mom couldn’t wait to get the Christmas tree down and reclaim her living room. This year; however, I plan to put up my little 3-foot college apartment sized Christmas tree before I head home for Thanksgiving so it’s waiting for me when I come back. 🙂

  2. 852
    Sharice Latham says:

    Well it does seem that more and more folks are decorating for Christmas well before Thanksgiving, but I like Thanksgiving very simple. I don’t like to see the next holiday before the one we are enjoying. One at a time for me! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. 853
    Dawn DeFranco says:

    Beth, First of all let me say I love your blog. It has touched my heart in many ways and I look forward to reading it! I am definitely a big fan of keeping the holidays separate. I LOVE CHRISTMAS and everything JOYOUS about it! The decorations, lights and MUSIC begin the day after Thanksgiving. God bless you for answering His call on your life! [email protected]

  4. 854
    Stacy Brown says:

    Moved to Georgia a couple years ago and live on a little piece of land that has 5 pecan trees, but have never made a pecan pie! The kids and I have labored and picked up pecans the past couple of years, sold them locally and sent some to family and friends up north, but have never made a pecan pie ~ sad, I know!

    Since living in the south we have gone to a local Christmas tree farm the first of December (whenever we can)and pull out the decorations then. One holiday at a time for us!

  5. 855
    Dawn says:

    I with you, Thanksgiving, then Christmas.

  6. 856
    Janette says:

    Pendulum swings before Thanksgiving. We travel and are away from oven for baking and room for storage of presents so goodies are made presents are bought and shipped before Thanksgiving this year. Love you guys.

  7. 857
    Cindy says:

    One party at a time. Each Monday evening, a team of 5 women of God, including myself, lead Bible study at a pre-release facility for inmates in Columbus OH. Would love for God to bless us with a magnificent pie to share with our girls who are preparing to return to normal life after incarceration. We are hosting a Christmas party for them on Dec. 16.

  8. 858
    Melissa Lankford says:

    I start thinking about Christmas in September! In our house I’m not allowed to put up the tree until after Thanksgiving, though. I will usually start listening to Christmas music pretty early to make up for it. I love Thanksgiving and getting to visit with family, but there’s nothing like Christmas!

  9. 859
    Liz Motes says:

    One Holiday at a time! Christmas music & decorating on Friday after Thanksgiving:0)

  10. 860
    Tammy Drake says:

    I love all of the Holidays that come this time of the year so I try to take them one at the time. But just as soon as the Thanksgiving dinner is cleared, I love to crank up the Christmas carols and start to decorate the tree. However, being the good Southern girl that I am Pecan Pie is always welcome.

  11. 861
    Marilyn B says:

    Marilyn – Hendersonville, NC

    I love Thanksgiving…a time with family to be thankful before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season begins (which I also love, but in its own time 🙂 We decorate the day after Thanksgiving.

  12. 862
    Tami in TN says:

    Thanksgiving first, then Christmas. CD’s playing the Christmas music loudly, while decorating on the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving.

  13. 863
    Carol Jones says:

    I like to celebrate Thanksgiving by itself. Sometimes my wedding anniversary falls on Thanksgiving, and we have to go to Taste of Texas another day. But I keep my pilgrims and pumpkins out until the day is over. Then the next day, I can concentrate on Christmas.

  14. 864
    Joy Nelson says:

    I am a firm believer in one holiday at a time, too! I don’t care how late thanksgiving is, I don’t put up my tree until the Friday after. I also do quite a bit of Christmas shopping starting in September so I don’t usually have to stress out at the Black Friday sales. I also have some pretty cute fall decorations that I like to leave out as long as possible, too, before I break out the tree for a month. Happy thanksgiving!!

  15. 865
    Sue Schlindwein says:

    I like to bask in the thankfulness of the Thanksgiving holiday before I jump into the Christmas rush. This year we are having our holiday meal at the nursing home with my mother in law, so I won’t be cooking at home.
    My husband would Love a lovely pecan pie!!
    May the staff at LPM be blessed abundantly this year!

  16. 866
    Linda Biggar says:

    I usually don’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but if time permits, I may put my tree up this weekend.

  17. 867
    Donna says:

    One holiday at a time. The tree usually goes up the Friday after Thanksgiving. I am already listening to Christmas music and of course my church is in high gear for the Christmas service. As a Texas gal born and bred, my taste buds are naturally honed to appreciate all things pecan, especially a Brazos Pecan Pie!!!

  18. 868
    Dawn Truex says:

    I agree with ya’ll. One holiday at a time! My job won’t allow me to go visit my family this Christmas. This will be the second time in 55 years that I have been away from my family. Yes, I’m really bummed. My honeymoon (37 years ago) & this year. It might take me awhile to put up the tree this year but a pecan pie would sure help my spirit! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas to everyone!

  19. 869
    Sheila Oakes says:

    While I put my tree up the week after Thanksgiving, I celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas every morning in my quiet time.
    Ever since The Lord changed me from the inside out seven years ago, I have found that being thankful every day and celebrating the wonderful gift of that babe in swaddling clothes is not something I can do only on certain holidays.
    For me, He deserves celebrating every day, so I raise my hands in praise, honor and glory to Him!

  20. 870
    Lisa Anderson says:

    NO Christmas until after Thanksgiving!!!! 🙂 And then we make it last as long as we can… at least until Jan. 6th/Epiphany. It helps brighten these dark winter days.

  21. 871
    Jeannie Housewright says:

    Thanksgiving first, then bring on Christmas! My daughter is hosting Thanksgiving this year with a bit a twist–the dining room will be decorated for Thanksgiving but the rest of the house will be full blown Christmas! Blessings to all.

  22. 872
    Susan C. says:

    I like to decorate over the 4-day Thanksgiving weekend!

    Gobble Gobble!

    Susan C.
    Altamonte Springs, Florida

  23. 873
    Karen bream says:

    Definitely start christmas the day after thanksgiving! That’s when we go cut the tree down, pull out the boxes from the attic and let the decorating begin! Truth be told, this year with thanksgiving being so late I actually started the Christmas music yesterday 🙂 no one knows I did that tho…shhh!!

  24. 874
    Sherilyn Rank says:

    I’m a “one holiday at a time” gal–I savor Thanksgiving and thoroughly enjoy the harvest time. But the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Christmas spirit hits full force! Music, decorations, and all things Christmas can begin!

  25. 875
    Tammy Duncan says:

    Definately after Thanksgiving!

  26. 876
    Leslie Crawley says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love grateful people and especially when God works the attitude down into my heart as well!
    We were not blessed with children of our own. SO we have international students over for Thanksgiving! We usually hike the famous for around here West Fork of Oak Creek! It starts off with roaming and taking pictures of ourselves in the old ruins of an estate and then we hike into the canyon where the scenery is just gorgeous! We then get back and warm up / cook the yummiest Thanksgiving dinner! We usually have about 10 to 20 people depending on how many students there are! One year we had over 40 Malaysian, Indonesian and Pakistani students over for Thanksgiving! We had to move furniture out of the living room!
    AFTER Thanksgiving, the same students are invited to come over on Saturday of that weekend for going to our favorite Christmas tree place and we help them choose our Christmas tree 🙂 Then we take it to our home and we all decorate the tree and make Christmas cookies & listen to Christmas music! We often will stretch it into the evening and watch our first Christmas movie of the season: “It’s a Wonderful Life” 🙂 ! The students love it and we do too! We feel so blessed.
    All that to say – we wait until after Thanksgiving is over to decorate! 🙂

  27. 877
    Deb Gehris says:

    I am new to LPM and absolutely love reading your blog as I start my morning! I can hear you speaking as I read your posts each day and carry the inspiration with me as I go ‘face first’ into my day.

    As for, the holidays, I am with you when it comes to honoring them separately. I never want to lose the beauty of the Thanksgiving holiday. To be able to set aside this special time to reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives holds very deep meaning in our home.

    My husband is Mr. Santa though. It is tradition to have the lights up and ready on the house. He sneaks a few Christmas movies in before the Thanksgiving holiday, but all else waits until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Then we ‘deck the halls’! It is great fun!!

    The addition of a Goode Pecan Pie sounds lovely. While I am probably #300 something in the line of replies. I still wanted to participate.

    Thank you, Beth, for following the Lord’s calling on your life. You will never know the depth of the words that you speak on His behalf. Not only we meet face-to-face on Jordan’s shore.

  28. 878
    Fran says:

    It’s become a tradition in our family of my husband and three girls that we always decorate the tree(s) the day after Thanksgiving. This year will break that tradition, but as all you of parents of married children can testify, you have to become flexible with holidays! Our first marriage occurred last December, so this will be our first ‘new normal’ holiday season. All that to say, I’m a ‘one holiday at a time’ girl. But I do enjoy Christmas music much earlier than the Christmas season 🙂

  29. 879
    Leanne says:

    I would love to try this pie!!!

  30. 880
    Amanda says:

    My husband decided when we got married that Christmas would not “go up” until after Thanksgiving. He LOVES Thanksgiving and thinks it does not get its proper respect. 🙂 So, we work very dilligently to teach our two boys the meaning of being thankful by decorating a “Thankful Tree” and then quickly transistioning to an “Advent Tree” the day after Thanksgiving. It usually takes us more than 25 days to make it through because of all the busyness of the season so it seems to work out well for us.

    I pray you all have a very Thankful and blessed “holy”day season!!

    Amanda D.

  31. 881
    Laura says:

    I have to savor the orange and yellow decor before breaking out the red and green! After living in Houston 10 years, (actually right down the street from the beautiful LP office)I’m missing Goode Co everything and would love a pie in Oklahoma City!

  32. 882
    Sunny Scoggins says:

    I never put up my tree before Thanksgiving. We already seem to be in a rush during the holidays and I want my family to celebrate Thanksgiving first.

  33. 883
    Connie says:

    Never before thanksgiving. The house is full of people and thanksgiving festivities there is no room for Christmas until after we have Thanks!

  34. 884
    Stephanie says:

    I am a single-focused-Holiday-kind-of-girl.
    Thanksgiving right up until midnight… then Christmas makes it’s grand debut!
    My dad LOVES Pecan pie and so do my boys, 20, 17, and 13. Which would leave a tiny slice for me, the hubs and my mom. 🙂

  35. 885
    Rhonda Rhoades says:

    Christmas comes out after thanksgiving at our house. We watch old Christmas movies and decorate

  36. 886
    Jodi S says:

    It depends on how I’m feeling. Most of the time it happens after Thanksgiving (the day after usually)…sometimes, the week of Thanksgiving. That pie looks YUMMY!!! 😀

  37. 887
    Kimberly says:

    My husband just pulled out the Christmas boxes last night. So it looks like the tree is going up this weekend…if not before. :o) We also leave it up as long as possible. One year we took down the tree on Good Friday. I LOVE celebrating Christmas as long as possible!!!

  38. 888
    Kiersten Griffith says:

    Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love to listen to Christmas music all throughout the year, but when it comes to decorating I prefer to wait until Thanksgiving is over. To me doing it before is not fair to Thanksgiving because it isn’t seen as special then. 🙂

    That pie looks A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!!!!!!

  39. 889
    Karen says:

    The day after Thanksgiving is when I decorate for Christmas.

  40. 890
    Margie M says:

    We like to enjoy each holiday for what it is. Christmas at our home starts after Thanksgiving. I have three boys 16, 13, 11 and they would rather not hear music, watch movies, put the tree up until after thanksgiving. 🙂 just like their momma!

  41. 891
    Margie M says:

    my fellas also love pecan pie! So this would be a snack for a couple of them..would love to win the pie!

  42. 892
    Kerry says:

    I absolutely cannot bring myself to start Christmas before Thanksgiving is over. However, I love that my adult daughter now helps me decorate when she comes home for Thanksgiving. We start Friday morning with hot chocolate and Christmas music! I also absolutely cannot bring myself to shop on Black Friday, either, so we decorate together until it’s all up!

  43. 893
    Denise B says:

    I do not really decorate until after Thanksgiving, but this year it’s later than usual. I will most likely get a few things out beforehand. I travel for the holidays so I like to enjoy the decorations as much as possible before they have to come down again!

  44. 894
    Pam Stewart says:

    The day or typically the weekend after Thanksgiving. I like to have my holidays one at a time too. However, I’m always envious of those who have it all done and are enjoying their tree long b4 my hubby brings ours up from the basement. (:

  45. 895
    Beth says:

    We decorate the day after Thanksgiving too. We are anxious to do so and have the day off work so we can bake and start the Christmas celebration.

  46. 896
    Juia says:

    YUM-OOO! Pecan Pie is my favorite (next to Chess Pie). And it’s Pee-con Pie, not Pee-can Pie…lol. Definetly after Thanksgiving for my family. One holiday at a time, please! Wishing everyone at LPM a Happy Thanksgiving!

  47. 897
    Jeanne says:

    The day after Thanksgiving or at least the weekend of Thanksgiving. I grew up with that tradition and continue it now with my 6 kids.

  48. 898
    Connie Capps says:

    We wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for
    Christmas. I just cannot bring myself to decorate before.
    Love to all and Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. 899
    Brenda Qualls says:

    I want to enjoy Thanksgiving! The day after is our tradition to gather the kids, now grandkids, and decorate the tree and sing Christmas carols. We drink hot cocoa if it is cold enough but in Oklahoma you never know!

  50. 900
    Benita Maynard says:

    “We gather together to ask the Lord’s Blessings. Sing praises to His name, He forgets not his own” – I love having family gathered around and celebrating Thanksgiving. A season to count our blessings. What a day if every family could be together! On the Friday after Thanksgiving, all who can stay make Christmas candy while listening to Christmas music. We make many batches to give away. The next week it is time to start decorating for a very Merry Christmas! But only one holiday at a time at our house. Blessings to all!