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. 51
    Cathy Nabors says:

    I’m with you Lindsee.

    I like one holiday at a time. Family time does not seemed to as rushed at Thanksgiving as it does at Christmas….hurry from one house to another

  2. 52
    Teresa Stout says:

    I always wait until after Thanksgiving to put up Christmas decor. But, this year I think I might do it before. New house, ready to decorate for Christmas!!!

  3. 53
    Joni says:

    Thanksgiving is a special holiday for me and my family, and I don’t put up any Christmas decorations until after we have our traditional Thanksgiving meal. Having a day as a country to remind us to be thankful to God for all His blessings warms my heart. And right after that celebration I can then focus on celebrating our Savior’s birth. That pecan pie would go great along with my Sunbeam Mixer’s Pumpkin Pie. 🙂 God’s blessings to you all on Thanksgiving Day and every day.

  4. 54
    Megan M. says:

    LOVE Christmas….but am a firm believer Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday all by itself, so I focus on Thanksgiving themes and then the day after Thanksgiving, I swap out the Fall decor for Christmas!!! I will admit, I’ve done a little Christmas shopping and have been watching a few of the Hallmark Christmas movies, too! But, the only Christmas that’s happened so far is with a few of my piano students who were too excited to wait to start their Christmas music! 🙂

    I love what Catherine said about focusing on the “Giver” before turning our attention on the “gift”. Perfect way of thinking of it.

    Pecan pie—–YUM!!!!!!!

  5. 55
    cheryl says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite, so there is absolutely no rushing into Christmas until at least the first week of December. I change radio stations that start to play Christmas music any time before then! :o)

  6. 56
    Ina says:

    Because I work in advertising, we start working on Christmas in August – which makes it challenging at times to be in the moment! Always listen to Amy Grant’s first Christmas album Thanksgiving night to kick things off right 🙂

  7. 57
    Tracy Fuller says:

    My mouth is watering at the thought of a Brazos pie, it has been soooo longer since I have had one!
    I try to keep my holidays one at a time, however I take advantage of the good weather weekends in November to get the outside ligths up, so we can turn them on on Thanksgivning eve. All other decorations and tree go up on the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving.

  8. 58
    Aishlea says:

    I have been listening to Christmas music for the past week, but we won’t be decorating for Christmas or doing any Christmas-y stuff until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Although, then again, maybe next weekend. Thanksgiving is late this year, after all. 🙂

  9. 59
    Cathy, High Point, NC says:

    I love Christmas and all the hustle and bustle associated with it. But, we need to first and foremost be thankful for all of our many blessings. I prefer to focus on the “thanks” first and then begin the Christmas traditions.

  10. 60
    Tara G. says:

    We decorate after Thanksgiving- but right after! Like you, too much makes my head spin and we have a November birthday (the big baseball party was this past weekend); plus, I like to milk fall for all its worth!

  11. 61
    Jennifer T says:

    Jennifer T, [email protected]

    You guys are THE BOMB!

    15 years of my “ADVENT first, THEN Christmas tree – the 24th is fun – then Christmas Season through ‘little Christmas” approach to the holidays married to “day after Thanksgiving ALL must be on display and day after Christmas please box it up” guy! I have figured out that this is not an issue I need to get my dander up about! So whatever floats my precious man’s boat is fine with me. He has, with each passing year, let me keep the tree up a little longer. 🙂

  12. 62
    Kathy S says:

    I’m a purist. Christmas music and decorating FOLLOWING Thanksgiving. And then, look out…

    I’m now looking forward to listening to Christmas music – the suspense of waiting makes it even more fun!

  13. 63
    Emily says:

    I play violin in a big, multi weekend Christmas pageant here in town, so I have to start the Christmas music early. And once I start with that music, I pull out the rest. Decorating and etc. waits until after Thanksgiving!

  14. 64
    Donna Smith says:

    One holiday at a time. I love Christmas music and the anticipation of Advent season. I wish we as a culture kept Christmas for the 12 days of Christmas; it’s always sad for me that on the 26th it’s all back to normal. We keep our tree up for a couple weeks after Christmas Day. (part of it is enjoying it; part is pure laziness–we’ve considered just not taking the outdoor lights down at all!) One year we kept it up till after the Superbowl. That was going a little too far….

    When the kids were home my husband liked to do goofy things–he wrapped a truly ugly green strand of lights around a big group bushes and it was forever after know as “The Alien Landing Strip.” He put a lighted sleigh on the roof, but we didn’t buy the reindeer or Santa, so we made do with what we had. Just the sleigh!

    Christ’s peace to all of you Siestas and to everyone at Living Proof!

  15. 65
    Jean Everett says:

    It’s Thanksgiving first for us! We have already started listening to Christmas music, but the tree doesn’t go up until the day after Thanksgiving.

  16. 66
    Beth says:

    One holiday at a time, but I was shopping in Mardel’s the other day and they had such wonderful Christmas music playing. I get up to the register, and of course, they have the CD on sale for $5.00. I have not opened it yet, but it will be ripped open the day after Thanksgiving, such good music! Pecan pie is my favorite, by the way!!!!

  17. 67
    Hannah Lee says:

    Oh my goodness, YUM! This would be a great part of our family feast 🙂 I wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving and break everything out– I really like separating the two.

  18. 68
    Donna Smith says:

    Forgot to mention our dachshund sleigh, which we put out every year in our front yard!

  19. 69
    Laurie in ontario says:

    Since I live in Canada we celebrate thanksgiving earlier than you do… Usually mid october. I used to never decorate before Dec 1st. Due to dealing with a serious depression the last couple years I have decorated just prior to christmas and only because I wanted some sort our normalcy for my boys. I’m hoping this year to fight through that and get decorating this week.
    Your prayers are cherished as I do this…. And a pecan pie would certainly help!! Lol! Blessings!

  20. 70
    Avis Buford says:

    I’ve been watching a few Christmas movies but then I watch taped Christmas movies during summer vacation with the grands!
    However, my mind is focused on Thanksgiving and pie recipes. My momma’s pecan pie recipe is in her handwriting…this is the first Thanksgiving without her…but there is sunshine in my soul because she is praising God in heaven. This pie looks just like hers!!
    Thanks for the pictures!

  21. 71
    Nicole Burdess says:

    I listen to Christmas music but I don’t start decorating until after thanksgiving. I have 2 little ones and that much excitement and sparkle for them is more than this mama can handle 🙂

    Nicole Burdess
    [email protected]

  22. 72
    Corrie says:

    Normally I decorate for Christmas the day after thanksgiving but thanksgiving is so late this year and I am having a baby this week, my family & I decorated for Christmas last week!!! We will do the outdoor lights and tree after thanksgiving tho. I love Christmas! 🙂

  23. 73
    Debbie Whitman says:

    It’s funny that you sent this today, as I listened to the radio this morning and the DJ was talking about the same thing! He said that his email had been overloaded with messages about it being too early to begin Christmas. But then he brought up a good point: don’t people say it should be Christmas all year ’round? People seem to be nicer, more polite, more forgiving in the Christmas season. So is it really ever too early for Christmas? I don’t put up a tree and decorate until after Thanksgiving, but I do confess that I listen to Christmas music all year long! Especially on those long, hot days in July! The complaining people are all drowned out by lovely Christmas music and remind me that I want to be like Christ every day, not just a certain time of year. I would LOVE to have one of those scrumptous pies – and I promise I will eat it with great thanksgiving of all that the Lord has done for me, does for me every minute of every day, and will continue to do for me, a sinner. I am blessed!

  24. 74
    Debbie says:

    While I have shopped a teeny bit and watched Hallmark channel movies, I am all for focusing on Thanksgiving solely. I like to wait for my Christmas tree until my birthday on December 11 and leave it up till New Years Day is over.
    Thank you for your lavish sharing throughout the year. It is something I am thankful for on a daily basis.
    Blessings to all of you!

  25. 75
    Sandy Bowers says:

    Oh my, what a yummy give-away! One question though: Did y’all save a piece of that luscious pie for your fearless leader who was home in bed????

    I never decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Yes, I, too, like to do one holiday at a time. My daughter’s birthday is December 2, so I refused to get ready for Christmas before celebrating her birthday. Now she is 16 and doesn’t mind at all if we decorate before her birthday. So this is the first year I will plan to hit the attic the day after Thanksgiving! Maybe that way I will actually be done decorating for Christmas before the day arrives. LOL. Love you gals!

    • 75.1
      Sandy Bowers says:

      I forgot to mention (hangs head in shame) that although I love pecans…..I have never even tasted pecan pie. In 55 years. (Did I really just admit that?)

  26. 76
    Heather Fields says:

    My 16 year old and her friend have already cranked up Pandora’s “Glee Cast (Holiday)”…which was a blast and we were all dancing – haha!!! But…no deco until day after Thanksgiving (but I am sneaking in the basement and getting things organized since moving this summer – it’s a whole new ‘ballgame’ this year!)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE and Christmas blessings to all of LPM & Sweet Beth – we miss living in Texas so a pie would be FANTASTIC – lol!!! xoxo

  27. 77
    Nita Daniel says:

    I’m a girl that likes different colors. I like to take in all those beautiful fall colors for thanksgiving and savor them. So I will not even think Christmas decorating until about a week after Thanksgiving. Then I am ready for the Christmas colors more traditional reds and greens for me. My husband says I decorate everything even the tumble weeds that blow by in my West Texas home of Lubbock. Oh and I so love the different smells of the seasons. Praise God for making us so unique and women who have joy and a pep in our step when we do our busy life.

  28. 78
    Theresa R says:

    One holiday at a time please. 🙂

  29. 79
    Teresa Ator says:

    I love Thanksgiving and definitely don’t decorate until the day after (she says while listening to Christmas music)!

  30. 80
    Sharon Weldon says:

    Hey there! The pie looks delicious, pecan pie is one of my favs and the other is PB pie for which I have a great recipe :). I wait til about two weeks before Christmas to put the tree up and I’ll probably put my wreath on the front door on the 1st of December.
    Have a great day.

  31. 81
    Nancy Logan says:

    I used to start the last weekend in Nov or first in Dec but there are so many decs and I am slowing down, so Christmas was becoming an unenjoyable millstone. Since we are Canadian, our Thanksgiving is before Halloween so for the last three years I have started right after Halloween and it is wonderful! As a working mom/grandmother, I have only weekends (what with Bible Study, small group, Alpha and Beta Sigma Phi on weeknights). As of Friday all house decs up (but outside lights don’t go on until Dec 1) and the next two weekends we can focus on the tree. Just found the Christmas radio station last night in the car (from Buffalo!!) Fabulours, wonderful, heartwarming time of the year. Thank you, Jesus!

  32. 82
    Sara says:

    I usually decorate the weekend before Thanksgiving because I love it and spend Tgiving with my family at my parents’ house so its nice to come home to Christmas 🙂

  33. 83
    Joyce Harris says:

    This thanksgiving has a wonderful meaning this year for me in Greenville,SC. I am. Breast cancer survivor of 6 years and had surgery a week ago for a mass on my ovary. I was covered with prayer from my coworkers,church family and loved ones. God has truly blessed my husband and I with a benign diagnosis. To God be the glory for his healing!!! We are very “thankful” in November 2013 for his grace.

  34. 84
    Andrea S says:

    Hi Sweet Lindsee!
    Our tree always goes up the day after thanksgiving with all of the kiddos helping out! I ALWAYS start shopping long before Christmas, and am usually done by Thanksgiving! It’s the “planning” part of my brain!


  35. 85
    Lynn says:

    We do the holidays in order, Thanksgiving first then Christmas. Used to put up the tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving but we volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Boone, NC right after Thanksgiving now. I’m seriously thinking of putting up the decorations early this year so the house is decorated when I get home from OCC. [email protected]

  36. 86
    Tabitha says:

    We focus on one holiday at a time; Christmas comes in Dec. and so does all that goes with it.

  37. 87
    Julie Ratcliff says:

    Julie, Texarkana- I decorate after Thanksgiving. It’s too busy before!

  38. 88
    Sharon Weldon says:

    Such a thoughtful, yummy gift-away. I wait closer to Christmas to do the Christmas things. Have yourself a wonderful day.

  39. 89
    Nitsa says:

    One holiday at a time. We start Christmas December 1 which gives us a week after Thanksgiving to relax before tackling the decorating, shopping and wrapping. We LOVE Christmas and pecan pie is my #1 favorite pie.

  40. 90
    Sharon j. says:

    Wow! A pie yum! I start Christmas music in July but decorate the day after Thanksgiving! Enjoy Thanksgiving but Christmas is my fav!

  41. 91
    Danielle Wittenberg says:

    I so fall into the no Christmas until after Thanksgiving. That being said, I do love the folks who have the Christmas happening now…gives me ideas for my own house 🙂

  42. 92
    Mary Snyder says:

    We wait to decorate until AFTER thanksgiving. I wish I had a great spiritual reason, but I just like Christmas season to start AFTER Thanksgiving.
    But I LOVE pie year round!


  43. 93
    Nicole says:

    I wait until after Thanksgiving.

  44. 94
    Cynthia Evans says:

    Hmmm savor each sweet holiday and savor the sweet memories 🙂

  45. 95
    Lisa Curtis says:

    Oh, how I love Thanksgiving Day and the décor, food, fellowship and relaxation that goes with it. I almost always wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving to put up my Christmas.

    Thanksgiving is not a holiday it is a lifestyle.
    Ann Voskamp (Fresh Brewed Faith, 11-9-2013)

    My new favorite quote.

  46. 96
    Kathryn Carpenter says:

    At our house it is tradition to put up Christmas decorations & lights out on Thanksgiving weekend after we give thanks on Thanksgiving.

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    Shelly Green says:

    I prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving to get ready for Christmas (I may buy gifts prior, since I am not a fan of crowded stores and do not participate in Black Friday sales, but I don’t wrap anything until December). Not to sound like a fuddy duddy, but we don’t like the commercialization of Christmas so much. We limit our gift budget (and stick to it for the most part), and handmake many items. Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to spend with family (and other loved ones that don’t have anywhere to be)…eating, sharing stories, playing games, maybe hunting for a tiny bit. So much to be thankful for! Christmas is it’s own special time, not only to be thankful but to give (whether it’s a material gift or the gift time or services) and see the sparkle in the recipient’s eyes. So I am definitely on the side of the fence that separates these two occasions. And my boyfriend absolutely loves pecan pie and I can make almost anything BUT that. Every pie fails miserably. 🙂

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    Julie Bauguess says:

    Julie, Chesterland OH
    [email protected]

    Thanksgiving has always been the ONE holiday that has been unscathed from commercialism ~ just being thankful 🙂 ….and wished it could just be left that way! I enjoy the day after Thanksgiving doing the tree and then we have been known to take it down Christmas day once the presents are open :/ I know ~ don’t judge-my children have I’m sure been harmed in some way from this. Just once the presents are opened…I am ready to have “order” back to my house and return the outdoors back outdoors!

    p.s. PECAN PIE is my favorite as well as my son’s. I only allow myself to indulge once a year because it is so bad for you! Blessings 🙂

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    Jennifer D. says:

    I am a firm believer in waiting until after Thanksgiving. Part of the reason could be that I was born on Thanksgiving. The cards came in stating “Congratulations on the little gobbler.”

    My little sister LOVES pecan pie . . . thanks for the gift idea!