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. 951
    Debbie Jolley says:

    We are blessed with a new house this year, so I am excited about decorating for Christmas — usually it’s the first or second week in December, but this year it will be the day after Thanksgiving! I have ordered a new tree that has the option of white lights, multi-color lights or “morphing” lights — is that cool or what?! I’m SO excited. It should arrive on my porch today — yeah!!

  2. 952
    Peggy Kinf says:

    We set up our tree and decorations the week-end after thanksgiving. I have five children and two grandchildren. It has always been a tradition that everyone helps decorate the tree each taking a turn putting on an ornament. Even though my kids are all over the country those that are home for the holidays are there keeping up the family tradition. We take lots of pictures so those who can’t share in the fun by being there can share in spirit and pictures. The nativity goes up on December 1 with Joseph and Mary and an empty manger. The donkey and sheep lay waiting. On Christmas Eve the shepherds arrive and the wise men start their journey from the dining room to the living room getting a little closer each day until Epiphany when they too arrive at the manger.

  3. 953
    Julie says:

    I’m already in the Christmas spirit because I just love it so much, but I tend to be a rule follower. And it just seems to be right to give each special day its own attention. So I’ll wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start singing my carols and trimming the tree.

    The pies look and sound amazing. Thanks for the tip!

  4. 954
    Becky D says:

    One holiday at a time!! But yes the Christmas decorations will go up as soon after Thanksgiving as possible 🙂 Love you Jesus!!

  5. 955
    Melissa V.L. says:

    For me, it always differs from year to year. My sweet mother-in-law loved Christmas like no one I’ve ever met before, and the year after she died everything about Christmas was painful. Since then, though, it’s been comforting and a friendly reminder of her life. I don’t have a hard and fast rule about when to start playing Christmas music; for me it’s just about when the mood strikes (and as a choral singer and worship leader, sometimes you just don’t have a choice – Christmas rehearsals usually come early!).

  6. 956
    Anne Lewis says:

    We enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday by going to the lower part of the state and gathering with about 50 family and friends to celebrate God’s blessings with amazing food, a hayride and flag football. Since Thanksgiving is late this year, the day after we make a 2 hour journey to the mountains to cut a tree and decorate it the following week. We have family who travel from Texas to spend the entire long weekend with us and we just enjoy time together. So blessed to be able to gather together! Anne Lewis; [email protected]

  7. 957
    Rana Smith says:

    One holiday at a time. We put Christmas stuff up the day/weekend after Thanksgiving.

  8. 958
    Yanna Westmoreland says:

    I always wait until December 1 to start the Christmas Time celebration. There is something to letting a month if thankfulness usher in a month of celebrating Christ birth. Then savoring His coming again every day with thankfulness. A full circle.

  9. 959
    Amalia says:

    All my life ive listened to the christmas music early, as in sept, oct, but this year with our second baby arriving along with the realization time just flies by, im slowing it down and enjoying one holiday season at a time…if only it made the time with this sweet baby slow down!

  10. 960
    Denna Gordon says:

    I wait until two weeks before Christmas before I put up the tree and start shopping. I like the “feel” of the hustle and bustle that goes with the last minute shopping. Wish I could change, but can’t.

  11. 961
    Spiritmom says:

    We decorate the day after Thanksgiving. Feels right, somehow.

  12. 962
    • 962.1
      sallie kay says:

      Our local Christian radio station starts playing Christmas music on November 1st and I START LISTENING! I can’t bring myself to decorate until the day after Thanksgiving, but boy the ideas are running through my head until then! Love me some pecan pie and love the Christmas season!

  13. 963
    Brenda Martin says:

    Pecan pie is my all-time favorite! My grandma, and now my mom always bake at least one for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I look forward to it all year!

  14. 964
    Julie T says:

    Because my husband and I both sing in our church choir, we start listening to Christmas music as early as September to prepare for our program. We decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, so that is when we pull out the CD’s to play in the house. (But don’t ask how long we leave the decorations out after Christmas…)

  15. 965
    betsy says:

    I like to enjoy my pumpkins until Thanksgiving!!
    The day after is when the red and green begin!

  16. 966
    Leslie Bishop says:

    The day after Thanksgiving. I love the shopping, the music and all the decorating.

  17. 967
    Linda says:

    I’m starting my decorating now! It takes me awhile and my husband who is disabled now loves to look at the sparkling lights and vivid colors. A pecan pie would go wonderfully with the decorating time!

  18. 968
    Becky B. says:

    We pull out the Christmas china, tree and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving night. We eat Thanksgiving leftovers on the Christmas china and then put on one of our favorite Christmas movies and let the decorating begin.

  19. 969
    Cassia Glass says:

    Oh man, I’m just squeaking under the cut off for this!! We love to celebrate Thanksgiving first and fully. So except for a little Christmas gift shopping (that started in October!) we don’t do any Christmas activities or decorating until at least Friday after Thanksgiving and usually not until after the Alabama-Auburn Iron Bowl Game on the Saturday after!

  20. 970
    Mariposa says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday because we get to be with family, eat wonderful food and have a dedicated day of giving thanks for all of our blessings without the Christmas rush. We go to the mountains and get our own tree the day after Thanksgiving and have a left over picnic then the decorating and Advent celebrations begin.

  21. 971
    Barb of Crown Point says:

    We put up my dads tree on thanksgiving after the meal. We put our up at home mid December because we get a real tree but I do put our decorations starting in early december. Bring on Christmas… I love to get in the mood of giving and sharing!

  22. 972
    Mary Watkins says:

    I’m with you Lindsee. I can only handle one holiday at a time. However, our Christmas tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

    West Memphis, AR

  23. 973
    Annette Gibson says:

    I like to decorate for Christmas the Sat after Thanksgiving. I enjoy leaving my tree up until after New Year’s Day but then it must come down immediately! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you all. Your ministry is one if my greatest blessings!

  24. 974
    Millie Sowers says:

    Good morning! I currently am an empty-nester, divorced. I pull out my little Christmas tree and decorate it and my home the first week of December, and take things down the day after New Year’s day.

    When in my 30’s, with small children, a husband and a big house, I would put the tree up and leave it up for 365 days! Each day is a celebration and a gift from God, and I wanted to share that with my children and family, as well as anyone who visited our home. So we had a Christmas tree, a Valentines tree, an Easter tree, a St. Patrick’s day tree, a Memorial day/July 4th tree, a beach themed tree, a fall tree, a Halloween tree, a Thanksgiving tree, and then we were back to Christmas. I did this for 2 years and LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

    Now, while I don’t have the room, the time or the inclination to put up a tree and keep it up for an entire year, I do have a wreath that I decorate for the seasons and holidays. Reminders that God is good………….all the time! ( I work better with visual aids! LOL)

    Many blessings to you and the staff at LPM!

    Your friend and His servant, Millie

  25. 975
    Tammy says:

    I love the holidays. Nothing like my quiet time in the morning staring at the tree. My tree is already up. 🙂

  26. 976
    Pamela Shelton says:

    One holiday at a time. Pie looks wonderful!

  27. 977
    valerie says:

    I am definitely a “one holiday at a time” girl as well. And when that pendulum swings, it swings farrr to that side. My birthday is December 5, and when I was growing up my mom always waited to put up the tree until the weekend after my birthday, so as not to hone in on my day with all the Christmasy preparations. 🙂 Would love one of these tasty gems for an early birthday celebration! Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and thanks for the delicious giveaway!

  28. 978
    Ginny Hyland says:

    I’m a Thanksgiving, then Christmas person. Our tree doesn’t go up until sometime in December. But the outside wreath is up since we had warm weather recently. We just don’t turn the lights on yet.

  29. 979
    Pam says:

    We usually begin our decorating the day after Thanksgiving, but we have been so busy planning our “baby” girl’s wedding it has completely snuck up on us! I just hope we get a tree!

  30. 980
    Colleen Moody says:

    I prefer not to have Christmas until after my birthday on 12/13. My hubby would put up the tree the second the turkey is put back in the fridge. So, we kinda compromise, and he starts putting up decorations around 12/1. 🙂

  31. 981
    Tracie says:

    One holiday at a time. My husbands birthday is the day before Thanksgiving so we will celebrate his day, then start cooking! I always make him a birthday pecan pie, his favorite!!

  32. 982
    Diane Gray says:

    Beth I think you are awesome!

    As I was entering our worship center on Sunday morning our worship Pastor was saying “I do not like that we start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving.” I do not know what came over me but I said “oh yes it is terrible that they decide to celebrate Jesus before Christmas.” I play Christmas music periodically all during the year! I love Christmas and one of my favorite verses is
    Luke 2:11
    For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

    I have three trees in my family room that have lights on them all the time and when my grandson comes over he will turn them on! He will remember that Meme loved Christmas and Jesus! I love to wear Christmas pins through out the year! I could go on but…

    I do not need a pecan pie but wanted to wish an awesome woman of God a very Happy Thanksgiving and Blessed Merry Christmas!

    Diane Gray

  33. 983
    Shaci says:

    We typically get ours up 2 weeks before Christmas 😉

  34. 984

    Honestly … We have a Thanksgiving room and a Christmas room so today we are 1/2 and 1/2.
    You can enjoy both seasons.. Just change rooms ! Ha!:)

  35. 985
    Becky Roach says:

    I enjoy decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. No sooner!

  36. 986
    Michele Oates says:

    I can’t deal with Christmas a minute sooner than when Thanksgiving ends. Then it’s a free for all….can’t wait! My favorite time of the year!

  37. 987
    angela says:

    Always after Thanksgiving. I now enjoy cutting down our own tree with my son, so much fun!!!

  38. 988
    Ashlie McDonald says:

    Ashlie McDonald-SLC, UT

    Usually I wait to start Christmas stuff, but this year it’s got me early!!

  39. 989
    Barb Wilkerson says:

    I like to take time to celebrate each holiday before moving so quickly to the next one. It pains me at Halloween that I see Thanksgiving decorations out and right now, I’m horrified I see Christmas candy everywhere in the store. I think in this “fast food society” we are presently in, we all need to take time to enjoy each day let alone each holiday.

    I’m celebrating Thanksgiving and probably won’t even entertain the idea of Christmas till the calendar rolls over to December.

  40. 990
    Deanna says:

    We start listening to Christmas music on Nov. 1st, and watching Christmas movies as soon as Hallmark starts showing them. We usually put the tree up sometime during the week of Thanksgiving. Some years the day before, some the day after.

  41. 991
    jill w says:

    I prefer to wait approximately 2 weeks before Christmas to really get in the spirit !!! 🙂

  42. 992
    Julia says:

    My family has always waited until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. Fall is my favorite season, so I like to enjoy my Fall decorations until the last possible minute before swapping them out for Christmas ones. We’ve never been big Black Friday shoppers, instead we spend the day decorating, listening to Christmas music, and eating leftover Thanksgiving goodies. When we finish, pulling out a favorite Christmas movie to watch together is always a crowd pleaser! 🙂

  43. 993
    Lori Stilger says:

    Well, we have a HUGE open house at the beginning of December; we decorate the whole house, so we have to start early. Mid-October. But we keep the room we eat Thanksgiving meals in as fall decor until afterward. 😀 Does that count?

  44. 994
    Rachel says:

    That pie looks amazing!! It would be even more amazing to have at our house since we host thanksgiving for both sides of our family. I like one holiday at a time,however Christmas music has been playing in our house since November 1st this year:)

  45. 995
    Lisa Henard says:

    I always have my tree up way before Thanksgiving. Generally it’s before Halloween. One year I had my house decorated by the first of August.

  46. 996
    Sally H. in Sturgis, MI says:

    Love to start listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. I personally believe Thanksgiving needs its own day, rather I NEED for it to have its own day:) Christmas will begin at our house the day after Thanksgiving. We still prefer a real tree; it will go up the weekend of the 14th:)
    Pecan pie is one of my favorites:)

  47. 997
    Betsy R says:

    I LOVE Christmas and listen to the music year round. I get so sad when it is time to take down the tree that sometimes it is almost Easter before it comes down. Truly not exaggerating. So, yes I do put up my Christmas tree as early as my husband will allow. Usually it is on Thanksgiving day so that we can all trim the tree while the turkey roasts.

  48. 998
    Susie James says:

    Love Thanksgiving and a grateful heart! Wouldn’t mind some pie too!

  49. 999
    Helen Durfee says:

    I’m a purist. No Christmas stuff until the 1st of

  50. 1000
    Karen, Lincoln, NE says:

    We enjoy Thanksgiving and all the trimmings (and yummy leftovers!), then the day after Thanksgiving my grand boys come over and help me decorate for Christmas!