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. 201
    Lynne Jones says:

    Y’all are so funny! Out of proper respect for Thankgsiving, no Christmas until after I say! I confess I do have a couple of Christmas gifts purchased and wrapped!

    • 201.1
      Lynne says:

      …this is supposed to say “no Christmas until after T-day.” Sorry about that. Love to all at LPM.

  2. 202
    Tina Harrell says:

    No Christmas until after Thanksgiving for me! You put into words what was rolling around in my head – one holiday at a time is all I can manage! And pecan pie is my all-time favorite, hands down!!! Let the drooling begin!

  3. 203
    Mary says:

    I love Thanksgiving so much. It is my favorite holiday so I never put up Christmas until after. Although, once up, my Christmas stays up until after the new year.

  4. 204
    Sue Laemmrich says:

    I definitely wait until after Thanksgiving to start Christmas decorating, but love starting that Friday. No Black Friday shopping for me, ever! Have a Blessed Chritsmas season everyone.

  5. 205
    Patty Pierce says:

    I never decorate for Christmas till after thanksgiving. I usually don’t even start Christmas shopping till after either. Though I have never shopped on Black Friday. Now I do start listening to Christmas music in July but that is because I direct children’s choir and have to pick out music for Christmas then.
    Nothing like a July Arkansas afternoon in the pool with Christy semsen singing Christmas carols .

  6. 206
    Jo Ann says:

    Definately one holiday at a time! I like Christmas music to start AFTER Thanksgiving, like you said, while decorating the day after. Thanksgiving is really pre-Christmas.

  7. 207
    Nancy Scott says:

    I just love Thanksgiving and it is my favorite holiday! I wait until after to decorate for Christmas.
    I’m a huge pecan pie lover! Glad to hear about the company.
    Nancy, St. Petersburg FL

  8. 208
    Melissa says:

    Not about the pie. Today, I’m five days from my wedding. Second thoughts, fear of the wrong decision lurks. Our story is a long one, and not a fairy tale. Prayers please.

  9. 209
    Kathy says:

    I love Thanksgiving and decorating for it. I do not put up Christmas decorations until after, sometimes even into December!
    I love pecan pie, with all my heart…

  10. 210
    Erin Linn Roche says:

    I never really got into the Christmas season too early, but now that I’m a mommy of an 18 month old and expecting #2(YIKES! :)) I am just really revving my engine in anticipation to get the Christmas Season started. (Learning about Advent) It just seems so much more special and important to celebrate and learn to celebrate right for these littles, ya know? I love Thanksgiving though, and so I’m holding back yule tide until then. 🙂 It’s just a great time of the year!

  11. 211
    Lee says:

    Christmas music anytime but no Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving.

  12. 212
    Myrna says:

    Normally we decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, but a little Christmas music before that has been known to happen!

  13. 213
    Sarah B says:

    Normally, we wait until after Christmas. However, this year we decided to set up the tree early because we have a newborn who really likes Christmas lights. =)

  14. 214
    Sara McNutt says:

    I fall somewhere in the middle. I love the holidays and all the magical-ness it brings, but I’m not good at decorating far in advance.
    (Also: a pie would complete me.)

  15. 215
    Debbie Jarman says:

    I start listening to Christmas music early November. I am already deep into it by late September due to listening to our Christmas Cantata rehearsal track.

    I don’t begin to decorate for Christmas until the Friday after Christmas. I love Thanksgiving and want it to have the full attention it so deserves.

  16. 216
    Nancy from Atlanta says:

    OK, I confess. We are earlier decorators. There is so much going on at Thanksgiving that we decorate early so we can rest the entire Thanksgiving weekend. The pecan pie looks to die for! JK

  17. 217
    april lopez says:

    My precious husband is up on that roof the morning after Thanksgiving putting up those Christmas lights. We usually do the tree as well but this year were attending a family Christmas camp in the mountains and get to to cut a fresh one down. Can’t wait!!!

  18. 218
    Laura Ferguson says:

    It depends on the year- most years I wait til after thanksgiving to decorate bc I love thanksgiving so much! But if we are going to be gone a lot in December I may pull decorations out in early November

  19. 219
    KaRetha says:

    We love Thanksgiving in our home. However, we do start Christmas the very next day. I’m shopping with the girls while my guys are pulling out all the decorations and the tree goes us usually Friday evening or Saturday morning. Can’t wait! Oh and we love pecan pie too!!!

  20. 220
    Kim Beechem says:

    I used to always decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving but about 6 yrs ago, we moved away from my family & we spend that weekend visiting my family now. So we decorate the weekend before. That way when we get back from thanksgiving vacation, our house is all “Christmasy!”

  21. 221
    Tammy says:

    We always start decorating Friday after Thanksgiving. We go cut our fresh tree down and the wonderful magic of transforming our house into a wonderland begins.

  22. 222
    Linda Bennett says:

    Now that I’m in my 60’s I find I don’t multi-task as well as I used to. So I like to savor Thanksgiving all by itself: focus on all the blessings I’m grateful for, do a little fall-themed decorating and plan all the delightful dishes for the Thanksgiving feast. Then, after bellies are full, stories and dreams shared by the family I like to turn on the Christmas music and plow into the preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth.

    Linda Bennett

  23. 223
    nina ingham says:

    Christmas the monday after thanksgiving, but not a day before!

  24. 224
    Danita T says:

    We don’t decorate until after Thanksgiving, but I shop all year! Every time we go to a store, my kids are asking, “Mom, can we get something for Operation Christmas Child?!” So proud of my littles! 🙂

  25. 225
    Michelle Sheraga says:

    I start my Christmas shopping in August…..I have to !! I dont want to be broke and stressed in December…..knowing my gifts are bought, paid for and wrapped ( with wrapping I buy on clearance Dec. 26 each year ) lets me enjoy BOTH holidays stress free !!

  26. 226
    Nancy Duncan says:

    Christmas tree goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving. My mom (and grandma and me, too) was a teacher, therefore the tree went up when she had time.

  27. 227
    Janet S. says:

    Let Thanksgiving be Thanksgiving, and let Christmastime come thereafter.

    (Isn’t that in the Bible someplace?)

  28. 228
    Tracey says:

    No Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving, but I do start daydreaming my plans the same time I am planning Thanksgiving dinner.

  29. 229
    Julie says:

    I am a Christmas follows Thanksgiving girl in regards to decorating and putting up the tree, but a few presents have already been bought. Some unknown little child will find the exact gift they requested under the tree this year. When I close my eyes, I can just picture their excitement!

    [email protected]

  30. 230
    Carol Crabtree says:

    I prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving is over before getting out all of the Christmas CDs, sitting down with the Christmas card list, and thinking about all the gifts I need for the various parties and such that will begin. But, I know some folks love Christmas all year round.

    Pecan pie, however, knows no season – it’s good anytime!

    Happy Monday everyone!

  31. 231
    Lori says:

    We put up the Christmas tree about a week after Thanksgiving…as I’ve heard another say she has too much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving to rush through it onto the next holiday. I agree.

  32. 232
    Lisa Watts says:

    We decorate the inside of our house the weekend before Thanksgiving, and the outside the weekend after Thanksgiving.

  33. 233
    Sue says:

    The year we buried my dear father two days before Thanksgiving, thoughts of decorations and holiday meals were not even on our radar. We had also lost my husband’s mother months earlier, so Thanksgiving found us and our grown children observing the day with two grieving spouses instead of four grandparents. Pain and loss colored every aspect of that day. However. Because our God is so faithful and never stops lavishing our tender hearts with His Love, we could yet praise Him in our pain; we had one opportunity after another see His hand guiding us and blessing us through His nearness and the kindness of others. So, I will always set a boundary around Thanksgiving day in honor of the Author of every good and perfect gift, and after He’s been properly thanked, we begin preparing to celebrate the gift of His Son.

  34. 234
    Carolyn Tragesser says:

    Occasionally, I purchase a few gifts anytime throughout the year, but the primary prep comes after Thanksgiving. If we are not with friends or family on Thanksgiving, I begin the Christmas letter during football. I grew up in Arkansas with Grandma’s pecan pie, so I’d love to have a slice of that yummy thing you showed! Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. 235
    Sandy Daugherty says:

    I like to celebrate and focus on Thanksgiving first, and put the tree up the weekend right after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving kind of gets my heart focused and prepared for Christmas. Love it!!

  36. 236
    Madelin says:

    I fall on the side of Christmas music, decorations etc. after Thanksgiving. If I am in a particularly festive mood the music begins Thanksgiving Night.

    Love pecan pie and Blue Bell Vanilla is “heavenly”. It’s heartbreaking that we can’t get it in So. California. Whenever I travel I find out if Blue Bell is sold there and head for quick store run on the way from the airport.

    This year I attended LPL Phoenix and bless God they have Blue Bell in the stores. You’d thought I saw Jesus the way my face lit up. Cool giveaway! Thanks LPL

  37. 237
    Judy Heindl says:

    After Thanksgiving! We had the family together early this year so we did Christmas shopping last weekend. Love pecan pie!!

  38. 238
    Betsy Roberts says:

    Christmas does not come until Thanksgiving is done! On our way to the Lifeway Women’s Leadership Conf last weekend, our driver played the Christmas CD from Travis for the whole 8 HOUR TRIP!. Though it was lovely, it almost made me crazy!! Sorry Travis … 🙂

  39. 239
    Sheila says:

    I love to decorate for Christmas, but I love to decorate for Thanksgiving too. Thanksgiving for my family goes on all year long, but to have a day totally dedicated to being “Thankful” is too great to rush through. We have so much to be thankful for that I will wait until the day after to start my Christmas decorating, but don’t get me wrong – I love and look forward to all the lights of the Christmas season.

  40. 240
    Toni says:

    Definitely, no Christmas decorating until after Thanksgiving.

  41. 241
    April Jones says:

    Always the weekend after Thanksgiving and I leave up until January 1st. We wait until Saturday after Thanksgiving, because Friday is for that all holy of days – Black Friday! Can I get an Amen!??!?!?


    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  42. 242
    Marcia Bouchie says:

    No Christmas decorating or shopping (amazon.com) until after the Thanksgiving dishes have been washed! Besides, I bought the prettiest fall/Thanksgiving decorations from Pier 1 this year and they must have their due amount of shine time!

    P.S. Lindsee Lou, I haven’t had pecan pie since I was eight and hated it; however, for you, if’n I win, I will eat it with love! I’m guessing my taste buds have matured quite a bit.

  43. 243
    Robin in New Jersey says:

    I have already started my Christmas shopping because I am sewing pj pants for everyone.

    I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving.

  44. 244
    Shelley Christensen says:

    I’m all Thanksgiving until Thanksgiving is over. And then I’m all Christmas. One holiday at a time for me.

  45. 245
    WendyC says:

    I enjoy having a little separation between my holidays so I can appreciate them more… I wait until after Thanksgiving to get the Christmas music out and put up the tree!

  46. 246
    Gina says:

    My now eight year old daughter will not hear of mixing holidays. She just made the comment last night that all the stores have Christmas out but have just thrown Thanksgiving to the side. I completely agree. Let’s be Thankful first then enjoy the wonderous Christmas Season.

  47. 247
    Amy Hart says:

    I am a “year round” Christmas shopper with 7 kiddos to shop for, I am always thinking like an elf. As for music and decorations, they must wait until Thanksgiving has had a chance to shine!

  48. 248
    Leanne Swanson says:

    We usually start decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. But there’s a first for everything and since we won’t likely be at home on Thanksgiving, the Christmas decorations might sneak up on us this year!

  49. 249
    Melisse says:

    I love Christmas and start pulling out the decorations the minute Thanksgiving is over!

  50. 250
    Sally says:

    LOVE Christmas music, so am not ashamed to have it on from November 1st on. However, I have never decorated until after Thanksgiving. We usually have a big group here for turkey, and I don’t know where I’d put everyone if we had the tree up.
    But this year I might get it out early…start a new tradition!