Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gentle Thanksgiving

4 dozen chocolate chip cookies:

1 sesame sweet loaf:

24 oatmeal buttermilk chocolate chip mini muffins:

and 1 glazed banana spice loaf:

had my kitchen looking like this at 10:00pm on Friday night:

But it was all for a really good cause. I packaged them up:

And brought them here:

For the visitors attending the annual Gentle Thanksgiving event at the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary:

This annual event celebrates the lives of the nearly 200 hundred formerly abused and neglected farm animals that now have a permanent home at the Lighthouse Farm, free from fear of starvation, abandonment or lack vet care:

It's a wonderful day for families to visit and feed their favorite animals:

There's somebody for every person of every size:

Even Roy, the massive steer, loves getting some love:

J.R., the donkey, certainly isn't shy about expressing his needs:

And Duncan, the pig, always appreciates a pumpkin gift:

If you think sheep are standoffish, you should meet the sheep of Lighthouse Farm. They will trot up to you for petting and scratches. This guy felt personally responsible for greeting visitors as they came through the gate:

Have you ever seen a 40 year old donkey? This is Poppa:

Poppa has lived on the farm for a long time. That's his friend, Oyte, the mini donkey in the background:

Pretty boy, Taj, the turkey, wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!:

The Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary is definitely a place to see, if you ever find yourself in northwest Oregon and feel like communing with animals for a day:

Click HERE if you'd like to see more pictures of these beautiful animals from last year's Gentle Thanksgiving event (when it was actually sunny!!).


  1. A great way to celebrate and give thanks. Your baked goods looked delicious. Beautiful critter photos too.

    Oh my! My word verification is "balls"...Hmmm..

  2. Wow, it all looks great, as do the animals! What a great cause. Want to share the sesame bread recipe?

  3. I just know all those critters love you Danni!
    Thanks for doing!!!

  4. Oh Danni, what a wonderful blog. That steer is huge! You have such a gentle soul. It's no wonder animals adore you.

  5. Wow! You have been baking like crazy. Even tho your kitchen was a little messy, I bet it smelled SO good. And for such a wonderful cause. I cant wait to take a trip to the Lighthouse Farm on one of my visits.

    I liked seeing that chicken on the sheep. And that big pig looked very excited about that pumpkin. And Poppa? I just want to pet him. :)

  6. I love the black and white turkey,

    you are so great caring so much for farm animals.
    it's so fun to get new pets, big and small but when the rubber hits the road, they are a lot of work. I'm glad there is someone to care and help the animals.

  7. Yu. Did you make any Peanut Butter Cookies. I am sure those would go over in a big way.

  8. The food looks so yummy - makes me want to go bake right now! The animals are adorable - Poppa is precious, the turkey is beautiful! I love the pigs and the sheep, too! Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. What a great event! I love the pic of the chick on the sheep! Those are some nice looking animals. I'm glad they have someone to love on them now!

    Your goodies looked delicious!

  10. What a lovely place, thank you for sharing! What does your kitchen look like now? ;)

  11. It's good to know that there are some sanctuaries out there that do the right thing for the right reasons.

    This place touched my heart and I will let my animal-loving friends know about it.

  12. Wow - your baked goodies look beautiful. What a very sweet thing of you to do - and for such a good cause. I almost cried looking at those pictures of such sweet faces. Very touching. I'm so very happy there are places like the Lighthouse Farm and people like you, who support them.

  13. what a wonderful story and the perfect turkey pic! my kitchen looks like that every day!

  14. Those pic's were awesome..I love pigs..if I had a farm, thats what I would have..but I'd wouldn't eat sure packed up a beautiful feast to take over..good for you! Whenever I get there,I would like to visit that place!

  15. Looks like a delightful place to spend a day.

  16. Good thing I am typing and not talking, because my mouth sure is watering after looking at all those yummy treats!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and visiting. I will put you on my list to follow...your farm looks lovely...and your life reminds me a bit of my own. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family and critters from all us critters at Bee Haven Acres!!!

  17. Great post!

    wish we had something at this time of year that conected us to making a difference.

    Maybe I'll have to pardon a rooster (they have become pretty unpardonable. 4 is too many. at least three are on their way to soup, which we love, pretty demented i suppose...) If you know anyone who really wants a rooster and can pay the shipping... I won't eat them until after christmas... still cleaning out the freezer.

    Happy turkey day!

  18. Your baked goodies look marvelous! I am sure they were a big hit at the sanctuary. Thanks for posting about this place. It sounds amazing, and the animals all look so happy and healthy. Loved the pics!

  19. What a nice Thanksgiving celebration. I know your desserts were appreciated. And it looks like the animals appreciated all the attention.

  20. Oh Danni - I just love your posts! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  21. Looks like a fine time was had by all creatures great and small. :)
    (((I can't have any more animals, I can't have any more animals, I can't have any more animals.....)))


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