Over the weekend, we did our annual it’s-Thanksgiving-weekend-let’s-decorate-the-house-for-Christmas flurry of activity; which included 1 tree, multiple strands of lights, many ornaments, 3 stockings, 2 strands of garland, 2 wreaths, 1 mistletoe ball, and various other holiday accoutrement. I will always feel like there’s something magical about sitting in a dark room enjoying the glow of Christmas tree lights…especially if there’s a warm fire nearby.
We’ve been occasionally mentioning to each other, since we moved into our home back in June 2012, that it would be nice to have a table or island we could use for additional work space (at counter height) and/or a space that just the two of us could sit and eat at in our kitchen – not a necessity, just something that would be nice to have. We didn’t want anything too big and we wanted something that would fit our tastes and the needs for the space we have to fit it in. Ryan suggested we visit our local reuse center today as they have a good selection of reasonably priced and discounted hardwoods for sale; what we ended up walking away with was a very nice piece of live-edge maple (from Raven Farm) which we got a good deal on ($100 off due to a split in the wood at one end, which we’ll cut off anyway) and we’ll use to cut down and make a table for our kitchen with. This will be our big Christmas and Anniversary gift to each other and something we can enjoy for years to come.
We ordered legs for our table here and 2 stools for our table here. We even laid out the approximate space it would take up in the center of our kitchen, with painters tape, to get an idea of what it would be like in the space. I’m really looking forward to seeing it all come together and having another usable surface we can enjoy in our kitchen!
We picked up this beauty at the local farmer’s market – I really enjoy having a fresh, evergreen wreath on our front door during the winter months. I was also admiring some beautiful, evergreen trees in the sunlight on our neighborhood walk this morning to a nearby park.
…for family and friends, for our dog Melody (she’s so cute it hurts), for good food, for our beautiful home, and for my amazing husband – who is a great cook, is always easy on the eyes, who lets me put my cold feet on him when I first get into bed to help warm them up, has a wonderful sense of humor, and who happily makes me lattes whenever I ask him to.
We enjoyed Thanksgiving brunch with friends and a quiet, relaxing Thanksgiving dinner at home with just Ryan, Melody, and me. Deviled eggs was the first thing we made, followed by pumpkin pie (which is a long, sad story – but it’s ok because we bought one from the store today to make up for it), bourbon whipped cream, fresh cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, gravy, and turkey. On the floor, under a blanket, by the fire is where I found myself falling asleep early in the evening, with Ryan and Melody by my side.
We served our deviled eggs on a lovely Russel Wright piece. I really love Russel Wright serving dishes; they are so simple with beautiful, muted colors – we’ve picked up a few in recent years at garage sales and resale shops. I think it made my deviled eggs look extra sexy – well, as sexy as deviled eggs can look, I suppose.
Today, Ryan made me waffles with fresh apple compote for breakfast and we took a walk to a nearby park with Melody. Later, we’ll enjoy some Thanksgiving leftovers and I’m sure to find myself by the fire, under a blanket again, likely watching some holiday movies.
I like the idea of sleeping in on the weekends, but sometimes, despite my best efforts, that doesn’t always happen – nevertheless, I take joy in the fact that I have the option if I want to. Although, it’s also nice to wake up early and get a lot done and still feel like you have the whole day ahead of you. Today we woke up earlier and got lots done; including visiting 3 different grocery stores, among other places as we ran errands, and picking up a few supplies for our Thanksgiving dinner.
As you may have heard, for the first time in 125 years, the first night of Hanukkah will overlap with Thanksgiving – making it referred to by some as “Thanksgivingukkah”. As a person who absolutely finds the term “shooties” (yes, this is a real thing and I didn’t make it up – it’s a woman’s ankle-high bootlike shoe) annoying as all get out, I actually find the term “Thanksgivingukkah” fun. Maybe it’s because I love holidays and the idea of two combined seems like an extra dose of awesome to me. We are having a more traditional Thanksgiving menu (I’ve seen some weird…I mean “interesting” menus out there, in honor of Thanksgivingukkah), but will light our Menorah in honor of Hanukkah that night as well.
I enjoyed putting together a couple of flower arrangements with rose hips and alstroemeria – which we’ll enjoy on our Thanksgivingukkah table. My mother-in-law gave us this beautiful crystal vase below so it seems extra special and appropriate for the holiday. Here’s wishing you a very happy Thanksgivingukkah!
Ryan brought home these beautiful mums, which I happily placed in a stoneware container my mother-in-law had given us, and they look so cheery on our coffee table. I noticed these delicious little satsumas displayed front and center at the grocery store and had to take some home with me. Also, I treated myself to these fun boot socks. Ryan cleaned our gutters and collected leaves from the yard yesterday – 12 yard waste bags and one full compost bin later, the yard looks much better!
This morning while trying to decide what to have for breakfast, and being given a choice between pancakes or cold cereal, pancakes were the clear winner. Ryan’s were peanut butter and chocolate chip with bananas on top and mine were plain with strawberries and raspberries on top and they were all delicious. Whenever we make pancakes, waffles, or crepes, we always make one for Melody and she wouldn’t have it any other way. One puppy pancake, coming up!
I love going to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, but Ryan and I both hate dealing with the lack of parking and the crowds so it’s not often we actually make it there. Last Saturday, we made the trip though and it was wonderful to see the many booths of tomatoes, peppers, and other local goods this time of year. We left with an interesting assortment of things – fresh apple cider from Wasem Fruit Farm, hot dog buns, Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love coffee beans (my personal favorite), and two bunches of fresh flowers. Zinnias make me happy – they are so bright, colorful, and cheery; they remind me of my Mom’s garden back home when I was a little girl – they were one of the few flowers that would survive the Texas heat. You can almost always find one or more flower arrangements sprinkled around our home, because I love fresh flowers so much.
The weather is just starting to really turn and it’s felt like fall in the air this week. The leaves are beginning to change and, I’ll say it again, it’s my favorite season. We switched out our bedding to this beautiful gray silk channel quilt and shams (bonus, it looks great with our Revere Pewter walls) with fisherman knit pillows thrown on as well; it’s cozy and feels great to the touch – and now I will admit that I have a thing for really good bedding, mixing beautiful fabrics and textures in just the right colors, it just feels right to me. And I’m still enjoying that fresh, hot apple cider. Cheers to fall!