I have so much to be thankful for! I picked up these lovely flowers (alstroemeria, tulips, and rosehips) and enjoyed putting them together in this birch bark container on our dining room table, in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. And I had enough leftover for this sweet little arrangement of rosehips below too. We are so lucky to be able to spend our Thanksgiving this year with family and friends in our home. I am counting my blessings and giving thanks for loved ones near and far.
Above is a photo of our Thanksgiving table from two years ago; one of the things I love about owning our own home is that I can now easily access, use, and enjoy my mother’s china for special occasions like Thanksgiving. I love setting a pretty table – with candles, flowers, and special linens, silverware, and china! I am looking forward to this while we have my mother-in-law visiting for Thanksgiving this year too. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Below is our Thanksgiving menu:
Turkey (breast and dark meat, prepared with a dry rub and grilled)
Buttery Basil and Black Pepper Mashed Potatoes (a.k.a. “Mama Talbott’s Mashed Potatoes”)
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Shallots
Cornbread Stuffing with Onion and Celery
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream
And in preparing for Thanksgiving, now just three days away, here are some fun things you might enjoy browsing:
- I’d never heard of this before, but came across this: Roast Spatchcocked Turkey
- Mutant Thanksgiving recipes to try if you dare (Muaaaaah)
- 7 Wines from Trader Joe’s to Drink With Thanksgiving Dinner
- There are many articles out there on pairing wine with food, of course. We are lucky to have many local places with knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff that can recommend a great bottle to pair with your meal, with your price range and preferences in mind; don’t be afraid to chat with your local wine staff as they can do a great job recommending new things to try!
- Songza always has some nice holiday playlists, like this.
- A Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving
- Don’t forget to wear your Thanksgiving pants!
The photo above was taken looking out our guest room window this morning… And, on that note, I’ve come up with a plan to help us make it through another Michigan winter, more for my own amusement than anything; I’ll post things that happen (or silly things that Ryan says/does – this happens more often than not!) in relation to the winter and the cold weather with “#winterainteasy” so that I can keep track of them throughout the season. Things like this…
- I just witnessed Ryan unlock his cell phone by entering the passcode with his nose.
- Ryan just mowed the lawn (in his shorts) in the snow…
In other, non #winterainteasy news, we saw some pretty spectacular skies last week, picked up some lovely holiday greens from the farmer’s market (I love my boxwood wreath!), and were able to tackle a good house cleaning in preparation for Mom to arrive this Friday.
I’m already planning for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; doing my best to get a head start on Christmas gift shopping and thinking about what we might do to entertain family visiting over Thanksgiving. I have quite a few Halloween and Christmas movies, but not so many Thanksgiving holiday movies as they seem harder to come by. Any suggestions on some good Thanksgiving films?
Happy Halloween!!! Just a few fun things, for your holiday enjoyment:
After a busy work week, we found some time for some much needed r&r over the weekend – I watched one of my favorite Halloween movies, enjoyed our fireplace, and did a bit of decorating around the house. Ryan did some yard work too, mowing and raking leaves, cleaning up some of our garden beds for the season (he pulled quite a lot of herbs which we’re hoping to dry and use throughout the winter). And Melody enjoyed a nap near the sunshine coming in the window on Sunday afternoon; she’s a professional at that!
The weather here has been really mild so far this summer and I have really enjoyed it – 70’s-80’s with a cool breeze and it doesn’t get much better than that! We had gorgeous weather all weekend and were lucky enough to enjoy it at an outdoor, backyard get-together at our neighbor’s home on Saturday; I loved their idea of putting iced drinks in a wheelbarrow too! And I enjoyed chatting with my Dad and my Granddaddy on the phone on Sunday; since we’re so far apart, I couldn’t see them in person, but it was nice to hear their voices. Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!
We had a fun and productive holiday weekend in which we found ourselves enjoying some r&r time with friends, good food (grilled peaches that were a little like this and our own, revised version of this potato salad which we used this tasty hatch chile pesto on – yum!), visited Maker Works to use their laser cutter for this project Ryan’s working on, and we got our garden planted. Filling up our garden boxes this year are: sugar snap peas, tomatoes (Fantastic, Green Zebra, and Grape), lots of herbs (varieties of thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, chives, spearmint, and orange mint), lots of pepper varieties, and flowers (Salvia, Marigolds, and Gazania). I find myself enjoying my little corner of the world more and more these days – the fact that the world is so very green and everything is blooming again certainly doesn’t hurt!
And the award for 2014 laser cut glasses model goes to…
Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!! Thankful for my Papa, Granddaddy, Dad, Father-in-law, and all those who’ve given their service to our country. And happy 94th birthday to my Granddaddy (pictured above) on Tuesday!
Happy Mother’s Day to two beautiful, talented, smart & sassy ladies in our lives – my Mom (pictured above) and Ryan’s Mom (pictured below – he loves this photo especially because she is pointing to “Art”); we love you!