Giving thanks…

…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.

by Valerie | 11.29.13 | Around our home, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Are you ready for Thanksgivingukkah?

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!

by Valerie | 11.23.13 | Around our home, Holidaze | No Comments »

Give thanks

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new home & there was much to be thankful for! We shared dinner with dear friends & enjoyed using my Mom’s china for the first time – it was great to finally be able to use it & enjoy it. Averie looked lovely in her pretty green party dress too. Dinner was delicious & included turkey tenderloins with 3 different spice rubs, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, homemade gravy, carrots, green beans, rolls, pumpkin pie with homemade bourbon maple whipped cream, & mini vegan gluten-free donuts.

by Valerie | 11.24.12 | Around our home, Holidaze | No Comments »

365 – Day 275

365 – Day 275

The award for most festive tushie definitely went to Averie this year as she was sporting a turkey on her tushie for her first Thanksgiving. Could she be any cuter? Nope, that’s just not possible!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by dear friends, and were blessed to share the holiday with them in our home; 14 adults (including Ryan & I), 3 kids, & 3 adorable babies. Did I clog the kitchen sink drain/disposal again this year like I seem to do every year on this holiday? Yes. But, it all worked out in the end & we shared a delicious meal with friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

by Valerie | 11.24.11 | Holidaze, Photography | No Comments »

Thanksgiving Feast 2010

Pumpkin Pie

Another Thanksgiving is upon us & our table will be full of delicious food to fill our bellies & dear friends to warm our hearts! We’ll be preparing many of the same menu items we made last year & are looking forward to the delicious food our friends will be bringing to add to our feast as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

Deviled Eggs

by Valerie | 11.25.10 | Holidaze, Recipes | No Comments »

Giving thanks

Hand Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for those I’ve loved & lost & for those I love & are lucky to still have in my life.

by Valerie | 11.25.10 | Holidaze | No Comments »

Fun week ahead

Michigan Theater

I’m so looking forward to a nice, long holiday weekend & enjoying spending time with friends over good food & fun activities; we’ve got a full week planned, but it will be lots of fun! We’re having friends over to share Thanksgiving dinner with us on Thursday & we’ll be serving many of the same items we made for last year’s meal – yum! On Friday, we plan on going to the Michigan Theater to see Warner Bros. Cartoons & we’ll be back at the Michigan Theater on Sunday for the White Christmas Sing-A-Long (we went to the Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long several months ago & loved it). And we’ll be decorating the house for Christmas, making our own holiday pop up cards to send out, & probably doing some Christmas shopping as well.

And, I really like this wreath – wonder if I’ll be ambitious enough to make this for myself…perhaps!

by Valerie | 11.22.10 | Around town, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

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