Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to pop in and wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.~ Melody Beattie

I just love this picture (source unknown).  It speaks peace, calm and simplicity.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Shopping for My Man

Don't hate me but......... my Christmas cards are getting ready to be addressed and the shopping for the kids is just about completed. Last December when I was completely crazed and running around like a wild woman, I told myself that December was going to be a month of enjoying everything that makes the season so festive...... and I meant it.

And one more thing....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Wow's

If you listen to anything this weekend, let it be this. I promise, Amazing!

This is for all you pumpkin loving, wine drinkers. Now you know what to do with any leftover pumpkins. Idea from here

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Little did I know ....

How pretty my table runner made out of brown craft paper here would look on this years thanksgiving table.

Or how the 'fancy' gold chargers that I bought 15 years ago when I hosted my in laws for the the first thanksgiving dinner....only to find out they were really were more like chinette paper plate people, could look pretty darn good with my everyday white dishes with mismatched plates on top.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Keep Warm....and Drink Cocoa

I will never forget the first Christmas that I spent away from my family with my then boyfriend, who would later become my husband, and his family in Lafayette, Louisiana. And as I was missing my family and our own family traditions, I was creating new ones as the entire gang of them , the siblings, spouses and 20 kids, made sure to make me feel welcomed and loved while we laughed hearing family stories, played games and....drank cocoa.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Stepping Up My Cooking Game..... A Holiday Snack

If you follow my blog regularly, you know I have professed my less then marginal skills and desire to be in the kitchen. Sure I have the basic's down for feeding the kids and packing school lunches, but my husband gets all the cooking kudos in this house.

So imagine their complete and utter surprise when I put this Pumpkin dip with ginger snaps and apples on the counter one day followed with a  "Mom, did dad make that"?  Very funny kid, very funny.