Happy Thanksgiving! I know I have a lot to be thankful for this year and throughout my life. I would encourage you to take some time and reflect on the things that you are thankful for. I know it sounds cheesy but when you stop and think about it, it makes you realize that despite the curves that life may throw at you, you really have a lot more than you thought. God has blessed my family and I in ways I never would have considered blessings.
We started the day with a delicious breakfast and then drank hot cider on our back porch while watching our 3 dogs play out back. We had a video chat with my family, went for a nice walk with the dogs around the neighborhood and then made some excellent banana bread for my husband. Then we went back to the porch for more hot cider and then I cooked dinner. It was a pretty simple dinner. It was just the two of us. We had a rotisserie chicken that all I did was warm. Then I made mashed potatoes, green beens, deviled eggs, stuffing and I warmed some pre-made dinner rolls. And of course, what is dinner without a great salad to start with? We had some fresh leafs from Whole Foods and my brother’s ever famous Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing that I made to drizzle on top. My entire outlook on salads and Balsamic Vinaigrette changed when he gave me his recipe 🙂 We also had a nice treat for Thanksgiving for our four legged children. We bought each of them a nasty raw hide to chew on. We put them outside so they didn’t stink up or stain the floors around the house. We are cat sitting for my brother so we saved her some chicken. She’ll love it when we give it to her (later tonight). All in all, it was a nice quiet Thanksgiving. We decided to go light on Thanksgiving because we are going all out for Christmas when my family comes. We haven’t all been together in the same place since my wedding a few years ago and they are all coming and staying with us. I couldn’t be more excited about it!
Here are some photos of the breakfast I cooked for my husband and I this morning (made-from-scratch hash browns and eggs, good old southern cookin’!) and the fall decor I put on my banister. I’ll be removing it tomorrow and putting our Christmas decorations up. Our tradition is to put the Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. We drink locally made apple cider that we’ve boiled with mulling spices and listen to some great jazzy Christmas music while we decorate our house and the tree. We also have a tradition where we buy a new ornament every year to signify something that happened that year. For example, our first year as a married couple we bought a “1st Christmas” ornament. Last year we bought our first house and moved in a few days before Christmas so we bought a “1st Home” ornament. This year, well, we aren’t sure. But, we are going to Hallmark to figure it out tomorrow. We also have a cheesy tree topper that we will be replacing. It burnt out last year.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now we get to turn our focus towards Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Until then, happy holidays!