Friday, November 29, 2013

Our days...{Sweet Thanksgiving....and a recipe}

Sweet Thanksgiving- November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving arrived, and hours of cooking began. 
In the morning we enjoyed a light breakfast; coffee with cinnamon rolls.

Our Thanksgiving menu consisted of- Turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, dressing, gravy,
potatoes, green beans, semi homemade pumpkin pie, jalapeno cheddar cornbread (which by the way, is delicious-recipe from Barefoot Contessa) Sweet potato casserole, and a bottle of wine.

We snacked on summer sausage, cheese, and crackers.
It was a nice snack to hold us over until dinner.

Once dinner was done cooking, we made our way to the table. 
We sat and enjoyed, and talked about what we were most thankful for.
The sun began to set; it was the perfect ending to our sweet Thanksgiving day.

Let the decorating begin....November 28-29 2013
I  thought we could hold off for a few more days, but...
our daughter insisted we start decorating our lovely gingerbread village.
 Later in the evening once everything was back to normal-dishes cleaned, and leftovers stored away, we decided to decorate our gingerbread village. 

Assorted sprinkles, gumdrops, icing, and gingerbread pieces.-What a sweet evening it was.

And then there was today... I woke up feeling well rested.  My husband started on breakfast, and we enjoyed our coffee. We played some Christmas music (have I mentioned how the radio station we listen to started playing Christmas music the beginning of November) -yes it's true! We took out a few Christmas decorations after breakfast, and enjoyed putting a few on our tree.

It has been a lovely few days, and I'm most thankful for the time I am able to spend with my family. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I am also so thankful for all you lovely readers. 
****Below I've included a recipe for our Homemade cranberry sauce***

My husband's cranberry sauce recipe

1 Bag of cranberries
-1/2 cup of honey
Sugar to taste (depending on how sweet you want your cranberry sauce)
-1/2 tsp of ginger
-Fruit pectin 
-1 orange peeled
-1/2 cup of water

Rinse and clean cranberries in a colander.

Boil water, honey, ginger, orange slices, and cranberries in a medium size sauce pan, until cranberries are soft.  Transfer mixture to blender and blend until all ingredients are mixed. (Do not over blend, you will want some cranberry pieces.)

Transfer mixture back into sauce pan, add sugar to taste. Keep in mind that cranberry sauce is supposed to be a little tart. Add pectin, and heat until it has reached a rolling boil. 

Once finished, refrigerate for 24 hours before enjoying.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A gobble, gobble good time! {Morning, Crafts}

Bacon in the oven, pancakes sizzling on the stove top...
we patiently waited for breakfast to be ready. I decided that we finish a few Thanksgiving crafts we had Started working on.

TP Roll Turkey Craft

Thankful for place cards

Using what was left over from our Tp roll turkey craft, I made a few thankful for cards. I'll place these at our table tomorrow, and we will all write down what we are thankful for. (I've seen a few creative ideas like this on Pinterest. I love it! (I'll probably place our daughter's thankful card in her scrapbook.)

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with love ones. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weekend love { ❤ } Simple and sweet.

{Our diy bottle cap snow people.}

{Felt Christmas tree}

{Preparing to bake apples}

{Our waddling penguin} 

Caramel apple cider on a snowy day...

{My birdie mug}

Sitting around with my husband, enjoying our cider..

A little knitting..

And it continues to snow....

Taco night..

Game night
{Loaded questions}

Our weekend was simple, and sweet. We stayed in most of the weekend. It continued to snow, and so we decided to enjoy family time. We enjoyed crafts, cider, games, and baked goodies. I'm sad to see the weekend come to a close, but I'm so happy to have spent this cold, snowy weekend indoors with my loves....
How did you spend your weekend? I'd love to know how the weather is over where you live!   

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Our snow day..

“Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity” 

― Novala TakemotoMissin' (Novel)

Snow began to fall last night, we snuggled under covers and stayed warm..

Morning-  hot chocolate with mini marshmallows...

Reading my thriving family magazine..

Enjoying the white fluffy snow..

Snow covered herbs..

My shrubs, and a few of my surviving flowers are covered in snow..

Reading activity-The Snowy Day..

My husband made our little one 5 little snowmen..
(Latex glove, permanent makers)

Preparing to stay warm..

Playtime in the snow..

Snow covered scarecrow..

Folding winter clothes..

Pug pajama pants.

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