Happy Thanksgiving 2015

November 26th, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate. I hope you are celebrating as you choose – whether that be with family or friends or solo. I’m about to have my favorite part of the day, cinnamon rolls!


Thanksgiving Menu

November 25th, 2015

It’s hard to figure out a menu for just our small family for Thanksgiving. It never seems worth it to cook the whole shebang, but when things are left out, they invariably end up being the dishes most missed. The worst was the year I decided to make roasted potatoes instead of mashed. Not the same, not the same at all. I think I ended up making some mashed potatoes on Friday just to go with the leftovers.

My menu for this year, barring any last minute changes, will be:

Dry brined and roasted turkey breast

Stuffing of an undecided variety

Mashed potatoes (#teamnomixer)

Caramelized onion gravy, a delicious relic from my vegetarian college days

Cranberry sauce, from a can because that’s how my husband likes it and he’s the only one who cares

Crescent rolls, husband’s family tradition and we did dinner rolls last year for me

Lemon green beans

Salad with homemade croutons and goat cheese

Apple crisp (I am so bad at pie, luckily my husband likes these just as much)

Maybe a dessert with chocolate per the kids request

Wine and sparkling wine for the grown ups and “fizzy apple juice” per Spencer’s request. Always Martinelli’s, it must be a California thing. Anything else just seems wrong.

This menu is so simple and boring – why post it? 1. NaBloPoMo and 2. Sometimes it’s nice to know you aren’t the only plain or simple thanksgiving in the sea of social media thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

End of the Leaves

November 24th, 2015

Almost all of the fall color is gone and we are settling in for the drabness of winter. At least the snow on the mountains is gorgeous and with the leaves gone, we can see them from our yard.




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Ribbon Wrapped Fall Wreath

November 23rd, 2015

I finally made a new wreath for the door. I have been needing something for in between Halloween and Christmas, but never got around to making something. Then during the move, I happened to find yards and yards of beige ribbon that I had saved from our wedding presents (williams sonoma gift wrapping, I do believe) and a found a foam wreath form. Kismet!

Fall Wreath with Ribbons and Flowers

To be honest, I’m not sure why I saved the ribbon so long. I don’t even remember doing it except that I would have had a hard time throwing away perfectly good ribbon, even if it was beige. I even saved two of the bows intact. Those went on the wreath too. The only thing I had to purchase was a single bunch of fall looking flowers from the craft store.

ribbon wrapped wreath for fall

I think it turned out cute! Especially for coming together in about 30 min. I didn’t do photos for a tutorial or anything because I made it at night in bad light and I wasn’t sure how the whole thing was going to turn out.


The general steps are:

  • wrap a foam wreath form with ribbon, similar to how you would do a yarn wreath. I left spaces between the ribbon (so it had candy cane-ish color blocking) and went back over it, filling in any gaps. I pinned the ends of the ribbon straight in to the foam in the back and then did the same to connect pieces.
  • pin the bows on
  • pull the flowers off of the stems, clip the bud connector part on the back and pin to the wreath form
  • finish up with a pinned ribbon loop for hanging

Ribbon Wrapped Fall Wreath

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