For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. We’ll see you back here on Friday, after the feast! Don’t forget to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—it’s always been my favorite!
Photos via NBC.
Random bits + pieces over the past week…
1 & 2. Building a massive leaf pile.
3 & 4. Breakfast making in our pajamas.
5 thru 7. Jumping in!
8. Breakfast, coffee, and a good book.
9. Cosy T Sweater from Jamie and the Jones and the Springbok Clutch from Very Fine South.
10. My darling bird.
11. Kid’s new after school snack obsession—Annie’s Mini Pizza Bagels.
12. All bundled up before school.
13. Peaceful evening light.
14. Julian peeling potatoes and prepping for his very own Friendsgiving, that he planned. He made mashed potatoes and the pumpkin pie. So cute!
TGIF!!! Here are this week’s ten things…
1. Amazing throw pillows.
2. A look at Chloe Sevigny over the years.
5. My friends at Imogene and Willie introduced a new women’s jean, the Ann Halsy.
6. Yesterday was my and Aubrey’s fourth wedding anniversary. I still cry like a baby every time I watch our video.
7. The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is an emoji.
19. This week’s Whine About It: Reasons wearing pants in the absolute worst.
10. I want to try this beet dip with goat cheese and hazelnuts.
Image of Mick Jagger via Listal.
This past weekend, we decided to have a fun “camp” day in our backyard with Birdie and Sailor. Julian and Plum were off hanging with their friends that day and we wanted to do something special for the little kids. As I have mentioned before, we’ve been trying to plan a camping trip for this fall, but with the kids in school, Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the upcoming Christmas rush, and everything else we have going on, it’s just not practical right now.
On Sunday, we got up early and built our tent in the backyard, without the kids knowing—we wanted it to be a surprise. We set up a little picnic area for them, complete with some of their favorite foods.
We spent the whole day outside in the sun, grilling hot dogs, eating Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese, and munching on fruit and other snacks and cookies. We had the best time. We played in the tent, made giant leaf piles to jump in, blew bubbles, and more. For dessert, we built a campfire and roasted marshmallows for s’mores, using Annie’s Organic Honey Graham Crackers. When the day was done and the sun was setting, we cleaned up and came back inside and Birdie said that it was the best day of her life! It was just a great experience all around and so incredibly easy to do. We left the tent up and can’t wait to do it again.
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Four recipes I want to try / Sweet Potato Soup, Cherry & Kale Panzanella Salad, Roasted Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing and Toasted Pepitas, and Cranberry Pot Roast.
Sound the alarm because Thanksgiving is just a week away—can you believe it? This holiday is a really big one for us, as I cook a big spread and we host some of our dearest friends (who aren’t able to make the trek home) and share a meal with stories, laughs, delicious food, and too much wine. This year, I plan on doing things a little differently than my usual routine. We have more going on in our lives right now than ever, plus my big kids will be away celebrating with their dad, so I’m hoping to scale down my menu quite a bit and add some new recipes to mix things up. I have been making it a habit to eat pretty clean and trying to omit the obvious not-so-healthy ingredients, so I plan on using this year as a test-run to doctor some existing recipes and add a handful of new ones, without feeling like I’m restricting myself from my favorite holiday foods. The four above sound just right!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?