cozy warmth, twinkly lights and fond memories of Thanksgiving just days ago.
best kind of chaos. Adrain has two younger sisters and a younger brother and they all came with partners. Two of my nieces were there in pig-tailed cuteness, and after an excited welcome hug, made a bee-line for the toys and trampoline with my hoodlums. There were squeals of laughter from the kids table, loud enough to give all the mama's headaches and prompt a lot of, "Hey sit down and eat your food," or "Okay quiet down over there." (Which they totally ignored.)
After dinner, my three brother in laws took over the television and it's football game, Adrain finished carving the remains of the turkey, sis in laws portioned out leftovers for one another and kids ran back and forth in my tiny hallway. It was fabulous and sweet and loud. My house is little. And we packed it full. One of my sis in laws is newly engaged and they set a date last week- for the end of December! We have a budget of around $200 and four weeks, so she and I took over half of the post-meal table with papers, lists, pinterest and plans. Let me tell you something folks, I was made for that. Her wedding is all but planned and it's only a matter of a bit of shopping and a craft night. (If you've been following my Pin boards you've probably been overwhelmed by all the wedding pins. Now you know. Ha!) It's going to be fabulous on a dime.
After everyone trickled out at the end of the day, Adrain and I collapsed, kids donned cuddly jammies and we relaxed for the remainder of the evening. My kids were almost giddy as they heaped plates with leftovers and that's the first year I've seen that. My kids both tried and loved gravy. What? They ate! Normally they just pretend to eat. So funny. I put up my Vintage ornament canvas in the guest room a bit early, but I am so glad I let Thansgiving be Thanksgiving and didn't drag any other Christmas decorations in- no matter how much I secretly wanted to. I have to remember that next year when I have that itch to do that (like I do every year. Ha!)
effortless Thanksgiving ever. Gotta love that. I made this chocolate coconut tart. It's going on the make again and again list. I made two pans of these fluffy potatoes. Definitely doing that again too. I made this cauliflower gratin recipe (and added bacon as a Sasha-twist) and used gf breadcrumbs. It was to. die. for. Didn't make enough and it was gobbled down by cauliflower haters and lovers alike. Crazy simple too. (Definitely add 1/4 cup crumbled bacon to it if you make it.)
We spent yesterday cleaning, rearranging furniture and pictures, and decking the halls a bit. Today we are spending the day winterizing the outside vents and running your orders to the post office (Yay and thank YOU) before Saturday night church. I love long weekends, don't you?
How has your Thanksgiving weekend been?