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Thanksgiving Recap

And just like that, holiday season is upon us!

But that’s not to say there isn’t a lot to be thankful for from this past Thanksgiving. I can’t even begin to state the fun we had during the long weekend, hanging out with our loved ones. Since it was our first year in the new house, we decided to host Thanksgiving at our place!

So here’s the obligatory recap post! :) There are a lot of pictures, so please bear with me!

My sister and bro-in-law arrived late Tuesday night from the Chi, and then she and I spent pretty much all day Wednesday prepping foods for Thursday’s dinner. Everyone had their assignments. She was in charge of dessert: pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate bourbon pecan pie, dutch apple pie and Indian-style green beans. Yours truly was in charge of stuffed mushrooms, appetizers, mac and cheese, salad and rolls. My hubby and dad were in charge of wine (dinner and dessert respectively). My mom was in charge of Indian food. My other bro-in-law (REB’s brother) was in charge of turkey and stuffing. Uncle-in-law was in charge of potatoes. It was quite the spread!

Thanksgiving Day!

I made these center pieces and they were not only a cinch to make, but they were also the first DIY I made towards my 31 before 30! I’m sure it’s obvious how to make them, but I’ll post a DIY post just for ‘em! I’m already in the works on making the next one! I need to play catch up on the whole “One DIY project per month” …

FYI: Those cookies were made courtesy of my dear friend Maria in Florida. She makes custom cakes, cookies, toys, etc.! She made the most amazing, delicious cookies and I shrieked like a little kid when I saw the corgis!

That wasn’t the end of Thanksgiving, though. We had dinner at my parents the next day, which of course meant delicious Indian food feast!!

The rest of the weekend was spent outdoors because it snowed!, taking out the Christmas decorations and designing our holiday cards!

It was a perfect weekend and I am so not ready for the work week again, but it’s all good. We’re one month away from Christmas and I have so many fun holiday ideas for around the house and presents for people. I can’t wait! :)

How was your Thanksgiving?



Hiya! In preparation for the next few days being crazy busy in our house (we agreed to host Thanksgiving in our new home!), I know the blog won’t get as much love as it should. But, that doesn’t mean a big thank you is in order.

I have so many reasons to be thankful this year. It seems like each year is better than the last. And that’s not to say the previous year was bad or anything. I just feel very happy and thankful!

I’m thankful for this fella.

He encourages me, supports me and loves me no matter how I’m feeling. If I’m having an off-day and feel down on my weight or health, he’s there to help me feel better, get me moving and make me think positive. The endless conversations we have make me so thankful he’s in my life and I get to call him mine.

I’m thankful for this furball furkid.

Kids aren’t something we’re thinking about, maybe ever, but for now, this four-legged awkward fur kid is the perfect kid for us. He makes everything in our lives better and happier. He’s silly, happy, an incredibly good dog and he seems to know when we’re sad and just sit with us. Pets are part of a family. People who think otherwise, need to have a reality check ;)

I’m thankful for these two rocks.

Where would I be without them? They raised me. They taught me values, ethics and manners. They taught me to be a better person, no matter what I do. They taught me it’s OK to be different. They taught me to be independent. They continue to teach me new things every day. I can’t even begin to thank them enough for that.

I’m thankful for this way rad chick.

If she wasn’t four years older than me, I would call her my twin. I can’t imagine my life without her. She has been through every important milestone of my life with me and by my side, supporting me, sticking up for me, and making my life fun and unforgettable. Not a day or week goes by that we don’t talk to each other either by phone, text or email. She’s my best friend and my rock.

I’m thankful for my job.

I feel so grateful for the people I work with and the place I work. I feel less stress and more calm. It’s a good feeling!

I’m thankful for the little things!

Being able to create new, healthy vegetarian recipes, hanging up a new photo in our house, seeing my photography improve and that people trust me enough to book me for a session, tea!, spending Saturdays and Sundays watching football with my love and screaming at the TV, texting my bestie almost every day with silly inside jokes and photos, my old friends and new friends, and seeing new friendships growing stronger by the day.

And finally, I’m thankful for all of you. I appreciate each and every one of you who stops by, reads and listens to what I have to say, and sometimes leaving a comment! I love reading all your blogs, your healthy recipes, you workout posts, and your silly posts about your awkward fur kids.

Whether you know it or not, you make my day brighter and happier.

So, thanks.

This is MY kind of Thanksgiving

My family and I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving unless my sister and brother-in-law are in town because well, they know how to cook a turkey, and really only those two and my dad will eat it. REB and I were busy on Thanksgiving Day with his families, so we planned on making a huge dinner at my parents house on Black Friday. Nothing fancy; basically what I’d eat every day if I were living at home, but more of it!

My mom and I spent a good portion of the day cooking. I love my mom more than anything. I love cooking with her, too.

Isn’t she adorable? (^_^)

Uh, apparently REB got a hold of my camera. Yep, that’s me. Cutting up some tomatoes…moving on…

The world’s cutest dog knew he wasn’t allowed in the kitchen. That didn’t stop him from giving me extra large puppy eyes and pouts. I don’t blame him. The house smelled soooo good.

Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes might considered the norm, but nothing beats a home-cooked Indian meal!

For me, this defines comfort and a sense of home. All that and so much more is what I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving.