Hey guys! I’ve been enjoying my long holiday weekend and I hope you have been too. I’ve been taking time this weekend to spend time with family, eat lots of food, and relax around the house, which, in my opinion, is the best way to spend the holiday! There are very few things I would rather do less than go shopping this weekend. I just absolutely cannot take the crowds.
Here is what we HAVE been up to the last several days.
The huz and I have been together for eight years but it took us until this year to finally get a Christmas tree and we are so excited! We got a deal on a handsome artificial tree at Michael’s last weekend, and put it up immediately upon arriving home.
Well, first I made some hot chocolate, lit a pine-scented candle, and put on some Christmas tunes. Are we jumping the gun a bit this year!?
Then we busted out the tree.
Here are a couple sneak peeks:
It’s a tall one! 7’6”!
Today, one week later, we have big plans to decorate the tree. It took us a few days to acquire the necessities, like a topper, skirt, garland, decorations, hooks, and the like.
Once it’s decorated I’ll share a pic.
In other news, Thanksgiving was two days ago. The holiday was spent in a fairly traditional way, at my parents’ house, but I did make homemade cranberry sauce this year, which was a first!
Making the sauce was pretty fun, especially hearing the berries cook on the stove. I posted a video on Instagram, if you’re curious.
I used Ina Garten’s Cranberry Fruit Conserve recipe and I highly recommend it. Ina’s recipes never let me down. I love the addition of granny smith apples. The conserve is also very citrus-y, with the addition of the zest and juice of both a lemon and an orange.
YUM! I love this stuff atop my turkey.
My parents cooked a HUGE twenty-pounder!
Not-so-traditional family recipe beans:
My plate. The gravy was unreal this year – just about the best gravy I’ve ever had!
I also made dessert, which turned out pretty good, but not quite like how I expected. Not the prettiest, but it tasted decent. These were Gingerbread Pumpkin Crumble Bars, with a pumpkin cream cheese filling.
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving as well!