All The Lovely Things: Thanksgiving Edition

If you couldn’t tell from my last post- November is the interim of the Fall to Winter scene. Fall is already over in my mind and I’m already dreaming of Christmas lights and cold nights, so Thanksgiving isn’t really a holiday I’ve ever put a lot of effort into. That said, there are a lot of gorgeous things surrounding a holiday that brings family and friends together, and it’s high time that to take a moment and appreciate it.

Our Thanksgivings has always focused on family and food, but there are some gorgeous decorations for those who take a little more time in setting the scene. This place setting is simple and beautiful, and provides a place to be privately thoughtful.

thanksgiving-decor
If you’re looking for something other than a traditional bottle of wine or flowers for the host gift, this hand towel is so frickin cute I can’t stand it.

pumpkin-pie-dish-towelPumpkin Pie Dishtowel

And because it’s not Thanksgiving without food…

It’s driving me mad that I can’t find a proper recipe (*cough* pictures) for a pastry wrapped baked brie with tart cherries. I could have sworn I originally found the recipe on one of my usual cooking sites, but after searching I think I actually just adapted it from a recipe on Dinner: A Love Story.

Sigh.

Okay.

Here’s a gorgeous picture of a fancy schmacy baked brie. It includes some ingredients that I may or may not have a hard time imagining in brie, but are likely stunning if you took the time to actually put it together. Also, look at the picture (ooooh).

brie-1Baked Brie with Rosemary, Honey, and Toasted Almonds

And here is the original recipe for a cherry galette. Ignore the home made pie crust (hahaha-nope) and just use some puff pastry. Then plop a wheel of brie in this bad boy and I promise all your hopes and dreams will come true. (I fully realize it is no longer the same recipe aside from the use of one specific ingredient, but bear with my line of thinking. [Some kind of] Pastry? Check. Tart Cherries? Check. Totally the same.) It is an amazing, gooey, delightful mess. Stunning and perfect for the increasingly chill fall weather.

brie-2Cherry Galette – Money in the Bank

Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program

I’ve been meaning to post for weeks now, but a series of weddings, Halloween events, and other weekly distractions have definitely taken their toll. Until today, I’ve honestly just felt completely done- worn out and just wanting to do the bare minimum for a while.

Okay, I still feel that way a little bit.

Don’t get me wrong, everything that I’ve done over the past two months has been superbly wonderful- but all in quick succession was a little too much. Thankfully, things are finally quieting down… for a while.

While Thanksgiving and Glenn’s birthday is next week, both will be pretty muted since he’s on an ass kicking diet and isn’t feeling up to really celebrating either. So I have a solid 15 days of luxury and laziness before the Christmas season gets in full swing. I could wait until halfway through December, too, but we all know I’m not that kind of girl. So, until then- these are the things I’m planning on doing (as lazily as possible):

Watch the Gilmore Girls, “A Year in the Life”. I am ridiculously pumped for this. Glenn and I bonded over many things over the years, but the Gilmore Girls is definitely something of “ours.” We’ve re-watched the season every fall since we got married. It’s like a really weird, oddly specific thing that we both enjoy.

Cleaning my house. Because dear lord I have not had time to deep clean, and between the holiday decorations and the weekend trips it’s been in a pretty consistent state of disarray.

Um…

That’s all I got.

Yea, I’m not really good at not doing things.

Okay, you got me. I’m already in stage 2 of the Christmas Enjoyment Scale- “Planning and Purchasing”. This is, of course, of the obvious and universally known 5 point Christmas Enjoyment Scale (CES). I’ve already surpassed stage one, “Pinning,” and have gone on to blow out bank account buying presents and decorations. Poor Glenn.

Until December 1st, this is all just in good fun. I can peruse possible gifts and find little pieces for the home here and there to give it that warm, cozy winter feel (despite the fact that it’s still reaching 80 degrees outside), but nothing is mandatory in my mind just yet.

I can stop whenever I want to, I swear.

That said, be forewarned that most of my posts in the next month and a half will likely revolve around the holiday to some degree. I mean, what is life if not a celebration, right?