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Thankful Thursday – Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving. This month has been very hectic for us and I feel like 2015 has flown by. I feel like my mind has been all over the place and I’m grateful for this holiday to slow everything down.

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We are spending the actual holiday with my in-laws because my dad is out of the country. We will celebrate with my family on Saturday. This is my first Thanksgiving not spent with my family. It makes me sad. I like things to be a certain way. I like to know what I can expect. I like tradition.

While I am sad about not spending the holiday with my family; I am grateful that I get to have 2 Thanksgivings this year. I’m grateful that my daughter gets to see both sides of her relatives for the holidays. I’m grateful that I have never had to worry about going hungry. I’m thankful that I’ve never had to worry about not having shelter at night. I’m beyond thankful that I have a family that could help me out if food or shelter were ever a concern.

I’m thankful for my freedom. On so many levels. We are all so lucky that we basically get to live our lives the way we choose. I’m thankful for a holiday that helps us focus on what the good things in our lives. Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday.

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Treat Tuesday – Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes

I’ve decided that I will be posting my Treat Tuesdays on my new blog from now on. If you’d like the check it out please click here. Sorry if this will be confusing for a while. Hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday and are getting ready for yummy Thanksgiving feasts!

Thankful Thursday #1

I thought about focusing on what I’m thankful for this month. That’s what I love about November, people seem to be more reflective and thoughtful this time of year. Thanksgiving seems to be one of the least decorated holidays, but you can still make it festive. Use pumpkins, turkeys, pinecones, pilgrims and indians and you are all set.

The first thing I am thankful for is that I get to be a mostly stay-at-home mom. It seems like the past 2 years have already flown by. I love that we are fortunate enough that I can spent so much time with my little love. Even if she drives me crazy half the time. Seriously, have to get my roots touched up all the time because she had turned me grey!

I’m also thankful for free child care! Woohoo! Thanks mom! No, seriously; thank you! We’d be lost without you. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a relief it is to know that my child is safe and with someone trustworthy when I am away. This is one of the greatest gifts I could ever be given.

I’m so grateful that my hubby lets me shop on Zulily and at Target…..a lot! Might be silly, but having a thoughtful, non-controlling husband is pretty great! I also appreciate how hard he works so we get to have such a comfortable life.

I’m thankful for pretty decorations that make a house feel like a home. The little things can really make a big difference. It could also be because my mom is so stylish and always had our house looking amazing while we were kids. So putting out themed decorations reminds me of my mom. As you all know, since I write about it frequently, I’m obsessed with my mother.

And in this moment, I’m thankful for naps. I’m thankful for a worn out toddler who is passed out next to me. Naps are infrequent in this house. I appreciate that she is asleep right now so mommy gets a much needed break! What are you all thankful for?

I’m planning on every Thursday this month, focusing on what makes me happy, thankful, grateful and/or blessed.

Treat Tuesday – Pumpkin Cake Squares

This recipe comes from my aunt. For the month of November I will be posting recipes that work with a Thanksgiving feast! I will start the month off with something sweet.

What you’ll need for the cake:

* 1 Cup Sugar

* 2 Eggs

* 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin

* 1/2 Cup Oil

* 1 Cup Flour

* 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

* 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

* 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

* 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9X9 pan. I don’t have one so I used what I already have. Beat sugar and eggs for 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and oil. Beat together with the sugar and eggs. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat for 1 minute. It should have a silky consistency. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Let the cake cool.

For the Frosting:

* 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

* 4 Tablespoons Butter

* 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

If you think that will be too much frosting cut the recipe in half. You will mix all ingredients until the frosting is fluffy. When you first start mixing the frosting it will be crumbly, keep going it will turn out right! Frost the cake once it has cooled. Enjoy!

November: Let’s Get Thankful!

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While I would love to start getting out the Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving deserves some glory. Thanksgiving is my moms favorite holiday. It’s where you enjoy the company of your loved ones without the pressure of presents. You have a yummy meal and focus on all the blessings we have in our lives.

What I love about September – November is that most of the fall decorations carry on throughout all 3 months. Pumpkins work for the entire season. For September add some hay and scarecrows and you are ready to go. In October keep the pumpkins, then add in all kinds of fun Halloween decorations. It can be as mild or scary as you’d like. Then you’re all set. For the whole month.

For November you can keep up the pumpkins and fall leaves. You won’t even need to change your wreath, unless you had up a specific Halloween one. Keep the same color scheme of reds, yellows, oranges and browns. The rich colors will make your house feel welcoming. I don’t have as many Thanksgiving decorations as I do for Halloween or Christmas, but a little can go a long way. I put a Thanksgiving table runner on my dining room table, with my turkey dish. I place some decorative dried corn (aka Indian corn) around the turkey and have some candles in pumpkin candle holders. Then I place a couple of pilgrim decorations on my mantel and I’m good to go.

I have a wall vase that I put in dried flowers, pumpkins, leaves, and greenery changing with the seasons. I also swap out my summer pillows for ones that have more oranges and browns in them. Little changes to your every day decor can really make your house feel so festive while putting in minimal effort!