good evening, lovelies!

Clink! Clink! (that's me toasting all of us for making it this far in 2020) I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving (and that Christmas is in exactly one month)! 

So excited to be done with the work week! How about you guys? Anyone else free from the daily grind until Monday rolls back around??

I am looking forward to the extra days off this week to not only stuff my face with deliciousness but to also finish getting things ready for the upcoming Christmas market in December. I have a long list of things that need to be done for the Fox and the Forest booth and think I have figured out a good balance to get most of it done in the next few days.

I also put up our tree last week and dressed up our house (as well as both porches) for Christmas! We will be having Thanksgiving at home alone - it is also our TWENTY ONE year anniversary, and why not have the house be merry and bright a little early?! 

I also jusssssst put a poundcake in the oven - my first one ever - and I am hesitant on how it will turn out. It looked like waaaaaay too much batter was in that loaf pan, but we shall see... I grew up in a house where getting one of those Entenmann's pound cakes was a real treat, and on some weekends, mom would slice it and toast it in the oven with butter for breakfast.... I am drooling just a little thinking about this... If all goes well, I want a warm toasted slice with my coffee in the morning! 

I got the recipe from a friend who allowed me to copy it from an old southern recipe book..... the recipe is vague and seems a little too easy, which is why I am nervous. Was I supposed to split the batter into two pans? Is this just for one cake? Who knows? I guess we will find out in about an hour and 25 minutes! 

I tweaked the recipe a little using 4 sticks of butter (no margarine), gluten free flour, and switched out the lemon extract for vanilla....

annnnnd last but not least, I have had many people message me about when the thrifted fashion posts were coming back (the "worn" segment), and I promise it will be soon. Possibly next month, but for sure I will be ready to do those at least once month when the new year starts. I have had zero motivation to do them mostly because of the weight gain (30 lbs!!!) from my health issues that have now been resolved. Since being fully released from my doc I have been able to get physically active again, am losing weight, and feeling more confident in my own skin. I did have a ton of fun doing those and have missed them dearly myself! 

It feels like friday and I am looking forward to waiting up on Christian to get home from work and to sleep in a little tomorrow morning! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and I hope to post a little something tomorrow night! 




happy friday, my friends!!

I hope you all had a good week! The pic above is from a very memorable and funny Thanksgiving a few years ago where the table was getting set up with all the food, and the mac and cheese dish just exploded on the table. We didn't fret though and only the mashed potatoes and mac and cheese were ruined by glass, so we quickly whipped up a new batch of mashed potatoes, and opted for a quick fix of boxed Kraft mac &cheese.... We laughed through cleaning up all the glass and realized that this kind of thing is what makes the best memories, reset the table and enjoyed our feast! 

Christian has been working late the last week, so I have been making the most of the 'me' time by getting in an evening suppertime stroll, and getting to bed early so I can do my hour on the firefly trail - sleep is truly a powerful thing!  As of this morning, I am up to 4 miles in just under an hour, which I haven't been able to do since 2014 - so HUGE personal victory!!!

We are also planning our quiet little Thanksgiving feast at home on the farm. We had originally invited a few friends to join us, but it may end up just being us, which will be fun for a change too! I went ahead and ordered those colorful plates from my post yesterday and hopefully they will be here in time... Christian and I actually started dating around Thanksgiving back in 1999, so we also celebrate our anniversary on this feast-filled day as well!

What do you normally have on your big holiday feast menu? I am planning on roasted asparagus and brussel sprouts, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, herbed homemade stuffing, nutritional yeast gravy with rosemary, mac & cheese, cranberry sauce (from the can of course!), and homemade pecan pie made with pecans from our little farm!!

Here are a few pics from the past couple of Thanksgiving feasts on the farm......

Writing this post has made me super hungry, so I am off to whip up breakfast and then head to work!
I hope you all have a great weekend!!!