Today finds me busily putting together a few Hanukkah gifts - the first night is tomorrow and I am not ready, many things that I had planned will not get done and I am just fine with that.
I cannot help but think about how thankful I am that really and truly we already have everything we need. But because I cannot wrap up hugs nor kisses nor giggles nor time playing or hiking outdoors, I wrap gifts that symbolize all of these to me.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food, family and about a gazillion games of Apples to Apples Jr. (give or take a few).
Before I share a few images from our week, I'd like to thank all of you who come here and visit and share. You all mean so much to me and I feel blessed to have you in my life and to call you my friends. I wish you much joy and thanks giving - not just in this holiday season but throughout the coming year.
This past week we...
Enjoyed the yummiest, tiniest, and most fun brussel sprouts ever. We roasted them with lots of olive oil, salt and pepper and everyone ate because everyone helped!
Arranged flowers for our table.
Marveled at how the blue eggs are blue on the inside too.
We took cooking breaks to venture outside and breathe the beautiful, crisp fall air.
Then we made mushroom soup to accompany our turkey and all the trimmings. The secret to this soup is definitely in the dried mushrooms. (two stalks of celery and one turnip also went into the mix)
When it was all cooked, in went this gorgeous swiss chard.
In fact, the mushroom soup was such a hit that only half the Thanksgiving feast was comsummed before the masses decided it was time for a walk in the woods.
We played hide-and-seek.
And lots of cinnamon hot cocoa was consummed.
See. I told you we already have everything we need. But the presents will be wrapped (and unwrapped), the latkes will be fried, all the menorahs will be lit, and there will be lots of silly singing and dancing.
And all weekend long I wore this very warm little gift that I made for myself (finished more than a week ago). More details as soon as I get the photos cropped.
I'm off pick up my kiddos and rush them to the dentist. Why is it that I always forget to consult the calendar before scheduling that six month visit? Winter break and holidays just seem so far off when the heat of June is messing with my last few brain cells! At least I get to walk through my carpet of red maple leaves one extra time. I am so very thankful that no one in this family takes the time to rake - these leaves are fabulous!
Be well, my friends!