Thanksgiving 2012 was a totally new experience for Sean and I. We’ve never really spent the holiday separated from friends and fam before. I was a litte sad at first, but then I realized we could pretty much make/do what we wanted ALL DAY LONG. That realization turned things around and we had a pretty amazing 2-person feast with leftovers for days. We didn’t have to worry about anyone elses tastes or preferences, or even worry about having a timely meal.
We began the day with sour-cherry champagne cocktails (sour cherry juice boiled down with a vanilla bean and some sugar, reduced by half to make a syrup, plus champagne) and ended it with too many pieces of pie.
Instead of breakfast I made a cheese and fruit plate–there’s some port cheddar and some super aged (deeelish) gouda. I set the table with our wedding tablecloth–a gift from Sean’s BFF and best man. BFF/Best Man brought us that cloth all the way from Ecuador, PLUS he brought me some palm sugar that he harvested with his own hands. Major. My mom sent me early-Christmas in the form of golden flatware. I am obsessed.
Since we were celebrating couple-style, I wanted to do something festive in regards to being thankful, so we wrote each other cards–that’s what you see on top of our plates. Sean always writes me the sweetest notes, I always write him goofy-crazy ones.
I nuded up part of our turkey by picking it’s skin…it was just so crispy-good! It couldn’t be helped. Those are pumpkin-herb rolls and they made the best leftovers sandwiches. I love pumpkin but I hate pumpkin pie…that last photo is the top of a black-bottomed banana cream pie: shortbread crust, ganache, bananas, brown-butter pudding, and so much whipped cream…SO GOOD.
This year was different, but great. I got to lounge around with my best pal AND eat AND drink, it was totally merry.
1. Even though it’s been an oddly warm week here in the Mitten, I’m dreaming of braised things like this stew from Katie At The Kitchen Door (points for the cutest blog name, too).
2. Megan made this Garlic Rosemary Bread. I would totes sleep on that pillow of yeasted, herby, garlic goodness.
3. This Lemon Cake with Cranberries + Lemon Icing just has me fast-forwarding through fall and straight into a winter wonderland. I’m a sucker for the holidays and I am smitten with the festive styling from Cooking Mélangery.
4. Now that I am growing my hair out, barrettes are blipping their way back onto my radar. I am IN LOVE with this crystal barrette DIY from P.S. I made this…
5. Lastly, Is Pinterest Killing Blogs (from Decor8)? I, personally, love Pinterest and don’t think it is (where would we pin from without blogs?!), but I am interested to know what other people think.
1. July 15–Lunch 2. July 16–Megan and I went to an event by Cooking Matters 3. I told my BFF I’d take a photo of my Birch Box. It was a good one!
4. July 18–Sean surprised me with those Hello Kitty napkins. 5. July 19–Coconut Crumble! 6. Outfits for the niece-lettes. 7. New dress, about to go for a stroll.
7/1/2012: Sparklers! I love ‘em.
7/3/2012: Real life is messy.
7/4/2012: Sean was making hearts. For me!
7/5/2012: Taupe, pink, and gold flakies.
7/6/2012: Lotte Mart (Korean Market) Haul. Seasoned nori, Korean pepper flakes, Roasted Barley Tea, Gochujang (Korean Fermented hot pepper paste), noodles, spicy ramen, and a rose face mask.
7/7/2012: Sean took this one of cucumber kimchi that I was making.
I accidentally formatted my memory card (DOH!) and lost my photos from the 17th…they’re off floating in the ether or something. I guess even photos need a vacation? Here’s the rest of the week!
6/18/2012: My giant jalapeño pickling jar. I just have to have a large-marge jar of them on hand at all times. Spice-4-lyfe!
6/19/2012: Our two-year anniversary! It feels like more, but in the very best way. Sean loves foxes and I love hand lettering envelopes and calling him Husband-Guy. I love that dude so much!
6/20/2012: Some wildflowers we planted in our front yard. So pretty and SO delicate!
6/21/2012: These sweet little berries are growing wild in my front yard. DREAM!
6/22/2012: Bag Lady! All packed for a lady-date with my pal Megan.
6/23/2012: Lady-date brunching at Commonweatlh. This fried egg sandwich had a super spicy hot sauce, delish!
6/10/2012: These roses made me smile all week. If summer were a color, this would be it!
6/11/2012: I feel like I am always washing/drying/folding dish towels.
6/12/2012: Cocoa powder dusting.
6/13/2012: I am obsessed with this thing, it’s a Clarisonic Mia. It was a birthday gift from myself/Sean, I’ve only used it less than a week, but I can already tell it’s love. Smooth/even skin, disappearing pores…whoa!
6/14/2012: We planted a bunch of wildflower seeds in our garden bed…and they’re blooming! Yay!
6/15/2012: Sometimes a girl has to make her own cupcakes whilst snacking on mangoes and raspberries.
6/16/2012: Sean went out and bought me a Birthday Donut! What a guy!
I totes missed TWO days! June 4&5, sorry I forgot about you! I don’t have an excuse, I just didn’t even pick up my camera is all. Shucks.
6/3/2012: Sugaring some berries for a guest post.
6/6/2012: One of my best friends is getting married! I’m a brides matron…since I’m married, I’m no longer a maid I guess.
6/7/2012: I promised Sean I would kick the ball around the yard with him. It was comical, I’m sure. Note the classy black socks and tore-up ball.
6/8/2012: Sean stacked our books together, Tetris style. This is half. He realized partway through that all the spines should be facing out, oops.
6/9/2012: Farmer’s market blooms. I was able to split the bouquet into 3 vessels, so, flowers in every room!
5/27/2012: This jungle is trying to take over my yard.
5/28/2012: The only part of my office that is currently organized. Jeez.
5/29/2012: It’s officially iced coffee addiction season.
5/30/2012: Apricots just being cute.
5/31/2012: TIP!! I use binder clips to hold parchment overhangs in place.
6/1/2012: Neon purple, black, and gold make for some rad nails. 80′s Barbie would be proud.
6/2/2012: The first local strawberries. Tiny and perfect!
Food. Every. Day.
5/20/2012: Beer waffles (adapted from here) w/ raspberries and whipped cream. Sundays were made for fun breakfasts.
5/21/2012: Jasmine rice is my fave of all the rice.
5/22/2012: Roasted tomatoes will never get old.
5/23/2012: Pretty farmer’s market mint. I put it in a batch of iced tea!
5/24/2012: Raspberry snack.
5/25/2012: Perfecting my bun recipe. I think it may be just right this time!
5/26/2012: Sometimes Saturday is perfect for pasta making.
5/13/2012: Ancho Chile tea, for enchilada sauce-making.
5/14/2012: it’s pretty much sun-tea season.
5/15/2012: The last of the dandelion’s in the yard.
5/16/2012: Nails of the week, purple + gold flakes.
5/17/2012: Crafting and repairing.
5/18/2012: Withering roses, still pretty though.
5/19/2012: We paid a visit to the nursery and I brought home this little lemon balm plant. It smells AMAZING.