Many of you have been checking in on me and asking how my time back at work has gone, and I wanted to share with you a little bit about the last two weeks and also share why I am loving my job even more now as a new mom.
Trey & I exchanged stockings early this year because I included some golf things in his stocking and he since he was going golfing today, I wanted him to be able to put some of his gifts to good use! Since we exchanged early, I thought I would share what he got me since he totally killed the gift giving game this year & I know there are many of you who are scrambling to find last minute gift ideas!
Are you sending out Christmas cards this year? Is it on your never-ending holiday to-do list to get those ordered? There are so many places that you can order your holiday cards from but one of our newest favorite places is Basic Invite!
Why are the men in our life always the hardest to shop for? All of the gifts on this gift guide have been husband approved & we hope that it helps you out as you shop for the men in your life!
Do you have a friend that is always hosting? Or does your mom love getting gifts that she can use in her kitchen or around the house? We hope that this provides just a little bit of inspiration as you shop for your loved one who is always the hostess!
While we both may or may not have our Christmas trees up, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still so excited for Thanksgiving next week! Last year, my parents had sold their house and were in an apartment while their new house was being built so we hosted Thanksgiving at our house. It was honestly so much fun!
This year, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family on Wednesday, Trey’s family on Thursday, and some of our friends on Friday! While I won’t be planning a whole Thanksgiving dinner on my own, I will definitely be helping my mom cook & will have to plan a little ahead for the potluck dinner on Thursday since I have so many dietary requirements.
A lot of the dishes that we make at my family’s Thanksgiving are the same year after year, but we always like to add in a few new things here & there! Here are a few of my favorite cookbooks & blogs that I use to create Thanksgiving dishes…
I love all of Against All Grain’s recipes! She has quite a few on her blog & even more in her three (almost four) cookbooks. Her third cookbook, Celebrations has Paleo friendly recipes for each and every holiday & we have made many of these recipes! They are all so good. If you happen to have special dietary needs or are just trying to stay on track with your clean heating during the holidays, this is an amazing resource.
You truly can’t ever go wrong with Southern Living’s recipes. No one does comfort food or holiday food like the South. Obviously I can’t have a lot of the recipes that are found in the magazine, but I love to play around with them and use substitutes to get as close to the real thing as possible! Along these same lines is The Pioneer Woman. We made her Macaroni & Cheese last year (we made it gluten free of course!) and it was SO good. I may have to sneak just a couple bites of dairy and enjoy it again this year!
Once you’ve landed on the recipes you are going to make, I love to use Day Designer’s Holiday Menu Planner & Grocery List to try to keep things organized!
Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? Already overwhelmed with figuring out your cooking schedule and making sure you have enough bakeware to pull it all off? I know I was there. I’m not type A by nature and organization doesn’t always come naturally to me, however, I’m definitely motivated to be organized by avoiding stress and figuring out how to have the most fun and enjoyment out of the day. Last year, something that was really helpful for me was to take out all the bakeware that I thought I would need and to use sticky notes to label what each dish would be used for. You can also add the general time that you need to begin making that item! It can help keep everything in order!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? What do you use to keep yourself organized? Tell us all your secrets below!
Listen, we get it. This time of year is completely nuts & you barely have time to keep up with Halloween, prepping for Thanksgiving, (and if you’re anything like us) getting ready for Christmas! You hardly have time to fit it all in so you definitely don’t have time to spend perusing for the perfect sweater for fall.