Monday, December 2, 2013


Thanksgiving has come and gone.  I've already got all of my Christmas decorations and tree up.  We hosted Thanksgiving again this year and I'm pretty sure I said it last year but I'll probably let someone else host next year.  It's just such a process. I worry about the silliest things that only I would even notice and then it seems like I spend all of this time and money trying to make it just perfect and everyone just eats and then it's over.  And I take like 4 pictures.  Argh!

I stalked the weather forecast for weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  I don't have room for 30 people to sit at a table inside my house so I'm forced to set up rented tables and chairs outside.  Luckily, it was about 55 with bright blue skies the day of.  Maybe a little cool for some people but we had a fire pit to warm it up a bit as the sun went down.

I put together a few bouquets from Publix and made this arrangement for the dessert table (the table Todd made for me!).

I was in charge of the sea salted caramel pecan bars, apple pie, and pretzel pie.

This cheese ball has been made for every holiday and family get together for as long as I can remember.  Everyone loves it! It's just cream cheese, a little mayo, chopped dried beef, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and rolled in chopped pecans.

Another family favorite, my grandma's herb dip.  The recipe can be found here.

Clearly I did not get my chalkboard writing skills from Pinterest.  These dispensers were a great investment last year.  Granted, I've only used them at Thanksgiving BUT if I was hosting a part of some sort, I'd use them!  The orchard punch is one can of cranberry juice, 2 cups of OJ, 2 liter ginger ale, and 64 oz spiced apple cider.  I threw in frozen cranberries for garnish.  My grandmother says it's great mixed with vodka, in case you were wondering. :)

The next few weeks are crammed full of fun holiday events so I'm trying to get my Christmas shopping done as soon as possible so we can enjoy them.  I really hate the run around associated with trying to find gifts. 


  1. Your pretzel pie was a huge hit at my house this Thanksgiving!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Yum those desserts look delish and I love that you were able to have Thanksgiving outside!

  3. You did an a-mazing job!! And your grandmother and I could be BFF's! Vodka, indeed!

  4. That pretzel pie is a must-make for me ... now, pray tell, how do you get your pies so beautiful?!

  5. Love your table set up! I wish it was warm enough where I live on Thanksgiving to sit outside - we would freeze our tails off.

  6. Hi Nicole...I haven't been around much lately, and am just now catching up on a couple of months of your posts. I am so very sorry to see that you lost your mom. I know just how painful this feels, having experienced it a few years ago myself. Please know you are in my thoughts. On a happier note, big congratulations on your engagement. Todd sounds like a wonderful man. And thank you, when you answered my email several months ago regarding the rug in your living room. Its nice to be visiting your blog again. Much love...

  7. Everything looks great! It is nice you live in an area where you can have it outside. Will you be posting a pic of the table Todd made you sometime? Have a great week!

  8. Wow, everything looks gorgeous! Love the cotton on the tables. :)



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