Happy Friday! I hope your week was good, and that you’re getting excited for the official kick-off to the holiday season next week! Like many of you, I’ll be spending the weekend getting ready for Thanksgiving, by cleaning the house a bit, baking for next week, and getting some Christmas crafting done and being as quiet as possible, since we have a crazy (good) few weeks ahead!
Oh and the likelihood of me hanging our outdoor Christmas lights is approximately 100%.
Favorite COME ON: Sequinned Plaid Shirt. All I have to say about this shirt is that if I were a shirt, this is what I would look like.
Favorite Baking Inspire: Pretty Pie Crusts. Thanksgiving is pie time, so I’m hoping to use one of these pretty pie crust ideas for one of my pies this year.
Favorite Blanket Sweater: Striped Cardigan. We all know I have a thing for long, drapey, blanket sweaters, and this one is no exception. I love that you can throw them on with a simple t-shirt and jeans and still look put together and be comfortable, too!
Favorite Footwear: Sperry Snowboots. We also all know I have a thing for Sperrys. Oddly enough, I also have a thing for boots. And snow. Sperry snowboots? My jam.
Favorite Inspire: Ruffled Bedspread. Isn’t this gorgeous?! While I won’t go for the red, even though that color is lovely, this bedspread has inspired me to find something with texture for our room. It adds another element and makes it just a little more special and luxurious, don’t you think?
Favorite If-I-Weren’t-Pregnant: Cranberry Sangria. Is there anything more to say? No.
Favorite Sparkle: Bejeweled Clipboard. While I recognize that this is completely impractical, how cute is it?!? I do use clipboards a lot, and this one would ensure that it never gets commandeered by any of the guys :)
Favorite Kitchen Gadget: Ravioli pan. I’ve had “make ravioli” on my to-do list forever, because there’s nothing like homemade ravioli But, it’s time-consuming and a little messy, and I just haven’t done it. For shame!!! This pan looks like it would cut out a lot of the work, so I might have to invest in one!
Favorite To-Try: Homemade Marinara. To go with the aforementioned ravioli. Homemade pasta with homemade sauce? Get in my belly.
Favorite Holiday Inspire: Door Garland. While I don’t have fresh garland, I do have the fake stuff, and I love this idea as an alternative to lights in the entry way–we can’t have lights very low to the ground, because one large black-and-white border collie who shall go unnamed has a habit of chewing them up :)
Favorite DIY: Deer head printable. I have a plan to make some Christmas pillowcases out of red ticking fabric that I already have, and I think a little silver and gold paint and a stencil of this printable would make them perfect.
Favorite Quote: Sleepless Nights. This is true, and something I’ve been trying to remember lately when I wake up in the night. I try to have a visit with Him, and count my blessings or just pray through some things, and it always helps quiet my mind.
Favorite “Tried That!”: Crunchy Baked Pork Chops. I’ve tried a few new recipes lately, and they’ve all been flops except for this one. We eat a lot of chicken, and so it’s fun to mix it up a little and I looooooove pork chops. They were moist and flavorful, and baked–which is a plus. And, I used pre-made Panko breadcrumbs, so they were super easy. We had them with wild rice and roasted broccoli, and these will definitely be heading into our monthly meal rotation!
Favorite “Huh, never thought of it that way.” This is why cowboys wear handmade boots–when something is on your feet 24/7, it better feel nice. Hence the reason I’ve been wearing Uggs and Danskos exclusively :) But, this is a good rule–why would you want to spend all of your time uncomfortable and tired? Careful, though–if you’re like me, you’ll use this logic to justify an expensive footwear purchase :)
In other news, my wonderful cowboy of a husband surprised me in a HUGE way for my birthday today–he told me that the benches were from him and his family, but that sneaky guy gave me a new camera this morning! He used some colt-starting money secretly (I check our online banking almost every day to keep track of expenses, so he didn’t want to use his card) and has had the camera hidden for the last few weeks in his bull/bronc-riding gear bag (aka a place that I never go!) and man oh man, what a guy. I was floored! It’s a Nikon D3200, which is an introductory DSLR and exactly what I was looking into getting. I’m not handy with a camera (yet!!) and so this one is perfect for me–faster shutter speed and the option of bigger lenses, but not a gigillion bucks. I can’t wait for branding/rodeo season to take pictures of the guys in action!
I used it in point-and-shoot auto mode to take a test picture or two, and I am so excited. It’s so pretty!
So, I think it’s safe to say that today I am thankful because I feel loved–I’m just thankful all around. For my husband, my family, everything. 26 is going to be a crazy year (I’m going to be a mom?!?), but it’s off to a great start, and now I have a fancy camera to document it all. The likelihood that I’ll attempt to use the low-light thingy on my camera to take a picture of my Christmas lights this weekend? 100%. WOOOOO!