{Recipe} Orange Cranberry Sauce

I will tell you that my most favorite meal is Thanksgiving dinner.  Yummy yum yum!  I love it and all the leftovers that come along with it.  I love mixing it all together and creating fun things like hot open-faced turkey sandwiches smothered with gravy.  Which brings me right where I love to be frequently…gravy.  You can never have too much gravy.  Ever.  Absolutely delish!DSC_3960 Continue reading


It’s always nice to come home.  The normalcy of our world is so nice to return to.  We spent the last week visiting our Maryland family and we had a fantastic time!  It was a week of firsts for the girls–at least a week of doing things they can really only do in colder areas that they will most likely remember doing this time.  We visited grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends. We dressed for the cold.  We raked leaves and jumped in the piles (and kicked them).  We hoped for snow as it grew colder.  We went to the tree farm to cut down Christmas trees.  We saw hills–lots of hills.  We saw frost.  We made a fire and warmed ourselves and ate roasted marshmallows until we were just too cold to stay outside any longer. Continue reading

My Little Turkeys

Check out this post, featured this week on the DIY Dreamer!

We are always looking for a fun little craft in our house–something that each of my girls can do.  I stumbled across these super cute little turkeys in my search.  I wasn’t really looking for them at the time, just checking out all the fabulous Autumn and Thanksgiving decorating and feasting ideas that other brilliant people have put out there for all to see.  But I’m so glad I found them.  I love crafts that involve my favorite little dimpled hands and sweet, chubby piggies.  This craft includes both!

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Felt Board Autumn Tree

Felt boards!  Aren’t they fun!?  I used to love them when I was a kid.  My kids love them too although I find I need to keep it interesting.  They prefer their little wooden toys they can hold in their hands.  So, with the changing of the seasons I made some adjustments to their felt board.  I had made this tree trunk for them a while ago.  They can add a tree top or leave it like it is.

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Autumn Leaf Garland


We’ve been busily decorating our house with our fall decor.  Every year it gets more and more fun as my little helpers get old enough to take part in the changing of the seasonal decor.  Each one lends a hand as we get out the box of autumn things and decide where everything will go.  This year we decided to add a little more and make some autumn leaf garland.   Continue reading

A Year of Holidays Party

This past week, my mother visited, along with my brother and his fam.  We had a FANTASTIC week!  We went to the beach, swam, and had lots of fun adventures together.  I wanted this week to be extra special for the kids.  He has two sweet kiddos who we don’t get to see very often.  In fact, we are never together for the holidays or birthdays, so I decided to throw them….A Year of Holidays Party!  Oh, because I’m the coolest mom and aunt in the world.  That’s why.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Etiquette

In keeping with yesterday’s post, I thought I would add more about being a fabulous Thanksgiving guest.  We can all stand to brush up on our dinner etiquette, but our Thanksgiving dinner etiquette should be top notch—you don’t want to be that guy, right?

I found a bunch of sites that talk about the proper way to handle one’s self as a guest at someone’s home for Thanksgiving dinner…I mean tons!  However, Mary Fetzer, from She Knows does a fabulous job explaining it for us.  Here is what she has to say (find it on her site here or keep on reading below).

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