A Thanksgiving Feast Worth Remembering

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | | 1 comments
The Crown Roast

Served by Chef Dad

Piping hot and oh-so-delicious

Pumpkin Gnocchi with pumpkin pesto

Butternut Squash sauteed in olive oil, baked, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin Trifle: Gingerbread Cake, Pumpkin Pudding, Cinnamon Whip Cream, and Pumpkin Seed Brittle

The Chef and his wife (my mama and daddy)

The lucky two who got to enjoy the meal.

Huxley's First SNOW

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | | 2 comments

About an hour ago it began snowing. Big, wet, snowflakes. Eric and I experienced our first Indiana snow and Huxley experienced his first snow EVER! It was truly a bonding moment for our little family. We are lucky to have each other, we are lucky to have a happy life, we are lucky to be in Indiana, and we are lucky that our first snow was such a beautiful one!

Happy Holidays, everyone!







I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

A Fall Wedding Reception

Monday, November 28, 2011 | | 0 comments
Decorations perfect for Fall

Tables labeled with songs the Bride and Groom chose

Doesn't this reception just exude Fall? Beautiful.

Flowers decorating the dance floor

And boy was there ever dancing!

The bride's family were expert dancers

I tried to keep up (dollar dance with the Groom)

The extremely happy couple, isn't she gorgeous?!

The old married couple :) Love ya, sweetheart!

Storytelling in 30 Photos ~ Day 25

Sunday, November 27, 2011 | | 0 comments
{Storytelling in 30 Photos}

25. latest picture of myself ~ taken last Sunday with my iPhone. Love my family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011 | | 2 comments

{Happy Thanksgiving!}
 Pear Tree Greetings sent me the cutest Thanksgiving cards to give to whomever I chose! I gave one to my husband, Eric. I don't think husbands are thanked enough for all that they do for their wives. Eric is so good to me every day and he deserves a GREAT BIG thank you for being such a wonderful husband. Eric, I am most certainly thankful for YOU on this Thanksgiving day. I also wrote one of the cards to my parents. They have been my biggest cheerleaders as I embarked on this journey to follow my dream to be a college professor. I could not have survived this move to a new state without their love and support. I am so thankful for the two of YOU, I am so lucky to have the best parents in the world. Finally, I wrote my last card to my in-laws. Thank YOU guys for raising the most amazing son. Without you, I wouldn't be married to the man of my dreams. I owe you two big time. :) If I had a thousand more cards I still wouldn't be able to thank all the people who've made my life so fulfilled. To all of you out there who've touched my life and my heart in any small way, I thank YOU!
This Thanksgiving, I'm Thankful For...YOU!

Along with these sweet cards from Pear Tree Greetings, I'm giving my family jars of homemade candied pecans. What is it about pecans that makes us all think of a warm family dinner by the fireplace? I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe for homemade candied pecans. I wish I could give you all a jar of our pecans, but this recipe will have to do! :)

{Homemade Candied Pecan Recipe}

3.5 - 4 cups chopped pecans
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg white


1. Whisk egg white until frothy
2. Combine brown sugar and flour
3. Combine brown sugar and flour with egg white and vanilla
4. Fold in pecans
5. Bake at 250 degrees on a greased cookie sheet for 45 minutes




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What I Wore ~ Casual Friday

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | | 2 comments

Sweater: J. Crew
Black long-sleeve shirt: Ralph Lauren
Necklace: JewelMint
Bag: Vera Bradley
Coffee Mug: Starbucks
Jeans: The Limited
Shoes: Relish (Bloomington, IN)



Mizzou Football. Autumn is Complete.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | | 0 comments
{It just isn't Fall without some good Mizzou Football}

It feels good to be back in the old Black and Gold

Tailgating as it should be: as far as the eye can see

A packed stadium chanting MIZ-ZOU

The Marching Mizzou, gettin' down.

Crowds streaming into the stadium

A visit from Missouri homeboy, David Freese, Most Valuable Player of the World Series

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