Friday, November 30, 2012

Anniversary Ornament

I saw this adorable craft on Pinterest, and thought an ornament made of a wedding invitation was the perfect gift for my newly-wed best friend Courtney. I wanted to practice first so I made myself a little ornament... and I love it. I still love the mementos from our wedding 2 1/2 years ago, such great memories. Please feel free to see details of our day here! This project was very self explainatory:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving weekend

The weekend of Thanksgiving was extra fun because Brian and I got a whole 4 days together off of work. We had all sorts of fun plans! On Friday we got up early for Brian to get in line for a Black Friday deal on a new pistol, and so Friday was an early, yet successful, morning!

On Saturday, I found this Ski swap online at the Portland Expo Building where people can sell their snow gear that is lightly used and you can get gear at a steal of a deal. It was too good to be true, literally... So we got up early and made it down to Portland. Things started to look suspicious when we got to the Portland Expo CENTER and there was no one really there except for people that did not look athletic. So I pulled up the website and we found that this ski swap was in Portland, Maine. FML. We got up early for nothing! Brian was not thrilled. I laughed so hard that I cried.

We ended up finding some great deals on boots and snow shoes at Next Adventure, so it wasn't a complete bust :) we also spent the afternoon with some great friends and watched the Civil War with them and Baby Hudson. Definitely a great weekend, and only one slight mishap :)

On Sunday we took Dale to hunting school where he will be for the next 3 months. It was a tough day dropping our little guy off. I shed a few tears (lets be honest, it was more than just a few), but we know it will help him in the long run.

After that we got our Christmas tree and started getting ready for the Christmas Season. It was a busy weekend, but great to spend that time with Brian and our families! Ready for December: Birthday, Hawaii, Christmas! Bring on the next holiday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hosting Our First Thanksgiving!

Brian and I moved into our home in the spring of 2011, and we are making it more homey as we go. We have only been married 2 years, and so we have been trying to figure out the best way to split our time and make everyone happy... Bottom line is that it hasn't worked regardless of what we tried. So instead we decided that now that we have a home with enough furniture and seating, we wanted to host Thanksgiving for our very first time! We meal planned and delegated, decorated and planned, got a huge 21lb turkey and talked to friends and family for the best way to make our very first bird! It was a success, and so fun, and the best part was that we didn't have to drive anywhere at all, we had one dinner, and we had both our families together :) We LOVED it! Here are our pictures from the day:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients:8 apples
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Peel and core apples.
Slice them and place in crock pot.

Cook on high for 1.5 - 2 hours.

I used my potato masher to break up the apples, because I don't mind thicker pieces of apples, but if you want it really smooth, try your hand mixer or immersion blender. Enjoy!

This is a fall favorite for me! Last year I made them into little gifts: