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thanksgiving 2013 recap.

Just a little bit over a week ago, Thanksgiving plans changed and I was nominated to host a Thanksgiving dinner. Thank goodness my parents offered up their home for dinner because I didn’t plan on cleaning and prepping our house with a week’s notice, hah! …so I hustled and bustled to get everything done in time for Turkey Day.

After making the floral arrangements, setting the table, and cooking up a storm, I’d say it was another successful Thanksgiving dinner hosted by yours truly.

…and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a feast! Some of the dishes that I cooked/served are pictured below:

Green beans with shallots and almonds

Chicken Wild Rice

Sausage and Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing

Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Pork

…and of course, the juicy and delicious turkey!

Before we all stuffed ourselves, we remembered to snap some photos. I especially love the ones of G and the dogs; they crack me up.

Candles were lit, grace was said, and a party of eight went food happy.

The best part about Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is the leftovers! Yum! Oh, the gravy… *salivating*

…but now that Thanksgiving is officially over, I can now start decorating for Christmas. Wahoo! I’ve held off up until now.



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thankful & cheerful and turkey & tree

We were in charge of hosting Thanksgiving this year, turkey and all. Everything turned out as planned, and everyone enjoyed dinner (at least I hope they did, hehe). Personally, my favorite part was the wonderful company of family. Well, and of course, all of the delicious food. I created a pretty extensive menu because I wanted to make sure there was enough food for our fall harvest. Below are some of the photos that I managed to capture during the holiday.

The day after Thanksgiving marked the the shop‘s anniversary! I can’t believe how time flew by this year. I’m so thankful for all of our customers’ support and business these past two years; we wouldn’t have come this far without all of you. So again, thank you.

As for me, I took most of the day off to set up our Christmas tree. With everything going on from Thanksgiving up until the year’s end, I figured that the weekend after Thanksgiving would be perfect timing to go out and get the tree.

We made a trip out to Half Moon Bay to pay a visit to Santa’s Tree Farm & Village to get our tree. …and you know what’s even more awesome then getting our tree?! I got to be a creeper and take a picture with Santa, haha! Plus, there was no wait or line at all. Heck, yeah!

As soon as we got home, we trimmed the tree and set it up. Did we finish decorating it that day?! Absolutely not, haha! It would’ve been a miracle if we had though.

Eventually, we ended up finishing the tree. …but before finishing the tree, we headed up North to celebrate my uncle’s 40th and Nat’s 25th!

I love that Nat’s party was all about Christmas crafting. A day spent crafting? I couldn’t say no! We spent the day making Christmas ornaments for their tree. At the end of the day, Sean and Nat finished decorating. I love all of the personal touches; it’s so cute!

As for our Christmas decorations, just like every year, we had a decorating theme. We decided to go non-traditional with a purple, orange, and gold Christmas tree. Plus, we thought it would be unique to have succulents and tillandsia plants on the tree. I’m in love with the colors and all of the sparkles.

…and I love our mantle, too. We kept to the same theme as our Christmas tree.

With all of the greens around the house, it smells so Christmas-y. I love it. It makes everything seem so homey and warm. All I need to do now is finish making our holiday wreath. Well, that… and start my holiday shopping, haha. Oh, and finish creating my December Daily album. *sigh* So much to do!

Stay tuned for more pictures.

PS: Can’t wait for next week. It needs to be here sooner.


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apple and pumpkin pickin’.

Autumn is my favorite part of the year. It’s a season of change, and more importantly, thanksgiving – giving thanks to everything we have or don’t have. As for me, change in the next couple of months is going to be inevitable. 😉 We’ve been busy prepping for the holiday season. This year we were nominated to host Thanksgiving dinner, so we’ve got our hands full.

A couple of weeks ago, we visited Apple Hill. It had been over five years since our last visit, so it was neat to check it out again. The colors on the Apple Hill farms and orchards are phenomenal. Such a quaint and festive place to be during this time of the year. If you’re local, I’d recommend making a weekend/day trip out of it. They have a variety of apples, which were all crisp and delicious.

Bushels of fruit later and icky tummy aches from fall snack favorites, we headed home. Bet you can’t guess what we snacked on during the car ride… 😉

Lastly, autumn wouldn’t be complete without a trek to Half Moon Bay for pumpkins. It’s become one of our favorite annual traditions – to pick pumpkins on the actual pumpkin farm.

It started drizzling while on the pumpkin patch due to major overcast, but all was good. It added to the whole experience – getting muddy and dirty, haha!

PS: We should have bought one small little pumpkin to add to the bunch. 😉


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Can’t sleep… and Christmas Card Exchange!

It’s the early hours of the day after Thanksgiving, also known in American society as Black Friday. I can’t seem to fall asleep. I drove to my parents’ to spend time with my family this weekend, but I think not being in the comfort of my own bed keeps me awake (and the sound of my younger brother snoring isn’t helping me either). I guess that is why I decided to write a post about my Thanksgiving since I can’t seem to fall asleep.

Thanksgiving left me completely stuffed. Everything was absolutely delicious, and I swear there is food to last us until Christmas. Hope everyone had as much fun as I did!

Mom started prepping early in the day.

Mom started prepping early in the day.

Scott, my older brother, working on our turkey!

Scott, my older brother, working on our turkey!

Heres the casserole my brothers kept nagging me to make.

Here's the potato casserole my brothers kept nagging me to make for them.

The wontons for the soup we made for dinner.

The wontons for the soup we made for dinner.

Everyone was hungry, even my little cousin, Khiara.

Everyone was hungry, even my little cousin, Khiara.

Our family feast of 2008.

Our family feast of 2008.

...and of course we make ham too.

...and, of course, we make ham too.

Everything was absolutely delicious. I over ate, but then again, who doesn’t indulge on Thanksgiving food?! Anyway, I always have a need to walk around after a big meal, so I headed over to Michaels. They were open the day of Thanksgiving for a couple of hours with FABULOUS deals. I ended up buying two Cricut cartridges for $29.99 each! Can you believe how cheap that is?! If you can make it to Michaels today (Friday), go pick up a cartridge, or two. 🙂

Last but not least, in my previous post, I mentioned a Christmas Card Exchange. A handful of people have already emailed me with their addresses, and they were added to my card list. If you want to exchange Christmas cards with me, there is still time to do so. Let me share the information again:

If you want to participate in a Christmas card exchange with me, I’d be willing and happy to do that since I love getting Christmas cards in the mail. I’m doing homemade cards, so for those of you who are really interested…

Email me at: sbdeguzman@gmail.com and let me know you want to give and receive a card!

For the subject of the email: Christmas Card Exchange

Once you email me with your info, I’ll email you back with my address. Let me know by December 13th! (…and for international cards outside of the US, please let me know by Dec 6th, so there’ll be enough time for my card to reach you in time for Christmas!)

Okay, I’m off to get a couple hours of sleep. I plan on waking up early to go shopping for some bargains!

It’s officially the holiday season!



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