Has your turkey coma lifted? I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving weekends! Here’s what we were up to:
Thanksgiving, Parts 1 and 2
This year, we flip-flopped our normal holiday arrangement, which meant we celebrated Thanksgiving with Matthew’s family on Thursday and with my family on Saturday. Since I’ve prepared Thanksgiving dinner for my family for 11 years now (!), it was kind of odd to be just hanging out in my jammies, watching the Macy’s parade. I kept thinking I was forgetting to cook something!
This cake was as tasty as it was pretty, with moist chocolate cake layered with caramel buttercream. The frosting was the perfect level of sweetness and everyone from Jeffrey to my father-in-law loved the cake!
Kelsey’s Bakery has a kiosk at Beachwood Place for the season, so check them out for some holiday sweetness.
On Saturday, we hosted my family for Thanksgiving, part 2. I cook as if we’re feeding an army…I counted and I made enough side dishes that everyone could have their own!
I use my grandma’s stuffing recipe and my great grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe. Everything we eat is traditional and tastes just like it always has, which I love at the holidays!
It was so nice to be able to celebrate with everyone in our families (and get a little breather between all the eating, too!)
The rest of the weekend was spent preparing for Christmas. We went and picked out our Christmas tree…
And then covered it in lights and sparkles and ornaments with lots of history, tradition, and stories.
Jeffrey also has a small tree in his room with his own ornaments (think: lots of Lightning McQueen, fire trucks, and the like).
Even the pups are in the holiday spirit!
I love Christmas time and I love having the house all sparkly and twinkly. I think this year is going to be the peak of Jeffrey’s Christmas excitement, too, which makes everything more fun.
I’m glad we had such a nice, productive weekend at home, too. The next weekends are jam-packed with chasing Santa all over the Cleveland area! Stay tuned…