Reasons why I love going home for the holidays:
- Rich fall colors everywhere. Hey West Los Angeles, why don’t you grow a few trees?
- Mumsie’s sweet potatoes (pictured below – the ones covered in a thick layer of marshmallows).
- Inevitable photo shoots with my favorite people/bloggers, Ann-Marie Loves Paper and JayAdores (pictured below).
- Animated and lively conversations with my best friends. Half of them don’t even live in California anymore but whenever we’re all home, it’s as if nothing has changed. I love them.
- Kyle has lots of free time so he builds things like bookshelves (pictured below). More on that later!
- Spending lots and lots of time with family. Activities include but are not limited to: eating Thanksgiving 1, Thanksgiving 2, and Thanksgiving 3; shopping Black Friday; knitting circles; watching old movies; etc.
- Reuniting with my favorite people and watching our favorite cheesy vampire movies, one of which may be in theaters right now and rhyme with Reaking Vawn.
- Hanging out with my best friend’s 5 1/2 month old baby. He’s the cutest ever.
- Eating pretty much everything in sight. I need another layer of fat for the winter (my apartment is freezing) so eating until my face hurts is a good thing. At least that’s what I’m telling myself…
Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love food, so naturally, any day that revolves around spending half the day cooking and half the day eating is a perfect kind of day in my book. But besides that, it’s a beautiful reminder of all the things I’m thankful for in life: my family for their love, my friends for always making me smile, my job for giving me something to look forward to everyday, and my boyfriend for not noticing the 10 pounds I’ve undoubtedly gained in the last few days. What can I say, leftovers are irresistible.
I’m 100% in the Thanksgiving mindset this week. Living and breathing it. Breathing it? Yes because I’m currently surrounded by the densely aromatic smell of freshly baked cake, cinnamon and clove, apples and frosting.* Quintessential fall! Exactly what I need to get me ready for Thanksgiving.
But even better, this Spiced Applesauce Cake (recipe courtesy of one of my favorite food bloggers, Smitten Kitchen) tastes just as good as it smells. It’s incredibly moist and has just the right amount of appley flavor. I even used plain, store-bought applesauce instead of making it myself and it was just as delicious. The recipe is simple and quick – and it’s now my breakfast for the next 3 days.
*I started writing this post when it still smelled delicious and cinnamon-y up in here. Now, we’re doing a 4-hour oven self-cleaning and it currently smells like melting plastic and burnt-to-a-crisp baked goods. Oh the sacrifices we make for Thanksgiving!!
I just have one question for you Gossip Girl addicts. How epic was that Thanksgiving table conversation?
“Blair told me you were responsible for sabotaging me at cotillion… What? You don’t have anything to say to me?” says Little J to Eric. To which he responds, “Your sweet potatoes are bland.”
All this whilst Blair is outing her mother for being pregnant (she’s not), Tripp’s wife is outing Tripp and Serena’s love affair, CiCi is subtly outing Lily’s secrets, and Vanessa’s mother is eavesdropping on everyone’s problems. What, you may ask, is Chuck doing during these shenanigans? Simply looking ravishingly handsome.
But back to Little J, she was wearing polka dot tights and an 80s-inspired mini dress (sorry I couldn’t find a picture) for Thanksgiving. Sounds vaguely familiar. What a little slutski.
As for Blair, I dearly miss her headbands. Is that such a crime? But nevertheless, I love her gray textured tights. It’s really nice to see colored tights every once in a while. That girl never disappoints me. Ahhh, to own Blair’s wardrobe…
[Images via The CW]
I forgot to mention that we were keeping it real classy and chic in my kitchen by wearing our Anthropologie aprons. I love the 1950s housewife-esque vibe of these aprons. They are colorful, yet ultrafeminine – perfect for looking cute while sweating over Thanksgiving preparations.
[Image via Anthropologie]