I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Mine was pretty good... quiet, but I was able to get plenty of rest and get a lot done around the house as well as getting in some good workouts, a few movies (Tangled was highly enjoyable, I must say) and of course cooking and decorating!
This one is for my family who must have asked what I made for Thanksgiving dinner at least 5 times.
Roast turkey breast (naturally), roasted sweet potatoes candied in a light orange sauce with toasted pecans (yum), homemade stuffing made from multi-grain bread, fresh herbs, celery, parsnips and fennel (yum), steamed green beans and a cranberry-orange-pomegranate relish that was fantastic in place of gravy on the turkey. And I made frosted pumpkin cookies for dessert instead of pie (thanks for the recipe Erin!) It was fabulous and I've really been enjoying all the leftovers :) And the entire dinner was only 6 points on Weight Watchers (plus 2 points each for cookies). Of course, that was the old program. I've been switching over to the new one today and despite the fact that almost all produce is now 0 points (big bonus for fruit lovers), I'm not sure I'm a fan. We'll see, I guess.
Of course, one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that it marks the beginning of the Christmas season. I got so wrapped up in bringing in my tree and pulling out my ornament boxes that I didn't put the turkey in until late afternoon. It all worked out :) I got most everything done on Thursday and finished up Friday afternoon. And naturally, there are pictures. Granted, it looks pretty much exactly like last year, but whatever.
The tree... I love to turn off the main lights and hang out on the couch watching movies and enjoying the atmosphere. Especially when the Hallmark channel has a good, sappy and romantic Christmas movie (I'm a sucker for them. It's a weakness).
And a close-up of some of the ornaments... this year it's my new glittery ray that I got in Monterey.
My table centerpiece along with my set of Turkish tea glasses. I'm kind of liking them there, especially since a hot cup of apple tea is fabulous sitting by the tree when it's snowing outside (and boy did it snow this weekend! I think I got almost a foot. No kidding. And I totally counted activity points for shoveling snow. lol.)
And my flying Christmas fairies with their gold snowflakes...
And finally, the entry-way landing and the bannister going upstairs.
The trees in my entry are all covered with birds and butterflies this year and I added in some gorgeous brown and gold poinsettias.
Now I can kick back with my Christmas playlist and just enjoy.
I've been trying to do some scrapbooking here and there, but each time I sit down it's just not coming. I've had one project on my desk for almost two weeks now and it's getting nowhere. No mojo, I guess. I suppose that means I should just take it easy and not force it, right? I've got plenty of other stuff going on, including getting back to class this week. I didn't have class at all last week since they ended up closing BYU campus on Tuesday afternoon because of the blizzard warning so I'm actually really excited to get back in the classroom. It should be a fun week!
Oh. And for Stacy (hi Stacy!) and everyone else who's asked about the mouse, Mortileficent is no longer with us. I'll keep the story short so as to minimize the gory details. First off, the traps I got are total crap. She walked right inside one of them while I was standing there and it did NOTHING! Of course then she made the mistake of diving down the drain to get away from me. I'll leave it at that. I'm still sick over what I had to do because it was totally inhumane, but I just can't have mice in my house, no matter how cute they might be when trapped in my bathtub. So there you go... it's nice to not worry that I hear her scurrying around at night, at least.