Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stopping By

Wow, it's been a crazy couple of months. The kind of crazy where when one busy period ends, another one shortly follows. We managed to pull together Eliana's zebra party and immediately after turned to Thanksgiving planning.
I gotta say, I love Thanksgiving. It may be my favorite holiday. Last year was my first year tackling a turkey, so this year I'm doing it again. We're getting a bit unorthodox with it and trying out this recipe from America's Test Kitchen, which requires removing the bones and roasting the turkey on top of the stuffing. Stuffing is my obsession favorite, so I'm excited to taste how it will come out.

Along with making the only turkey for our family's gathering, I'll be whipping up my favorite holiday pies and potato rolls. Is it weird that I enjoy baking so much? Remind me that I said that when I'm in the thick of it on Thursday, okay?

Since my next couple of days will be filled with quality time with my oven and family and a lot of eating (after all, I am eating for two), I'm stopping by to say Happy Thanksgiving. While we're at it, what's on your Thanksgiving menu? Anything out of the ordinary like a turkey with no bones?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Seeing Zebras

We are having a small party for our oldest daughter this weekend, so naturally I am in a complete party planning mindset. This is her first "birthday party" and she requested zebra party. She then quickly changed her mind to a purple elephant party but eventually came back around to the zebra theme. So we're going with this. Here's what I have in mind.

I already have a few mylar zebra balloons and giant clear balloons ready to be filled with confetti and will be making the rainbow cake with this food dye. I'm going to keep it simple with Pin the Tail on the Zebra and homemade playdough to keep the little one's entertained.

Do you have any toddler birthday party tips to share?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

October Thrift Store Finds

I found one thrift store item in October which wasn't even from a thrift store. Technically, it doesn't count as a thrift store find but we'll just go with it anyway.

Due to things like pregnancy, exhaustion, and the urge to declutter, I haven't been going to many thrift stores lately. I found this vintage Twister spinner at a garage sale down the street from us. I think I paid 50 cents for it and it now rests on the shelves in the girls' room. Eliana calls in a "clock" and is asking asking to spin the clock.
I'm pretty fond of it. What do you think? You know I have a thing for vintage games. So tell me, have you been finding anything at thrift stores lately?
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