Ginger & Spice & Everything Nice!

My head is so deep in the mixing bowl right now I am surprised I am even finding the time to write down my thoughts.

It’s midnight, I’m exhausted. Too exhausted to even remember what I actually did today.

I just snuck one of my gingersnaps out of the tupperware for my midnight snack. Certainly can’t forget that I made those today. They are sooo good it’s SILLY. Snappy and spicy with that thing that molasses does to a cookie. If I don’t stop I will go sneak another one.

The purpose of making them besides the obvious – tis the season – is that I need to make a bunch of different crusts that require gingersnaps to make an appearance. I have an order for a pumpkin cheesecake, there is another pumpkin cheesecake for my family dinner, and then a traditional pumpkin pie in the works.

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Where do you feel thankful?

Given the choice between keeping or breaking a tradition – I always stick with keeping it.

Except for one of the most insane Thanksgiving meals I’ve ever had at The Breakers in Palm Beach… like insane, like I had sushi and mashed potatoes on the same plate, and we walked away with freshly baked pumpkin pies to take home …. Thanksgiving is always a comfy cozy home thing.

In the post-divorce era, aka like 6 years ago, Dad and I decided we would create a Thanksgiving our way.

Dad is the savory, I am the sweet, and two years ago, a few days before Turkey day – this guy became chaperone of the whole operation.

Sleeping on the job, as usual.

There are lists and notecards and calendars for preparation all filed away in a little manila folder.

Quite a collection after all these years – but so necessary when it comes to seamless execution. Each day has it’s duties.

At the beginning of last week we ordered almost 45 pounds of Turkeys at the Farmer’s Market. I baked up 8 trays of cornbread, to be dried for stuffing. There was some serious produce shopping – but only for certain goods – potatoes, yams, sage, onions, leeks, peppers, lemons, chestnuts. A big Costco trip. And of course, some baking pantry restocking for me.

Today – 5 days prior to the big 30 person shindig – we prep all of the little things – this an onion and leek casserole.

The homemade apple pear sauce is in the freezer.

4 bowls of Dad’s cranberry and mission fig sauce is chillin.

Along with the vacuum packed sleeves of chestnuts – 15 pounds – which dad cooked and shelled already.

There is also no time to waste getting together what I need to decorate the house and the tables. Ash and I went for a long walk today collect a bunch of my favorite season’s most beautiful attributes. 

.. all of which required some serious bathing when we returned home. ew, bugs.

We also stopped at one of the most beautiful hidden little places. 

The sound of the water gurgling was like an instant chill-pill. 

If you want to check out more of the vision I am going for with this year’s family tradition – check out my Thanksgiving PinBoard

There’s a lot of this (Elle Decor). 

And THIS (Design Sponge).

I also just ordered a big roll of this off of Amazon this morning – to arrive, fingys crossed by Wednesday. 

Wait till you see what it will be used for. 

Eeee. 

Do you have family traditions for Thanksgiving that you love as much as I do? share share. favorite recipes? favorite dishes? 

a sweet cake for a sweet girl.

I never thought I would have stories that truly define the word baffling. I never thought I would have to add the stories of the last few weeks to my own. But I also never thought I would find so much love in one little cake for one little girl.  One little girl that puts a smile on my face with every little word, and every big smile. That is why, when her mama asked me to bake a birthday cake for her 2nd birthday, I knew it was just the thing I needed to brighten up my baffling days.

The only guideline? Pink.

A cake as cute as my little Colette. She is a pint size little lady, with a personality as big as her appetite. I love watching her munch on her bowls of snacks, and studying her mastermind climbing skills as she gets herself on top of the kitchen counter to sip on her sister’s left over hot cocoa… she is my kind of girl.

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Don’t Forget to Save Daylight.

Hi friends! Before I begin, I need to tell you that GtoG is not going to become just a blog about feel good Fridays and fun links, promise. We will be back to regularly scheduled food porn programming next week. This week, there was no content created just a lot of …. this.

photo from Color Issue.

The wonderful Aarean @ Color Issue posted this unbelievable DIY sparkley cork board project this week. Do you not adore it? Perfect use for Martha Stewart’s latest line of drool over sparkley craft accessories and her spectrum of tempting paint colors. No I haven’t yet had a chance to make myself one of these …. but, to translate – what have I been doing ? oh just a giant conglomeration of organization (rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it …). 

The Project: an office space… or as I have been referring to it in my notes, the Creative Nest. 

I thought about doing a little something like this in my apartment:

Not nesty enough. Not to mention I just don’t have closet space to sacrifice. So hence … The big dreams, of the big nest. 

images via pinterest.

Aren’t they dreamy? 

What have you all been up to this week? Is anyone else in project mode like me? I would love to hear about it, and share inspirations! This weekend is shaping up to be quite purdy, did you see the weather report? I am hanging with my kiddies tonight, and then scooting off into the city tomorrow for a fun food writing workshop with Madame Fromage (Tenaya Darlington) and Food in Jars (Melissa McClellan).  And oh, there is also some cake baking thrown in there – my little Colette turned 2 this week – a birthday cake and a little smash cake are on the to-dos.

So my dears, whatever you are getting yourselves into this weekend, do your bodies good and get some sun on your face, and just enjoy these moments. We will all miss them when the snow arrives (again) :). 

Without further adieu, your feel good Friday clicks. (bold words redirect you to the content.)

Inspiration for your day, the year, the century. 

Totally neat DIY t-shirt project.

Say hello to my holiday heels.

What do you want to do before you die?

Coolest Mom of the Week Award.

“I can see right through you!” 

Coco Draws dreams of Paris (thank you Fifi Cheek).

Give me a break, Give me a break, Break me off a piece of that … Kit Kat cake!

The explanation for Lily Pulitzer price tags.

One step ahead of Thanksgiving.

image from iammommy.typepade.com