Our Thanksgiving was traditional. We woke up and had some souped up cinnamon rolls (recipe here). I only make them once a year because they are just so bad for you, but it’s something that’s great to look forward to and can really help stretch our bellies for a great big dinner later in the day. DSC_5216 DSC_5220 DSC_5226We watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and ooh and aah at the floats, balloons, and songs. thanks20143Pete even starts feeling the holiday cheer. Until I leave him outside after a potty break to take a quick snap of him with his snow covered face. Poor guy. thanks20144We also got our holiday photo. I do this for just about every holiday. It’s always a giant mess and someone almost always ends up in tears, me, but it’s worth it and it’s worth the bribe of gummies to get one shot like this for our memory book. thanks20141I love these little people even when they make me work for it. Hard. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving Day!


The Reason for the Season: Fall Traditions

Fall traditions make me the happiest. I (somewhat) scrap my healthy eating and bust out some really delicious homemade dishes. There is nothing better than homemade chili and apple crisp on an *ahem* chilly and crisp fall evening.

After pictures we went home for homemade grilled pizza, beet salad (OK maybe that’s kind of summery, but it was delicious), and homemade apple crisp (again, it’s a fave and so easy). Then we carved a pumpkin. Yes, only one. I always have this idea in my mind that the kids will love all of the food I make and everything will go smooth and we will take fun pictures and everything will be like one big pinterest board of rainbows and glitter. The kids said no to food they hadn’t tried, they tried yanking the tarp off of the table before we even started scooping pumpkin guts much less carving, and no apple crisp for them. Only vanilla ice cream. Who’s kids are these?

Disclaimer: I promise to get better at food photos. Sometimes the chaos of cooking and making sure the children aren’t trying to escape the yard or attack each other consumes me.

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Hot hubby grilling out with Pete.
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Barbecue chicken pizza with pineapple.
Tomato, basil, and pepperoni.
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Beet salad. Click on the photo for a link to the recipe.

I’m getting a little too excited about my once a year cinnamon roll breakfast that I make on Thanksgiving morning. They are the worst kind of goodness you can imagine. I make them and sit with the kids and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and drink too much coffee. Stay tuned for that delicious post at a later date.

Until then, here’s a few snaps of the crazies. My crazies. Please excuse the yellow photos. I’ll have more time to edit photos with the crazy busy fall season is over. DSC_1432 DSC_1429DSC_1437 DSC_1440 DSC_1445

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The Reason for the Season: Fall Traditions