Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Thanksgiving Breakfast: Cinnamon Bun Turkeys

{weather outside:}

Below freezing this morning but expected to warm up to mid 40's by this afternoon. As much as I dislike the cold, it is so very cozy to wake up to find frost outside in the morning.

{around my home:}

Two older boys are reading Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever on the couch, littlest is watching them contently from his playpen, classical music is playing on the radio, and oatmeal is cooking on the stove. There is a good amount of cleaning that needs to be accomplished today but the house is relatively tidy so I am content with that for now.

{menu this week:}

monday: Autumn Chicken
tuesday: Taco Soup
friday: Fried Tilapia & Grapes, Brown Rice & Asparagus

{to-do today:}

~ 3 loads laundry
~ finish planning menu
~ errands
~ mop kitchen floor
~ vacuum rugs
~ fold laundry

{new recipe:}

Billie Jo's Turkey Soup was amazing!

{homemaking tip:}

Ashley's idea to start a Thanksgiving Journal in which each family member writes what they are thankful for that year. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of time and thought each of our guests put into their entries.

{on my nightstand:}

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

{making me happy:}

Christmas shopping. We keep things pretty simple so I really get to enjoy the whole process.

{thankful for:}

A wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving with my family.

{looking forward to:}

The Christmas cards I ordered to arrive in the mail this week. Hopefully they turned out as nice as I envision them!


Shepherd me O God beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.

While singing this hymn at Mass this weekend I was struck by how contrary these words are to our culture especially right now when big question everyone is asking is "What do you want for Christmas?"


Linking up with Sandra today:

Sunday, November 22, 2015


When it comes to holidays, preparation, for me, is half the fun! 

I love anticipating, daydreaming about and looking forward to the big day. Between the Thanksgiving menu, decor, schedule, and, not to mention, outfits, my mind has been aflutter with ideas lately that I do my best to memorize until I have a free hand to write them all down. 

The weather today has been gloomy, dark, and cold. All my boys are napping and I am in my element of coziness here at the kitchen table, planning our Thanksgiving Day while sipping a mug of Apricot Tea, listening to classical music, smelling a Spiced Plum candle, and gazing at the soft glow that the foggy day outside is creating through the front bay window in the living room.

So far, these are my thoughts for our Thanksgiving Day Festivities: 

~ Schedule ~

Wednesday Evening:
Movie: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Thursday Morning:
Thanksgiving Day Family 5k

Thursday Afternoon:
Game: UNO Flash, Thanksgiving Pictionary

Thursday Evening:
Movie: While You Were Sleeping

~ Menu ~

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner:
Pepperoni Pizza with White Crust
Arugula & Tomato Pizza with Wheat Crust

Thanksgiving Breakfast: 
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Fresh Whipped Salted Butter
Fresh Whipped Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter
Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Buns
Fried Eggs

Thanksgiving Day Dinner:
Roast Turkey
Sausage & Sage Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Mashed Turnips
Roast Asparagus & Mushrooms
Cranberry Orange Relish

Thanksgiving Day Dessert:
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Fresh Whipped Cream

Bonfire Snack:
Roasted Marshmallows
Sea Salt Popcorn
Mulled Cider
Hot Cocoa

~ Decor ~

Centerpiece: Pumpkins, Acorns, Fall Leaves, Pine Cones
Covering: Rolled Brown Paper
Place Mats: 'Thankful For' Papers
Place Cards: Construction Paper Turkeys
China: Wedgewood by Martha Stewart Conservatory

Pumpkin Spice Bread
Fresh Eggs


I know the next couple of days will be busy but I plan on making my best effort to enjoy the anticipation that comes each time we countdown to our favorite holidays of the year!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sunday Roast

This past weekend, I started a new tradition in our home.

Inspired by my Sicilian Grandmother, I prepared my first Sunday Roast. (I actually made it on Saturday instead because my husband and dad went to a football game on Sunday but that's a somewhat minor detail. ;)

When I was very young, most Sundays in our family were spent at one of my two Italian Grandmother's homes. From what I can remember there was always some kind of pasta, meat that I couldn't chew, lots of dessert, and very full tummies by the time we drove home.

As time went on and the grandchildren grew older and busier, while many a Sunday was spent with at my Grandparents homes', it was no longer a weekly occurrence and it revolved more around birthdays and holidays than tradition.

The unfortunate truth is that there are many family members that we only see at funerals. This became very apparent to me recently because we have had quite a few deaths in our family over the past three years. Most of my mom's first cousins fall in that category.

I was able to have a nice but abbreviated (fancy restaurant + three little boys + exhausted husband) conversation with one of her cousins following my grandma's burial. Though she is on the Irish side of our family, her husband's family is from Sicily and they still keep the tradition of Italian Sunday Supper among his parents and siblings, rotating homes each week. They keep an open door policy where guests are always welcome and there is always enough food to go around the table.

I was so inspired by this tradition that I decided to recreate it, at a somewhat less elaborate scale, within my own family.

Every Sunday my family will sit around the table together and enjoy a meal worth looking forward to each week. We won't always have company, though guests will always be welcome. We won't always have roast, though there will always be some sort of meat in the oven. We won't always have pasta since this grazer's stomach cannot handle so much food at once!

But we will start this tradition now, while our family is young, with the hope that as our children grow they will cherish their memories of a Sunday Supper and bring the tradition with them when they are older...

Of course, they can just continue coming to my house - that's fine with me too! ;)

Last weekend we had Roast Beef, Asparagus, Mushrooms & Mashed Potatoes.

This weekend we will have Roasted Chicken, Carrot Soup, Broccoli & Baked Sweet Potatoes.