My Oh My! Happy November Y’all!
Here we are, November 2nd 2020. Anyone else is trying to make the absolute best of the Holiday’s this year? I know we are. I love November, the craziness that people have turned halloween into is OVER and Thanksgiving/Christmas prep is officially upon us. Of course, it makes me miss my family back home that much more, but I intend to make our Christmas’s as a family filled with love, laughter, and joy, no matter what.
We didn’t do much for Halloween this year, the most we’ve ever really done was church “trunk or treats” back in America so it wasn’t a HUGE dissapointment to not do much. However, we did have a little dinner at my in-laws and in hindsight (such a lovely thing) it would have been cute to dress up as something or even dress up the kids in costumes but we just didn’t bother this year.
That being said, Thanksgiving & Christmas are extremely different to halloween for us. For me. Thanksgiving and Christmas have always held a special place in my heart. First off, the weather is the most beautiful during this time of year. Leaves turning color, falling off and being dusted with snow and frost. Then the trees prepping themselves for the regrowth that Spring brings. Oh I just love it. I’ve never lived in an area that gets feet upon feet of snow so just throwing that out there. The most we ever got when I was growing up was maybe a couple feet deep and even that happening was usually a long shot. So a dusting of snow made us straight up giddy in my town! Haha.
I’ve already hung some warm white twinkle lights in our living room and I certainly plan on getting a few more strands to scatter around. I feel like those strands of little warm white lights add such a cozy feeling to any room and is an absolute must when decorating for the holidays. My advice, get the kind that run on a little battery pack! You can put them anywhere and not have to ever worry about where to plug them in!
As for the food, well that is ALL planned out already plus I’ve been practicing with different crockpot creations to make the ultimate dinners for those cold winter nights heading our way. We don’t have a huge freezer unfortunately but I will be purchasing a small family size turkey in the coming weeks and make sure I know how to cook it! I’ve never actually cooked a turkey on my own before and our oven here is a bit wonky so, it’ll be interesting. I know we will be having sweet potatoes in some shape or form with roasted marshmallows on top of course, the marshmallows and a can of pumpkin is already in the pantry! So a pumpkin pie at some point this season is going to happen! I brought some cans of Bush’s baked beans with me from America and I have been saving them for Thanksgiving and for Christmas Eve dinner. Baked beans are a big deal to me and I have yet to find the perfect recipe for making them from scratch, so I rely on Bush’s! I have several other dishes up my sleeve for this fall, all of them may not be “on the day” since we are a small family and mainly just my husband and I eat, it would be quite a lot of food for just us on one day! But the dishes I do plan on cooking up this season are some family favorites and will span, probably, a week or so!
Are you stirring up any plans for Thanksgiving or Christmas? I’m interested to hear how you plan on celebrating given the unusual conditions we are all living under these days due to the pandemic.
Let me know in the comments!