Seasons

HELLO TURKEY

Thanksgiving Weekend

What are you thankful for?

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I’m tempted to lie and say that every day I am abundantly thankful for my life and those in it, but in truth like most, I take things for granted. Thanksgiving, however, rolls around and reminds us of our shortcomings and presents us with a new opportunity. I will say that on a regular enough basis I find time to be thankful but not nearly enough once I consider all that I have.
For this holiday I will once again be spending it with family. Surrounded by a cozy and tranquil atmosphere and filled to the brill with laughter and eccentric family members. Fall is my favorite season for many reasons but one of them is the sense of warmth that I feel paired with crisp air. I have once again fallen for the alluring promise of autumn.

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What I remember most about the beginning of cold weather starts in the kitchen. My grandmother, my mothers mum always had baked goods for all her grandchildren, but what she made the best was lemon pie. Which she taught her daughter to make, and which I can now proudly make as well. When I was little I watched them roll out the pies with a rolling pin with painted red handles (which my mother still has) and they would give my sister and me excess pieces of dough to play with and make mini pies. My grandmother, of course, would bring the lemon to a boil on the stove and spoon feed us mouthfuls with a wink. Over the past weekend, I got to work mixing flour with other ingredients to roll out pie shells, as I used the old rolling pin (even though we have a new one) I couldn’t help but reminisce about my childhood. The scent of pie crust and lemon spread throughout the kitchen and I couldn’t help but think how excited I was to serve it to my grandmother on Thanksgiving.

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Which brings me back to being thankful for the small things, like a memory of baking pies with some of my favorite people. I look forward to setting up the table with my mother who no doubt has bought new pieces of décor and sitting around the table saying all the things we are most thankful for.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Seasons

AUTUMN LEAVES AND PUMPKINS PLEASE!

Is it finally fall?

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Now I might not love pumpkin lattes but carving and decorating with them is on my list of things to do. This past weekend I got into the fall spirit by decorating my apartment and turning it into a cozy den with autumn accents. I found my storage bin with last years décor and began taking out all the autumn leaves and fake pumpkins and found some old favorites, a fake skull for Halloween and an owl named Edwin whose nose is upside down and in the middle of his forehead.

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Since fall is my favorite season this year I’ve decided to make the most of it by creating a list of things to do. Of course, I have usual fall traditions like carving pumpkins, making Halloween cookies, and watching movies with fall scented candles.

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Autumn Bucket list
• Visiting an apple orchard
• Baking Halloween cookies
• Having a fall photo shoot
• Carving pumpkins
• Make a pie
• Go to the farmers market
• Put on my favorite knit sweater
• Read a book in a cozy blanket
• Knit
• Walk through the woods to see the fall foliage
• Get a fall scented candle
• Try a new recipe
I am looking forward to adding visiting an apple orchard to the list of fall traditions that I currently have. It wouldn’t be fall without a movie marathon of Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, and Sleepy Hollow which are the only Halloween oriented movie that I care to watch considering I hate scary movies.

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Walking down a path filled with leaves that are changing into the colors of a sunset is my idea of paradise. I’d take cozy evenings over sweltering days of sunlight, any season in which duckies (what I call rubber boots) are acceptable footwear I’m more than ready for. If I could live in boots I would. What pairs best with a comfy pair of boots you might ask? Obviously, a knitted pair of socks that make you feel cozy and loved.
With a bit of luck, I can cross everything off my list with the help from some family and friends! As I get older I find that holidays are somehow becoming even more special and each season is an opportunity to do more of the things that I love and try out new things.

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I hope that I’m not the only one falling in love with this season!