Can you guys believe it's November already? If you're here in Sacramento, CA you probably don't feel like the Holiday Season is almost upon us. Especially when it's 80 degrees today. No, really, it is. My 3 yr old can be seen wearing booty shorts & a short sleeved t-shirt and it's November 3rd. What the heck?
Even though the weather is not cooperating with my Holiday mood, I'm starting to get really excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas. The former is really just a few weeks away, and this year I really want to do something different. I come from a strong family background, rich with traditions, but over the years those traditions have evolved and the family never frowns on improvement.
So, instead of a traditional turkey, we're opting for a Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast and instead of my usual pumpkin pie, I'm planning on making a pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger snap crust. I haven't nailed down the side dishes yet, since my husband is a Green Bean Casserole hold-out and I really never want to make or eat that thing again. Ever. The one thing I know will never change is the lumpy mashed potatoes. I really dislike whipped potatoes. Mash those babies by hand! Nobody wants to eat something that reminds them of that weird ice-cream scoop of pseudo-potato mush they fed us every year in grade school. *shudder*
This year we also have a house to decorate. I'm not much of a traditionalist when it comes to home decor but I do have visions of my fireplace & mantle adorned with pretty little lights & candles.
This is the first place our family has lived that has ever really felt like home to us, and the prospect of all of the celebrating that is going to take place here in the next few months is almost overwhelming.
We are blessed all year 'round, but listening to my kids talk about hanging stockings from the mantle, how Santa can really come down our chimney this year, and seeing the way they play together in their new backyard, which is something they've never had......well, it makes me feel a little more blessed than usual.
What are you all looking forward to this Holiday Season?