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our first thanksgiving

(I’m in the middle of organizing things we’re taking in our car and taking pictures off the wall… I can’t believe we’re moving tomorrow! ahh!)

At first I was a little intimidated by the idea of a Thanksgiving meal on our own here in Hampstead. But after a little bit of planning and pinning, it really wasn’t that bad and actually kind of fun.  With the exception of the 20 minutes we skyped with my family, it was by far the most quiet holiday I’ve ever experienced.  But there was something special about cooking, reading, and listening to music with G.  It was the kind of quality time we don’t very often find ourselves with.

Our menu consisted of turkey tenderloin {a little less intimidating than a whole turkey} and lots of carbs.  I don’t think I’ve ever cooked this much for two people – and are whole table was covered.  I also used our blue and white china for the first time!

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Oh and I made my first pie!  {with store bought pie crust…shhh…}

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We also decided to start a new tradition that night. I asked Gary to pick out a movie for us to watch, one that we could watch every year on Thanksgiving {or at least the Thanksgivings we spend on our own}.  The only rules were it had to be a holiday movie and it had to be kid friendly.  He chose The Polar Express which somehow neither of us had seen all the way through.  A movie and hot chocolate on the stove with homemade whip cream – perfect end to a good day.

Thanksgiving 2013 – you were sweet and memorable.

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How was your Thanksgiving?

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31 days – fall 2013 – pizza friday

If you follow me on pinterest, you’ve probably seen more than a few pizza pins pop up from me lately. Apologies.

But today I’ll try to explain why I’m clogging your pinterest feed {and probably my arteries} with cheesy pies.

The first time we visited our apartment back in April, we ordered a pizza and ate on the floor of our empty apartment.

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The first dinner in our apartment as newlyweds? Pizza.

So when it came to a tradition, I knew that pizza probably should be involved, but I wanted to try to make it at home so we could save a little and continue our weeknight dinners at home.  To my surprise, G had never had homemade pizza before!

So for the past 15 weeks or so, we’ve been making pizzas our Friday night dinner! What I love about this tradition {other than the fact that I tell myself its okay to have pizza once a week} is that there are so many different ways to make pizza, so we haven’t once been tired of it.  In fact, I actually look forward to it since its a very easy meal to prepare and clean up, and bonus: G seems to love it too!

Have you ever made homemade pizza?

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31 days – fall 2013 – dinner for two

One of my favorite things to do with my big family back in Macon is share a meal with them. Sometimes Sunday lunch, others a birthday celebration, but whatever the occasion, I love, love, love sitting around the table and laughing with them.

Thanks to some good advice in our pre-marriage counseling, G and I have continued that idea with weeknight dinners in our home.  Dinner is the best time for us to catch each other up on our days and fill our stomachs all at the same time {and you can’t really go wrong with talking and eating, now can you?}.

So whether you’re a newlywed, parents of five, or living with your three best friends, share a meal around the table with the one{s} you love.

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