Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: November 2016

Hi everyone! Hope you're ready for your feast tomorrow! Thank you for joining me today for the monthly link-up with Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer. Please say hello in the comments below, and if you're new here, you can follow along with me on Facebook, Bloglovin', Instagram, and Pinterest.

What we're eating this week...
We enjoyed some of our favorite Spinach Bacon Pasta on Monday night and some delicious tortilla soup on Tuesday. Trip and I are going to be making potatoes and desserts for my parents' Thanksgiving. We're making one of Robert's favorite desserts, Pecan Pie Bites, and then we're going to try a pumpkin gooey butter cake. The kids also made some cocoa Krispies turkey legs! :) 

What I'm reminiscing about...
We went to the zoo this week, and it reminded me of the first time we took Trip seven years ago. I also managed to get the exact same picture 3 years later!

What I'm loving...
I've been loving the great deals at Target. I pretty much only shop there, Marshalls, and T.J. Maxx, so when great prices get even better, I'm super happy! If you're up for some Black Friday shopping this week, check out my favorite deals at Target in THIS post.

What we've been up to...
With the cold weather and new jammies, we've pretty much been couch potatoes! We're still loving Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Amazon, and I'm sure we'll be watching Gilmore Girls later this week, too!

What I'm dreading...
I love my Under Armour My Fitness Pal app, but I'm dreading inputting the calorie count tomorrow! I've been under every day for over a month and have lost 8 pounds so far- I would really like to keep it that way. We also have my birthday and Christmas celebrations coming up, so I'm going to try my best to stay within my limits (or workout for 7 hours a day to eat cake and oysters!) 

What I'm working on...
I bought a new Christmas tree at Target on Sunday, so I've been working on getting out the decorations and enjoying our newest addition!

What I'm excited about...
It's almost my birthday, so I'm excited to eat myself happy at Pappadeaux, Zoe's Kitchen, and Drew's Pastry Place!

What I'm reading...
Food Network Magazine is a favorite of mine. I always get new ideas to clip, save, and try. I especially love that they organize the recipes by time. If you have a baker/chef in your life, a year's subscription is sure to make a great Christmas gift!

What I'm listening to...
Ari asked me to turn on Christmas music 2 weeks ago, and I happily obliged. We've been listening to Pandora Christmas each morning on our way to school. I especially love when Harry Connick, Jr. comes on!

What I'm wearing...
You can find me in a Merona shirt every week, and I plan on wearing a version of this outfit to Thanksgiving tomorrow. 

I'm also loving my newest nail color from OPI called Got the Blues for Red!

What we're doing this weekend...
We're planning on surprising our little biker chick with a trip to the local Harley Davidson store to see some stunt drivers! We're not really sure when/how/why Ari is so into motorcycles, but it's really fun to indulge her in her biker dreams!

What I'm looking forward to...
A local massage company gifted my entire faculty with a free massage this semester! Such a kind gesture, and as the semester draws to a close, it is definitely needed. Robert and I are going to get a couples' massage tonight to relax before the holiday.

What else is new...
Santa is done shopping, but now it's time for me to get in gear with teacher gifts. I'm thinking of the best gifts possible, and I'll be sharing some ideas with you soon.

Question of the month: What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
I don't really have any traditions in regards to Thanksgiving. I always helped my parents peel potatoes as a kid and have always found it very easy to do. When I went to my first Thanksgiving in Robert's hometown, I brought mashed potatoes. Many of his relatives were confused as to why I would bring potatoes to Thanksgiving (we eat turkey in tortillas with dressing!) I'm a pretty good cook and have hosted Thanksgiving a few times on my own, but you can bet no matter where I'm eating Thanksgiving, I'm asked to bring the potatoes! 

Have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving with your friends and family! I'll be back for Friday Favorites with some gift suggestions for the guys in your life. See you soon!

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  1. I had to laugh at the "Straight Outta glue sticks..." mine are all gone in my classroom. I can't believe how quickly those glue sticks go! :) Also, pumpkin gooey butter cake I am pretty sure is my love language! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Glue sticks are technically banned in my classroom other than the first week's project! I have middle schoolers, so they can handle tape- but if someone pulls out a glue stick mid-year, the gasps from the other kids is hilarious!

  2. Those Krispie chicken legs crack me up!! Also, I just bought the same Merona top in a more red color. Such a good find! Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. Everyone keeps making them with regular Rice Krispies, but drumsticks are dark meat, so we went with cocoa! :) Gotta love Merona! Thanks for stopping by!


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