On the last Wednesday of each month fellow bloggers Shay, Mel, & Sheaffer host a link up where everyone answers the same questions about what they’ve been up to each month. It’s always a post that I enjoy reading and like to participate in. Here’s what’s been happening in November.
What I’m Eating This Week… Soups and Chilis
It has been so COLD here in Tennessee so far this week. Our high temps have hovered in the 30’s the past few days and tonight it is supposed to be 16º! The cold weather makes me crave hearty warm meals and soups and chilis are what I want. You can find the recipe for my favorite taco soup here.
What I’m Reminiscing About… Thanksgiving & Family Visits
My grandparents all came for a visit at the beginning of November. They were here for nine days and we spent a lot of time cooking, eating, playing card games, and enjoying one another’s company. I also got to celebrate my MawMaw’s birthday with her on her actual birthday which was really special. We went ahead and celebrated Thanksgiving a week early since they were here and we cooked a full Thanksgiving meal so that we could enjoy it with them before they went back to Louisiana.
When Thanksgiving day actually arrived none of us were really wanting the traditional meal again so we opted for a Lemony Vegetarian ‘Chicken’ dinner with mashed potatoes, corn, broccoli casserole, and rolls instead. It was the first time in the thirteen years that I have been a vegetarian, that I’ve had a fully vegetarian meal for a major holiday and it was awesome! Of course keeping with Thanksgiving tradition, we had a few yummy desserts to choose from including coconut cake, pecan pie, chocolate pie, and turtle pie. It was a great day.
What I’m Loving… Christmas Decorations
This is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year! I love everything about the Christmas season from the decorations, to the music, to the special treats that you can only find in stores during this time of year…cue peppermint everything! I put my Christmas tree up the third week of November and I’ve been loving the coziness of having it all lit up at night.
What I’ve Been Up To… Christmas Shopping!
Believe it or not, I’ve got one more Christmas gift to purchase and I am DONE! I’m actually going out today to pick up the gift that I need and I will have everything purchased before December even gets here. I even have about half of my gifts already wrapped and under the tree. I am feeling very ahead of the game this year in the Christmas planning department.
What I’m Dreading… NOTHING!
I simply love this time of the year 🙂
What I’m Working On… A Few Different Projects
I have a few recipes to share as well as some DIY projects that I want to complete and share in December.
What I’m Excited About… More Family Visits
My favorite three kiddos and their parents are coming for a visit in a few weeks and I’m so excited! We will be celebrating our first Christmas with them while they are here and it’s always so much fun to watch the kids open their gifts and then spend the rest of the day playing with them. It brings back such great memories of my childhood when their mom and I were their ages and at our grandparent’s house excited about the Christmas gifts that we had received.
Jamie & I as little babes… (Jamie left, Me right)
What I’m Watching/Reading… Christmas Movies
My TV has basically been on the Hallmark channel 24/7. I just love their Christmas movies and even though I’ve seen most of them dozens of times, I can’t help myself but have them playing in the background during the day.
What I’m Listening To… Christmas Music
The day after Thanksgiving the Christmas music comes on in my house. It’s all I’m listening to in my car and while I’m getting ready in the mornings. I just love it! I’m partial to all of the old classics that are sung by the original artists. We have a really great Christmas station here in Nashville that plays all of those old great songs with a few of the new ones mixed in every now and then. The Amazon station Christmas Favorites is pretty good too.
What I’m Wearing… Sweaters, Leggings, Uggs, Coats, Hats, & Scarves
Did I mention that it’s COLD here? We had snow flurries Monday and Tuesday morning. I’ve been keeping nice and warm in some of my favorite winter wardrobe staples…
What I’m Doing This Weekend… Wrapping Christmas Gifts
It’s supposed to rain here this weekend so I’m planning to stay home and finish up all of my Christmas wrapping. I’ll probably tidy up a bit too since the busyness of Thanksgiving and shopping has things in a bit of disarray.
What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month… Christmas
I’m excited to spend time with family and participate in all of the Christmas festivities.
What Else Is New… Other than the Christmas decorations in my house, nothing else that I can share right now 😉