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Giving Thanks and Thanksgiving Holiday Decor

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With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
– Oscar Wilde

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was my first time hosting and (hallelujah) the turkey turned out just fine. We have much to be thankful for and were able to host wonderful family and grandparents at our house this year on Thanksgiving, celebrated a Friendsgiving feast with new friends earlier this month, and have our 5th annual Thanksmas feast with our college gang next week. Again, we have much to be thankful for!

Now that we’ve polished off our plate of pumpkin pie, and will be re-heating our last meal of delectable turkey/gravy/potato leftovers tonight for dinner, and I’m ready to move on to Christmas (!!!!) decorations and music in this house! I’m a firm believer in separating the two holidays and giving Thanksgiving a proper celebration without the infringement of holly-jolly, but I am ready to begin!

Last year I started a rule for myself – only purchase ONE holiday decoration every year. I can give myself a half-pat-on-the-back this year. I stuck to it – sort of.

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I bought these tiny wire pumpkins from the Christmas Tree Shoppe for $3.00 earlier this fall. They are actually namecard holders – but I like them on the mantle. They are simple, small to store, and I can leave them out all autumn – a win-win-win in my book.

Thanksgiving Holiday Decor - DesignLivelyI re-used my DIY Felt Autumn Leaves Garland again on the mantle.

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For the centerpiece I pulled out my DIY Rustic Twig Coffee Can Centerpiece and used some fake floral from an old cornucopia I had in the basement that had seen better days.

I say that I only “technically” followed the rules of my holiday decor buying ordinance, because I also bought a new tablecloth and runner. I haven’t bought any since we got our new table, so everything I own is too small!

I got this tablecloth and runner at HomeGoods (decor heaven) and picked this tablecloth because I thought I could use it year round.Thanksgiving Holiday Decor - DesignLively

For namecards I just used plain white paper and stuck them on some ceramic white apples I used throughout the year as decor.Thanksgiving Holiday Decor - DesignLivelyOverall it was a very non-fussy holiday! Just the way that we like it. Moose’s grandparents hadn’t seen our house since before we even moved in, so they were quite surprised to see how much work we have done! It’s always nice to see our progress again through fresh eyeballs. Thanksgiving Holiday Decor - DesignLively

I never know what to do on my sideboard. My Nearly No-Sew DIY Patchwork Bunting has been up there since the Lumberjack birthday party we had in April, and I added the pumpkin, scarecrow (from my childhood!) and some gourds.

I didn’t manage to take a single picture of all the food (too busy devouring!) or our weekend activities. We broke in our fireplace for the season – which makes it officially feel like the holidays.

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We are also working on continuing an old tradition – we got a cooking lesson from my mother-in-law on how to make an old family favorite recipe for kringla (a Scandinavian pastry).

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

See Ya Later Autumn

I had better post on the gloriness of fall because it feels as though it’s gone already! (Yes, we have already had snow.)

Where has the fall gone? While we started it off right, it seems to completely have slipped away from me! (Five weekends worth of company and two weekends away will probably do that to ya.) Before my favorite season of the year leaves us entirely – which, given the low temperatures we’ve been hitting lately, it already feels long gone – I’ll share some of my favorite fall moments.

Our fall weekends were mostly dedicated to finishing our deck – which I’m happy to say is so close to being completed! I’m not sure if we will finish that last 10% before winter or not – it’s mighty cold out there!

At the very least, we were able to admire the glory of changing fall leaves from our very own backyard while we did it.

Our CSA closed for the year, and like last year, we had a great experience! We can’t wait for it to start again in the spring.

My attempts at Halloween decorations this year were feeble at best, but I have managed to bring a few things out for Thanksgiving. I’m hoping to do at least one fall craft in preparation for Thanksgiving this year. (Remember when I used to craft? Me too. I miss it.)

I won’t even share the pumpkin I carved this year. It was a pathetic attempt at 11:30pm the night before Halloween for the sake of the holiday. My costume, on the other hand, made all the Chipotle Burristas very excited.

I tried making pumpkin ice cream for the first time, and, while it wasn’t a home-run, it was tasty. Maybe I’ll try it again this week for Thanksgiving. 🙂 Which is what I am currently getting ready for!

Goodbye favorite season! Here’s to hibernating until May.

What was your favorite fall moment?

Autumn DIY Project Roundup!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas must have hijacked that song from the lesser-known autumn carols, because October definitely wins that title.

While I am certainly one to celebrate the seasons a bit more than the average Jane, autumn sends me into hyperdrive. Most of the world depends on the arrival of pumpkins at the grocery store to turn their fall-brain on, but here in Massachusetts we are fortunate enough to smell it in the air when it’s decided to arrive.

It definitely smells like fall.

This week I made Pumpkin Chipotle soup, hosted a Pumpkin Ale and Cider tasting with friends, and I’m currently listening to my ice cream maker churn Pumpkin Pie ice cream (a first – we will see how it is!). What can I say – I’m a girl on a mission.

I’ve posted on a number of fall DIY projects in the past, here’s a roundup of some of my favorites:

DIY Frankenstein Halloween Door

DIY Felt Autumn Leaves Garland

DIY Rustic Twig Coffee Can Centerpiece

DIY Autumn Wreath

Nearly No-Sew DIY Patchwork Bunting

and don’t miss my Halloween font round-up for all your Halloween DIY projects:

My 10 Favorite Free Halloween Fonts

The only question – which new project to try this year?

What’s your favorite pumpkin-flavored item? Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? Pumpkin pie?

North Shore Autumn Classics (You’re Welcome)

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Crowds mingling around a crackling bonfire. Temporarily dyed hair. Spirit week. Parades. The season of Homecoming is the inauguration of fall. When the yellow school buses make their reappearance, pumpkin flavored everything debuts on menus, and candy corn teases you from the grocery store end-caps, autumn’s arrival is just a tease. It’s homecoming that lights the  torch for this fall-loving girl.

I’m well out of school, but I still love everything about homecoming. This last weekend we returned to my alma mater for my five year (I weep) class reunion.

The North Shore of Boston is my happy place. People of New England, continue going to the Cape for all your beachside gallivanting, because the North Shore is perfect just the way it is.

After we finished reminiscing all our favorite old spots, and checked out all the new updates to campus in recent years (can I go back to being a student again?), we launched our own proverbial homecoming parade past some of our favorite North Shore haunts. woodmans

Woodman’s of Essex

If you’re into Zagat-rated food served on paper plates, Woodman’s of Essex is the place for you. They claim to have invented the fried clam – I can’t tell you if that’s delicious or not, because I’ve never been able to pass up my standard order of popcorn shrimp, clam chowder, and fried fish sandwich. (All of which are best to split unless you’d like to be towed home.)

When you live on the coast of Massachusetts, it’s common to debate where the best chowder is served. Woodman’s is usually my pick.

To get the maximum Woodman’s experience, go on a sunny fall day in the late afternoon. Take your food outside and pick a picnic table – and enjoy. Watching the setting sun over the salt marshes and enjoying a delicious cup of chowder is one of my favorite mental snapshots of New England in the fall.


If you like your fish grilled and to eat off real plates, within a stone’s throw are two more delicious seafood restaurants right on the marsh that I highly recommend – Shea’s and Periwinkle’s.

Richardson’s Ice Cream

A great dinner should always be followed up by an even better dessert. There are a number of local ice cream spots on the North Shore – and you couldn’t really go wrong. But, if you wanted to pick the right one, you’d go to Richardson’s Ice Cream. (Technically I wouldn’t even call this ice cream place “North Shore” locale, but it’s totally worth the 15 minutes to get there. Captain Dusty’s is the local North Shore favorite – and it’s good. But no one can top King Rich.)

As evidenced by the number of ice cream posts on this blog, I love ice cream. So the fact that I look forward to the fall flavors at Richardson’s should mean something!


One scoop of Apple Crisp and one scoop of Pumpkin *(note – this is a size small) and send me off to heaven.

They’ve since added some new additional Fall Flavors to choose from (like Cranberry Harvest) but I don’t like to mess with perfection.

There you have it.

A walk on the beach, dinner at Woodman’s, topping off with Richardson’s fall flavors sounds like the perfect way to usher in autumn to me.

Now – it’s October 1! I can officially start decorating for fall. So you will have to excuse me!!!

What is your favorite way to celebrate the beginning of fall? Football games? Apple picking? A hayride?