Month : November 2009

creeping in.

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It's true – all I needed were a couple more weeks of fall before I could start thinking about the holidays. Now that we are halfway through November, and the website launch is behind me, I can start to think Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays have indeed started to creep in around our house. A couple random bags of new holiday finds sit in the corner, and a new tree, still in the box, is resting in the corner of Pager's office. I officially let myself start shopping for the holidays while in KC this week for work. My one "play" item on the itinerary was a stop at Crate and Barrel (which expanded to include neighboring store, Z Gallerie – another fave!).

I kept it under control, but a handful or ornaments did make their way out to my car, including some really fun copper glitter ones for our bedroom tree, and three of the yellow birdcage ornaments (seen above) for my office tree (which, naturally, will be a black and yellow theme!). So it is official, my post-Halloween, "I'm not ready yet!" syndrome has subsided and I am once again pumped for the holiday season. Bring it on, Santa.

save the date postcard

Savethedate
 

This beautiful bride-to-be has selected black, white, and pistachio green as her wedding colors – gorgeous! We incorporated these colors, along with a favorite engagement photo, into a double-sided postcard (reverse side included return address and reserved hotel room info). Names/info have been changed.
 

crock pot oatmeal

Oatmeal

In recent years, I've become a huge fan of oatmeal. I'm not a big breakfast person during the rushed weekday mornings, but on weekends, I'm allll about it. So I may have found the perfect compromise in this yummy (and healthy!) dish you can prepare on the weekend and have on-hand all week long. I found a couple versions of this recipe online, and then tweaked it to our liking. Throw all of the below ingredients in a crockpot on a Fri or Sat night and you'll have a delicious breakfast (that can feed an army!) the next morning. Enjoy!

2 to 2.5 cups steel cut oats

3 cups skim milk

3 cups water

1 cup fat free half-and-half

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

4-5 Tbsp butter (melted)

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 large apples (peeled, cored, diced) – I used Honeycrisp

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries – we were out of raisins, so I used all craisins – still delicious!)

Grease the inside of the slow cooker and add all ingredients. Mix well and set on low heat for 8 hours/overnight.

November.

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November…it's still sinking in that September has rolled by already, let alone October. Where did fall go?

I know we've been busy, but somehow I've forgotten to stop and take it in. I'm so glad I felt the nudge last weekend to walk around for a few mere minutes and capture what's going on outside. It was an abbreviated amount of time to take in such awesome changes, but at least it was something. It is now only a matter of weeks before the snow flies and I'll be hibernating until April.

I am always a little bummed the day after Halloween. I adore the dressed-up, candy-infused holiday and seeing what everyone comes up with for costume ideas. Then the next day comes and it suddenly feels like there's this weight to get started on holiday preparation RIGHT NOW. It's as if the only remaining hold-up was Halloween, and once that's out of the way, it's ready, set, GO and I just don't feel quite ready yet. Don't get me wrong; I adore the holidays and am all over the decorating, blaring the Christmas carols, cooking for big meals, wrapping gifts, and all of that good stuff. I'm just not quite ready yet.

So, November, take your time and stay a while. I missed out on a lot with your friends, September and October, and I'm ready to slow down for a bit before the holiday speed-up begins.