Sorry for the blog silence last week. Apparently I decided I was going to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and take Thursday and Friday off from blogging. But in all seriousness, life got in the way and blogging fell off the to-do list. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that on Friday I flew in to Portland and surprised my mom! I’m here for work for a couple weeks. It was such a last-minute trip that I decided I would just surprise my family. It’s been super fun to just show up at the door at my in-laws house, my mom’s house and my aunt’s house. The reactions have been across the board (from tears to screaming to no speech at all) and so fun to watch. So forgive me if blogging is a little slow while I’m here. Just trying to soak it all in and enjoy it! Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! 

Caught this view of Mt. St. Helens from the plane on Friday. Absolutely stunning!

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

Last November I took some time each Thursday to record some things (big or small) that I was feeling especially thankful for. Thought I’d pick it up again this year. If you feel like joining, leave a link in the comments to your Thankful Thursday list!

Today I’m feeling extra thankful for…

…hats, scarves and gloves. I never really needed them before like I do now. It literally hurts to ride my bike without these essentials!

…our Nespresso machine. It makes a perfectly frothy cappuccino for me each morning (and sometimes evening).

…those hugs that end with an extra tight squeeze (thank you, husband).

…my Mama. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to have her. She has braved so much raising me and my sisters and has taught me how to be a strong, independent woman.

…a pup who acts like his entire life has been made just by me walking in the door.

…some awesome plans to keep us distracted next week during our first Thanksgiving away from home 🙁

…blog friends. I’m so looking forward to a fun girls dinner with these lovely ladies.

…an unexpected “I love you” text. Nothing makes me smile bigger.

…Skype. I couldn’t survive living in Amsterdam without it. 

…nights Corey’s not in class. It’s too quiet around the apartment when he’s gone.  

a great book. I’m 75 pages in and completely entranced.

…genuine laughter. 

{card by Rifle Paper Co.}

A Glam Thanksgiving

I was just given the task of setting the Thanksgiving table, and let’s be honest, I’m going to take this really seriously. I’m in research phase (please direct me to any great tablescape inspirations!) and I stumbled across this gorgeous photo on Erin Ever After. Our family friend actually used giant sparkly stars like these above the Christmas table last year, and I loved them! Clearly, still in love. They’re a great way to add some glam to the table without shelling out the big bucks (I found these for $5/ea).

Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake

Last year the holidays were a whirlwind for us. We had just gotten engaged in Amsterdam, trying to plan an engagement party and jetting off to Argentina on Thanksgiving day. I have to say, we were super sad to be missing Thanksgiving, it kinda made my heart hurt. Maybe that’s why this year the holidays are all I can think about. I might be getting ahead of myself, but I am so looking forward to some good quality family time this Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I’ve already found my contribution to the goodies. This cheesecake looks insane. Thought I’d share in case you’re on the hunt for your perfect Thanksgiving dessert!

{Recipe here, via Smitten Kitchen}