I hope everyone had a joyful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We started some new traditions this year, including my sweet hubby saying the blessing for the family, my gift of a daughter helping me with a variety of holiday sweets and sides in the kitchen, and our first Dream Center Thanksgiving experience, which I’m sharing in case any Charleston friends want to join in next year! We were also treated to some dear friends stopping by after they made their
Thanksgiving meal deliveries to say a prayer over our new to us place, in preparation for the holidays.
Around here lately, I’ve been playing in watercolor and mixed media quite a bit. It ties into one of my mondo beyond goals for 2014. More on that soon! Here are a few photos I’ve shared on Instagram…I love the feeling of wet paint on my fingers!
The day after Thanksgiving, I was excited to break out a few favorite Christmas decorations. Did you know one of my hobbies is thrifting holiday décor? I like to check the Goodwill in West Ashley during the year to snag holiday plates and lighted houses for my small mini village. I have 6 now, which I think is the perfect amount. I had to make myself step away from the craziness. My two favorite holiday decorations are angels that my mother gifted me last year. I can’t tell you how much I love the angel at the beginning of this post, and this one:
As for the Thanksgiving cooking, the Laura Vitale fresh cranberry sauce recipe was truly divine. I highly recommend using fresh cranberries and cooking till they “pop!” – it makes for an entertaining time in the kitchen. Her recipe is here in case you missed. It’s good enough to make again at Christmas!
The sweet potato crostinis were super cute. The mashed potatoes were my downfall, which is humbling because I prepare those without problems during any other day of the year. No one noticed, but I felt it was a God wink. Reminding me that I can’t control everything, and that it’s better to be approachable than to strive for perfection. We veganized a pumpkin bread pudding recipe, which turned out just as delicious! There were also pumpkin cookies, a huge salad, a veggie soup and more food than we could ever eat. Blessings are all around us.
In the art nook, I hung these tissue paper puffs in the corner, left over from a baby shower I got to make decorations for. If you missed my art nook tour, that post is here. So grateful to have space to create.
Speaking of arts and crafts, I have felt for days after a recent crafting extravaganza with the kids at Carolina Youth Development Center. If you’re planning on a batch of holiday giving to charity before year’s end, please think of them and the great work they do!
Around here lately, I also had the pleasure of meeting Jacey of The Balanced Wife. She writes about building meaningful marriages and lives, and living a life in balance. You should check her out here!
It’s time to map out plans for 2014. Last year I created two vision boards, which still serve as reminders to me, hung in the art nook. These past few months (since the cross-country roadtrip, really), I have never been so focused on living with intention and the power of goal setting and positive steps. I feel like the big goals for next year are being downloaded into my soul as I sit in service at Seacoast, or when I’m reading inspired messages from powerhouse chicks I admire, like Kris Carr, Danielle, Gabby, Marie, and on and on. It’s time to take things up a notch! Excited. More to come.