We had a lovely Thanksgiving! We hosted 21 people for Thanksgiving dinner in our new home. It was so nice to have a larger home to entertain with outdoor space a larger kitchen to have people hang out in and to be closer to our families.


img_0793We were in charge of the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and I made a fun iced tea/cocktail from Martha Stewart’s Living magazine. I love getting my magazine each month and always enjoy trying new recipes out. It was a black iced with fresh orange and lemon juice plus slices of each and mint. Adults spiked it with gin or whiskey. It was definitely a hit. We ran out of my double batch during appetizers and I had to make a new batch during the party.


Orange and Lemon Iced Tea (from Martha Stewart Living)

  • 8 black tea bags
  • 12 mint sprigs, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup of sugar (I cut this down to 1/2 cup and it was still sweet)
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice, plus thinly sliced orange rounds for serving
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice, plus thinly sliced lemon rounds for serving
  • Whiskey or gin (optional)

Pour 8 cups of boiling water over tea bags and mint. Let steep 5 minutes, discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar. Let cool then stir in lemon and orange juice. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Serve over ice. Add optional whiskey or gin. Garnish with citrus rounds and mint.


And … our turkey was a little too big for the turkey cooker so we had to weigh the lid down with some wrenches.


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We had a lovely sit down dinner and finished off with a crack at the mannequin challenge. I hadn’t heard of this but watched a version with a boxer that was pretty great. My sisters and cousin knew about it and we gave it a try. Not perfect but pretty fun!

I created a banner on one counter for people to write what they were grateful of. It turned out to be really sweet to have everyone put something down on paper throughout the night. We finishing off with chatting and games, of course my favorite Heads Up.

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We spent Friday doing a Gilmore Girls marathon. It was fun to watch it all with my mom, sisters, Neil’s sister Kira and even my little brother. We took breaks to eat leftovers, drink mimosas and lots of coffee. We even played basketball for a longer intermission with the new hoop Neil built for me when i was out of town at my yoga training. It is so fun to be able to go outside and shoot hoops. Charlie loves to try to steal the ball.img_0806


The rest of the weekend we cleaned up and got out the Christmas decorations, went to cut down a tree in the rain with our friends and started some holiday shopping. It made for a very wet husband and puppy/elf! It was so worth it!

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It was a lovely weekend filled with family and I am so glad we were able to host in our new home. This next week I am looking forward to my surprise birthday trip. Unfortunately I found the airplane tickets Neil booked so stealthily when I booked our Christmas tickets. So I know we are heading to Nashville Thursday for my birthday. I am so excited and will still be surprised by the show he has booked and the great adventures we will have and music we will hear.


Look out for pictures of our trip this weekend! Would love any recommendations for Nashville. Comment here or message me on Instagram.

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