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Fall Floral Inspiration

Fall is among us and I couldn’t be more excited to finally see a few leaves change color! I started looking for fall floral arrangement ideas online and realized that there are very few that don’t look like they belong in a window display at Kirkland’s. But here are some exceptions that really stood out. Happy floraling!

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Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving was AWESOME- despite being away from my family. I have SO MUCH to be thankful for- one thing being that I have friends that can cook!  I was lucky enough to spend the evening at la casa de Nichols with good friends and great food! Thank you Jesus for all of this:

My contributions to dinner (and I would recommend them ALL!):

Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Cardamom.  This is a slightly elegant twist on a classic Thanksgiving Day staple. First time trying my hand at cranberry sauce and it turned out beautifully! Recipe found here at Epicurious.com 


Mom’s Apple Cake via Smitten Kitchen. This was probably my favorite item of the evening- and not just because I can get away with eating the leftovers for breakfast. This cake was so full of fall flavors, so moist yet SO incredibly simple. This recipe is a keeper ladies and gentlemen.

I’ve made these before and I’ll sure as heck be making them again. I wouldn’t say they’re a knock-off of Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars– more like a reinvention of an already delicious blondie. Ok-yeah, they’re a knock -off. Cranberry, orange, white chocolate, chewy cookie…ness. Why wouldn’t you want to know that off??

Also my first time making yams- of any variety. Brown Sugar-Glazed Sweet Potatoes–  This dish was a hit. Even with people who weren’t yam fans. “So glad they’re not covered in marshmallows,” people commented as they shoveled them into their mouths. Umm…they totally used to be until they melted into invisibility! Sshhh….

How gorgeous was the table setting? I know, right?!  Tina never ceases to amaze me.

Big, beautiful, delicious bird. This was  Tina’s first time preparing the turkey and most definitely not her last. It. was. perfect.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Brian the vegetarian. THAT’S how good the turkey was!

Mrs. Nichols also made a killer pumpkin icebox pie and chocolate ganache tarte.

Needless to say, I had to be rolled out the door.

Hope everyone had a fat and blessed Thanksgiving!

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