Weekend Instagrams: Thanksgiving Edition

Is it me, or is 2012 the fastest year ever? It’s hard to believe that the fall is nearly over and we are hurtling full speed ahead to Christmas and New Year’s.

That’s one of the reasons that I appreciate Thanksgiving more and more year after year.  It’s a much needed time out and a reminder to take a few moments to cherish the truly important things in life, like family, food and fun.

Of course, there’s a bit of hard work involved, too. It took me and my mom about seven hours or so to get put everything on our Thanksgiving menu together.

Obviously, I get my inability to take a normal photo from my mom.

My mom’s anxiety over cooking the perfect turkey was at an all time high this year. As usual, her fears were unfounded. The turkey and all of the trimmings were the best we’ve ever had. Of course, we say that every year, but seriously, I think we outdid ourselves this time around.

Getting ready for roasting.

Once everything was ready, it was a a help yourself affair. We aren’t overly formal.

Family gathered around the table

My dessert contribution was pumpkin pound cake. I want to eat it everyday. Note to self: Make more things with buttermilk.

You would think that Mel cooked the entire meal herself.

All that time in the kitchen does make you a little loopy.

Chester and I generally avoid the chaos of Thanksgiving Weekend shopping, in favor of getting our house ready for Christmas. Mission accomplished.

I’m hoping that the magic of Christmas will bring Hello Kitty to life so that we can be best friends.

Getting a new tree this year was the best idea ever. This one doesn’t tilt to the side!

I got a bunch of new food themed ornaments for the tree this year. This one if my favorite, obviously.

Hope your weekend was swell.

Weekend Instagrams

This past weekend was all about hurricane preparedness.

Chester and I, of course, braved the local grocery store. But, there were other essentials to take care of, too. Like shopping for outfits for my upcoming 30th (!) birthday party.

We welcomed Frankenstorm with Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Even Hello Kitty got ready for the elements.

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It was Family and Alumni Weekend, so I had to spend Friday night and all of Saturday at work. After many years of working on 50th Reunions, I’ve decided that I’ve earned the right to be the most annoying senior citizen this world has ever seen.

So I had to reward myself somehow (note to University City Ben and Jerry’s: Please provide better spoons. Yours are way too flimsy for this dense ice cream):

On Sunday, I was free for more fall fun! This time, at Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA. What do they do with all of the unsold pumpkins at the end of the season?

It was a beautiful day for apple picking. Most of them seemed to either have been picked or had fallen off the trees themselves, so I’m thinking that we’re nearly past the peak of apple season. We still managed to score a ton.

Happy Monday!

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Over the weekend, Chester and I took a little trip to the Hudson River Valley. Here are a few glimpses of our trip, according to my iPhone.

 

Pumpkins and gourds, of all colors, shapes and sizes

The changing leaves, seen here at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

The Headless Horseman himself

Happiness is a cider donut

The closest I’ve ever gotten to a butterfly.

What fall festivities did you get up to?

 

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Friday night dinner at Zahav. I love their hummus all the little salads that they give you as a first course (except for the beets, that is. Blech.).

Up early on Saturday morning to make baked apple cider donuts. They were a hit.

Family dinner at the Dandelion. I’ve been there twice in the last two weeks. It’s my new favorite.

Rainy Sunday mornings mean I look liked I escaped from the Blue Man group. Also, I finally found skinny jeans that are actually flattering so I can wear them tucked into my boots like all the cool kids do. This makes me ridiculously happy.

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Friday night wine + sushi from Terryin with my hubby. The Ocean Roll is my new favorite. 

Bonus: Notting Hill was on TV. I will always love Hugh Grant (and will selectively omit his questionable lapses in judgment from my perception of him).

First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. Fact: I always get skim milk in my Starbucks drinks, so I feel less bad about the whipped cream.

Red velvet cupcakes. Let’s face it: the cake is just a vehicle for cream cheese icing.

Kicking off Restaurant Week on a double date with BFF and her hubby at Garces Trading Company.

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