“How was your Thanksgiving? I saw some family that I haven’t seen in over a year and we had a delicious meal, mostly prepared by my mom and me. We had so much fun in the kitchen together. In fact, I think I enjoyed the meal prep even more than the meal itself! And we auditioned the thyme-roasted carrots in the photo above for Thanksgiving, but they didn’t make the cut. They were one of my favorite dishes of the week (and so easy to make), but not enough other people in my family get excited about carrots. . . See the purple carrot with the orange center? So gorgeous!”
*We have some friends who have recently moved, so I’m looking for lots of gifts for the new home or people who are decorating right now. I’m dying over this beautiful (and affordable) copper planter from Leif. Especially for succulents, they’re pretty much the only plant that I can actually keep alive.
*I really want to snuggle up with a faux fur blanket and some popcorn and watch Love, Actually or Elf. They look like the coziest thing every created. I love this grey one from Arhaus.
*For someone upgrading to a bigger space and possibly doing more entertaining, this gorgeous driftwood platter would be perfect. It’s such a piece of art, you could leave it out on your kitchen table or counter all the time to hold fruit or potatoes/onions.
“I was finishing a nice, calm breakfast on Thanksgiving morning when I realized I hadn’t checked my phone in a while (mistake #1: not checking your phone on a big holiday morning). There was a message from my mom: “Mija, you said you were bringing the turkey, right? Cause, well, it’s 11:00 and you’re still not here with the turkey.” Well. No one told ME I was bring the turkey. (Panic ensues.) (Also, this is hilarious. I could not stop laughing.)
I briefly considered that it was a joke. Me? A turkey? That’s just… silly. No one just has extra TURKEYS lying around in case they were supposed to bring a spare. But… my mom doesn’t know how to make a joke like that.
I called my mom immediately (mistake #2: calling a panic-er when you’re panicking) and told her I didn’t HAVE a turkey. A few hyperventilations later and I told her it was FINE, I’m sure that there were STILL TURKEYS, look, SOMEONE HAS A TURKEY. (This was not a mistake, since it turned out to be true, but it could have gone VERY BADLY. This could have been the year where we were eating KFC along with our stuffing and mashed potatoes.)
The good news is that we usually roast turkey breasts for the family since no one really cares to eat dark meat. And turkey breasts are fast and easy. One visit to Whole Foods plus a large turkey breast split in two and Thanksgiving was saved!”
* One of the loveliest activities from my trip to visit Alyssa in Japan was visiting shrines. We went to several- some big and some small, but one of my favorites was a little shrine just down the street from her house. It could have been that we were just taking a stroll and didn’t feel like we had to BE anywhere, but I especially loved the statues there. This Smiling Jizo Garden Traveler from Uncommon Goods reminds me of that visit and, as a bonus, is believed to protect women, children and travelers.
*Super digging the modern vibe of this Enamel Tea Pot from West Elm. It’s functional, adorable and would look just right stored on a back burner for easy access.
* I love the way candle sticks look on a table, but since so many candles come housed in lovely little containers these days I forget to use them! I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to buy these incredible Mid-Century Modern candlesticks from Covet + Lou to remind me.