Random thoughts on an almost Thanksgiving Day morning:

1. We ordered a fresh turkey this year. Have you ever brined a turkey before? We got a turkey last year that was brined and it was so YUMMY.

Get in my tummy.

2. Season 5 of the Crown is here. I’m in the middle of it right now and I keep googling more details on some of the episodes. I was around for this part of the English monarchy and I missed so many things that happened.

3. We almost had a yard sale today. I was so close. Everything was loaded into the living room. But this morning I walked downstairs and looked at it and thought “Would I rather go to breakfast with my family or sell my old Christmas decorations?”

Breakfast won.

It’s all being donated instead.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We finished up the rest of the 10 days of Christmas with:

5. All the chicks are coming home next week. Just in time for family Christmas photos. We are all wearing white and jeans and plaid and bringing Buddy.

Say a prayer. 🙂

And now?

Looking for a little inspiration with your Saturday morning?



This took my breath away.

These are ornaments are made from air dry clay.

You can see the DIY here.

These snowflakes are the cutest.

You’ll never guess what they are made of.

See the DIY here.

I love celebrating advent.

And it’s just around the corner.

Here are five special ways to celebrate advent with your family.

This classic Christmas kitchen.

Can you imagine sitting there with coffee on Christmas morning?

Kitchen linked here.


And in random news

30 simple moments to remember this season

This festive home tour

How to paint over wallpaper 

The ceiling in this kitchen

This blue and gold Christmas living room

This pumpkin cheesecake

This European Christmas tree

5 things to say to someone struggling during the holidays

These homemade Chelsea buns

These DIY Christmas trees

This Downton Abbey inspired Christmas home

Ideas for budgeting for the holidays

This turkey pot pie

And this

If you are not in the Christmas mood yet? Just click on this house tour and look at the first picture. It’s amazing.

And one more for the road

Looking for an easy DIY you can make with Christmas carol paper?

See how to make these paper trees here.

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I just love the Scandinavian Home link. It was beautiful and simple. As my mom used to say there’s beauty in simplicity. There’s lots of great holiday ideas here. Thanks so e!

  2. Image for Sheran Sheran

    Thank you for posting the things to say to someone who is struggling. We have lost all three of our children in the last four years. I can’t bring myself to “do” Christmas. So, if you see someone in Hobby Lobby having a breakdown, be kind. It happened to me recently when I went for something and was overwhelmed by all the decor, etc. I always went all out for the holidays. I just can’t.

    1. Image for Lori H Lori H

      So sorry Sheran...my heart tugs for you...so hope something or someone brings you some joy and insight. Life can be so unkind at times. Prayers 🙏🏻

    2. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

      Your pain has to be so much more than anyone should be expected to carry on from. There are no words anyone can say to you because how could anyone know your hurt. Im sorry for your losses isnt enough, but its all that most can offer, me included. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSSES. 💔

  3. Image for Jill Brewster Jill Brewster

    I love all of your wonderful ideas, and think I will try several myself once I get through Thanksgiving. Your decorating is always full of handmade decorations, and is so welcoming, It makes we want to come for a visit. I am always excited for Christmas, but even more so this year because I have my first great grandchild who will be 8 months old by Christmas. He loves color, and this year I am doing my flocked tree in my living room in candy cane colors which is a huge change for me, because I prefer whites and neutrals. I only recently watched the Downton Abby movie (loved it). I haven't watched the Crown, but although it is based on the British Monarchy it is fiction. I know it states that at the beginning of the show, but not everything is fact, or may not have happened as portrayed. Just like decorating for Christmas the writers embellish the story to keep our interest. I guess I will have to wait until the Seasons come out on DVD. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and go Baylor!

  4. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Praying even though I know they will be wonderful. Thanks for all these goodies and so excited about seeing your family pictures.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    Aw, you posted a link for the paper stars. I would love to try this. I also want to thank you for the link for what to say when someone is struggling. A good friend lost her husband yesterday and that post was timely reading for me. Hoping to be supportive in the days ahead. And lastly, I so enjoyed the Downton decorating and the festive home tour. Both were delightful and cozy. Enjoy gathering your chicks back into the nest!

  6. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    You chose well choosing to go to b'fast with your lovies. Well done, KA. Thx for the Christmas inspiration - Holly's kitchen is one of my favs. Hope your weekend has been awesome.

  7. Image for Janette Janette

    A wonderful post filled with so many amazing things, thankyou so much for sharing. I just want to say that all this about The Crown, its fine as long as viewers realise its not all true, I just can't watch it, sorry but its disgraceful especially to our royal family.

  8. Image for Peg Peg

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, but can also incredibly difficult for so many. Sheran, I'm very sorry for your losses. Please know you are in my thoughts. Take good care.

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