Thursday, November 22, 2012

Another year of thanks celebrated by just Chelsea and James. We miss our families but we are thankful for each other and for delicious food. This year our Thanksgiving spread looked more visually appealing than last year's. We also knew we'd be content with a rotisserie chicken rather than going to all the work to make an extravagant turkey. Last year we cooked two cornish hens...we are glad we had the chicken this year even though we missed the taste of turkey. Feast your eyes on our second Thanksgiving together. 
 Thanksgiving in Arizona
Thankful for each other. 
"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven."
 -Thomas S. Monson 
 green beans, rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing for james
 Much prettier table spread than last year.
 Thankful for food!
This pic has better lighting 
 So excited to eat!
Delicious spice cookies with cream cheese frosting I remember Mom making. After I made these I asked James if he liked them. His response: "They're good." I'm thinking, that's it? They're good? How about, "They're SOOOOOO good. Great Thanksgiving dessert Chels! They are delicious!" I mention this to him, he just laughs, and goes on doing what he's doing. About 5 minutes later, "These cookies are soooo goood I wanna die!" Bahaha thanks babe, thanks. 
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Dare we brave the crowds at 11:00 tonight? We will see. 


veteran's day

 Saturday, November 17, 2012

One of the best things about Veteran's Day is we have no school and no work (bank holiday)! James and I took advantage of this free day to celebrate our veterans by having a fun-filled day! 

Some window shopping at the mall for Christmas!
Trying a new Italian Cuisine restaurant
 Mmmm pizza for me
The name is hard to pronounce but it was a nice little place.
Drive-In Movies! We saw these two fun movies:

Pitch Perfect was funny & the singing was amazing! Here Comes the Boom was funny with Kevin James. It was a family-feel good movie. Seeing both movies back to back for the price of one movie plus your own treats and blankets to cuddle = awesome night. Plus the winter weather here is perfect to go to the drive-in movies!
Happy Veteran's Day and Happy Birthday to my Nana on the 11th!


There's No Place Like Texas

 Sunday, November 4, 2012

There's no place like Texas. There's no place like home! I was so fortunate to spend 3 days with my amazing grandparents and some of my immediate family in my hometown McKinney, TX! I arrived early Thursday morning, November 1st, and spent my days cooking, baking, eating, chatting, relaxing, and a little bit of shopping. We had a blast together even though we missed Chandler, Peter, and James. Did I mention I LOVE the fall leaves in my Nana & Grandpa's neighborhood? Beautiful! It makes me giddy for Thanksgiving even though we won't be able to spend it with them this year. Hopefully next year! Thanks y'all for an amazing weekend with wonderful family. I love you!
 Nana's Homemade Spaghetti
 Most incredible meat sauce ever. Carrying on the family tradition.
 I love my grandparents
Piper loves the spaghetti just as much as I do 
Best Friends
Cute Paxton!
 Pi made this cute mouse out of paper, black & yellow marker, and a cardboard roll
 Learning how to make Nana's famous apple pie. I've gotta carry on the tradition for my own family!

 Gramps is supervising me with the pie crust
 Apple Pie turned out delicious!!!!
 I love them! 
pie & ice cream
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup YUM!

Thanks for sharing all your family recipes with me :)
Happy Fall!


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