This way to He's Not Here!

He’s Not Here

This weekend UNC hosted Homecoming!  Our friends Lucy and Ian organized a game day party, it was so great to get together and cheer on the heels with so many people we love. Plus the Heels won, so it felt like the a perfect send off for our leaving!! So in honor of the weekend I want to share another Franklin Street favorite: He’s Not Here!

If you asked a Carolina student to name the bar that most connects with students, odds are they’d pick He’s Not Here.

At first glance, it’s not much: a big outdoor space with picnic tables and corn hole, and a dark grungy inside that only sees students when its raining. A dive, for sure. But it’s our dive, and Carolina students & alums can’t get enough of this place. It’s casual, it’s low key, and that atmosphere makes it endearing.

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Goals for November on the blog!

Goals: November

Goals for November on the blog!

Only photo with flippers!

Happy November, friends!

How was your Halloween? Some friends threw TV show-themed party last weekend: we went as Buster Bluth and a loose seal, which few people got if I wasn’t standing next to Buster or they hadn’t seen Arrested Development.

We do have some big military life updates: we’re moving a little sooner than expected! We leave NC in two weeks. The date has changed three times, but now it’s In The Official Paperwork. I’m a little worn out from the constantly changing plans, but I’m definitely ready to not live out of boxes anymore! So getting there earlier suits me fine.

Looking at October’s goals, here’s how we did:

  • Read 6 books – goodness gracious y’all, I am unemployed. Reading a lot. This month I hit my goal for 2016 on goodreads – 70 books! I’ve been stuck on a James Michener novel for a while – it’s good, but 800 pages and a little dense. However, October has also given me some on-point nonfiction, which I’ll share with you soon.
  • Write 8 blog posts – yes! See above re: unemployment.
  • Finish editing Europe photos – whelp, no. Made some great progress, but didn’t finish. We’ll continue this one for November.
  • Celebrate our wedding anniversary! – AH yes. We spent the whole day together (an anniversary first, except for our actual wedding day), went hiking, relaxed, and then had dinner at our first date restaurant. See me gush here.
  • Move, if at all possible – so. Turns out not really possible. We did move out of our place this past weekend. Work in progress on the exact move date to Oklahoma!
  • Find housing for our next location – see above. Work in progress.
  • Continue to get time with friends & family! – Knowing our location has made the move feel much more real, and I’m feeling some of the sadness I knew would come to leave some beloved people. I’ve lived in this area for nearly my whole life, so the roots are deep. Trying to cherish the community we’ve built here while we still can.

Goals for November on the blog!

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as many recipes. This has been partly because we’ve been living out of boxes for weeks getting ready to move and partly because we’ve been soaking up as much of Durham & Chapel Hill food as we possibly can! Once we’re settled in I’m planning to ramp that back up, but I’l try to squeeze in a few guest appearances in friends’ kitchens in the meantime.

In the midst of our vagabonding, here’s my November goals!

  • Move!!
  • Get unpacked (mostly), and maybe buy a couch
  • Read 7 books
  • Write 10 blog posts
  • Work on  setting up Lightroom photo cataloging
  • Finish editing Europe photosGoals for November on the blog
  • Work on Rosetta Stone (spanish) once a week
  • Exercise 4x/week
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving

They may be … shall we say, a bit bold. I may be overestimating my abilities here, but since we’re already entirely packed for our move, maybe there’s more time for creative endeavors? Or I’m being optimistic. Either way.

My refrain for the past couple months still applies: life is a little uncertain, but if nothing else I can still read and write and love people.

What are your goals for the month?

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Moving to Oklahoma

Life lately: it’s happening!

Drumroll please, because the Myricks know where they’re moving!

Our first assignment will take us to Altus, Oklahoma!

There, Logan will be a first lieutenant and officially start his work as a JAG. Altus Air Force Base is right outside of the town. I confess I’d never heard of Altus before yesterday. It’s a small town, a really small town – about the size of the undergrad population at my alma mater. It’s in the southwest corner of OK, nearly on the border with Texas. We’ll be two hours from Oklahoma City and about four from Dallas. I’ve been to Oklahoma City and another small town in Oklahoma briefly, but I’m excited for the chance to spend more time there!

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Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

My favorite fall tradition: The State Fair

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

Growing up in the Triangle, the biggest harbinger of fall wasn’t sweaters or Halloween costumes or even the leaves changing. It was the NC State Fair!

I grew up in a household that believed the fair was a MUST every October, and each year I often ended up going more than once with various friend groups. The fair at night is magical and  has a special allure to teenagers eager to spread their wings a bit. Then in college, one of my favorite things every fall was to take friends who’d never been, especially if they’re from up north (or anywhere that things aren’t constantly fried) to watch them experience deep fried twinkies or oreos or bacon – whatever was the new fried thing that year. Yes, the state fair has a new fried thing each year. This year, I think it was jello.

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

This year, Logan and I went during the day for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long, mostly because I wanted to see the animals. Yes, I am actually an 8 year old girl still and can’t get over the baby animals. That’s me.

First, food. Surprisingly, my favorite fair food is actually corn on the cob. It’s grilled, drenched in butter, and there’s lots of seasoned salt options. It makes me happy. And I’m that local kid who has a specific corn booth that’s my favorite – the big one near the Village of Yesteryear (yes, that’s a thing. We’ll get to that.) right next to the rabbit exhibit. Best corn at the fair, hands down.

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!Don’t misunderstand me – just corn is not a true fair experience. Over the course of the afternoon, we cobbled together “lunch” at about 5 different booths. Need protein? There’s burgers, BBQ, ham biscuits, turkey legs and lots of other options. Try a weird fried thing, it may surprise you. Our favorite is the bacon-wrapped Reese’s cups, but we ALWAYS have to get a funnel cake. It’s a classic and not to be overlooked. Like all the best things in life, its better when shared.

There’s also fantastic ice cream. N.C. State University always has a booth with a 30 minute line, but it’s that good. Every third booth has soft serve if that’s your thing, and we discovered a new homemade ice cream place with strawberry, so that attracted our spoons this trip.

Backing up a bit, I’m sure you’re wondering about the Village of Yesteryear. It’s such a quintessential thing at the fair, but I get how it’s strange to first time visitors. There’s this corner of the fair, away from the rides and the midway, that’s got semi-permanent buildings. One is an old mill, another details the history of the fair. They used to have a working blacksmith, but I couldn’t find it this time. There’s musical and clogging performances throughout the day – I had a friend who clogged competitively and we always went to see her at the fair. The costumes are AWESOME. It’s also where you can find the petting zoo, handicrafts for sale, and things like that. Definitely worth browsing.

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

The main reason I wanted to go during daylight this year was the animals. There are competitive animal shows, which for some reason I find fascinating (have you ever watched a “best in show” style goat competition? It’s ridiculously cute!) and next door is the Ark, which has the prettiest cows and tiniest piglets you’ve ever seen! Seriously though, these are the best-groomed farm animals I’ve seen in my life.

Side note: it made me laugh to realize that my husband took the bar three months ago in the exact spot that we saw the goat competition. A whole new level of mixed-use facilities, right?

Speaking of animals, my absolute favorite thing at the fair is the pig races. Yes, you read that right. A farmer and his wife set up a mini track where they race pigs, geese and goats for a cheese doodle prize! It’s not to be missed. They do this every two hours or so, so make sure you check it out!

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

There’s so much to do at the fair! I haven’t even touched the rides; there’s something for everyone, from the ferris wheel and kiddie rides to gravity defying contraptions my mom doesn’t want to know I ride. There’s concerts every night in Dorton Arena, usually with a few up-and-coming artists you’ll hear more from in a year or two. There’s also random performances scattered throughout the fairgrounds – one year, I came across a hypnotist show and it was the funniest thing I think I’ve ever seen at the fair.

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

We ran into my college roommate, Taylor and her husband!

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

This year, we discovered a wolf exhibit too! Their “show” is educational, focusing on conservation and their natural behavior in the wild.

A note about parking: there is free parking! You just have to know where to go. Carter-Finley Stadium offers free parking and the walk to the fair isn’t too bad. They had a park-and-ride situation, but we decided we were going to eat enough to merit the extra 100 yards to our car.

My favorite fall tradition is only around 10 days every year, but that makes it all the more special. The state fair wraps up today, but mark your calendars for next October!

Having a ball at the 2016 N.C. State Fair!

What’s your favorite fall tradition? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!

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Goals: October

Happy October! We’re currently in Alabama visiting our friends Lindsay and John!

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Hiking Monte Sano! Wild goats were involved.

Can pre-transition transition be a thing? Because that’s what September has felt like. We’ve finished up the main elements of what has made up our lives the past few years – law school is finally over, we’re both currently unemployed, we’ve even given up most of our furniture already! – but haven’t yet gotten to say “go!” on the next phase.

How did I do this month, goal-wise?

  • Read 6 books – check! Including what was probably one of my favorite fiction books ever, The Night Circus. I loved it!
  • Write 8 blog posts – Yes. Posts are taking longer than they usually do, because compressing our travel adventures (and getting the photos down to a reasonable number to share) takes more time! But it’s definitely been fun to have more free to time to devote to it! #unemployedlife
  • Use up pantry supplies – Making a dent, slowly. Between the traveling and making last stops at our favorite local restaurants, we’ve eaten at home less than usual. But we’re chipping away!
  • Purge stuff – Oh goodness gracious this takes forever. But yes, progress. I’ve taken two carfuls of stuff to donate, and now we’re beginning to go through the attic.
  • Most (not all) editing Europe photos – Ha! This was a bit ambitious. I’m far from finished, but I have gone from 7500 photos to just over 2000. I’m basically done with Italy photos!
  • See lots of friends! – Trying to squeeze in as many social events as possible. Got to soak up my NC people!
  • Watch a lot of movies – We’ve officially finished Stranger Things. (I have mixed feelings about it. Let’s chat.) I got it into my head that I wanted to watch all the Harry Potters and James Bonds. We’re 4/8 and 4/26 respectively, so we’ve got a ways to go.
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We’ll miss the Blue Ridge mountains! 

This time is definitely a gift though: we’ve been able to see friends, visit family, head to some favorite restaurants and old haunts around town, and get ready to move in a non-frenzied speed.

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September girls’ weekend!

So… setting goals for the next month seems
complicated. Here’s my best attempt:

  • Read 6 books
  • Write 8 blog posts
  • Finish editing Europe photos
  • Celebrate our wedding anniversary!
  • Move, if at all possible
  • Find housing for our next location
  • Continue to get time with friends & family!

I’m going to be nice to myself this month and not set too many to-do items. Goodness knows there’s enough unpredictability happening, so we’ll just see what happens.

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San Gimignano: the little town with big towers!

Goals: September

Well, we’re back!!

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Taking in San Gimignano, Italy from the tallest tower

I can hardly put into works the amazingess that was our past month. We had an absolutely fantastic time. We saw incredible sights, we had some amazing adventures, and we came back to find out that Logan passed the bar exam!!!! So we are over the moon.

Most of all, it was just plain wonderful to spend all that time with Logan. Bliss. I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots about our trip in the coming months, so stay tuned for our adventure of a lifetime!

Now we’re home, and it’s wonderful. After a month of living out of a backpack and travel-sized bottles of shampoo, it’s nice to be in the land of air conditioning and quality wifi and My Own Bed.

We now find ourselves in another odd season: waiting and preparing, but more in the sense of hurry-up-and-wait, because those things could happen very quickly once they start. We’ll see what happens, but regardless of the details we’re thrilled for this next step!!

More to come soon, I promise. On both the travel adventures and the next step adventures.

In the meantime, here’s my goals for September!

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Exploring the Scottish highlands

Homecoming is an odd concept, because this we can count this remaining time we call Durham home in weeks. This fall, possibly very soon, we’ll begin the next phase of Logan’s military career and move to wherever he’s stationed. I’m pretty excited about it, and hopefully we’ll find out anytime now where we’ll be!! In the meantime, I’m focused on enjoying our Durham life and prepping for a move, meaning purge our stuff like nobody’s business. That’s the theme/habit for this month: enjoy the life we’ve created here in Durham.

My goals for the month are:

  • Read 6 books
  • Write 8 blog posts
  • Get cooking again, and use up lots of our pantry staples as possible
  • Go through all the stuff! I’ve done some good work with clothes already, which I’ll share about soon, but now that I finished my job I can give away more. I also want to go through tshirts, books, office supplies, Logan’s clothes, and kitchen supplies. There is just no need to move stuff we don’t use!
  • Do a big chunk of Europe photo editing. Maybe not all, but certainly most.
  • See lots of friends!
  • Watch a lot of movies. Traveling made us crave watching the Harry Potter series and James Bond, so I foresee lots of movie date nights!!
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A gorgeous castle visit in the Loire Valley

Stay tuned for lots more photos and stories from our trip!

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Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who’s moving to college this month?!?

There are a few things about moving into my freshman dorm room that stand out really clearly.

Convincing my parents to take me six hours earlier than my official move in time, because the RA’s wouldn’t care (they didn’t).

Seeing my pot-luck roommate got there first and therefore got first pick of which closet/desk/bed she wanted. They were about the same level of grungy, but still.

Lifting the bed, wondering if it’s supposed to sway this much when you’re sleeping seven feet off the floor?

That slightly giddy, slightly overwhelmed moment when I realized I was setting my home base for my first year of college.

Finishing the unpacking, only to look blankly at my parents, wondering how you say goodbye in such a momentous moment (there I said it), except they actually live only ten minutes down the road. How I got there is a whole other story, though.

Standing in my mostly set up dorm room, absorbing this new space that was more “my own” than any other place I’d lived yet.

What do you do then? Right after you move into your dorm for the first time ever, before you know who your go-to friends are going to be, before you know how you’re going to make friends at all, before you quite know who you will even be in college?

You sit in your new chair and you eat a cookie. Not just any cookie: one of your mom’s homemade chocolate  chip cookies.

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

And somehow, tasting mom’s cookies, I’m not worried about classes or friends or anything else. These cookies make me believe I can do this whole college thing.

So to make mom’s chocolate chip cookies, use this recipe! They’re addictive, comforting, and possibly even better warm from the oven.

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Side note: it’s the Toll House recipe for the most part. Couple edits of my own.

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

First step in any good baking: cream the butter!

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

Add in the sugars and vanilla. Then eggs, then dry ingredients. Finally, add the chocolate chips! (Apologies for the lack of photos. This is what happens when I bake after midnight.)

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After chilling. It’s good for the butter to be cold before baking.

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

Form into 1-2 inch balls.

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

Confession time: I like smaller cookies because it’s an excuse to eat more of them. My mom makes fewer, bigger cookies.

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Bake for 8-10 minutes to golden brown perfection!

CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

STEPS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Cream the butter, then add both sugars and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Add eggs (one at a time).
  3. Combine dry ingredients , then add in small batches to the wet ingredients. When mostly combined, add chocolate chips
  4. For best results, pop in the fridge for an hour before baking. But if you don’t have time, you can skip this step.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown on a baking sheet, either greased or with a silpat. Cool on wire racks, and take a taste while they’re still warm!

Classic chocolate chip cookies are just what I need for a little boost in happiness and confidence!

What food makes you confident?

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Easy pumpkin dip!

Pumpkin dip (gluten-free!)

Easy pumpkin dip!

One of the best things about Christmas parties is the food. Seriously, people pull out all the stops for their holiday dishes. Potlucks are even better – 20 people bringing their favorite means that I usually don’t eat dinner before these shindigs, just fill up on artichoke dip and sausage balls and red velvet cake.

When one of my best friends invited me to her Christmas party, I knew I wanted to bring something that was easy to eat off a party plate and gluten-free. She lives about 90 minutes away, so it also need to travel well.

Enter: pumpkin dip. It’s crazy easy to pull together and you can dip just about anything into it. The flavor is smooth, sweet and light, which lets it offset the mostly heavy food that ends up being consumed at Christmas parties. Best of all, it takes about 5 minutes of actual prep time. It’s based on this recipe, but with a tweak or two.

Easy pumpkin dip!

This is how easy this recipe is. Buy three things from the grocery store.

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Cool whip.

Easy pumpkin dip!

Add the pumpkin, pudding mix, pudding mix powder, and pumpkin pie spice.

Easy pumpkin dip!

With this as your basis, you know it’s going to be good.

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Stir well!

Easy pumpkin dip!

I added some more pumpkin pie spice for a little more flavor.

Easy pumpkin dip!

Let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours – helps the flavors meld into each other. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon right before you serve, and voila!

Slice some apples and toss some pretzels, graham crackers, or Nilla wafers on a plate as dippers, and you have a winner!

Easy pumpkin dip!

Merry Christmas!

Pumpkin Dip

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 5 oz instant vanilla pudding mix (just the powder, don’t make pudding!)
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 3/4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • liberal sprinkling of cinnamon

Steps

  1. Mix cool whip, pumpkin, and vanilla pudding powder in a bowl. Add pumpkin pie spice and mix well.
  2. Chill for a couple hours before serving.
  3. Serve with apple slices, Nilla wafers, graham crackers (honey and/or chocolate), or anything else that suits!

Easy pumpkin dip!

Enjoy!

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

Apple crisp (with gluten free option)

This year my friend Sage joined our family’s thanksgiving, and she’s allergic to gluten. Most dishes on our table were already gluten-free so dinner didn’t need adjusting. That being said, dessert is pretty gluten-full at our place (we love pie). I wanted to make a “traditional” dessert that was also gluten-free, but I didn’t want  to use too many weird ingredients either. So after exploring some options, I came across this apple crisp recipe! It’s delicious, and I did a bit of tweaking to make it my own.

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

The fun thing is that to make it gluten-free, all you do is substitute oat flour or gluten-free flour. It tasted great – I’m pretty inexperienced with gluten-free desserts, but it tasted like good homecooked apple crisp. One fun thing about this recipe is you can stretch it pretty far: the deeper the dish you start with, the more apples can go in. They cook down a bit while you bake, so feel free to load them up!

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

The star ingredient. For the record, this is way too many apples. I used 2 big granny smith and 6 tiny gala apples. There’s enough apples here to make two apple crisps!

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Peel & slice the apples. I’m not usually concerned with getting them perfectly peeled or sliced exactly the same.

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

Grease a 9×9 dish and throw all your apples in there. Make sure to mix the gala and granny smith together if you’re using two types.

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In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, and oats.

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

Add yours spices!

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

When the dry ingredients are combined, cut the butter into small pieces and work it into the mixture. You can use your hands for this if that’s easier.

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and bake for 30 minutes!

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

There you have it! Steaming hot apple crisp with melt-in-your-mouth apples.

APPLE CRISP (WITH GLUTEN-FREE OPTION)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6-8 cups apples, sliced thin (or more!)
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 c light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour (for gluten-free, sub oat flour or gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

STEPS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×9 dish with butter.
  2. Distribute  the sliced apples evenly in the dish.
  3. Combine sugar, flour, oats and spices in a bowl. When mixed, cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Use your fingers or a spoon to make the butter and mixture combine – the process reminds me a little of beginning stages of biscuit dough.
  4. Once the butter has been fully incorporated into the mixture, sprinkle over the apples and bake for 30-32 minutes.
  5. If cooking in advance, I throw it back under the broiler for a couple minutes right before serving to give it a bit more “crisp.” Plus, these dishes are always the best served warm!

At our thanksgiving, we were so excited about all the desserts that no photo evidence exists before we demolished them. So here’s one more closing shot of tasty fall amazingness.

Easy apple crisp to feed a crowd!

 

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Thanksgiving feasting!

Thanksgiving 2015

So how was your thanksgiving? Mine was fantastic!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

We had the traditional meal with all the fixins. My mom and I did the menu, which is so much fun because we have mostly tried-and-true favorites with a few near dishes every year. When we worked on it, I suddenly realized that we don’t do very many veggies, but about 7 forms of starch before you even hit dessert. Oh, for the love of carbs.

Thanksgiving feasting!

This year we did two big veggies: green beans and roasted brussels sprouts, which almost disappeared before the meal started – so snackable!

We are a fried turkey family. For those who haven’t been lucky enough to sample it, fried turkey is just the best. It doesn’t taste like fried chicken. More like the best most moist roasted turkey you’ve tasted. We don’t do it every year, but whenever we have a big crowd there’s a good chance someone has a fryer. It lets the cooking spread outside too, so there’s people in every room of the house and in the driveway catching up.

Silliness

Don’t you love the random fun that goes down when you get big groups together? Putting on piano “concerts,” competing to see who could pick up whom, and playing “has anybody seen grandma lately” all made appearances during our day. My cousin Caroline even gave  me a makeover! For someone who spends less than 5 minutes on her morning makeup routine, I was way out of my league. She glammed me up right!

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Scrubbed clean before, learning contouring, and after!

Inevitably, I harassed everyone into taking group pictures. This takes quite a bit of wrangling (see: finding people spread in every room of the house) and they give me a hard time, but then they’ve got their Christmas card picture done!

Thanksgiving family

This is seriously the only photo of our immediate family all year.

We feasted and feasted. The kids’ table, made up of 80% of which are high school graduates at this point, migrated outside – thanks North Carolina weather. After lots of snapchatting everything and a walk to the playground, we wandered back home to dig into pies and my gluten-free apple crisp. Stay tuned in a day or two for the recipe!

Admittedly there’s very little photographic evidence of the desserts, because of how much we like desserts. If I’d stopped to photograph it, I may not have gotten to eat any of it.

In lieu of dessert shots, I do have a post-dessert football watching, phone playing, and floor napping (yep, that’s me) photo that may indicate how much we enjoyed our dinners.

Post-Thanksgiving coma