This year, I hosted an impromptu family Thanksgiving for my parents, my sister & her family, and Brian’s mom. It wasn’t actually on Thanksgiving, so it was a little less pressure, but nonetheless, the first time I’d prepared this meal. My biggest undertaking was the turkey. It was several years after I’d been living on my own before I would even look at raw poultry. I couldn’t be in the same room as someone carving one of those deli rotisserie chickens either. It’s taken a lot of determination & willpower to be able to cook with meat. All that in mind, I was pretty damn impressed with my bird. The whole time I was preparing the turkey, all I could think was “What disgusting person decided that killing a bird, ripping out its insides and replacing them with miscellaneous veggies, and peeling back its skin to ‘massage’ butter into it …

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Happy Thanksgiving friends <3 This year, Brian & I are at his cousin (of some distance) John’s house for a day with his family.  John’s home is amazing, by the way, so I’ll have to share a few glimpses with you. Have a safe and wonderful holiday. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST


This year, I have a lot for which I’m thankful… most of it is family, friends, and our new home.  But I woke up most thankful for the man lying next to me.  Cuddled up together in our fluffy down comforter and cozy flannel sheets I told Brian “I’m happy you’re here.”  And he told me “I’m thankful that you put up with my shit and you’re still here.”  We’re not perfect people, and we’ve had our ups and downs, but by golly we’re working on it. ♥ I am thankful for our new home.  Every day is an opportunity to remember why I fell in love with him. xo Ashley Pictured above… Milo’s 2008 Thanksgiving.