Joyful, merry, all of the issues!
I hope U.S. readers had a stunning Thanksgiving weekend and loved spending time with household and mates.
Everybody end up all of your Thanksgiving turkey? I used this bitter cream enchilada recipe with leftover turkey (substituting instead of the rooster) and it was delish! I additionally made turkey noodle soup (sharing some with a sick neighbor who missed out on the vacation), and we are actually formally completed with our turkey!
Often I’m going fairly “huge” for Thanksgiving, however we have been extra low key this 12 months. We had turkey, do-it-yourself cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and brownies for dessert (no pie!). Plus rolls. We did have rolls. However usually I’d additionally make candy potatoes, inexperienced bean casserole, and several other different aspect dishes and/or desserts that I didn’t do that 12 months. It was completely beautiful, however nonetheless cheap from a meals preparation perspective. Not overwhelming with leftovers and nothing went to waste. The truth is, my grocery spending this month is slightly decrease in comparison with the previous couple months! A real shock to me on condition that I’d deliberate my funds pondering that meals spending could be greater this month. However we managed to squeeze out so many leftovers from the only Thanksgiving meal that it saved us on meals prices that week (and nonetheless ending it up right here immediately and tomorrow).
Avoid wasting, splurge some…
So we saved on meals, however we splurged on one thing else – household photographs! I obtained a advice from a pal and we had photographs accomplished the day earlier than Thanksgiving. The climate was excellent and we bought beautiful desert pictures of our household all collectively. The photographer does it as a side-hustle (her full-time gig is as a nurse), so she was far more cheap than a number of the costs I’ve seen quoted elsewhere. We spent $140 for an hour and an entire gallery of digital photographs. Listed below are a few my favorites:
(Photograph credit score to S. Houghton Images for native Tucson mates)
Recollections to final a lifetime!
Lengthy-time readers have watched my youngsters develop since they have been 4 years outdated (they’re 10-and-a-half now!). I can’t imagine how a lot they’ve grown. It’s true what they are saying – the times are lengthy, however the years are brief. Whereas photos will not be in everybody’s funds, it’s a deliberate annual expense for us as a result of I wish to doc this time in our lives. When the women have been youthful, we might take our personal annual photographs (we didn’t even personal a tripod – we’d simply prop a digital camera). Or there have been occasions we’d have my stepdad take our picture together with his fancy digital camera. Different occasions we did low-cost pics within the Sears picture studio. The purpose is, there are methods round going to an expert. But when you could find a fairly priced photographer who suits your funds – I believe its a worthwhile splurge.
Do you do annual household photographs?
Do you utilize leftover turkey in different inventive methods? Recipes you wish to share?
Hello, I’m Ashley! Arizonan on paper, Texan at coronary heart. Lover of operating, running a blog, and all issues cheeeeese. Late 30’s, married mom of two, working as a professor at a serious college within the southwest. Attempting to lastly (lastly!) repay that ridiculous 6-digit pupil mortgage debt!