Happy November to all – grab a hot cider, a cookbook or two, and settle in for some fun reading!
I’ve always loved November. To those in Minnesota, this might make me sound crazy. Right about now, the weather starts to get gloomy, gray, and cold. We start to accept that there won’t be many sunny or warm days ahead, reluctantly bring out the heavy coats, and prepare ourselves for SNOW. Last year, at the beginning of November, we had our first major snow storm of the year…and dealt with the harsh realities of winter until the end of April!
So far so good – no snow here. And despite what most people think about this time of year, I love it. It’s chilly, yes, but it’s crisp and refreshing. I happen to like my hat and gloves. All the coffee shops have their “holiday” cups out. And, best of all, I know that the semester is almost over…and THANKSGIVING is just three weeks away!
The one place that always gets me ready and excited for Thanksgiving is Williams-Sonoma. Whether we go in July or at the end of October, I crave turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. My sister and mom totally gets this – for the past few years, we’ve stopped in before Thanksgiving to get our “essentials,” and always end up leaving with something (usually several somethings) that we didn’t know we needed to make the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Andrew has admitted to me that this is probably his favorite store, so I’m pretty sure that this tradition will continue long into the future! We have already studied (numerous times, I might add) Sonoma’s Thanksgiving Guide 2011, as we’re hosting both sets of families for dinner. I’m guessing there will be several trips to W-S over the next few weeks…
Now, to focus on school just enough to finish what needs to be done before all the fun begins!