Monday, November 25, 2013

Just Run with It

Silas and I hung this garland last Thursday. We're trying to do better about displaying some of the hundreds of photos we take every month and this was the perfect application. Aside from the cost of printing the pics, the only additional expense was a $1 bag of tiny clothes pins. (Silas calls them "clippers" and he should know, because he was in charge of handing them to me.)

It's my new favorite thing in the house and I'm not even close to being ready to take it down.

I find myself getting all twitched-up, because this is Thanksgiving week. There's so much to do but they're all good things and I don't want to forfeit a moment of this right here because I'm too busy thinking about what comes next.

There's plenty of time for that.

I'm not ready to think about taking down the paint-by-numbers. They still make me so happy.
And my 10-cent gourds are still fresh as a weirdo, bumpy-skinned daisy.
The foot turkeys? I can't compose myself enough to even talk about it.

I'm content here.
I'm wading around in dashed-off grocery lists, debating the merits of various non-pie pumpkin baked goods and desserts.

It's full of promise but slow as a Sunday nap.

This is the season. This one, right here. It's where we are and it shouldn't be short-changed or over-shadowed. How can we possibly celebrate the day of gratitude when we're up on our tippy toes looking over its head?

I shall now hop down from my high horse.
You're welcome.

I know most of you don't feel as strongly about this sort of thing. Seasonal allegiance is one of my spiritual gifts, that's all.

I promise I don't judge you early-Christmas-music listeners ducking your heads in shame. It's okay, lovies. Come on out behind that pre-Thanksgiving Christmas tree. We can surely live in harmony.

Just tell me this: Pumpkin coffee cake with brown sugar glaze? Pumpkin cream cake? Pumpkin cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting? Pumpkin scones with maple glaze?

I'll let you know what I decide.

Happy week-of, friends.

PS - I found the rad Grateful pumpkin print a few weeks ago in my friend Sasha's shop. I loved it immediately for its pure and simple sentiment. Annnnd, it's a fresh variation on all the typical orange. I tried to buy it but she got all rascally and sent it for free. Yeesh, my life is rough. She's got so many sweet goodies happening in her store and she's gracious enough to offer you guys 10% off anything you fancy with the code "flowerpatch". (The offer expires in one week and her shop closes for the holidays on Dec. 13th.)


  1. Amen! Preach it sister! And for me? It's Pumpkin Bread -OR- Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Muffins! Also -- love Sasha!! She's the best. I have the same print! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! xo ~Sal

  2. I have to admit that I do start listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies early. I also like to get some Christmas shopping out of the way early because I hate it and I want to spend the pre-Christmas weeks focusing on Christ and family. Otherwise, I'm totally with you. Let's focus on being thankful, bask in the after glow of the harvest.

    As for non-pie pumpkin's my recommendation:
    If you can get your hands on the pecan pumpkin butter from Williams Sonoma, it's the best. If not, you can use any pumpkin butter. You can even make homemade-really easy.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. This year I decorated for Christmas early - I never have before, but this year I wanted to. I'm usually a one season at a time kinda girl, but here's the thing: just because my house is decorated for Christmas doesn't mean I'm not enjoying the present moment. It doesn't mean I'm unable to truly embrace Thanksgiving! That's like saying that because I have a Santa in my decorating I don't know Who I'm really celebrating. So this year we'll eat our Thanksgiving turk in a dining room filled with pumpkins & candles... in a home where every other room is decorated for Christmas. And I don't see how it'll matter much. Our hearts are full of thanks for our tremendous, untold totally undeserved & outrageous blessings!

    Those footprint turkeys? Adorable! And that picture garland? On it today! Adore you, Shannan! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I am all for the pumpkins scones with maple glaze! I absolutely LOVE the "Grateful" picture. I'm going to have to think about that one! I love the simplicity of it all.

  5. And p.s....those turkeys are absolutely the cutest Thanksgiving crafts I've seen in a long time! LOVE them!

  6. Yes and amen! You know I am not an lol-er, but "seasonal allegiance"? Lololol! I am all for the sincere and genuine appreciation of the Christmas spirit year round, but when our local shopping center put up their Christmas decorations on October 22nd, I felt like we were being played. I'm sorry, but I cannot start spending my Christmas dollars until we have at least attended the Hallelujah Harvest, Wally World! And time goes by quickly enough without celebrating 3 or 4 holidays at once. It makes me dizzy.

    Now, I am drinking my coffee from a Christmas mug, but in all fairness, I do that all year long.

  7. I say make ALL of those desserts and celebrate the day! Gooey pumpkin bars were my son's request for his birthday.....a good choice!

  8. I'm going generic pumpkin pie, but we're doing the sweet potatoes up in a new dress called cheesecake with gingersnap crust... !!!!

  9. I love Thanksgiving too and feel sad every year when it gets the shaft. :( I love the picture garland and the foot turkeys!! How about all four pumpkin recipes!! 'Tis the season, after all!! ;) Also, since I would hate for Sasha to miss any business and this is an ongoing issue for me...I can't hardly read your small print when you include it in your posts. I normally have to skip it because my reading glasses aren't handy. Guess, it's my age. :P

    1. Ha! Good to know. :) It looks fine on my screen but I didn't think about others. Fixing now!

  10. I just loves ya. And the garland of photos made me gasp.

  11. Ack hit enter before I was done!! Wanted to say thank you for sharing my wee little shop. So appreciate YOU. Happy Thanksgiving sweets!

  12. Farmgirl? How did you know I needed to see those foot turkeys this morning?
    You're a mind reader.
    I can tell.

  13. you had me at the garland of photos AND the mention of seasonal allegiance being a spiritual gift. I have that, too!

    love to you and yours....

  14. The garland! Yes! I have to do that. My photos live on my computer which a sorry place for them to be (especially since I almost lost them twice!). I'm digging in this week to make sure I enjoy the good in all this hurrying/cooking/preparations.Thanks for the reminder.

  15. You're taunting me with that windmill picture aren't you? Besides that I loved this post. I am reveler of Thanksgiving. I love this holiday and am beyond thrilled it's here.
    I officially cast my vote for pumpkin coffee cake with brown sugar glaze. It's on my list for this week too :)

  16. The foot turkeys are just precious! And the picture garland? Another fabulous idea! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Shannan!

  17. One of the (many) things I find myself being thankful for right now is you and the other writers out there who have such an amazing gift. You can put words to so many things that the rest of us are feeling and we appreciate it! I read your beautifully crafted sentences and my soul lets out a happy sigh. Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. There are a few of us out there who have resisted the urge to pull out the Christmas d├ęcor before the turkey is carved. I have been mighty tempted especially when it all looks so purdy out there. I am glad I that Thanksgiving will be savored this year and vow to make it until Friday before I pull out my first bulb. Btw...just finished Tomorrow there will be Apricots and loved every page.

  19. Pumpkin coffee cake with brown sugar glaze. . .can i assume that's the pioneer woman/tasty kitchen one? Because if so, please please please choose that option! It is divine! I mean, you know, if you're not going to take me up on the pioneer woman pumpkin cream pie suggestion. ;) That coffee cake is a good second choice! :)

  20. those foot turkeys are heart-snatchers. i am in sudden and dire need of brown paint.

    email winging your way as soon as i cobble a few minutes together. love you so.

  21. How about pumpkin whoopie pies? Or maybe the kids might love making these thanksgiving oreo turkeys?

    I haven't printed pictures in eons... love your garland idea and am inspired to do something similar!

  22. Did I miss something?
    Is that a farm door-ish thing you have your photofantastic garland on?

    Do TELL!
    Or, better yet, show :)

    Oh, and yeah, I'm constantly peeking around Thanksgiving and peering at Christmas...when what I really want is enough time to make Thanksgiving something special. Shooting myself in the foot, you say? (You'd be right.) So, this week I've been planning to let the little sister, Thanksgiving, have her own day...weekend, just be her :)

  23. Oh, and I'll be trying my pal Lisa's...Pumpkin Crunch Cake this year.
    So, there's another option for ya!

  24. Thank you for the foot turkey idea! I saw it yesterday, made a super quick trip to Michael's (as if that's possible?) for some clearance scrapbook paper and had feathers cut out for my grandson's Tuesday visit! It's racking up facebook 'likes' as we speak!
    And there are few things as fun as being 5 and being pretty sure nana has lost her mind when she's got you sitting on the edge of the tub painting the bottom of your foot!

  25. I loved this part: How can we possibly celebrate the day of gratitude when we're up on our tippy toes looking over its head?