November 2019 Round-Up

November 2019 Round-Up


At the beginning of the month, the children and I joined my husband to check fence at our family barn and in the process of doing that, hunted for pheasant. No pheasants were harvested but one quail and fixed fence was the end result of our fun family outing. After the outdoor outing, we had a delicious breakfast at the local diner.

During the month, I helped my mom throw my cousin a baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy. It was a fun shower with good food and company.

My daughter had her first ever church primary program this month! My parents, youngest sister, and in-laws came and watched her as she sang her heart out and said her part of the program.

Along with my daughter’s preschool class, I took the children on a field trip to the local aerospace museum. It’s amazing to see the complex and historical aircrafts.

I was able to meet my new identical twin nieces. Holding the new babes made me even more excited for my new addition coming this spring.

I was able to go on a date with my daughter to her preschool Friendsgiving. We made apple pie and enjoyed eating at the luncheon with her preschool friends.

For our second mom and daughter date, we attended the nutcracker with my mom and youngest sister. It was the Moscow’s Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.


For Thanksgiving, I hosted my parents and siblings. All-together we had four children, nine adults, and one bun in the oven (my baby).

Have you ever had a Thanksgiving turkey cooked in a smoker? So delicious. Thanks to my husband who cooked the bird for the big day!

We cooked two turkeys, one spatchcocked and the other one in a pan on a turkey cannon. He used competition blend pellets for the turkeys. We used the smoke-flavored turkey drippings to make a flavorful gravy.

My husband also cooked a cast iron Dutch oven fruit cobbler. One side of the cobbler was country cherry pie filling and the other side was berry medley filling. You simply put a French vanilla cake mix on top of the pie filling, with a full stick of butter sliced over the whole thing. It wins one of my favorite desserts of all time! And of course I added a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to the top of it.

I cooked buttered and brown-sugared sweet potatoes with mini-marshmallows on top.

Prepping, cleaning, and staging the house for guests was so good for our home. I am happy to have my home all ready for the month of December and the Christmas season!

After dinner while the men watched a football game and laid by the fireplace, the ladies made Christmas wreaths. My brother’s wife Maria, farmer/florists and owner of Save The Bees Flower Co., instructed us on how to make a wreath with pine clippings, foliage accents, and round wire frames. It was so therapeutic and enjoyable!

Remodeled Basement

As my husband and I were preparing to host my family for Thanksgiving Dinner, we had the motivation and drive to finish our basement remodel. We completed by installing and painting trim, installing vanities and toilets, hanging mirrors and blinds, and laying carpet. We hung doors, door hardware, and installed switch and outlet covers. One of the last things we did was put a flue pipe on our bedroom wood stove. I loved seeing it all come together. I am so grateful for my hardworking husband and his work to create our house into a haven and home.

We moved our bedroom to the new master bed and bath. I absolutely love our the new space.

November was truly a month of thanksgiving and gratefulness. I live a blessed life.