Oh my goodness, this last holiday was a whirlwind! The Saturday before Thanksgiving, I had Friendsgiving with my high school track friends for our (gasp!) 13th year. We started it around sophomore year 2003, when we wanted to make sure we got together over thanksgiving break (at least that’s what I wanted!). It used to be that our parents would make a dish and we’d bring it to a friend’s house, but now we are big kids and we make all our dishes together. In HS we would always have it on a Wednesday, the day before T-day.
My cousin sent me this CNN article that said the whole idea behind ‘Friendsgiving’ was started around 2009…I guess we were 6 years ahead of the trend! We rarely get 100% of the gang back together for each Friendsgiving, but the past few years we’ve been able to have 7 out of the original 8 every year. Sometimes we bring siblings, significant others, or dear friends/roommates. It’s so fun to see how everyone changes over the years (who they date, where they’re living, what their job is), and also how much we haven’t changed at all. We still bicker and joke like old siblings, dance to loud music, laugh until we can’t breathe. Oh yeah, and stuff ourselves full of everyone’s delicious, homemade cooking.
I made a super easy, and so savory Pear + Blue Cheese Galette, for our feast’s appetizer. I bought the pie crust instead of making it since it is too dang hard to make a crust from scratch. Maybe if I was Anna (the girl who shares all her recipes here on Foggy Dress)…
Getting ready for the annual photo ^^
Now on to our next holiday…Merry Christmas, enjoy the season! It always goes too fast >.<
The sudden passing of my sweet Uncle reminded me of the passing of my dad only two years prior, also in October. My family relatives are laid to rest at a family cemetery near my grandparents farm in Idaho.
I remember when my dad passed, there were many kind things people did to help carry our burdens. I’d like to share a few things to say or do when you really don’t know what to do or say.
- Say Something. Oft times, when you just can’t understand the pain they’re going through, be it divorce, death, losing a job, etc., sometimes you say nothing because you don’t know what to say. But saying nothing means the person receives no signs of love and support from you during this time. Sending a card something along the lines of, “I can’t imagine how difficult this is, but I mourn with you,” “Sending my prayers your way” or sharing a memory you have with that person will just let the them know that you care. Doing so will help them carry even the tiniest bit of their burden.
- Send a real, physical card. Whether or not you decide to send flowers or donate to a charity in their name, there is just something about sending a physical card. When my dad passed away, lots of friends and family sent Facebook messages, emails, and texts. I appreciated that. A few of my friends, however, took the time to pick out a card, write a sweet message and memory of him, and mail it to me. I still have those cards today. With phones and computers always on the go, a text or email is so easy to send. But knowing someone took the extra step to send a card says a lot more than the words you write within.
- Remember their anniversary. A year after my father passed away, I received a card in the mail. It was my Aunt, acknowledging the anniversary of his passing, with some loving and supportive words. It is so comforting to know that he is still remembered by others, even if just for a day. Whether it’s for the passing of someone, a miscarriage anniversary, or a heartbreaking diagnosis, consider sending another card a few months to a year out.
Since I have two brothers who are getting married in the next 12 months, I thought I’d whip together a few wedding posts for all you brides-to-be. My oldest brother isn’t getting married until next summer, but my baby brother (see above and below photos) is tying the knot Thanksgiving weekend! Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some of my favorite wedding shops that will help you prepare for your big day.
If you’re a bride shopping for yourself, or a friend shopping for a bride, you cannot go wrong with these adorable, handmade lingerie pieces. They have classy, funky, and customizable bralettes with donuts on them, gold lace, and everything in between.
Okay, if you are not Adobe Illustrater savvy, then this the most affordable option for invitations, in my opinion. First of all, this site has some real cute prints. Secondly, the download of each print is only $15! Then you customize it yourself, and take it to a nice paper print store of your choosing. I paid a friend to make my invite when I was getting married, because I didn’t know about this site back then (and I don’t think is existed yet!). They have prints for other occasions as well, but I especially love their wedding collection.
Custom-made wooden wedding toppers make cute little decorations long after the wedding is over. I have my set on our book shelf, and every time I look at them I remember my wedding day. This shop owner also makes dolls for many occasions, see site for ideas.
I feel like Beets are the forgotten vegetable. But they are so cool guys. I’ve always loved the taste, and their magenta color is the prettiest of any veggie. Just be careful, their juices might stain! The poster above is from the Happy Letter Shop, and I plan on getting it for my dream kitchen someday.
Anna is also a beet lover, and has been dying to share a few recipes, so look out this month for a few beet-utiful posts from her!
Have a good weekend ~ I’ll be spending my time at the pool (fall is like the hottest time of the year here) trying not to melt.
lower photo via odyssey
Remember when I wrote about the story behind these shoes from Italy that I had to throw away? They were just too worn out. Well, I upgraded to these beautiful wooden clogs with leather straps. Everything I could ever want in a clog.