{MM} 11.26.12



How was your Thanksgiving?

Ours was spent up in the mountains.

We rented a lodge & cabins & spent 3 days playing games, cooking (& eating), playing in the snow.  I did quite a bit of reading (almost finished with The Shoemaker’s Wife–so good!) & crocheting.

Here’s a snippet of our Thanksgiving: my brother’s doing a little post-Thanksgiving dinner dancing in the kitchen.



To share:

This year we’re having a very scaled back Christmas (due to our revised budget/life).

For starters, since we’ll be in the midst of moving, then unpacking right before Christmas, we won’t be putting up our decorations for Christmas until right before the holiday.

For gifts, our budget is small & I’m trying to make most of our gifts.  I think some of the best gifts are homemade.  I’m sewing the kids super hero capes & making DIY books on CD (with me reading, of course).

Even if you don’t have time to make your own gifts, there are so many great Etsy & Big Cartel shops & I absolutely love the handcrafted touch.  For the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring a few finds & DIY projects I think are share worthy.

♥ I love these adorable adornments from Migration Goods.

For neighbors:  Great DIY edible gifts,  rawtella (vegan version of Nutella) & cinnamon roll almond butter

For kids:  I love this DIY idea for play grocery store food.  (maybe you could use vegan, healthier, packaged foods?)

♥ DIY Luxe Gift Tags (I think this would be perfect as a gift card holder & tucked into a stocking)

DIY Snowman Handprint Ornaments (great toddler/mom project)

♥ I love this easy, frugal, thankful way to decorate your tree

& for you typography lovers out there, I ♥ this font (& it’s free).

to pin:
(all recipes gluten-free & vegan)


shepards pie
shepards pie II
veggie pot pie 
 (use gf pie crust)

quinoa & cornbread stuffed poblano peppers
fall hazelnut panzanella (for gf, use gf bread)

russian tea cakes
raw raspberry pudding

tetrazzini casserole
sugar-free carob almond butter cups

“detox” salad 



Today I’m getting things together for my D.C. trip.  I’m driving to Portland this afternoon & flying out to D.C. to spend the week there with Joseph.

I have a big surprise Christmas-y giveaway post scheduled for tomorrow.  I’m excited to share–I love being able to give stuff away to you guys.

I may not get a chance to peek back in before next week other than to announce the giveaway winners, but I will post updates & pics of the trip on twitter & facebook.




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  1. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family
    on December 3, 2012 at 7:29 am said:

    I love the dancing. My kids do it all the time…sort of a cult favorite.

    I hope you have a great time in DC, I am sure you will be overjoyed to see your love.

  2. MJ @parscaeli
    on November 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm said:

    Girl, have the time of your life in DC!! You have earned it. Hoping you’re reading this after a marvelous time together. Thank you, thank you for linking up to our stars. Wishing happy, happy holidays, dear. xoxo, MJ

  3. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    on November 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

    Wow, what a fun family! Last time I visited my parents they put on a little show for me and did the Gangnam style dance! It was priceless

  4. Daisy
    on November 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm said:

    Does your family know their dancing is on YouTube? ;D

    I think a lot of people are starting to feel the desire for a scaled-back Christmas, and not just because of budget constraints. It just becomes so hectic and crazy when that’s not what the season is supposed to be about!

    Enjoy your time with Joseph! 🙂

  5. Leanne
    on November 27, 2012 at 8:34 am said:

    I love the video…we all need a good laugh now and then, and you have it on video foreverrrr!!
    We only give 3 gifts to our kids for Christmas, and this works well. And they do not mind it.
    Have a great trip!

  6. Ashlee @ Plant Infusions
    on November 27, 2012 at 7:02 am said:

    Veggie pot pie and Shepard’s Pie II have the same link…just FYI!

    I love scaled-back Christmas idea, we are doing similar things. Christmas has been taken over by the industry and gotten way outta control anyway.

  7. Char @ www.charskitchen.ca
    on November 27, 2012 at 1:03 am said:

    Thanks for the link back, love!

    Have a safe trip!! I love your ideas for the holidays. We’re also doing a small Christmas this year with everyone. Many people will be getting cookies, and they’re doing the same for us 🙂 I actually kind of prefer it that way. xoxo

  8. Louise
    on November 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm said:

    Thank you again for giving my lil’ cotton bag diy some L.O.V.E. Heart you! And safe travels to D.C. Have a wonderful time w/ the hubbs =) XO

  9. Kristi
    on November 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm said:

    Yay!! It’s almost Joseph time! So happy for you!!!

  10. Lindsay
    on November 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm said:

    The books on CD with you reading is such a great idea!!

  11. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    on November 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm said:

    great link ups dear! thanks so much for linking to my carob almond butter cups 🙂 you’re so sweet and just made my day!

  12. lfwfv
    on November 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm said:

    Love the gift ideas for your kids Janae!! So awesome, they’ll love it! Have a FANTASTIC time in D.C. with your man.

  13. janet @ the taste space
    on November 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm said:

    Nothing wrong with a scaled back Christmas… the company is most important. I ended up making some gifts this weekend – bath bomb cupcakes with kitchen staples! Since I don’t eat refined sugars and flours, it was fun to throw icing sugar and cornstarch into a better use. 🙂

  14. Joy
    on November 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm said:

    First things first, have a wonderful time in DC! I know you will. I’m sending you lots of wishes for safe and healthy travel.

    Also, what a fantastic roundup! I absolutely love MJ’s idea for bringing together Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since this is our first Christmas together, we’re a little low on ornaments. This will help us round out our meager decorations. I also think your super hero and book recording ideas are fantastic!

    Thank you for the link to the post on Migration Goods! Eling is so talented, and I was thrilled to finally feature her adorable and impeccably made pieces on the blog.

    Safe and happy travels, friend! A happy time to be reunited with your love. xo