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All of the Vacation Issues!


Completely happy, merry, all of the issues!

I hope U.S. readers had a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend and loved spending time with household and mates.

Everybody end up all of your Thanksgiving turkey? I used this bitter cream enchilada recipe with leftover turkey (substituting rather than the rooster) and it was delish! I additionally made turkey noodle soup (sharing some with a sick neighbor who missed out on the vacation), and we are actually formally completed with our turkey!

Vacation meals

Often I am going fairly “massive” for Thanksgiving, however we have been extra low key this yr. We had turkey, do-it-yourself cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and brownies for dessert (no pie!). Plus rolls. We did have rolls. However usually I’d additionally make candy potatoes, inexperienced bean casserole, and a number of other different facet dishes and/or desserts that I didn’t do that yr. It was completely pretty, however nonetheless cheap from a meals preparation perspective. Not overwhelming with leftovers and nothing went to waste. The truth is, my grocery spending this month is just a little decrease in comparison with the previous couple months!  A real shock to me on condition that I’d deliberate my finances considering that meals spending can be greater this month. However we managed to squeeze out so many leftovers from the one Thanksgiving meal that it saved us on meals prices that week (and nonetheless ending it up right here right now and tomorrow).

Avoid wasting, splurge some…

So we saved on meals, however we splurged on one thing else – household pictures! I obtained a advice from a buddy and we had pictures finished the day earlier than Thanksgiving. The climate was good and we obtained attractive desert photographs of our household all collectively. The photographer does it as a side-hustle (her full-time gig is as a nurse), so she was far more cheap than a number of the costs I’ve seen quoted elsewhere. We spent $140 for an hour and an entire gallery of digital pictures. Listed here are a few my favorites:

(Photograph credit score to S. Houghton Images for native Tucson mates)

Reminiscences to final a lifetime!

Lengthy-time readers have watched my youngsters develop since they have been 4 years outdated (they’re 10-and-a-half now!). I can’t imagine how a lot they’ve grown. It’s true what they are saying – the times are lengthy, however the years are quick. Whereas footage is probably not in everybody’s finances, it’s a deliberate annual expense for us as a result of I wish to doc this time in our lives. When the women have been youthful, we’d take our personal annual pictures (we didn’t even personal a tripod – we’d simply prop a digital camera). Or there have been occasions we’d have my stepdad take our picture together with his fancy digital camera. Different occasions we did low cost pics within the Sears picture studio. The purpose is, there are methods round going to knowledgeable. But when yow will discover a fairly priced photographer who matches your finances – I feel its a worthwhile splurge.

Do you do annual household pictures?

Do you employ leftover turkey in different inventive methods? Recipes you wish to share?

 

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