Today I present to you: a few of our family pictures. Here's how family pictures go in the Emery household: I forget my belt (and you can totally tell in all the pictures - ugh), we get kicked out of the location we planned, Sam and Jason are done before we start, and it ends in a giant tickle fight. That's where amazing photographers come in to save the day. Seriously, Emily-Jane is amazing. She made my boys feel relaxed and happy and carried the whole thing. I don't know why anyone would choose anyone else for family pictures. And good news, people - she lives in Provo now! Check out her website here, or her facebook here.
Christmas season is officially here, and that means Christmas treats! (Every holiday means holiday treats for me, actually. Isn't that why we have holidays in the first place? ;) One of my favorite Christmas treats is dipped pretzels. My culinary genius friend Jessa came over yesterday and we had so much fun making these easy, delicious pretzels.
What we used:
1 bag pretzel rods, cut in half
THIS caramel recipe from Everyday Home Cook (it was so good that we poured the extra into a pan and made bite-sized caramels)
Candiquik milk chocolate and vanilla chocolate from Target
crushed peppermint candy canes
First, make the caramel according to directions. Then, quickly dip the caramel on the pretzel rods and spread on parchment paper. After a few minutes cooling, roll each pretzel stick between your palms so the caramel wraps evenly around the pretzel instead of pooling on the paper. Then, melt the chocolate and dip onto the caramel sticks. When it's cooled and set, drizzle the top with the other flavor of chocolate. Option: dip a few pretzels into vanilla chocolate only and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. YUMMINESS ALL AROUND.
I would tell you how long they store for, but ours are almost gone already so I don't know :) Thanks Jessa for coming over and making these with me! I have a feeling it will be the first of many Christmas treats this season :)
PS I'm giving away $50 to Target. Enter the giveaway HERE if you haven't yet.
Recently, I was talking to a man from South Africa about Thanksgiving. He said how much he admires the concept of Thanksgiving in the US, the idea of a national holiday to remember your roots and give thanks in whatever way you wish for what you have. I thought it was such a good point - although it made me feel guilty because mostly I just love the holiday for the 5-day weekend and the food!
Thanksgiving yesterday was so fun. It was the first time in a couple years that we celebrated with my family, and I loved it! Sam and I slept in and read our books in bed for an hour or two on Thanksgiving morning. Then we went to two sets of grandparents houses for two sets of hanging with the family, talking, and of course eating.
Here are some pictures from my granny and grandpa's house. I loved just hanging out with everyone before dinner started. And of course once the food came out I forgot to take any more pictures. Priorities, people. Priorities. And Sam was thankful that I was so distracted by the food that I didn't get a single picture with him ;)
Hope your Thanksgiving was great! I have so much to be thankful for every single day.
P.S. I went Black Friday shopping for the first time last night. Target was a madhouse. Cops everywhere, crazy long lines, people pushing three carts, people running through the store, and a group in front of us in the line who had a liiiiitle too much to drink for Thanksgiving dinner. It was quite the experience!
The truth is, during this season, I am so incredibly grateful for YOU, blog readers! I know this whole blogging thing is weird and silly and hard to explain to outsiders, but I love it! The friends I've made through blogging are very real. In fact, I count some blogger friends as some of my closest friendships. I love being inspired by the stories of so many men and women out there through reading blogs.
So, to celebrate this blog, how far it's come, and my amazing readers, I'm giving away $50 to Target to one lucky reader. Let's be honest, we all could spend $50 at Target in about 15 minutes (I could do it in 3 minutes tops. It's a talent.).
Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you so much for reading!
Oh and PS my cute friend Elise just opened up a new shop called Painted Happiness to sell her handpainted signs and decor. Everything in her shop is darling. I would hang anything of hers in my home, and they all start at only $12. See the giveaway below to enter to win! One winner will get to choose a 16x20 sign and another winner will get to choose an 8x10. Good luck!