Tibault & Toad

Posts from November 2013


Thanksgiving was just how I like it: cold and quiet. There are only a handful of years I can remember it snowing before thanksgiving, and I love it. It totally puts me in a cozy holiday mood.

We started the day watching the Macy's Day Parade, and then headed over to my parent's house (along with my sisters and their husbands, Indy's two cousins, and Alan's parents). I didn't take as many pictures this year as I was hoping, and when I looked back through the camera I was like "these are all of food!" Fair enough. Everyone contributed and the food was very good. Alan and I supplied a pasture-raised turkey again this year from Honored Prairie, and used Pioneer Woman's brine recipe: apple cider, salt, brown sugar, rosemary, orange peels, peppercorns, garlic and bay leaves. I dare say it might be one of the best turkeys I have ever had. And of course pie (pumpkin and a caramel-apple cider pie), recipes from The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie. Indy played all day, straight through her nap, and when I was buckling her into the car to go home that night she said "mommy, can I go to sleep?" ". . .ummm. . .yyyyes?" And she closed her little eyes and did just that.

I hope you all had a splendid Thanksgiving as well.

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paint and ink

I am an ever-changing person. I got an itch for a little change in this space the other day, and pulled out the art supplies to make it happen. It's already snowed here a couple of times, Thanksgiving is in two days and Christmas is four weeks from tomorrow! I'm in a great holiday mood, okay? Yes we have already started listening to Christmas music (only because Christmas and Thanksgiving are so close together this year). I hope to update the art here seasonally (or however frequently suits my fancy.) Not only is it a great motivator for me to stay creative and work on my artistic skills, but it just feels right to me to try and make this space match the season we're in both figuratively and literally. As I said last time when T&T got its major makeover: I am not an artist. I enjoy it and I want to get better at it, and putting it up there in that corner is another way that this space is an outpouring of me. 

Indy's contribution during painting time consisted of shaking the table while I was working on the lettering, and sticking things in the eraser. Thanks Indy. 

Anyways, I hope you like it!

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