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Brunch, Baking & Catching Up

It’s a new day, it’s a new month and it’s a new beginning for me. I always feel this way after my annual trip to the oncologist–I had a successful appointment yesterday. Sometimes I find it challenging focusing on anything else except this appointment and after it’s over, I feel so much better. *Cheers to good health!*

Thanksgiving was good! I spent most of the day relaxing and looking through some of my vintage cookbooks as the crockpot did most of the work for the turkey. It was a very nontraditional way to cook the turkey but honestly, it’s the best turkey that I’ve ever cooked. *hands down*

The days have been short and dark but this is usually the time I get the creative bug to bake up a storm. This evening I’m thinking of cooking a hot milk sponge cake using a recipe combination from the 1969 Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook and a very similar recipe that was handed down to me from my husband’s grandmother. It’s a good day to bake.

Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook, 1969

With the dramatic drop in temperatures, I’ve found myself cooking a lot more soups & stews. I made this White Bean Soup a few weeks ago in my crock pot–I put the leftovers in the freezer for those days when I don’t feel like cooking!

Homemade White Bean Soup

A hearty brunch to start off December

In other news, we celebrated the start of December with a special brunch here at home. We bought our dining room table earlier this year and I love using it–and any excuse to use my vintage Blue Willow dishes is a win-win for me! 🙂 I was also very excited to use my Titanic replica teapot that I bought from the Titanic Exhibition in Las Vegas. How I got that thing home without breaking it is beyond me. I thought it paired nicely with my Blue Willow dishes.

I love my ‘Christmas with Victoria‘ books–so many great ideas as well as gorgeous decor inspiration!

Tea & Transferware: Two of my passions. Tea Time has always been a thing as of late. I’ve been trying to make time for a proper tea time a few times a week. This is a shot from a few weeks ago. It gets dark so early now which makes it harder to capture teatime moments. I adore my brown transferware tea set–I’m sure I featured it on this blog before.

Afternoon tea with homemade gluten free apple spice cake.

Also, I’m thrilled to finally use my red transferware tea cups–they are perfect for the holidays. I’ve also been on an apple spice tea kick as well as this beautiful autumnal tea from Market Spice.

My Autumn has been filled with tea time, entertaining, trying new recipes and decorating. I’m trying to enjoy every bit of this holiday season.

Until next time <3

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