How’s that for a title?!?
Guys. It’s me today. As it is the week of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a little story with you. Before I do, I wanted to tell you about a fun evening I had with some friends & the Denver Rescue Mission.
A little while ago, some bloggers and other awesome peeps teamed up with the Denver Rescue Mission at a local eatery for a food drive. The guests brought food that was donated to the homeless living here in Denver. There were lots. of. turkeys. A few of my awesome friends made this event happen – including my friend, Sarah Noel. The lady is charismatic. And she knows how to get people to give their canned goods. (Don’t mind that I gave a few cans of beefaroni. It’s delicious and needs to be shared!)
Sarah and the rest of her gang inspired me to be more giving this holiday season. I sometimes get caught up in the tinsel and glitter that the holidays bring, and I forget to sit back and be grateful for what I already HAVE. As I type these words, Vita is crying herself to sleep. (Workin’ on self-soothing. I’m a mess.) I’m grateful that she has a healthy set of lungs on her. So simple. But that means the world to me.
Did I mention that this party took place at Denver’s hottest breakfast spot, Snooze Eatery?!? The Snooze folks were generous enough to host this lil’ bash and cater the whole thing, too. If you’ve ever been to Denver and eaten here, then you know. If you haven’t… well then you haven’t lived. Pineapple pancakes and a syrup that I am convinced was mostly sweetened condensed milk. As it should be.
To change the tone of this post into a more depressing one, I’m going to tell you a little story. When I was 7 years old, our house burned down. On Christmas Day. No joke.
Luckily, my family was away visiting grandparents that day so we weren’t there. But everything was destroyed. My room was toast. Get it? Toast! All of our presents were burnt to a crisp and, in an instant, I was without clothes. I was without toys (that was still the best Christmas year for toys, I tell you). I was without a home.
My siblings and I were devastated because we were all of the sudden left with nothing. And do you know what happened? Families in our neighborhood – some we knew, some we didn’t – gave us their presents. They donated their clothes. They gave us money to help us out. I was blown away by the generosity of little children. I was only 7 at the time, but I was taught what it means to be charitable and giving. I’ll never forget that. Every holiday season, I always remember that experience and how it changed my childhood for the better.
To get y’all happy again – we were able to live in a hotel thanks to insurance. Continental breakfast every morning, my friend. And you wonder where I get my love of donuts and other processed foods…
This year, I encourage you to take a more active part in giving in your community. Feed the homeless. Adopt a family for the holidays. Give up something so that others can have.
Photography: Rachel Greiman of Denver Rescue Mission
Baby Girl Ward was born recently (view pics of the cutie here!), so while I’m out trying to raise her proper, I’ve asked some amazeballs bloggers to visit! Today’s post comes from Tanya Kateri of The Wonderist! This gal is sharing all about her recipe fails and what she learned from her mother!
As Lexy begins her new adventure as a mom, I thought I’d talk a little bit about love and family traditions…. I’m really looking forward to sharing this post with you and to hearing about your traditions!
A couple things you should know about me first:
I have the culinary sophistication of a kindergartner, and I am a firm believer in the Costco sheet cake. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with store-bought. That being said, my mom was the opposite.
My mom’s yearbook picture – oh, the hair!
As the daughter of a baker, she wore the kitchen like a second skin. If Michelin rated private homes, ours would have been 3 stars. Sadly, I didn’t acquire any of her talent for cooking. She tried to get me to learn for years (so that I could get a husband, I’m pretty sure) – I just never took much of an interest in it. But now that she’s gone (3 months ago to a long battle with cancer), I find myself really wanting to learn, wishing I could turn back time for her to teach me.
And so I decided a few weeks ago that I would cook my way through her favorite recipes – they were the centerpiece of our traditions – holidays, visits home from college, you name it. And, for me, where there was tradition, there was her love. When I chose this crepe dessert – “The Gateau de Crepes Cerises” – for my first attempt, I could almost hear her cautioning me to pick something easier. But I was always stubborn, and she always relished a good “I told you so” moment!
I had a bit of a rough start, as it were. Turns out I don’t even own the basic appliances required to cook. Like a blender or a food processor. Me. Caveman. Off to Target I went, with my self-esteem in my purse. When I finally got down to brass tacks – I was still missing one thing: the superhuman genome it requires to make a SINGLE, BLEEPING crepe. I poured, I shook, I flipped. I poured again. The result was a house full of smoke and a sink full of failure.
So, the bad news?
My mom directing everyone in the kitchen – even on her wedding day!
My first recipe was a recipe for a disaster. The good news? I have renewed appreciation for what they do at IHOP.
The moral of the story: moms are always right, even when they’re no longer with you. I shouldn’t have started with something so hard. I knew my dessert wasn’t going to win any beauty pageants, but I would have loved it all the same because it was a piece of her. The Gateau is an unassuming dessert. A little rough around the edges but just so good on the inside. A lot like my mom. Gosh, I miss her.
I would love to know – what traditions do you share with a loved one that help you keep them close when they are far away or no longer with you?
Read more about Tanya and her traditions over on her blog, The Wonderist!
- Treat Bags
- Crepe Paper
- Glue Dots
- Treats (Macarons were my sweet of choice here.)
I have to brag for a minute or two. I’ve got some pretty talented friends and they’ve created an amazing e-book called Make Your Day that is all about DIY! Chelsea of Lovely Indeed and Chelsey of The Paper Mama got together and have blown minds with their amazing e-book filled with DIY gifts for the masses. The Chelsea/ys (my new and affectionate name for them) are sharing inspiration to make gifts for everyone you love this holiday season.
We’re talkin’ mugs. We’re talkin’ serving utensils. We’re talkin’ clocks. Everything is gorgeously styled (would you expect anything less from these ladies?!?) and expertly photographed. I’m a little offended they didn’t ask me to model for the book (wink), but I’ll let it slide.
Congratulations Chelsea & Chelsey!
And good news! They’re offering a discount to y’all! Save 20% and save lives by entering the code MYDAYISMADE20 at checkout! Head over here to snag a copy!
It’s that time of year! The holidays are here! Christmas! Christmas. Our EAT DRINK CREATE party series has been such a fun one this year and each event gets better than the last. Erin & I have got so many fun things up our sleeves for the holiday edition. We’ve partnered with West Elm here in Denver to make this party a holiday heaven!
If you’re in the Denver area, join us on December 5th at the West Elm in Cherry Creek. There will be some delish treats from Happy Cakes! You know they make one of the best cupcakes in the city. I usually buy half a dozen for myself. Zevia will be there workin’ it with some holiday beverages!
As always, the first 50 people to arrive will receive something extra special! Including a sweet secret something from Sugar & Type! So get there on time, my friends. Get there on time.
The folks at Yoked have helped make this party a reality. We’re big fans of what they’ve got going on. As a blogger, it’s tricky to find partnerships with companies that fit your aesthetic. Yoked busts their butts to help connect businesses and bloggers and create fruitful relationships. It’s like E-Harmony! Read all about ‘em here.
The Minted people always guarantee a good time. We’ve loved having them involved and can’t wait to share them with you this holiday season. Are you a fan of Minted? I’m digging this holiday card this season. And this one. And this one.
We love to DIY and you better believe there will be a few different projects going on! We wanted to make sure this party would make your head explode. I’m pretty sure that’s going to happen. :)
Sound like a good time? You want to be there? RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject titled “EAT DRINK CREATE RSVP” to snag a spot! See you there!
Baby Girl Ward was born recently (view pics of the cutie here!), so while I’m out learning how to raise this tiny human, I’ve asked some amazeballs bloggers to visit! Today’s post comes from one of my fave creatives, Jessica from The Confetti Bar! It’s a party wherever she goes!
- acrylic paints in color(s) of your choice
- lollipop sticks
- gold paint & small paintbrush
- small sequin pins
- miniature disco balls (I found mine at Michael’s craft store
photography: The Confetti Bar