ONE: My early Christmas gift.... a Big Girl Camera
|Canon EOS Rebel T3i|
My amazing, thoughtful husband gave this baby to me as an early Christmas gift so I could learn how to use it and take photos while we're visiting my family for Thanksgiving. It means so much to me to be able to take nice photos with them since I won't be there for Christmas! That means this weekend I've got some light reading with oh... 300 pages... of the manual, plus all of the photography tutorials I've been bookmarking online! Did I mention how much I love my husband, and not just for his impeccable gift giving abilities?!
I've practiced taking photos (and love it so far) but haven't learned how to get them on my computer yet. If any of you have a DSLR, what are your favorite lenses or accessories? I'm thinking a remote, tripod, and definitely a camera case for now.
TWO: Hot Chocolate
One of the first photos I saw on Pinterest was this hot chocolate. All you have to do is spread cool whip cookie sheet or any small pan, freeze it, then cut out with a cookie cutter in a fun shape. (I lined my pan with parchment paper first so I could lift the cool whip out of the pan and cut it more easily) Ruby and I had a lady/pup date this week and we sipped on some hot chocolate while the dogs played. Perfection!
THREE: Christmas Purchases
FOUR: Thanksgiving Hostess Gift
I'm planning to put together a little hostess gift for our Thanksgiving dinner hosts. Anything beyond the booze isn't really necessary if you're eating with family, in my opinion, but I decided to get creative with it anyway. The goodies will include: a bottle of Pinot Noir with a DIY chalkboard label (obviously since that is in the photo), some of my favorite pumpkin granola, a cute wine stopper, and a festive kitchen towel. Easy to put together, easy on the wallet, and a great gift for anyone.
FIVE: Thanksgiving Link-Up next week!
I'm so excited to host my first link-up next week! I hope you will all join me in sharing your favorite Thanksgiving recipe on Tuesday, November 12th! I'll also have the link open for a couple of days so you can join later if you forget. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's favorite recipes and maybe adding a few new ones to our menu this year! You can either save the button above or wait until the day-of, where I'll have the html code for you.
With all of that excitement this week... we have zero plans for us this weekend, which is awesome. Anyone have anything fun going on? I hope you have a good one!