Present Over Perfect.


It's been about 4 years, two kids, two houses and lots of memories since my last post. When I really think about it, I've changed down to the core in the past several years. Having kids will do that to you, ha! The one thing that remains constant is my desire to be creative. Whether that's in designing a living room, or making Tuesday night's dinner, I believe one of God's  gifts to me was the love of being creative.

One of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist, recently wrote a book on the idea of being present over perfect.  I've wanted to start blogging again for the past couple years, but never did because I didn't have enough time to really work on it. I'm chasing two kids all day and the last thing I have time to do is write a long, well thought-out, picture studded post. So I just didn't do it. I let what I know to be one of the fundamental parts of who I am stay quiet for fear of not being perfect. I'm done with that. So done. This blog isn't going to be perfect. It won't follow a specific schedule or have structured content. It'll be when I can and on what I love. That's it. I'm choosing to be present over perfect. Amen.

And because it's almost Thanksgiving, today I'm sharing what I'm making for Thanksgiving this year. I get to host my family this year (there's nearly 30 of us!) and thankfully we all bring dishes to contribute. Last year I tried a new recipe for turkey and dressing and it turned out to be a hit. I'm not a stuffing fan, but I hoarded this stuff! If you've never heard of America's Test Kitchen, get ready to be excited. They always have THE best recipes and the path they take to craft each recipe is so interesting. They have a couple shows on PBS that are my 3 year old's favorite to watch--I take teaching her to love cooking seriously!

Here's the link to the best turkey and dressing. A little extra work, but worth it!

I'm also making squash casserole. My sweet friend Shelley recently made it for our supper club and I fell in love. It's not healthy, it's super cheesy, and it tastes great for breakfast. Not that I'd know...

Squash Casserole

And finally, no holiday in my home would be complete without making an Ina Garten recipe. Her make ahead gravy is as easy as it is delicious. 

 Make Ahead Gravy

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for sticking with me over the years! I'm looking forward to reconnecting with each and every one of you.

xo- Jennifer