When I was a young girl, I was in love with horses. My father used to say I was going to marry a horse. I dreamed of living on a ranch, having lots of kids, making homemade jam, and riding horses all day with my cowboy husband. I laugh now because my life is pretty much the opposite of those girlhood dreams. I’m married to my best friend, a New York City, bagel loving, word crunching, city-boy, and we live by the sea with our two children and one very cute Yorkiepoo.
Recently, those childhood dreams and memories returned when I came across Ree Drummond’s book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl as well as her Food Network show: The Pioneer Woman. I am fascinated by Ree Drummond’s ranch cooking, horseback riding, cowboy loving, living on the range lifestyle. Ree’s life is so very different from my New York City, Hampton’s lifestyle. Ree lives on miles of open land with not another soul or building in sight. We have miles of ocean and tourists everywhere. Ree has herds of wild horses roaming her vast landscape. We have herds of wild deer eating our small garden.
So, this holiday season, I am grateful for The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, because I can vicariously live my fantasy life, while at the same time enjoying time with my wonderful family by the beautiful sea in our charming village of Sag Harbor.
Happy holidays, y’all!
We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving here in our little home by the sea. Son Connor will be arriving home from college in a few days. Hubby Robbie purchased our turkey from Whole Foods, and daughter Molly and I are planning our menu. I’ve also taken time this week to decorate our home to commemorate the season and add festivity. This is our living room mantel. I love changing the decorations for each holiday and season. My family loves it, too. It gives them a sense of the passage of time and helps get everyone in a happy mood.
Good friend, Glorynn, sent this porcelain pheasant and I created a fun Thanksgiving theme around it on a table near our entryway. I still need to add the white candles.
A good friend made this beautiful wreath and I’ve placed it on our front door for the past five seasons. I love our tricycle red front door, which brightens our home’s exterior, creating a happy, healthy, and abundant Mouth of C’hi.
Reflecting on the many things I am grateful for is a large part of how I get ready for Thanksgiving. I am grateful for our family’s love. I am grateful for our cute Yorkie Poo, Ollie. I am grateful for all our friends, and grateful we get to live in the charming village of Sag Harbor. I am grateful we are surrounded by ocean and bay beaches, and that we can walk for miles on long, beautiful, country roads. I am grateful for the abundance of food in our refrigerator and pantry, and that come Thanksgiving, I am grateful we can share this food with our dear family and friends.
How do you prepare for Thanksgiving? What are you grateful for?
Love and light for an abundant, gratitude filled Thanksgiving!