Family + Friends = A Perfect Recipe

It’s a chilly Sunday evening and I have found myself in the habit of writing in the mornings. The leaves have fallen all over the backyard, they are the prettiest colors and I’ve managed to collect a few to dry and create something crafty…stay tuned for that. IMG_9013

This past week has been bittersweet and it took me all day today to reflect on this week’s post.  So a loaf of homemade cornbread, creamy vegetarian chili and a batch of warm chocolate chip cookies later, I’ve come to realize we are at the time of year when we are spending more time with family and friends.

Making the decision to move from California to Tennessee was one of the biggest decisions I have ever had to make.  I never thought I would take the leap and actually jump and yet, here I am, six months later and it still feels a bit like an extended vacation…I have a new car that we traveled safely across country with, a new city to call home, an amazing new job and coworkers to be grateful for, an incredible new group of friends, spending more time with my dad and stepmom and it’s still hard for me to believe, I am in the beginning stages of becoming a first-time homeowner!

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Keeping positive has played a major role in all of it. However, there are some days where I find myself missing a snuggly afternoon gossiping with my mom at her house, having dinner parties and making sarcastic jokes with my best girlfriends who finish my sentences, escaping for weekends away in Sonoma County to spend with my cousin and her family and laughing over the funny things we do after sharing probably one too many glasses of wine.  Then I pause and think, this new life is a part of my adventure, I am LIVING my life, soaking up every memory, every moment and I then I realize, I know this is where I am supposed to be.

I spent all day cooking and baking because in a way, it’s therapeutic for me.  I think the best part was sharing that meal with family.  With the holiday season just around the corner, wherever the wind blows you this year, invite that one family member that never gets invited, or friend, or coworker that has nowhere to go, or make that long-awaited phone call and try to put aside any ill will and focus on the memories of being with family and friends, because after all, that is the perfect recipe.

My sweet tooth is getting the best of me, so I am signing off to run downstairs and grab a few warm cookies.

Have a very happy and safe Halloween!



6 thoughts on “Family + Friends = A Perfect Recipe

  1. Tina Panelli

    Loved this post. Fall weather & holidays are primetime for memories to surface. Sounds like you are embracing those memories & the present… of both worlds.


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