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🎄 is up and christmas cookies were baked (second year in a row making @ambitiouskitchen’s sugar cookies - MAKE THEM! 👏🏼)⁣

can we get real and talk about holiday decorating and christmas cookie making for a sec? instagram makes you think it should be all “gumdrops and rainbows” but it’s not really that at all. the kids were breaking ornaments. luca spilt an entire jar of sprinkles all over the floor while decorating the cookies and that was after they fought over who would do each step with mama while making them. 😩 ⁣

yes. holiday music was played, but it was not peaceful and at times, it was chaotic and I said to Lu, “is this worth it?! do they even like this?!” ⁣

and then luca, with me in roma’s room after baths, looked up at me getting roma in her jammies and said, “mama, we make more cookies tomorrow, okay mama?” ⁣

and then I thought about my childhood memories and why I started this christmas cookie making the day after thanksgiving tradition in the first place. because I have one very, very vividly happy memory of decorating christmas cookies with my family. and it made me love this time of year and remember that time fondly. and knowing my mom, they were probably slice and bake 😂😂⁣

anyway. it may look “perfect” on instagram and then when you go to do it yourself, it seems like a disaster. but remember... kids just love your undivided attention and that’s exactly what they had tonight. they don’t remember the burnt cookies or the mess or their screaming sibling. they were too busy having a blast eating cookies with their parents. 🤍💚❤️ and that’s perfect.
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🦃🍂 luca and roma helped mama put together the thanksgiving table this year with their hand turkeys (my favorite part of the table 🥰)! we’re celebrating at home with my parents and while there is other family who can’t be with us this year, we are grateful for our health and the family with us today. 🖤 there is much to be grateful for this year, more than ever. sending love, strength, and gratitude to all of you this year. I’m thankful for this community, more and more every year 🙌🏼 #happythanksgiving ...

there won't be any new recipes on the blog this week, because it's THANKSGIVING WEEK! 🦃 but don't go too far... this VEGAN creamy potato and kale soup is coming to the blog first thing sunday morning! 🥣 🥔 and yes, you can stir that leftover turkey in there, if you so please. 😇⁣

for those signing off early from work, have a lovely thanksgiving week staying safe and well, however you're spending the holiday 💓
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