Oh, November. You were another rollercoaster of emotions.
After seeing a doctor about the pain I was experiencing in October, I was caught in a whirlwind of appointments and phone calls. The end result – I was booked for surgery. Recovery time was estimated to be 48 hours. Not bad, right?! But as I write this post I’m still in pain. Hence my social media blackout and lack of blog posts…
On the plus side?! I’m finally getting my energy back. So I decided to sit down and write my Month in Review. As I scrolled through my photos, I realized that even though this was another difficult month, there were so many moments scattered throughout the weeks to be thankful for. Here are a few of them.
November started off on a high note – my Dad’s birthday! Ian and I drove home for a weekend celebration. First, we tried our hand at frisbee golf. Clearly, we were all newbies. Just look at our frisbee selection! We spent the afternoon in a fit of giggles as we attempted to make our way through the course, hitting trees and all other obstacles in our way.
After our abysmal performance on the frisbee golf course, we drove to Ski Hi to treat ourselves with caramel apples before heading to dinner. Seeing as it was a birthday celebration, eating dessert before dinner seemed acceptable. (But honestly, when is it not?!) Looking back, this weekend was one of my favorite memories from November.
My surgery was booked in for the middle of the month, so my stomach was in knots the days leading up to my appointment. Luckily, I had a wonderful surgeon and everything went smoothly. Ian took a few days off of work to keep me company while I recovered and even surprised me with a mini gingerbread house! While it hurt to laugh at this point, a few giggles snuck out while we were decorating our little masterpiece.
November was also the month that my grandma passed away. Her funeral was bittersweet as we reminisced about her life and took comfort that she is reunited with my grandpa. My grandma loved family gatherings and never passed up the chance to have a bit of fun. Therefore, having her funeral reception at the local bowling alley seemed fitting. Everyone gathered to share a meal, a story and a few laughs to celebrate her life.
Then, in a blink of an eye November came to a close. I usually feel a tinge of sadness while I flip the page over to the next month in our calendar, but to be honest, November was rough. I’m looking forward to setting the reset button and getting lost in December’s holiday spirit. So bring on the Christmas carols, cutout cookies, and twinkle lights!
Catch a glimpse of our month in the video below! We filmed one second every day in November!
Guys! This recipe is an instant favorite! I had never heard of Chai Mules before, but once I learned about this fun take on classic oatmeal I had to try it out! So what is a Chai Mule you may ask? Its oatmeal made with chai tea instead of milk or water. Yes, it’s a simple ingredient swap, but it makes all the difference!
After filling my kitchen with the sweet, spicy scent of chai tea, I pulled the oatmeal off the stove and poured it into a bowl. I couldn’t wait for it to full cool down before giving it a taste, so while savoring my first bite I also burnt my mouth…not ideal! But when something smells that good, can you blame a girl?!
- ¾ C. oatmeal
- 1 C. chai tea
- 2 Tbs. maples syrup
- Bring the chai tea to a simmer on the stove
- Stir in the oatmeal and reduce to a medium heat
- Continue to stir the oatmeal on the stove for 2-3 minutes
- Remove from heat and let it cool slightly
- Stir in the maple syrup and enjoy!
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? Surprise your guests with this warm mulled cider cocktail! It’s a simple recipe, and if that wasn’t a big enough bonus, it also leaves your house smelling of warm spices.
Want to make this kid-friendly? Simply skip the rum! The rich flavors of the mulled spices will still make this warm beverage a family favorite. Next on the list to try – mulled wine! I have a feeling that may make an appearance at our Christmas party!
Mulled Apple Cider
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 C. rum
- Place all of the ingredients in a large pot on the stove
- Simmer for 45-60 minutes
- Remove from heat and strain out the cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange slices
- Serve warm or cold!