I am thankful for…


“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!” -Elf

Life is good.
My dad came to visit us for Thanksgiving. Great memories were made.
My husband and I hosted our first holiday. It was a success.
My mother in law and her husband are amazing. So is the pumpkin bread she made.
My sister in law is so cool. We had a sleepover party!
My father in law and family are full of holiday cheer. Thanksgiving dinner was fun.

I missed the rest of my family in Rhode Island and all over the world (Italy, Jordan, England, California, and more), but they were in our hearts with us!

Brunch was really fun (original menu here). All morning my sister in law and I chatted while cooking and watching the Thanksgiving parade and PhillyBoy went to pick up my dad. When PB returned with my dad and my mother in law and her husband arrived, it was time to eat! Everything went on the table at once, but I should have waited until right before everyone arrived to make the egg frittata muffins because they were at room temperature instead of hot. Besides that I’d say everything went really well! We ate, drank coffee and tea, and chatted and laughed. After brunch we watched part of our wedding video as we just got it and all relaxed. It was a fabulous brunch!

The table:
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Yogurt bar with Oikos plain Greek yogurt (my favorite):
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My mother in law’s pumpkin bread:

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Roasted potato medley:
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Mixed greens with pomegranate & walnuts in a Lucini fig balsamic vinaigrette:
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Roasted asparagus:
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Egg white frittata muffins with spinach and tomatoes (no bread):
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Prosciutto e melone:
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Za’atar bread (made with french baguette, brush of olive oil, and sprinkle of za’atar and then toasted in the toaster oven):

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Newlyweds!
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My yogurt bowl.. Yeah, I didn’t like it:
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The holiday was so fun and it was great having my dad here! Remember: When hosting a party nothing has to be perfect- with a nice presentation no one will notice!

This post came two days late because my husband and I have been busy getting the house ready for Christmas! We just got back from Target where we bought our first tree!!!!!

We are currently watching Elf (my FAVORITE) and putting up our tree.

I feel so blessed.

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20 responses to “I am thankful for…

  1. im watching elf as well!
    your first holiday you hosted looked like it went fabulous! all the food looks great, escpecially those fritatas!
    jenna

  2. What a gorgeous brunch…and a gorgeous picture of you two!

  3. mmm yogurt bowls are the best! you are such lovely newlyweds…handsomecouple πŸ™‚ glad you had a nice first holiday – the food pics look great

  4. I was just watching Elf too! For the second night in a row .. The brunch looks beautiful!

  5. you and your man are adorable!! watched elf tonight too-such a classic! love wil ferrel!

  6. What a gorgeous Thanksgiving meal. I am glad you enjoyed it so much!

  7. BEAUTIFUL celebration and “thankful for” list!

  8. Congratulations on a successful brunch!
    Beautiful picture of the newlyweds πŸ™‚

  9. What a fabulous brunch! I am having a tough time getting back in a routine after the holidays and after seeing this, I am thinking a nice healthy bowl of yogurt and fruit may be the way to go!

    happiness awaits

  10. YAY Elf!! That will be a holiday classic in a few years!

    Your spread looks absolutely fantastic. You guys know how to throw a brunch!

  11. your brunch looks amazing!!! so much better than the traditional meal my mother prepared. Bleh. That yogurt bar looks delicious. I’m craving yogurt now – will have to pick some up for this week.

  12. The brunch spread looks amazing Sabrina. I’m coming to your place next year! πŸ™‚

    Elf is great- hope you and philly boy had a lovely time decorating.

  13. Wow – everything looks amazing! I was introduced to the procuitto wrapped cantaloupe when I met my husband – devine! Perfect balance of salty and sweet!

    Glad your holiday went well!

  14. Oh my goodness, that spread looks fantastic! I don’t know how I would choose with just one thing, all of those items are some of my fave breakfast eats. Gahh- love.

  15. where is the pumpkin pie cake??

  16. Cassie in Madrid

    I LOVE Elf and just about everything included in this post! That yogurt bar looks amazing… Brunch is by far my favorite meal and I love how you did a Thanksgiving spin on it!

  17. so glad you had an amazing thanksgiving! i was at the grocery store the other day and saw they were selling za’atar bread!! πŸ™‚ thought of YOU!

  18. Everything looks so delicious–Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

  19. Love that yogurt bar– what a great idea for a healthy brunch addition!

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