Thanksgiving 2020

Despite everything that has happened this year I still have a lot to be grateful for. I fixed our Thanksgiving dinner and we enjoyed our meal together just like previous years. It always feels strange only fixing enough food food for two people, and you would think after all these years, 11 to be exact, I would be used to this, but with each holiday I am reminded that all I have left is my husband and furbabies.

Thanksgiving feast

Yes I have grown kids and grandkids, but they never come to my house for holidays as I have lived in the Tennessee area for the past 11 years. I don’t think they realize how it hurts me that they don’t come to visit. They always want me to go to them instead.

Greg (my husband) has a saying, “Us against the world” and it really feels like that more times than not, especially at the holidays.

For this Thanksgiving, I am grateful that after all that we have been through this year we have come back together as husband and wife. We are currently in the middle of purchasing a new home which we are scheduled to close on December 18th. We will still be in the Nashville area, but will be trading the east side for the west side.

In addition to fixing our tradition dinner, I also baked a cheesecake. For the first time in my life I bought a cheesecake pan to use. It didn’t turn out as great as I would have liked, but using something new always has a few learning curves. I’m sure I will get better the more I use it. Regardless of how it turned out, it was still edible and we enjoyed every bite.

Cheesecake in my new pan

Doesn’t look the best when I took the circle off.

Thick slices that tasted delicious!

Dollar Tree DIY 101

A couple weeks ago I discovered Dollar Tree DIY. I had no idea how many people took items from Dollar Tree and turned them into such beautiful items to display and sale. I totally fell in love with this concept and went to Dollar Tree to see what I could find. I have had so much fun taking items I spent $1 on and turning them into items to display in my home as well as some items to share with others.

One item I bought was a small crate that measures 5″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″. I wasn’t sure what to do with them even though I bought six of them. I had watched some YouTube videos with different ideas, but none of them seemed to fit my personality. I took to Pinterest to see what I could find and sure enough during my search a cute idea popped up. The idea I saw was actually for a crate that is probably 3-4 times the size of my little crate, but it didn’t matter I was going to make it work.

I went to work in design space to design the words I wanted to add as well as the leaves, pumpkins and acorns. I picked my colors and started my project. I wanted to start off by staining the wood. It took me several different stains before I decided I wanted a brown as none of the others looked right. After staining I used three different colors to accent it with. Once all my paint was dry I cut out my vinyl items on my Cricut and applied where I wanted them. As for decorating the inside I pulled out my stored decorations and added a couple small pumpkins, acorns and pine cones along with some berries and straw.

Personally I think they turned out adorable looking. I have a lot more Dollar Tree DIY items in my future. Check out my Instagram @afwhite14 for more of my designs as it’s easier to post there than here on the blog.

Crate before!

Fresh baked pies…PUMPKINS…Hayride – sounds like a great fall day!


A Time to Give Thanks


Today is a day for all of us to be thankful for what we have and this week I am thankful that I still have my husband. I rushed him to the ER on the 16th as he was having the same pains he had when his colon ruptured in 2016, so our fear was that we were fixing to relive a nightmare. Instead the EKG showed a blip that the ER doctor was concerned about and wanted him to have a stress test. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do it until Monday so he would have to stay in the hospital the rest of the weekend. He decided he didn’t want to do that, so we left. On Monday he called his primary care physician who got the test scheduled for the 22nd. I got a call after his appointment saying he was being transferred to the ER and I needed to come immediately. I had no idea what was going on.

Again, we were told that something was going on with his heart and he would need a heart catherization. The only problem was it couldn’t be done until Monday, so he would need to stay in the hospital until then so they could keep him closely monitored. That was the longest weekend in history. Come Monday, he has the procedure and we find that he had 99% blockage in the main artery. They put a stint in and he says he feels better than he has in months. Now we wait to see if the stint rejects and how long it will last. With that much blockage you would think they would have done bypass surgery instead.

For the past six months we have been worried about my heart only to find out there was nothing wrong and his was blocked. He never knew he had any type of heart disease and it doesn’t run in his family. He is now on a low sodium diet that he hates.

Luckily we were home in time for Thanksgiving, so I cooked up a few of our favorites and we had a great meal. I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and had a leisurely day.

Greg & Anna, Thanksgiving 2019