i've finally come out of the great food coma of 2016 which was the long thanksgiving weekend. this year, it was our turn to spend thanksgiving at home in knoxville. i started the weekend off with baking pumpkin pies with my mother in law and nephews, which is a miller family tradition. we spent the rest of wednesday with friends, catching up into late in the evening.

on thursday, we drove over to my in-laws in our pjs to watch the parade and look at the ads in the newspaper while sipping on mimosas. we came back a few hours later for lunch and feasted on all of the thanksgiving greats. no photos because, we all eat about the same thing, right? :)

after lunch, we celebrated my sister-in-law's birthday with the most delicious lemon and raspberry cake and a few gifts. while most of the family played football, i hung back with otis and took a few photos.

it was a another special holiday together and i am left feeling full. literally and figuratively. happy thanksgiving to you and yours! xx



over the weekend we threw our first halloween party! since halloween was on a monday this year, we wanted a night to dress up, enjoy a few cocktails, and not worry about being in bed early (even though we still were!) we decided on thursday that we would throw together what we could, build a bonfire, and invite whoever could make it. we set up a drink table outside complete with drinks, test tube shooters, and spooky ghost straws. inside we had halloween music playing along with the tennessee football game and a long table filled with chips, dips, veggies, and treats. we had so much fun testing out our costumes and hanging out by the fire. we are already looking forward to next year being bigger, better, and planned more than a day in advance! 



happy halloween from bob + linda belcher and their prized burger! we're hosting our first halloween party and are in the midst of transforming our backyard for a night of green cocktails, spooky treats, and a bonfire with friends.



last weekend we visited the farmer's market on a morning that felt like the middle of fall but quickly turned into summer. tennessee is being awfully fickle this year. we grabbed coffee and walked through the sea of people enjoying one of the last few markets of the year. i think fall may be my favorite season for the farmer's market. wildflower bundles of burgundy and rose, the smell of pumpkin bread and cinnamon, and the cool bite to the air. 

we picked up the most delicious nutter butter cookie from our favorite bakery and shared it while watching the market goers pass by. i'm sad that these mornings will be over soon. they have been a nice way to begin our weekends since moving back to tennessee. 



over the weekend we planned a day trip up to the mountains to enjoy the fall foliage. with the warm weather and lack of rain here in tennessee, i've been a little bummed that we aren't experiencing a full fall season. the leaves are either dying before changing or changing extremely late, which i fear means, one day it will truly feel like autumn and the next all the leaves will be gone and it will be winter. maybe that's a little dramatic but, oh well.

we dropped otis off at doggy daycare so he could play all day with his friends. we drove up to the park and made our way to metcalf bottoms to get out and hike around a bit. as you can see, there is still a lot of green on those trees. we decided to drive further up the mountain to find some fall colors. we stopped at one of our favorite spots and found a sea of yellow trees. afterwards, we drove back down to hike a mile up a new trail. it was getting late and we started thinking about pizza, so we turned around and drove straight to barley's where we ended the day with pizza and a few cold beers.

we left feeling so thankful to call this place home again.