Another month has come and gone. We are reminiscing on some of our favourite things and moments in November!
This one is easy. Earlier last month I blogged about my short, but sweet trip to San Francisco, California. This city is as awesome as you would expect, so much so that I created a Top 10 list with Part I and Part II for you to check out!
Like most people, I was excited for Adele’s new album ’25’ to drop in November. One of my favourite artists Ellie Goulding also released an album ‘Delirium’ in November. So far I am really enjoying this new music from these talented artists. Another album I was excited about was Ed Sheeran’s ‘X (Wembley Edition)’. Ed Sheeran is one of those artists whose music is heightened and enhanced when performed live, so I highly recommend this one!
After eating out lots in San Fransisco, the remainder of the month was spent eating in. One thing that made November special though was the start of Christmas baking. That’s right. I like to start extra early and store my baked goodies in the freezer so they are ready to share when the holidays get closer…and busier. So far I have made molasses cookies, gingerbread cookies and peppermint sugar cookies. For more inspiration on holiday baking, check out our post on Christmas Baking.
Aside from reading cookbooks, this month hasn’t been a big month for reading books… sadly. I’ve slowly been making my way through James Joyce’s ‘The Dubliners’, but otherwise most of my time has actually been spent writing. If you have any great book suggestions for next month, please do share!
The biggest change in our home has been Christmas decorations of course! I have mounted my garland on my bookcase with a string of lights that covers half of our apartment! Our tree was also put up last weekend, opting this year for a fake tree with our new kitty in the apartment. I’ve also put out the DIY soy candles Dana and I made this month throughout the apartment, making it feel especially cozy.
Keeping it low key, I only travelled to Toronto during the month. I was lucky to see a Maple Leaf game with Ryan and also attend the One of a Kind Show for the first time with my cousin! The hockey game was so exciting, the Leaf’s won! And the One of a Kind Show was incredible. I couldn’t believe how many vendors were there, and I was able to pick up a few small things for gifts, and also myself!
November was all about good food, great craft beer and awesome music. We attended the Collective Arts brewery Open House and Bash and had a blast! My favourite band was Zeus, who put on an awesome set. Not only did we enjoy all the different beers by Collective Arts and Nickel Brook, we LOVED the Nickel Brook root beer! So yummy, especially with food from my number 1 food truck, Jonny Blonde. It was such a fun night!
Novemburger launched last year in Hamilton. Restaurants in the area come up with a unique burger, with proceeds going to the United Way. Once you’ve tried the burgers, you go online and rate them, with two winners announced at the end. We ventured to Hambrgr, which was SO GOOD (try the patty melt!) and also The Mule. DELICIOUS! Another reason why I love Hamilton so much.
I’ve been reading knitting pattern, after knitting pattern. Making gifts and learning some new techniques. With my new crafting adventures the last couple weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of research, learning tips and tricks to make the process smoother. Lots of practice and prep work, which is time consuming, but worth the effort! I’ll be sharing a few of my completed projects at the end of December, so stay tuned!
The last weekend of November means cutting down the Christmas tree! Ryan and I ventured out to our local tree farm with Abby and picked out the cutest tree. We treated ourselves to hot chocolate and donuts afterward, one of our traditions. That night I put together a fresh Christmas wreath for our front door, and I’ll be sharing the tutorial on how you can make your own tomorrow!
What were some of your favourite moments during November?