Happy Friday: Volume 28

I’m back from Arizona and trying to get caught up from the few days that I was away. It’s amazing how much time you feel like you lose when you spend two full days on an airplane.

It was completely worth it though. I had such a great time at the Life Created Workshop. Stephanie went above and beyond and the details were so thoughtful and beautiful. I just don’t have enough nice things to say about my experience.

I enjoyed my time in Arizona. I drove to Sedona and it was even more gorgeous than I thought that it was going to be. I wonder if you just don’t notice the beauty of it when you live there? Like it’s just normal to be surrounded by that kind of nature each and every day, so it isn’t something that really registers? Or you just are blown away each day when you leave the house?

I will say that I have an appreciation for the level of commitment that skincare it takes to stay moisturized while living in the desert. My skin actually hurt after the third day. I went to Sephora and begged for samples of their richest moisturizers. I left dry 85+ degree weather and today was 33 degrees and we had some flurries. So now my skin is just confused.

As much as I like being away, I love coming home more. I missed my little family and couldn’t wait to all be under the same roof again.

We’re home for awhile and I’m happy about it. Thanksgiving seems so far away, but it really isn’t. The holidays are going to be here before we know it.

What Caught My Eye This Week //

We had a pretty lively conversation in the comments of this Instagram post. What do you think?

If you need some inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu, we have you covered!

I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I’ll play with recipes. (If I’m hosting, I don’t change my menu in the slighest.) I think that I might need to bring this.

Currently craving – I need to make this recipe this week.

Michael makes me want to toss all of my Christmas stuff and start over every single year. His house is an inspiration.

There is some really excellent cooking advice in here. Take notes.

I love Andie’s honest conversation about postpartum weight loss.

Have a rotisserie chicken? You have dinner.

I’m making my daughter wait until Thanksgiving and she’s not happy about it. But in the meantime, here are 30 Christmas decoration ideas.

I love this ingredient, but can’t always find it. Here’s how to make it yourself for your holiday baking.

Lessons from Dolly.

Gonna give these a go this weekend. Gotta love a long weekend!

I need to do this immediately. I’m working on it, but it’s hard.

Aaron Sorkin is my HERO.


The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepsworth (affiliate link) – This was not what I thought it was going to be, but I enjoyed it. It was told from both the daughter-in-law and the mother’s side and it was a good read. 

Oh hey there!

Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

raspberry orange pistachio ricotta cake slices on a wire rack

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