Thanksgiving is normally a busy time at our house, with a full dinner table on Thursday and a house full of extended family on Saturday. This year it was just the five of us for obvious reasons, and while I hated the reason for the change in tradition, I did enjoy the more low-key holiday. Here’s a little bit of what it looked like.

I ordered this light fixture for the dining room a few months back and, predictably, we waited until the weekend before Thanksgiving to hang it. Things didn’t go entirely smoothly (we’re definitely not DIY-ers and we chose the gloomiest day of the year to work in a room without power) but we survived and I was thrilled to have it up for Thanksgiving dinner.

On Thanksgiving Day I made this Apple Cider Sangria. While delicious, it tasted too sweet to me this time, but one of the ingredients is simple syrup so that’s an easy fix.

Lindsey and Morgan brought the appetizers: crostini with goat cheese, fig jam, and prosciutto. They tasted as good as they looked.

The table decorations were courtesy of our hydrangea bush, which was beyond done for the season. I shared a video of how the table came together on Instagram stories.

A friend of ours sells Scout & Cellar wine and we had this Chardonnay with dinner. I’m the farthest thing from a wine expert (I sometimes choose wine by how pretty the label is) but I do love that this wine is clean crafted.

After dinner, we did what the rest of the country was doing, apparently, and Zoomed with the family.

The new granddogs spent their first Thanksgiving with us. This is Milo with Lindsey.

On Friday we headed to the lake and Dolly acted as Tom’s co-pilot for most of the 2-1/2 hour drive. She took her job very seriously.

We spent the weekend hanging out, eating (we took the leftovers with us), and watching football. I spent a lot of time doing this puzzle, which the family was not nearly excited enough about when I got it done.

The moon on the lake was mesmerizing. I really enjoy being here at this quieter time of year.

How was your Thanksgiving? If it was smaller than usual did you enjoy it or were you missing all the activity?

P.S. Life lately and a great big gift guide.