Personal Pizza Party

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!

Since I wasn’t able to go home for Thanksgiving this year, I invited a couple of my friends over (they also were stuck in Pittsburgh for the holiday). None of us are big turkey eaters, and rather than spending a lot of time and money preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the three of us, I decided to have a “Make-Your-Own Pizza Bar.”

It was a really fun time! I prepped the dough to rise before my friends came over, and when they arrived each of us formed our little pizzas. One of my friends made her pizza into a little rectangle, which I thought was pretty clever! We baked the dough for a few minutes before adding sauce + toppings, and popped them back in the oven to bake while we watched all of the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes.

Here’s the set-up:

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We had marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, green peppers, mushrooms, ham slices, canned pineapple, and turkey pepperoni on the table, and it worked out great because everybody could take as much (or as little!) of any ingredients that they wanted. I appreciate that, being lactose intolerant, because I can sprinkle less cheese on and not disappoint my fellow dinner-mates.

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Our pretty little pizzas, all lined up in a row, ready to bake!

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My pizza, before and after baking (sorry the after shot is so dark, we got really hungry and I almost forgot to take a picture before demolishing it!).

If you’re having a little dinner party and aren’t sure what to make, I would recommend having a little personal pizza party! The setup is really easy, and everyone can personalize their own meal. Invite guests to bring their own toppings to share with the rest of the group — you might get some pretty fun combinations that you hadn’t expected!

Lastly, a little personal note: this week has been a really tough week for me. As a grad student, we get 3 days off from school for Thanksgiving break, and almost everyone in my class went home to spend the time off with family. I’ve been struggling with being homesick for a while, and it’s been pretty hard scrolling through my Facebook feed seeing so many people home with their families. I’m not going to lie to you, I had a couple several meltdowns this week. I’ve felt myself getting a little bit jealous and upset that everyone else was at home, while I was stuck in PA. It’s been an emotionally taxing week. But having my friends over for Thanksgiving was a really nice way to distract myself and have some fun, and I’m so glad that I had them to spend the holiday with. I’m counting down the days until I’m back in Colorado for winter break – only 16 days to go!

On Being Homesick

I feel a little ashamed to say that, with less than a month until I get to go home, homesickness has really gotten the best of me the last couple of weeks. I’ve had highs and lows that change on a daily basis, I’ve been a little grumpy and irritable, and I’ve had a few mild meltdowns.

I’m prepared for this week to be especially hard, because almost everyone will be going home for Thanksgiving break, and I’m starting to feel that little green pang of jealousy. I’m going to try so, so hard to spin my perspective and look at all of the positive things about this week, and try not to let my jealousy and my grumpiness affect others.

Thanksgiving should be a fun day, because a good friend of mine (from California!) is coming over and we’re going to make pizza for our little holiday. It’ll be nice to have someone to spend the day with, and I’m pretty excited about our Thanksgiving pizza!

It’s been a hard stretch, and a really long 6 months since I’ve seen my family. It will be so meaningful when I step off that plane in December and finally get to see my family! It’s nearly all I can think about, and I’m hoping it will motivate me to work extra hard through my finals.

Thanks for listening to my little homesickness rant, I know it isn’t the happiest little blog post that ever existed! But I’m getting through it, I know that this experience is making me stronger and more independent and a better human being.

xo.

Gifting: Fun DIY Gift Ideas

For the second post in this little Gifting mini-series (you can read the first post here), I’ve rounded up a few DIY gift ideas that I would actually love to receive! Some of them are pretty creative, and just a little bit quirky.

Fun DIY Gift Ideas

1. Upcycled Plastic Toy Planter

2. These sweet DIY hand-warmers look easy to do (and easy on the eyes, too!)

Handwarmers

3. Embroidered gloves

Embroidered Gloves

4. I want one of these little felt owl coin purses!

50+ DIY Gifts Under $2

5. In love with these colorful tile coasters

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There you go – 5 more DIY gift ideas! I’d love to hear what you’re making (or buying!) for the holidays this year.

Stay tuned throughout the season to get more gift ideas!

xo.

Gifting: 5 Amazing Sewing Gifts

If you’re anything like me, you think about gift ideas year round (for birthdays, holidays, etc.). Sometimes you just get this crazy good idea for a gift for a specific person, and it’s really fun to make it happen! My problem is that I get so excited, that I have a really hard time keeping the gift a secret–I just want to give it to the person so badly! As a kid, I remember talking to my dad and blurting out (accidentally, of course) what we’d gotten him at the store for Christmas. My mom was so mad! In the end, it all worked out–my dad pretended that I hadn’t ruined the secret, and my mom still reminds me every year not to tell. Even though I’m 22, I still get really excited and I have to be really conscious about what I’m saying around the holidays.

I’m starting this little mini-series called “Gifting” to round up some of my favorite ideas for giving gifts. I’ll try to do as many as I can before the holidays (no promises, this time of year is pretty busy with school!).

Today’s “Gifting” theme is gifts that you can sew for people. I personally love sewing Christmas gifts, and I’m sad that I won’t be able to do that for my friends this year since my sewing machine is a few states away. In the past, I’ve sewn some cute little drawstring bags for my friends, some pretty decorative pillows, and a paintbrush scroll, and I’ve loved creating a unique gift for each person. Here are some ideas I think would make great gifts this season (or anytime!):

1. Animal Tote Bag – this one is from ASOS, but would be easy to replicate with any animal you choose!

Lazy Cat Bag

2. These dog silhouette pillows would be fun to personalize, and they would make a really special gift!

Dog Sillouette Pillows

3. I made some reusable produce bags last year and absolutely love them, so I think they’d make great gifts. Plus, they’re easy to make a lot of them at once!

Reusable produce bags

4. These little cosmetic bags would make great gifts for your girlfriends (or pencil bags for anybody!).

DIY cosmetic bag

5. How adorable are these little bear bags? I think they’d make a fun gift for any age, but it would be fun to make them for kiddos that you know!

bear bags

Those are some of my favorite ideas for sewing gifts – I hope to share some more fun gift ideas soon! Are you making any DIY gifts for the holidays this year? I’d love to hear about them.

xo.

Picks from Pinterest: Welcoming Winter

If you know me, you probably laughed out loud at that title. “Kelly, welcoming winter? Ha!” you probably scoffed.

I’m not the biggest supporter of winter. Although I love skiing and appreciate the beauty of freshly fallen snow, I am definitely more of a summer girl at heart. I think it has something to do with the fact that I get pretty seasonally affected–I have a really hard time dealing with the cold, gray-ness of winter. I need a lot of sunshine in my life!

But even though I might not love winter with all my heart, there are always good things to look forwards to. I’m desperately excited to be able to head home for winter break and see my family–it’s been a really hard thing for me to be so far away! I’m really looking forwards to being home and spending time with my fam.

Here are some of my favorite finds from Pinterest lately:

1. These DIY citrus coasters would make a festive and amazing gift for any season

DIY citrus coasters

2. I’ve been dreaming of these Lacrosse waterproof shoes for a while now…

I want these

3. These pretty dolled-up dresser drawers would make any room feel instantly warmer

DIY wallpapered dresser drawers

4. This pink coat is amazing

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5. I hardly ever drink, but the last couple times I’ve gone out with friends I’ve ordered G&T, which is my new favorite drink. This gin fizz looks like a yummy alternative!

Classic Gin Fizz Cocktail

It sounds like the East Coast is getting hit with another polar vortex this week (it’s so cold here this weekend!) so I’m going to try to stay bundled up. I’m trying to get a space heater for my bedroom so that I don’t get so cold while I’m studying–these old houses are neat but the heat sure doesn’t work that well!
Stay warm out there!

xo.