I love this!

Homies #sf (at Pacific Heights)

In life, you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you and some will teach you.

But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it.

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An Italian Thanksgiving, 2013

This was my first Thanksgiving without my family and with my boyfriend’s family. While I missed my own family/my mom’s roasted brussel sprouts, it was really fun and exciting to get a sneak peek into another family’s celebration. Understandably, his family decided that rather than cook all day only to sit down and eat an entire meal in 30ish minutes, we would start early and end late. An Italian-style Thanksgiving, if you will.

Our first course started at 11AM and we ended around 3ish. We would cook, eat, clean, cook, eat, clean, unbutton pants, cook, eat, clean, rest and repeat. It was absolutely delicious and such a fun spin on a traditional holiday.

Sam’s mom made such an unusual cranberry relish, it was a paired perfectly with one of our courses (the traditional American Thanksgiving foods), but was also unbelievable on our sandwiches the next day.

Here’s the recipe for the Cranberry Horseradish Relish:

1. 2 cups raw cranberries

2. 1 onion

3. 1/2 cup sugar

4. 3/4 cup sour cream

5. 2 tbs horseradish (the white kind)

—-> Process, freeze or put on anything/everything.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, followed by Black Friday and the 4th of July. I am not really a big birthday person, and Hannukah isn’t really a big deal for us Jews but the idea of coming together every year to spend time with family and friends surrounded by warm and delicious food is really special to me.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year and love having a special day dedicated to recognizing all of the reasons why our lives rock.

Everything you ever wanted to know about curling in SIX SECONDS!

The Hillmans are curling. Everybody pray. (at Granite Curling Club)

Via Wikipedia: Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four rings. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called “rocks”, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice.

Via Hillman: It’s like shuffleboard (but sober), and two teams glide these stones that look like irons into a bulls eye. Sweepers use brooms to sweep the ice and try and make the ice melt to increase the velocity of the stone getting towards a target. When is the last time you used velocity in a sentence and meant it?

GO SPORTS!

Sea stacks #seattle (at Ebey Prairie Overlook)

On a brisk fall day, we walked along a rocky beach collecting stones, making sea stacks, skipping rocks into the water and wasting time.

It was perfect.

Seattle, you’re alright by me!  (at Downtown Kirkland Waterfront)

Sam and I headed to Seattle for Thanksgiving week to visit our families, eat large quantities of delicious food and in turn, become morbidly obese. We had an awesome time checking out Whidbey island, Kirkland, and Ballard.