Midweek Manicure // Thanksgiving Edition

I hope everyone who is celebrating today has a wonderful thanksgiving!! I can’t wait to see family and eat tons of yummy food. As I type this, I have a whole bunch of sweet potatoes in the oven, waiting to be turned into a delicious sweet potato casserole. And yesterday’s attempt at home made cranberry sauce came out pretty good (if I do say so), so I’m looking forward to chowing down on that stuff, too! And here is the polish I’m wearing today:

Golden Glitter Mani

I used:

  • OPI – A Piers to be Tan
  • Zoya – Jinx
  • Gold Glitter from the craft store

Thanksgiving Mani

After the A Piers to be Tan base coat, I dabbed on a small amount of the Jinx at the base of my nail, and blended it out about half way up my nail to create a shimmery gradient . While that was still wet, I sprinkled on a little bit of the gold glitter. After a top coat, I was done!

Be Happy, Be Safe, Be Thankful!




Last year I participated in instagratitude2012 – and this year, instagratitude2013 has begun! It’s a fun instagram project started by Jeran at Oleander and Palm (one of my favorite blogs – check it out!).

instagratitude collage(Photos from Instagratitude2012)

For the 30 days of November, the goal is to take a photo of something you are thankful for, then post it to instagram with the hashtag instagratitude2013. It’s a great way to usher in this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season – posting a photo of something you are grateful for each day gives you reason to stop for a moment and appreciate all the blessings that surround you. I find this really calming and helpful at a time when I’m usually fretting about what to cook for thanksgiving or about what Christmas gifts to buy.

You can read more about #instagratitude2013 here.

Anyone can participate – just share the things that you are thankful for. It’s also fun to see what other people are posting at the same time.

Will you join in?




P.S. you can find me on instagram @mrspelkey


Instagratitude Wrap-up

The 30 days of the November Instagratitude2012 project have come to and end. Not too long ago, I shared the first half of my instagratitude2012 posts and as November 30th has come and gone, I thought it would be nice to share some photos from the second “half.” I found the project really fun and thought provoking. On a daily basis I was making it a point to look around me and find things that inspired me and made me feel grateful – something I should do more often every month.

instagratitude collage

Happy December!


The Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole

Mondays always come too soon, even after a long holiday weekend, but here we are again. I hope everyone had a great holiday! I stuffed myself, as usual, and enjoyed seeing family and eating leftovers. Generally, my family does a pot-luck style thanksgiving feast, where everyone contributes one or two dishes. This year, along with several pies (apple, banana cream and a no-bake peanut butter pie), I made a sweet potato casserole. It was SO UNBELIEVABLY GOOD that I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys.

The best part is that it’s relatively easy to make – bake the potatoes until they are tender, scoop out the flesh and mash it all up, add some browned butter and sugar, put it in a casserole dish and top with a cornflake-brown sugar – pecan mixture and some mini mashmallows and bake it up again.

Click HERE for the recipe from Cooking Classy (lots of other great recipes there, too).

And thanks to this casserole, my eyes have been opened to the marvelousness that is browned-butter. Plus, I don’t even like sweet potatoes all that much, so that’s saying something. If you have leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving, or just want to make this super delicious dish, try it, you won’t be disappointed!




Reading through blogs this morning, I came across this post from one of my favorites about her Instagratitude Project. It definitely struck a cord, and although it’s important to be grateful always, what better time than the days leading up to Thanksgiving to focus on the things we have to be thankful for every day? So, for all of November, I’ll be posting a daily instagram photo capturing something that I’m grateful for.

The Help

To participate, post your photo to instagram with the hash tag #instagratitude2012. You can follow me on instagram @kimberlymelissa.

And make sure you check out the Oleander and Palm post that inspired this one :)