Happy Sunday! Come see what I’ve been up to this week, plus some of my current faves and new finds.

Homemade Vanilla Extract | completelydelicious.com

Halloween is now in the rearview mirror, and that means the holidays are upon us and approaching quickly. Whether we’re ready or not. I’m in full Thanksgiving mode and even looking ahead to Christmas. This year I will not be caught off guard!

Fall is holding on tight with lots of bright sunshine and warm days, but still I’m daydreaming about holiday menus and brainstorming gifts. You can’t be too prepared, right?

In my element. Thanksgiving pie recipes coming your way soon!

Speaking of the holidays, the first of many Thanksgiving pies is coming your way tomorrow. Stay tuned!

If you’re a food blogger, you gotta see the gorgeous photo surfaces from Erickson Wood Works. I love the double-sided one I purchased a few months ago. You can see examples here and here.

Going to try this single serving 5-minute apple crisp from Pinch of Yum asap.

He now understands what a selfie is. Watch out world! #dailyjohn

This week John discovered the selfie. Uh oh. Watch out, world!

Hosting Thanksgiving this year with a group of friends? Check out these great friendsgiving tips and menu ideas from Sandy of the Reluctant Entertainer.

Last night my husband and I finally watched Chef. We loved it! It’s charming and filled with so much fabulous looking food. Don’t watch it hungry!

Homemade Vanilla Extract | completelydelicious.com

Homemade vanilla extract is a great DIY gift, for Christmas or any occasion. Yesterday I put a few bottles together (I told you I was thinking ahead!). Here’s how to do it:

3-5 vanilla beans (depending on size), sliced open lengthwise
1 cup vodka, bourbon or rum

Combine vanilla beans and liquor in a jar. Store out of direct sunlight for 1-2 months before using. Make it today and it will be ready in time for Christmas! FYI, I buy my vanilla beans online.

And that’s it for today, friends. Have a lovely week!