Coffee Talk 11.19.17

Good morning from a wet and windy Philadelphia! It started raining yesterday afternoon and didn’t let up all night, as far as I can tell.

This morning it’s not only pouring rain, but the wind is howling like a hurricane out there. It’s still dark as I sit here tapping out this post so I’m just going on how it sounds, but I’m just really glad a) I got a run in yesterday and b) I don’t have to go anywhere for a few hours. Hopefully it will settle down by the time we have to leave for church.

I was hoping to shoot an outfit this morning, but I guess that ain’t happening! It’s okay, I have enough to get through the week, but this one is a dress, which would be great for variety. Oh, well. I’ll save it for after Thanksgiving.

Last night we had two families over from church, and that was fun, but it was a little stressful leading up to it. I thought I was keeping it simple by making a big pot of chili and corn muffins, but there’s still so much to do to host a dinner party — even a casual one. We always end up using it as an opportunity to do all those little nagging household tasks that get put off — like cleaning fingerprints off of doors and wiping down the kitchen cabinets and getting all of our clutter out of the nooks and crannies where it seems to accumulate despite our best efforts to keep up with it.

You know how it goes, right!?! Paul is great and he does a lot of that nitty gritty stuff, plus he even had the kids helping with vacuuming and things, but it s still a lot. Of course now it feels great because my house is clean and decluttered, so there’s that!

Then I realized yesterday morning that we didn’t have enough soup bowls and spoons to serve a party of 12, so I ended up making a trip to Crate & Barrel in the middle of the day. Then I got it in my head to make a charcuterie plate so I stopped at the grocery store on the way back. All that put me behind schedule, and I was making corn muffins when everyone arrived. #hostessfail

Anyway, all’s well that ends well, and everyone had a great time. And now I have a full set of soup bowls. Ha! I also replenished my wine glasses, which were in desperate need.

I know why I was low on soup bowls and wine glasses — they tend to get broken. But how does silverware disappear? Does anyone have any insight into this?

I still have the same set I registered for when we got married 22 years ago, and suddenly pieces are disappearing left and right. I’m down to 3 salad forks, and I’m definitely low on spoons too. I’ve bought extra pieces over the years so I’d have more for hosting big groups, but now I’m down to fewer pieces than I had when we started with 8 place settings.

It isn’t cheap to replace flatware so I would really love to solve this mystery. I’m blaming it on having teenage kids. They all swear they have no idea what’s happening to my silverware, but I think they’re to blame. I know I’m not taking them out of the house or throwing them away. I guess it’s time to place an order from Replacements.com.

Have you heard of them? They stock discontinued china, crystal, and flatware, so if you need to add to your sets or replace lost or broken pieces, you can do so without having to start over from scratch. You can also sell your sets to them — if you have dishes from your grandmother that you don’t want, or if you want to get a new set and get rid of your leftovers. Also, if you’re looking for something specific, you can register your pattern and what you’re looking for, and you’ll get notified if they find it. It’s all pretty cool. I have used it a lot over the years to add to my wedding sets or replace lost/broken pieces.

Anyway, that was a tangent! I have no working relationship with replacements.com, just thought y’all might like to know about it.

So guess what? Our Thanksgiving Day plans got changed, and now we’re having my in-laws for dinner. We already had plans to go to a neighbor’s house for dessert later on in the day so now it will definitely feel more festive! Also, the family voted, and we’re grilling steaks. How’s that for non-traditional?

We’re going to be out late the night before, and I am too stressy about making a turkey and all the fixin’s, so we decided to go with something easy that is also a special treat. As an added bonus, my husband usually does the grilling so it will be less for me to think about. I’m happy about it. There is only one family member who is disappointed about this meal choice, and I do feel bad that she won’t have a traditional turkey dinner this year, but she’ll survive — #firstworldproblems and all that.

In blog news, I’ve got a massive Black Friday sale guide I’m working on, and I’m also hoping to get some gift guides up this week. I’m definitely going to pilfer some of the suggestions you guys gave me yesterday in the comments, and I’ve been crowd-sourcing on Facebook too so I think I’ve got a good roundup of ideas for you!

Okay, I’m off to get ready for church and figure out what to wear that will hold up to the wind and rain out there. Have a blessed Sunday!