Thanksgiving is one of our favorite Holidays as it is the perfect time to reflect on everything that has happened throughout the year, celebrate what we are thankful for, and indulge in delicious food! This year, we have felt especially blessed due to the launch of our blog and all of the support we have felt from our family, friends, and of course, our readers!

Beyond ‘Sequins Are A Girl’s Best Friend,’ we take this time to reflect back on our own lives and the wonderful ways in which we are blessed.

k :: This year has been an adventure to say the least! From my beautiful wedding and honeymoon to the birth of my first nephew! Family is so important to me and it brings so much joy to my heart that we have added 2 more people into it! I couldn’t be more blessed to have my best friend also be my amazing husband and to be surrounded by such a supportive and loving family. Additionally, (in the words of my mom) everyday that I wake up healthy is a blessing and definitely a reason to be thankful!

e :: Another year passing, another year full of cherished memories and blessings. When I reflect back on 2014, I find myself scrambling to put into words the love I have for my friends and family who have stood by my side through the most emotional and exciting year of my life; a year full of major ups and major downs; a year that I will never, ever forget. I moved into a new apartment and turned 25 (woah, where did the time go?). I said goodbye to my four-legged best friend, Luther, and my childhood home of 21 years. I completely changed careers and now work for an amazing company who actually believes in work-life balance (who knew that sort of thing existed?!). I cried my eyes out as I watched Kelsey walk down the aisle to her prince charming and then again as I stuttered through my maid-of-honor speech at my sister’s fairytale wedding. My brother proposed to his blond bombshell girlfriend and my boyfriend and I celebrated 3.5 years. Holy moly. It’s been an amazing year and I couldn’t be more thankful for everything I’ve accomplished and everyone who has been there to support me through it all.

Even though we both have a lot to be thankful for, we are most gracious for our growing friendship and treasured memories, even if that simply means spending an afternoon together baking apple pie. Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that mean the most. What are you thankful for this year?

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SAAGBF - Thanksgiving

SAAGBF - Thanksgiving

SAAGBF - Thanksgiving

SAAGBF - Thanksgiving

Classic Apple Pie Recipe
Source: Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
[for the crust]
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 recipe Pate Brisee
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream

[for the filling]
3 pounds assorted apples // peeled, cored, and cut into slices
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Directions:
1.) On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one pate brisee disc into a 13-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate. With a sharp paring knife, trim dough flush with the rim. Freeze again until firm, at least 30 minutes.

2.) Roll out remaining 2 discs of pate brisee to about 1/8 inch thick. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes.

3.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and heavy cream; set aside.

4.) In a large bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Fill pie with apple mixture. Dot with butter.

5.) Place pie plate on a baking sheet, and bake until crust just begins to brown, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

6.) Top with vanilla ice cream and serve with warm apple cider. Enjoy!