Before we get to the Instas, just have to say – check back later this morning for the Annie’s Eats shop opening!  Fun t-shirts and canvas prints that you are sure to love.  The t-shirts will be a flash sale for two days only so act fast if you want one in time for holiday gifting :)

1. We’ve been going for as many walks and hikes as possible as long as the weather allows. This was a quick snap from an absolutely gorgeous day a few weeks ago.
2. I made Caroline a pair of little leg warmers and the cuteness is basically too much to handle.
3. Best thing about weekends – cuddles, of course.
4. Despite the darkness and cold weather, Andrew and I can’t stay inside all night, every night.  We’ve been going for night walks and he likes to talk about the stars and planets.  One night he stopped and said, “Mommy, I’ll never stop going on walks with you.”  I absolutely melted.
5. Champagne toast because I PASSED MY BOARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  There are really no words to describe how thrilled and relieved I am to have that behind me.
6. Real life as a parent = two kids in our bed before 7 am on a Saturday.
7. We had a rare kidless evening out with some of our best friends and tried a new bar, Eat + Drink (by the same people who run my lunchtime obsession, Taste.) It was wonderful! Can’t wait to go back.
8. As a kid, the only thing I ever wanted to be was a doctor.  I was pretty much focused on that all through elementary, middle, high school, and college. Even after nearly five years as a physician, whenever I catch a glimpse of myself at work, I still feel a bit like a kid playing dress up.
9. Caroline’s class had a fun little pitch-in lunch for Thanksgiving with all the parents.  I brought mini sweet potato toasted marshmallow cupcakes and they were a hit.  I love love love whenever my schedule allows me to go to the kids’ classroom functions.  So fun!
10. Caroline and bunny making sweet music at Alex and Sonja‘s house.  We love visiting them.
11. Ben made an excellent hand model for these fingerless mitts I made for Alex.
12. Sometimes Andrew and I just have a little too much fun in the kitchen.  I tend to get carried away sometimes :)
13. Best time of day – tucking this one in for bed.
14. Little Thanksgiving helper.
15. Self-declared Snowman Lightning Man wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.
16. We went to the Christmas tree lighting in our hometown.  The kids had never been before and they loved it!  Worth braving the cold with two wild little ones :)

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • Anne Blackwell

    Hooray!! Congratulations, Annie!!!!

  • Melissa Brooker

    Congrats on passing your boards! That is so amazing!

  • Krysten

    You have the most adorable kids! Love seeing these little glimpses into your life! Just checked out your shop and ordered a t-shirt, can’t wait til it gets here! Have a great holiday season, Annie! :)

  • Congratulations, Annie!!! Also, how is it almost 2014?!

  • Diana

    Congratulations on passing your boards!!!

  • Francesca @ Love.Bake.Read

    Love all the pics! Congrats on passing your boards!

  • Sara Adamson

    Congrats on passing your boards!! Such a relief I’m sure! I love those fingerless gloves – where did you find the pattern?

  • Congrats, Annie! Hope you can really enjoy the holidays with your boards behind you!

  • Brenda Zur

    Congratulations on passing your boards.!!!

  • Erica Leigh

    Is there anything you can’t do! Congrats on passing your boards. And love, love, love the fingerless mitts. Do you recall the name of the pattern. My stash is getting totally out of control and those are gorgeous.

  • Sarah

    Agree, I would like to know the pattern!

    Congrats on passing your boards!

  • annieseats

    Yes, sorry! Should have included that. Here is a link to it on Ravelry:

  • annieseats

    Yes, sorry! Here is a link to it on Ravelry:

  • annieseats
  • Angela

    Congratulations on board certified goodness!

  • Annie Song

    Congratulations, Annie! What an accomplishment! I can’t believe with all the studying you still find time to make delicious meals for your family and share them with us.

  • You are so amazing. I don’t know many people who know from a wee child what they want to do when they grow up. I had no doubt you would pass, you can do just about anything. How you find time to be a DOCTOR & such an amazing mom & so great in the kitchen & decorating …. whew I need a nap now.

  • Laura

    I read, “champagne toast” and for a second was searching the instas and wondering, “what recipe has that clever Annie dreamed up to do with champagne and toast?” Uh, I get it–you passed your boards and were having a champagne toast. tee hee. Wow! Congratulations to you!

  • Chelsea Chavez

    Do you have a link for the leg warmers pattern? And what yarn you used? LOVE them-how cute!!!

  • annieseats

    Chelsea, here is the pattern on Ravelry (it’s a free one):

    This is the yarn I use ( – self-striping sock yarn. I LOVE it. I’ve now made four or five pairs in different color combos of this yarn and it is so great. I used the jelly bean color combo for these and it is by far my favorite.

  • Chelsea Chavez

    Thank you SO much-can’t wait to get knitting this project! Thank you for taking the time to reply!! =)