Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Favorites!

I'll just say it, along with everybody else, this year has flown by. I cannot believe we're at the point where I cannot leave the house without my winter coat! But, I'm excited. The holidays just put people in a great mood. Spending time with family, eating great food and reminding yourself you have an awful lot to be thankful for! I saw this fun prompt on Jenn's blog recently, and knew I had to take part!

Favorite part of Thanksgiving meal? Sounds totally cheesy, but honestly sitting around a table with my family is what I'm most looking forward to. Growing up, living with my mom, my brother AND grandparents, we always had 5pm dinner. Like, practically on the dot. I'm talking my Nanny always had a HOME COOKED, hearty meal for us. I can practically count on one hand how many times we ate out as a family or ordered something in. No phones, no worries, you just came to the table and we all talked about life, every single day. That's definitely a tradition I'd like to carry out when Caleb and I grow our family.

Favorite side(s)? Sweet potato casserole, BY FAR. Especially when there is a crumb topping and/or marshmallows all over it. BRB I'm drooling. It sucks trying to be healthy around the holidays, but I'm reminding myself that moderation is KEY!

Biggest thing you're thankful for this year? Cheese alert: this guy. He makes everyday amazing. Whether we're just relaxing on the couch while watching a movie, or on an awesome road trip together. I'm proud to call him mine :) he challenges me to be the best version of myself.

Have you hosted before? HA! No. Big fat no. We can fit about 4-6 people comfortably in our entire town home sooo, not yet. One day I'd like to, but I'm sure that's years from now when we have an actual home that we own. I can hardly handle the stress of bringing a side to Thanksgiving this year, let alone cooking an ENTIRE meal involving a turkey, etc.! You'd probably find me crying in my closet ;)

Favorite decor for Thanksgiving? To be honest, Caleb and I don't really have a ton of Fall/Thanksgiving decor. I'd like to change that, so maybe after Thanksgiving this year I can find some items on clearance. What we DO decorate a lot for, though? Christmas!

Pie of choice? Apple all the way (or cherry). I like pumpkin pie, but I usually don't eat very much of it. I prefer apple or cherry pie with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream! 

Tree up before/after Thanksgiving? Always on Black Friday. That's what my family did growing up, and Caleb and I do that every year. For some reason this year, its been REALLY hard not to put that tree up early!!

Gravy or no gravy? GIVE ME ALL THE GRAVY. On everything!

Smooth or chunky cranberry sauce? No. Just no. Although, I've never had like fresh, homemade cranberry sauce.

What about you? What is your favorite Thanksgiving side? What are you most thankful for? I'm so looking forward to a few extra days off with my family! I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving with people who mean the most to you!


  1. I remember always having family dinner every night too. No phones, no TV, usually not even a friend over. Just us and "what did you learn at school today?" Seriously.. those are the best memories. I love this prompt! It got me all warm and fuzzy, I'm copying, come check mine out tomorrow 😘

  2. Yes! All the gravy on all the things!

  3. Love that you did this littler questionnaire! So fun getting to know everyone's preferences and habits! :) For some reason, I've had a hard time resisting putting up my tree earlier this year, too, and I'm usually a staunch after Thanksgiving person!

  4. You are too precious friend. I wish my eating habits allowed me to enjoy all the amazing food at Thanksgiving. Would you believe me if I said I only ate the turkey and dressing. I'm a terrible American. Haha

  5. There's nothing better than gathering around the table with family :) One day I dream of having a giant farmhouse table (Jojo Gaines style) so big family dinners can always be a thing.

  6. I looove apple pie! And yes sitting around the table all together is the best. We have so many people, though, that we are all at 3 separate tables, so actually my favorite part is when we're all sitting around after the meal watching football and playing games.

  7. My MIL said something about us hosting Thanksgiving one year in the future and I about passed out, I told her there is no way I can host because there is no way I can even get close to her greatness lol. I seriously don't even know how she does it all but she does!! So yeah, you'd probably find me crying in my closet too!!!! Family time around the dinner table is the best, some of our best memories were made around the table with our families! I got most of our fall decorations that we have now on major clearance after the holidays or in Target dollar section...I just can't pay full price for something that's only going to be up a short time.

    We always, always, always wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate, usually the Saturday after, but since we are going to be gone next week I talked Matthew into decorating a week early so we could make up for the week we are going to miss seeing them, AND because I really just didn't want to come home and deal with all the unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. and then decorate. And I have to be honest...we both agreed that we like having them up a little early, but we also agreed that the earliest they can ever go up will be the week of Thanksgiving lol. We don't want out tree up the day after Halloween!!!!


Thanks for your comments, I read and respond to every single one of them! :) Excited to get to know you!