Thanksgiving 2018

I wanted to get this post up yesterday, but as luck would have it i came down with a nasty cold over the weekend. Right now it’s 10 o’clock in the morning and as i’m typing this up i have a freshly brewed pot of coffee and a box of tissues next to me. But i do really want to write up this post if not for anything else, but to remember this Thanksgiving, because it was pretty eventful.

So here is a look back from Wednesday (November 21st) – Sunday (November 25th).

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Wednesday (Day before Thanksgiving)

Morning time i realized i needed a few things from the grocery store, so i loaded up all the kids and we ventured out to the grocery store. We came back home, put away groceries and started cleaning up the kitchen so we could get started on baking pies.

Once i pulled out all the ingredients for the pies, i realized my evaporated milk (which was to be used for the pumpkin pies) had expired like years ago. Oops! There was no way i was going back to the grocery store, so i googled what else i could use. Luckily i had some heavy cream on hand and was able to use it in place of the evaporated milk.

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The kids and i were able to get all 4 pies baked and 36 rolls made up for Thanksgiving.

We also did some cleaning, as my niece was planning on coming over that night to spend the night with us.

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)

I woke up around 7 o’clock and started cleaning up the kitchen so i could get the turkey ready for the oven. I was able to get the turkey in the oven by 9:30.

Shortly after that i started getting the appetizers ready. We did an appetizer lunch around 11:00.

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We played some games, and got the rest of our Thanksgiving meal made.

Around 4 o’clock i tried to take the turkey out of the oven, to check and see how it was cooking. In doing so i spilled turkey juice all over the oven and floor of the kitchen. This caused the house to be filled with smoke and the smoke alarms to go off. Which then led to my 4 year old going outside to get away from all the noise.

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After opening all the windows in the house, turning the oven off, cleaning up all the juice that spilled inside it, and mopping the kitchen floor we were back on track.

We finally ate our Thanksgiving meal around 5:30, which was a whole hour and a half later than i had originally planned for us to eat, but that’s ok.

The rest of the evening was just spent relaxing together as a family.

Friday 

We had a 9:30 appointment for our dog, Bear, with his veterinarian’s office. He had been limping for 2-3 weeks and it wasn’t getting any better.

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We had to leave him at the vet’s office all day, for them to get some x-rays done.

While Bear was at the vet’s, my husband was told about this dog that was going to be thrown out on the streets because his family couldn’t care for him anymore. We couldn’t let that happen, so my husband went and picked the dog up.

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He is 8 months old. We aren’t sure what breed of dog he is, we were told he is a lab/poodle mix, but based on just googling images of that dog i really don’t think he is. I’m fairly certain he is an Irish terrier, but mixed with something else. We did not care for the name he was given, so we are still looking for the perfect name for him.

We got Bear back from the vet’s office and it turns out his joints haven’t grown as fast as the rest of his body, so he is on pain pills and joint supplements for the next 4-6 weeks. He also has exercise restrictions for the next 6 weeks. We are just really glad nothing was broken and that we have our Bear back home.

Saturday

My 10 year old and i went to get Bear’s medicine at the pet store. We had a fun time looking around at other things in the store.

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That night we went over to my sister’s house to see her and have dinner with her family. Once we got back home, my daughter was complaining that her throat was feeling scratchy, and my oldest son also wasn’t feeling well.

Sunday

I woke up not feeling so great, and my daughter and son were feeling worse. I still went to Walmart to pick up my online grocery order. Came back home and relaxed.

My husband went out to pick up more Christmas lights for the outside of our house, and while he was out he also picked up a Christmas tree.

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That’s pretty much it for our Thanksgiving weekend. I hope all that celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day!

 

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Thanksgiving Traditions

I can tell you about a handful of Christmas traditions my family had growing up, however I can’t think of one Thanksgiving tradition we had other than eat the normal Thanksgiving traditional foods.

Immediately, once i started my own family, I knew I wanted to have some Thanksgiving traditions for my family. Although, we haven’t come up with much, I thought i would share our family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

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  1. We make pies the night before Thanksgiving; Pumpkin, Lemon meringue, and Chocolate pies.
  2. On Thanksgiving, we eat a light breakfast, and snack throughout the day until the main feast which we serve around 4:00 in the afternoon.
  3. We play games, either board games/card games or video games, together as a family.
  4. We get outside, we usually take a walk to burn off all the food we have eaten.
  5. The day after Thanksgiving we put up our Christmas tree.

That’s it, those are our family’s Thanksgiving traditions. What are your family’s traditions?

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Holiday Stock Up Guide {Free Printable}

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you are anything like me then you often go to make a holiday recipe only to realize you have forgotten something, or with the extra company you’ve been having you don’t realize how low on hand soap you are, or toilet paper, yikes!!

In an effort to make the holidays go a little bit more smoothly this year, I’ve created a holiday stock up guide.

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I’ve added the basics to this guide for all your holiday baking (sugar, eggs, flour, etc.) and for all extra guests (toilet paper, hand soap, etc.).

I’ve also left empty spaces for you to add in your own needs.

You can download my Holiday Stock Up Guide for free, HERE!!

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10 Thanksgiving Themed Books {for kids}

Only 7 more days until Thanksgiving, which is enough time to hit up your local library {or Amazon} for some great Thanksgiving themed books for kids.

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My personal favorites are; God Gave Us Thankful Hearts, Thankful, Thank You Stinky Face, and Thanksgiving in the Woods!!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving themed book?

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Thankful Bible Verses {Free Printable}

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

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I’ve created a free printable with some thanksgiving Bible verses, in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. This would be a great time of year to memorize these Bible verses.

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You can download it for yourself, HERE!

Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips {Free Printable}

Hi Guys!

Every year I call my Mom up with the same questions “when do I put the turkey in the fridge to defrost?”, “how long will the turkey stay good for in the fridge?”, “what if it’s not ready in time for Thanksgiving?”… and every year she answers those questions for me without ever saying “I told you last year, and the year before that, and the year before that..” she’s awesome like that!

However this year I decided to pick her brain on all things Turkey and finally write it all down, so that way I can pass the information down to my children some day, and their children, etc. etc., and pass the information on to you guys as well.

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You can download my Thanksgiving Turkey Tips printable, for free, HERE!

I hope this helps you and your family!

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Traditional Thanksgiving {Menu, Shopping List, and Recipes} FREE

Hi Guys!

Only 10 more days until Thanksgiving, can you believe it?! Are you prepared yet?! I was able to get a little bit of my Thanksgiving grocery shopping done over the weekend, but I still have more to buy.

Pretty much every year I forget at least one thing at the store, and so I thought in order to help me with all my planning and shopping I would type it all up. And today i’m going to share what I have created with you all.

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I’ve written up the menu, the shopping list, and the recipes. I’ve even divided the recipes into appetizers, main course, and desserts in an effort to make things even easier.

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You can download my Traditional Thanksgiving pack for FREE, Here!!

I hope it will be a blessing to you and your family!

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