Are you ready for Thanksgivingukkah?

I like the idea of sleeping in on the weekends, but sometimes, despite my best efforts, that doesn’t always happen – nevertheless, I take joy in the fact that I have the option if I want to. Although, it’s also nice to wake up early and get a lot done and still feel like you have the whole day ahead of you. Today we woke up earlier and got lots done; including visiting 3 different grocery stores, among other places as we ran errands, and picking up a few supplies for our Thanksgiving dinner.

As you may have heard, for the first time in 125 years, the first night of Hanukkah will overlap with Thanksgiving – making it referred to by some as “Thanksgivingukkah”. As a person who absolutely finds the term “shooties” (yes, this is a real thing and I didn’t make it up – it’s a woman’s ankle-high bootlike shoe) annoying as all get out, I actually find the term “Thanksgivingukkah” fun. Maybe it’s because I love holidays and the idea of two combined seems like an extra dose of awesome to me. We are having a more traditional Thanksgiving menu (I’ve seen some weird…I mean “interesting” menus out there, in honor of Thanksgivingukkah), but will light our Menorah in honor of Hanukkah that night as well.

I enjoyed putting together a couple of flower arrangements with rose hips and alstroemeria – which we’ll enjoy on our Thanksgivingukkah table. My mother-in-law gave us this beautiful crystal vase below so it seems extra special and appropriate for the holiday. Here’s wishing you a very happy Thanksgivingukkah!

by Valerie | 11.23.13 | Around our home, Holidaze | No Comments »

Give thanks

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new home & there was much to be thankful for! We shared dinner with dear friends & enjoyed using my Mom’s china for the first time – it was great to finally be able to use it & enjoy it. Averie looked lovely in her pretty green party dress too. Dinner was delicious & included turkey tenderloins with 3 different spice rubs, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, homemade gravy, carrots, green beans, rolls, pumpkin pie with homemade bourbon maple whipped cream, & mini vegan gluten-free donuts.

by Valerie | 11.24.12 | Around our home, Holidaze | No Comments »

365 – Day 275

365 – Day 275

The award for most festive tushie definitely went to Averie this year as she was sporting a turkey on her tushie for her first Thanksgiving. Could she be any cuter? Nope, that’s just not possible!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by dear friends, and were blessed to share the holiday with them in our home; 14 adults (including Ryan & I), 3 kids, & 3 adorable babies. Did I clog the kitchen sink drain/disposal again this year like I seem to do every year on this holiday? Yes. But, it all worked out in the end & we shared a delicious meal with friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

by Valerie | 11.24.11 | Holidaze, Photography | No Comments »

Thanksgiving Feast 2010

Pumpkin Pie

Another Thanksgiving is upon us & our table will be full of delicious food to fill our bellies & dear friends to warm our hearts! We’ll be preparing many of the same menu items we made last year & are looking forward to the delicious food our friends will be bringing to add to our feast as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

Deviled Eggs

by Valerie | 11.25.10 | Holidaze, Recipes | No Comments »

Giving thanks

Hand Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for those I’ve loved & lost & for those I love & are lucky to still have in my life.

by Valerie | 11.25.10 | Holidaze | No Comments »

Fun week ahead

Michigan Theater

I’m so looking forward to a nice, long holiday weekend & enjoying spending time with friends over good food & fun activities; we’ve got a full week planned, but it will be lots of fun! We’re having friends over to share Thanksgiving dinner with us on Thursday & we’ll be serving many of the same items we made for last year’s meal – yum! On Friday, we plan on going to the Michigan Theater to see Warner Bros. Cartoons & we’ll be back at the Michigan Theater on Sunday for the White Christmas Sing-A-Long (we went to the Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long several months ago & loved it). And we’ll be decorating the house for Christmas, making our own holiday pop up cards to send out, & probably doing some Christmas shopping as well.

And, I really like this wreath – wonder if I’ll be ambitious enough to make this for myself…perhaps!

by Valerie | 11.22.10 | Around town, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

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