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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Starting Thanksgiving Prep!

Even though I’m already excited about Christmas I don’t high step over Thanksgiving like it isn’t there. I’m pretty sure my family wouldn’t allow it since I host it every year.

Something exciting happened the other day and those of you who follow me on my FB page probably already know that I won a copy of the Pioneer Woman’s newest cookbook A Year of Holidays from one of my favorite blogs, Reluctant Entertainer. To say I was excited is an understatement. I haven’t won anything in a long time and I was glad to break the streak with this wonderful book.


Winning this book got me to thinkin’. Why not do a Pioneer Woman’s Thanksgiving dinner this year? I quickly thought back, “Heck yeah!” Though there will still be the need to make a couple of traditional family dishes, I do plan on using the book to make the rest. I’m all about embracing new things. And puppies. I love embracing puppies. In reality, I’ll probably need to embrace a gym when it’s all said and done.

So in the next week or so I’ll have my official Thanksgiving menu up and ready to go. And because I know the Pioneer Woman has a lot of her recipes on her blog, I’ll link what I can to the appointed recipe. 

Do you host Thanksgiving or do you go somewhere?

Are you up for changing things around each year or do you stick to the same recipes each year?

Have a wonderful day my friends.



P.S. Don’t forget about the Sparkle Box Giveaway. It would also make a wonderful gift for someone.

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  1. Kim,
    Just about 30 min ago, David called and told me we can't go anywhere for Thanksgiving because he can't be more than two hours away from the office.

    This post is a God send!

    I'm going to order the book right now (wanted it anyway) and start making my own plans.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Yes, we host Thanksgiving at our house and I want to see any side dishes recipes you will be making. I like to try one new side dish each year to go with the turkey.

  3. I had in mind to do her brined turkey with gravy last year, but changed my mind. (don't remember why, exactly) But her recipes do always look and sound AMAZING, so I'm sure this will be a Thanksgiving to remember at your house!!

    1. I brined my turkey for the first time two years ago and haven't looked back. I actually wondered why it took me so long to do it. I highly recommend the brining. *smile*

  4. We'll be going to my daughter's house this year but everyone will contribute dishes. She has been looking at buying a frozen TurDuckHen this year. I don't know if I would like the duck portion but I know I like turkey and chicken so I'm okay with trying something new. We have some family favorites: Aunt Peggy's Sweet Potato Casserole, Jane Saylor's Cranberry Jello Salad, and Pumpkin Pie. My husband likes Oyster Stuffing so I will make that for him (even though I think it messes up the other good Thanksgiving smells, lol!). I'm looking forward to your posts about the Pioneer Woman's feast.

  5. YUM. Can I come to your house for Thanksgiving this year? Looks like I'm hosting again - not sure which brothers are coming, but at least 2 will come plus my nephew. So yes, I'll be the only girl again. {These guys need some girlfriends, don't ya think?}

    Big already-gettin'-full-just-thinking-about-Thanksgiving-dinner size hugs to you! Love you friend! :)

  6. I bet you will pick out some marvelous recipes for your family to enjoy! DH got a new meat smoker a couple of weeks ago. It's a present to himself after getting through the surgery. And he's planning to smoke a turkey for Thanksgiving this year!


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