Thanksgiving: A day to celebrate family, friends, and our many blessings

Happy Thursday everyone! We are one week out from Thanksgiving, and I have to tell you… I am WAY excited. Mostly because for the first time, I will be hosting. My husband and I got married almost 4 months ago and this year, my parents and siblings will be joining us at our home for Thanksgiving. I’m my Mother’s daughter, and love to throw a party so I can’t wait. I know there will only be 6 of us, and it won’t be extravagant or anything, but I am still really really excited.

I wanted to share with you the recipes that I will be using (thank you Pinterest!!!) for our feast as well as the Thanksgiving decor and activities. I hope you find this list helpful, informative, and above all- good for body, mind, and soul. πŸ™‚ Man, I love me a holiday!!

 

Feast- main dishes, side dishes, appetizers

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Not So Humble Pie’s Herb Butter Turkey….can you say, “yum!!!!”?

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Once Upon a Chef’s roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, pecans, and maple syrup… I’m drooling already

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The Kitchn’s Spiced Cranberry Sauce… a Thanksgiving Essential (minus the brown sugar)

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Bed Bath and Beyond’s (I know right?!?) Ginger and Honey Glazed Carrots

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The Taste of Home’s Spinach Citrus Salad… always a great idea to have a few cold dishes- and this one has lots of holiday flavors!

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Living Well Kitchen’s Pumpkin hummus… a great appetizer to keep people happy while waiting for the big feast

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Crockpot 365’s Crockpot Cornbread Stuffing… I’m not a huge fan of stuffing inside the bird, and crockpot’s are AMAZING, so I definitely love this one!

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Babies and Biscuits’ Sweet Potato Au Gratin… I wanted to do something a little bit different and this sounded sooo yummy!

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Simply Whole Kitchen’s Cranberry Brie Appetizer… another great pre-dinner idea. Obviously this one is not an everyday recipe, but great for a holiday πŸ™‚

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No Utensil Unused’s Roasted Garlic Green Beans… green beans are a Thanksgiving mainstay, and these look delicious!!!

Traditions

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I’m starting a new tradition this year with a Book of Thanks, a great way to remember year to year what we are thankful for….Eighteen25’s Book of Thanks

Each year that we can, my husband and I like to participate in our local Turkey Trot. It’s a great way to be active on an indulgent day, and to give back (our’s donates to local food shelters). Find one at active.com

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Such a great idea if you have a lot of kid’s in your family. Plus it gets everyone out of the house and moving. Family Fun’s Thanksgiving Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

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Because really, nothing says Thanksgiving quite like Charlie. Enjoy your pie and a sweet TV Special at 8pm (local time) on ABC

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For my family, it is important to remember who has blessed us beyond comparison. These Printable Scripture Cards from Rachel Wojo are a great way to do that. I think I will be attaching them to to-go boxes as a parting gift. πŸ™‚

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This will be our centerpiece this year. Such a cool idea! Pumpkin vases from Amazing Interior Design

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I love the simplicity of this…container + autumn stuff + candles. Even I can do that. πŸ™‚ Centerpiece from Bs2h

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A free printable alphabet from Shanty-2-chic to create the banner of your choosing- awesome!

There you have it! A ton of fabulous ideas for delicious food, beautiful and easy decor, and some new (and old) traditions. Check them out, give them a try, and let me know what you think! I’ll make sure to post pictures from my first Thanksgiving next week.

Love and joy,

Amy

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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