Happy (post)Thanksgiving! I hope you are recovering nicely from your turkey hangover. ;)

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We kicked things off yesterday just as I told you we would…with cinnamon rolls! (Yeeeah, between me, Ben and Ben’s little brother, who spent Thanksgiving with my family this year, we crushed the mini cinnamon rolls on Wednesday night…whoops!)

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The three of us walked into my parent’s house at 8:30am and my Mom proclaimed “Oh! I was just about to put the cinnamon rolls in the oven!” To which I laughed. :)


Enjoyed warm and in about 3 bites, with a hot cup of coffee with a splash of eggnog. Have you ever tried this combo? Life changer right there!

I made sure to get the crew up, ready and over so we could watch every minute of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – my personal official kickoff to the holiday season. Attending in person is pretty high up on my bucket list. Has anyone ever gone?


I contentedly watched the Rockettes, Broadway shows and high school marching bands on the lazy boy with Black Friday ads in my lap, and a cold champagne mimosa in my hand.

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It’s the only way to start Thanksgiving Day, I’m tellin’ ya!


Throughout the morning we munched on my Mom’s special Chex Mix – another Thanksgiving tradition I forgot to mention.


She puts like, triple the amount of Worchestershire sauce in each batch so it comes out tasting like salty crack. Iloveitsomuch!

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When the men broke off to enjoy beers and cards,


my Mom and I took to the kitchen to finish getting our Thanksgiving feast ready.


This year she insisted I learn how to cook a turkey. Blerg! Since I had to learn, you do too. ;)

How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

By Iowa Mom Eats

1. Thaw the bird in the refrigerator for at least 4 days. Remove the giblets and pat the entire bird, inside and out, dry.

2. Stuff the insides with stuffing, then seal with a wire skewer.

3. Flip the bird over, stuff the neck, then seal with another skewer.

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4. Bend the wings back so they don’t burn.

5. Brush the entire bird with vegetable oil. IME says this results in an evenly golden brown bird.

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6. Open a turkey-sized baking bag and toss some flour around on the inside. IME says this is so the bag doesn’t explode, but she doesn’t know why it would explode, or how the flour keeps it from doing so. JUST DO IT she says!

7. Sprinkle salt & pepper over the entire turkey and seal the bag.

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8. Stab 6 holes in the bag and cook!


Whee! Seriously this makes for THE most juicy turkey. Like, unbelievably juicy! So yum!


When all the food was finally ready, we set the table.


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Aaaand feasted. This was one of the best yet! :D


The gang was all there. Party Potatoes Deluxe,


mashed potatoes & gravy,


and Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots.


Can’t forget Grandma’s Holiday Salad or Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples with Toasted Marshmallows. DELICIOUS!


The afternoon took an unforeseen turn after lunch when we decided to light a bonfire in the backyard. It was too pretty a day to stay inside, as it was 67 degrees outside!


Nothing says Thanksgiving like bonfires and balmy weather! ;)





We ended up staying outside, enjoying the fire and sipping some cold ones, until nearly 7:00 at night. The temperature never dropped after the sun dipped below the horizon, and nobody wanted to end the perfect evening… That is, until our stomachs started growling, which meant – leftovers! 


Hope your Thanksgiving was as happy as ours! :)



What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving? Did you participate in any Black Friday shopping this year?