Tuesday Talk

Hey, y’all! Today, I am linking up with the sweetest girls,Ashley and Erika, for their  fun link-up “Tuesday Talk!”

Last month, we shared about our favorite Netflix shows, and you guys had the best suggestions!   I settled on Pretty Little Liars and have a list of great shows to watch once I am done! Today, we are skipping a little bit ahead and talking about Thanksgiving, and I am in need of your help once again!

Here’s the thing….Give me all the Halloween pumpkin patches, cookie decorating, and other Fall fun in October. We do this well! And, Christmas is definitely my number 1 jam with all of the twinkle lights, decorations, and celebrating.  However, I’m just not good at Thanksgiving!    So, I am in NEED of your suggestions on how to make Thanksgiving special for our family.  Anything from your favorite recipes, how you decorate your table, your favorite traditions, and how you celebrate on Thanksgiving!   I need your tips for fun crafts and how you incorporate gratitude and thankfulness into your celebrations as well!   I am all ears, friends!

Or maybe you are like me and need some suggestions too? 🙂 To get us started, I am going to share something fun that we do every year!   Each year on Thanksgiving morning, I wake the kids up a little early and we make our special Blueberry muffins for our crew and any relatives that we might have staying with us.  It’s always a fun production of early morning giggles and flour all over the place…I am hoping that we will still be doing this fun tradition when they come back home for Thanksgiving as adults and with families of their own. 🙂

I can’t wait to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving tips and traditions!  Also, tomorrow I have a fun little post, and I can’t wait to share that one with you as well! Happy Tuesday!  XOXO Narci

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16 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk

  1. We always have a Thanksgiving breakfast (just my small family) to really kick off the day before we are with a larger group. That being said, I’m going to come back later today to get some new ideas from other readers!

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  2. We always watch the Parade. I try to watch all of the FRIENDS Thanksgiving episodes too. I normally do that the night before Thanksgiving when I’m doing meal prep. My little one turns 2 the day before Thanksgiving so I know now each year will be a lot of birthday traditions wrapped in with Thanksgiving.

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  3. I don’t have any ideas for you but I’m anxious to see what other people have to say. We spend every other Thanksgiving in Michigan with my in-laws so it’s a little hard to have yearly traditions!

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  4. Either the night before or the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we like to host a “pie night.” We make/buy and bunch of different pies and our guests bring some too. Then we try them all!! We love this because we never can fit pie in on Thanksgiving. We are just too full.

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  5. We always get up, make cinnamon rolls (my hubby & kiddos favorite) & watch the parade. I can remember being a little girl watching the parade with my sister & brother every year. I’m all about a tradition! 🙂 For Thanksgiving lunch we go to my in-loves house & then afterwards we head to my parents for dinner. And of course there’s always football in between all of that! I’m going to come back later to see what ideas other people may have! Happy Tuesday, friend!

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  6. We always wake up and go to a homeless shelter or another organization (like the YMCA) to help serve Thanksgiving meals to the homeless or those who can’t make one for themselves. We’ve both packaged meals and driven them to families and always feel so happy after!

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  7. The day before I set the table and make my pies.
    My children love pumpkin pie, so I always make these and we break into one the dinner/day before
    Thanksgiving. I make fresh whip cream to serve with them.
    My family loves this Rhodes Bread Dough recipe that you make using 2 defrosted rolls of bread, a bundt pan, spray olive oil, melted butter, Parmesan cheese and Italian herbs, EVOO,
    Salt and pepper to taste.
    Generously Spray a bundt pan. Take your bread rolls that you defrosted overnight in fridge and cut them into 10 slices. Dip 1/2 of both sides of each slice of dough into a plate or bowl of melted butter, than one side in Parma, the other in the Italian herbs. Line up your slices in the bundt pan so the Parma is all on one side and the herbs are on the other side of all the slices arranged around the bundt pan. Any extra butter or Parma, I just drizzle on top, then Drizzle a little EVOO and Sea salt to taste. Can also shake a bit of pepper on there, too. Cover bundt pan with a dish towel and let the slices rise to 1/2 inch- inch over the top of the pan. Bake at 350 for 20-40 minutes. Keep checking after 20 minutes. Bread should rise even higher in the oven and looks like a big golden- golden brown mushroom. When bread is a
    Deep golden color- golden brown, take out of oven and set aside to let cool a bit before removing from pan and placing on serving plate. The bread looks gorgeous on the table and everyone always comments on the bread!
    Guests just pull the slices off the bread. Or you can slice the bread if you prefer. Your house smells wonderful and again, everybody always loves the bread. You just don’t want to undertook it or overlook it, so maybe do a trial run in your home’s oven prior to Thanksgiving.
    Thanksgiving is the only day my husband helps me in the kitchen! He prepares the turkey, but I help him and I make all the sides. He turns on great music and then we make everything. Once all our sides are done, we go for a long family walk (while the turkey is still cooking at 325). When we return we just add the final touches like get yourselves ready, light candles, open a bottle of wine and one of sparkling cider, and just keep the soft music playing.
    We go around the table and take turns saying one thing we are thankful for in addition to a prayer before eating.
    After our dinner and visit with family, we
    sometimes play a game like Apples to Apples, Uno or Scrabble and then once our guests leave, we sometimes head out for a ‘quickie’ just an extra shorter walk before getting ready for bed.
    Our day is simple, relaxed, and sweet providing a perfect day of reflection and being thankful for all we have, most especially each other.

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  8. My family has a Thanksgiving tablecloth! My parents started it when I was little and its so fun to reread all of them each year. Everyone writes what they are grateful for (it’s a vinyl tablecloth and we use Sharpies) and puts the date so we know when they wrote. It’s fun to see because we’ve spent Thanksgiving with different extended family members and so sometimes we have new people writing! Also, it’s nice to read the ones from family members who have since passed away. I’m in college now, and going home for Thanksgiving is such a highlight because we get to write on the tablecloth!

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  9. I have cooked thanksgiving dinner for my family & whoever extras guests that come since I was in high school so it’s kinda my “thing” if my brothers come in, I stick to traditional sides but if not, I try new recipes. The men usually hunt while the rest of us watch the parade, then meal around noon & spend afternoon watching football, napping, riding horses, or playing cards/board game. Thanksgiving evening, we serve at a local ministry serving & delivering food & visiting with people who came for a hot meal. Always the best part!

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  10. Hey Narci! My dad makes these cute turkeys that we usually fill with suckers, feathers, skewers, but I’ve always wanted to write down things we’re thankful for and stick them in there! Or write out good deeds or people we can pray for all of November! Just an idea I’d be happy to send you a picture of the turkey if you’d like!
    Karan Hussman

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  11. Every year each person writes what they are thankful for onto a foam leaf (you can buy these at Michaels and then use a needle to poke a string through the foam stem). Then we hang them onto a branch/branches we’ve cut from trees in our backyard that are standing in a pot/vase/pitcher. They are fun to pull out year after year and read – I love to see how my niece’s and nephew’s handwriting changes each year. They also make a great decoration and reminder of how we’ve been blessed over the years. After dinner we have the annual Gobbler Games which are Minute to Win-it type games with Thanskgiving themes that my dad comes up with each year. He has a small traveling trophy but really we all win because we are spending time together.

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