Have a Lovely Weekend Turkeys!

via Roses and Rust

Morning Turkeys!  When I was in fourth grade we had a day where you had to dress up like a pilgrim or Native American (to be PC), except I forgot about it until the last minute so I went as a turkey.   I remember my teacher laughing and shaking her head and I had no idea why.  I legit walked around dressed in an impromptu turkey costume all day like it was no big deal. The fact that I had more materials to pull together a turkey costume than a pilgrim costume tells you something about my fashion in 1988.

This weekend I am cooking my first turkey.  As much as I cook, I've never actually made a turkey so I'm a little nervous.  My law school girlfriends and I started a tradition of making Thanksgiving dinner back when we were studying for exams.  I'm so glad we've continued the tradition because it's one of the few chances we all get to see each other during the year.  I also love it because it's super informal so there's no pressure.  Stretchy pants and wine.  If y'all have any turkey-making advice, I'd love to hear it!

Enjoy these linkies with your Thanksgiving drinkies:

Just a fabulous roundup of gorgeous kitchens - nbd
(but it is a big deal, see picture above, they're all gorgeous)

I made this Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe 
from Ina Garten's new book Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust 
and then momentarily died of happiness

Also, this chili recipe was a winner this week

Books I'm currently reading:
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (fascinating)
Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist (funny, thanks Renee!)
Rules of Civility: A Novel (pulling me out of my teen sci-fi romance obsession)

How fun is this Thanksgiving table!

Before & After: entertainment center to kid kitchen (so many possibilities

Three beauty products to try  

My new favorite drugstore beauty product
Last weekend SNL parodied my favorite show Homeland - spot on hilarious

I also can't get the Sloppy Swish out of my head - it's so stupid, but it makes me laugh

Extreme Adorableness Alert: couple takes wedding photo - 88 years later (LOVE)

Holiday Gift Guide: for the dudes

Twinkle light pretties

Jenny tells us how to build a better bathroom
but I would suggest you just hire her 

I love this bedroom 

A beautifully organized linen closet

Kind of love these whimsical gold porcelain clouds  

somebody buy me this

Ermahgerd, Ernaments!

How to properly hang lights on your Christmas tree

Eek! I can't wait to put up my Christmas tree!  Have a lovely weekend y'all! 



  1. Bahahahaha! I can so see you as a turkey! This is an amazing visual image. I bet this was right in the "Campbell chunky noodle" phase...priceless! You are a great cook, I can't wait to hear how the turkey turns out and thank you for sharing the beauty products, they are AWESOME! I am going to get the lotion from Target today, THANK YOU! Gobble, gobble.

  2. The best trick? Stuff with stuffing and put the bird in breast Down. You will have the juicest turkey ever!!!!!!!!

    1. Ooh interesting! My father in law did Cornish game hens breast side down last year and they were fabulous. May have to try it!

  3. Great post! I just made my first turkey and I did it in the crock pot! It was divine! It's on my Pinterest board if you want to check it out! Can't wait to check out of these links! Thanks!

    1. Always love the crockpot! If the bird fits I may try it!

  4. Love your Friday posts. Read Rules of Civility and went to a reading at the DMA. Turns out the author is a friend of a friend of mine. Loved the book. Would love to see it as a movie. Have a great weekend!

    1. That's awesome! I'm loving it so far! It's nice to read something well written for a change.

  5. Glad you have those stretchy pants ready! Have fun cooking your first turkey, I always use the turkey bag, it keeps the juices in and makes one heck of a yummy turkey. And I take this favorite meal of the year very seriously...no rules, no limits...eat with abandon!
    I loved Rules of Civlity....very entertaining, and I just know I was born in the wrong era.
    Happy cooking and have a wonderful weekend sweetpea.

  6. Sounds like fun....cant go wrong with stretchy pants and wine. I have learned to season the heck out of the turkey. I made a Mexican turkey one year....it was delicious.

  7. Thanks for sharing all these great links - they kept me in bed with my laptop for at least an hour longer than was civilized this morning! x Sharon


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