Thanksgiving Planning {2014}

by Cate on November 19, 2014

Every once in awhile, the planets align and I am organized enough ahead of schedule to share holiday ideas before the actual holiday.

This is that.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Beyond loving the reminder to be thankful, I love it for two more reasons.

One, I can fill up the table with tons of delicious dishes and not feel guilty about having gone overboard.

Because going overboard is key. A week’s worth of leftovers as we tiptoe full blast into the crazy holiday season is not a bad thing.

The second reason? Because our gratitude tree comes out.

Gratitude Tree

It’s one of my favorite traditions, and every year, it’s fun to look back and see what people wrote on their leaves from previous years.

And who was at our table.

Exes. In-laws. Friends. Family.

A reminder of what was important then.

And what is important now.

Although I haven’t hosted our family Thanksgiving in a few years, I have instead had a Bloggers Thanksgiving Feast.

Which allowed me to satisfy my inner hostess just the same. (You can see those write-ups here > 2013, 2012, 2011).

But this year, because one of the bloggers is getting married, and one moved to far-flung regions (also known as Maine), that isn’t happening.

So I’m doing something else.

Changing it up.

And cannot wait.

And in the meantime?

A little round-up of Thanksgiving suggestions for you as I share some of our favorite go-tos for the holiday. You just might find YOUR newest tradition here too.

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Cute little place cards I made a few years ago using scraps of paper.
The Give Thanks banner that Nick made one afternoon.

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Recipe: Sesame Glazed Cauliflower

by Cate on November 17, 2014

A unique twist on cauliflower, this Sesame Glazed Cauliflower makes for a simple and tasty side dish.

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Can I still call this Sesame Glazed Cauliflower if I didn’t add the sesame seeds?

I think so.

And so it was.

I am on an endless journey to find a cauliflower recipe that my kids will like. I have come close, but so far, no cigar.

So it’s a darn good thing that I eat cauliflower.

And you do too.

I hope?

Did you know the going rate for a reasonably-sized head of cauliflower is $4.99?

Crazytown.

But in the grand scheme of things, you will likely have all the other ingredients on hand, so $5 for a side dish that can feed a small nation is not a bad thing.

#rationalizing

But it’s true.

And, in theory, it’s cheaper because the recipe only calls for half a head of cauliflower, so now the side dish is down to $2.50.

Even better.

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Weekend Photos in Review

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Recipe: No Crap Peanut Butter, Honey & Oat Bars

November 11, 2014

Quick, three ingredient oat bars that will leave you wanting more. The kids are big fans of granola bars. So is their Mom. Great grab-and-go item to shove in their hand on the way out the door to catch the bus. Perfect filler snack after school that won’t ruin their appetite before dinner. And, for […]

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