Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

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Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service  in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  Thanksgiving. Family. They are inextricably linked.  For some, family time at Thanksgiving is like a Normal Rockwell painting, a little bit of perfection. For others, it means tension and even avoiding those family members who cause the most stress. This year, strains between family members are higher than normal after a difficult election year where campaigns brought out the worst in each other.  Luckily, I’m still talking to

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This Thanksgiving: Thankful

This Thanksgiving doesn’t feel very special this year. It feels like a typical Thursday to me. I’m trying to make it more, but I’m struggling to do so.  Not only does my husband have to work today–because the weather never sleeps–but I’m dealing with morning sickness. The morning sickness and pregnancy fatigue helped us (Chris and me) decide not to cook turkey today. And, now, I feel sad that we decided not to do it. At the time, it made perfect sense. After all, just under two weeks ago, we visited my in-laws in Iowa and had an early Thanksgiving

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18 Incredible Thanksgiving Recipes

I love Thanksgiving! I think it is all the fabulous foods that makes the day one of my favorite holidays. This year, we won’t be doing a traditional Thanksgiving. With my husband working that day and my morning sickness, we decided it might be a better idea for me to cook something simple. Besides, we just celebrated an early Thanksgiving with his family a week ago. Instead, I’ll be making my Slow Cooker Braised Beef Bits and mashed potatoes, along with some bread and a vegetable.  Whether you are doing an alternative Thanksgiving meal like us or doing the traditional

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Sunday Summary 12/1/13

Sunday Summary 12/1/13

This past week was amazing. It was filled with family, love, and fun. As I noted in my last Sunday Summary, we were spending the week in Florida at my parents’ house. Most of our time was spent visiting with my mom and dad. Nothing spectacular, just time together. Isn’t that always the best?  Not only did I get time with my parents, but I got some extra quality time with my husband. Grandma and Grandpa watched our girls so we could go to Mass on Sunday. It was the first time I enjoyed church in a long time. Then, on Tuesday,

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A Family Thanksgiving

My parents, sister and her family, and an aunt and uncle all live in Northern Florida. I, on the other hand, live in central Illinois. I have lived in Illinois since I got married in July 2009. In that time, I have spent only one holiday with my whole family in Florida, Christmas 2009. While my parents have come up and spent Thanksgiving with us on two different occasions, it isn’t the same as having a full family Thanksgiving. I’ve missed my family every year at the holidays. Finally, this year, my husband, children, and I drove to Florida for

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Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I enjoy the parades. I love the food. I love it when I can spend the time with my family. And, I even don’t mind the football. It is a great day, almost every year.  It is also a day to be thankful for many things. I’m not one to post what I’m thankful for once a day throughout the month of November. I’m thankful everyday of my life. However, I do like to say some extra special thanks on Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for…. 1. God. 2.

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Sunday Summary 11/24/13

What a week! So much happened that it feels more like 2 weeks passed than just one.  In last week’s summary I mentioned that we were expecting lots of big thunderstorms. While my small town barely noticed any storms, the areas north and east of us were hit very hard. One town, Washington, IL, was hit by an EF-4 tornado, taking hundreds of homes. Other towns were affected too. In fact, the state of Illinois had 24 tornadoes touch down last Sunday. EF-4 tornadoes in Illinois are rare. Any tornadoes touching down in November is almost unheard of. I’m so

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Sunday Summary

Wow! We are fully in November now, heading full steam ahead to Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. To me, Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family. This year, for the first time since I got married four years ago, I will be going to spend Thanksgiving with my family. We don’t leave for another couple of weeks, but I can’t wait! I’m getting very excited at the prospect of spending time with my parents, my niece and nephew, my sister and BIL, and my aunt and uncle. It has been a long time. I’ve missed that familial energy. My parents

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A Happy Thanksgiving Meal

Normally on Thanksgiving we eat our meal around 1:30 p.m.  Since Chris was on overnight shifts and we have Ginny now, we had dinner at 5 p.m.  Honestly, I arranged it that way so Chris could help me, with either food or Ginny.  It felt strange to eat our meal so late, but worked out perfectly since the Packers football game started at Noon and wasn’t over until sometime after 3 p.m. Our meal was just for the two of us, but I made more food than needed.  We adore leftovers. Instead of making a whole turkey, I only roasted

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Thankful

On this day of Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for in my life. I am thankful for…… my beautiful angel, my daughter, Virginia. She is a light in my life that I thank God for every day. my wonderful, patient, loving husband, Chris. He is my partner in crime, best friend, and lover who loves me just as much as I love him. my parents. They have been through hell and back with me, in some ways, yet they still love me. They are my role models for what a marriage should be and who I want to

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