Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving ... So Traditions and Giving Thanks

First off Happy Thanksgiving EVERYONE! I want to say a big thank you to everyone who follows or just takes the time out of there day to read my crazy mind and life. It's because of you that I get going and have found in life that at one time I found very grey and sad. We have some new followers and we want to welcome them to into a crazy thing we call family. Oh you all know you're like my family, better because we actually choose each other ... LOL.
So my friend who mind you once featured me ... yes I actually was featured on a blog once! And she even called me her BBF (Best Bloggy Friend) .... yes my mind never forgets these things! Well she asked us to share our traditions and what we do to get read for thanksgiving. So my BBF Mrs. Cooper here is the answer to your HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GIVING THANKS.

So since having kids I try to have everyone at the house for Thanksgiving, it's just too hard to lug us everywhere and then to be on our "best behavior". Now having kids my cleaning style isn't so crazy OCD like it use to be. But whenever I know my mom is coming over I bust my rear ... we joke she'll bust out the white glove. Now don't get me wrong LOVE my mom but she's like the cleaning machine and her house is amazing, mine not so much! Also my grandmother is coming over to and hello she's her mom so what would you expect accept the same type of person. So part of my tradition is hanging on to my sanity while they are both here. My mom means well put she'll comment on the house, my weight, the kids ... LOL I love her to death and know she means well but sometimes my self esteem will wear a little, but I know it's good stuff I really need to work on and that will get me on threw the day. ;)

So now on to the cleaning and the food! Welcome to my world I call Thanksgiving!

First we start with the stove!
Who knew this could get so dirty!
UGH ... all clean and a new liner.

Then the trace that I call boys ...
My floors .. really that was just the bathroom
What is up with the hand prints everywhere?
Then the dinning room/my work area
All clean!
My desk is clean
Bar is clean and you can see the countertop!
And the Table is set!
Floors are clean in the kitchen
Fridge art is up and displayed
(Thanks artist Cole, organizer Caden)
And top of the stove cleaned too!!
Now onto the food making!
On the menu:
* Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese
(No clue who chuck is just name of recipe)
* Ham with "The Best Glaze in the world"
* "Smashing" Smashed Potatoes
* Pumpkin Creme Brule
(cross fingers my first attempt)
* Candied Sweet Potatoes
* Grandmother Parker House Rolls
(again no clue who she is just name of recipe)

Mom will bring a Turkey and her famous Green Beans with Bacon
GG (Great Grandma) will bring her cranberry sauce and stuffing!
Rick hates my stuffing .. ;( sorry Martha Stewart your apple stuffing wasn't a hit last year.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day with lot's of friends, family and laughter! I promise to stop by and say hi later today. Right now I have some cooking to do!


  1. Wow your house looks great! The menu sounds yummy! I hope you have a good day and keep that chin up to the white gloves and comments!
    You know I love ya girly!
    18 days until I get on a plane to the PNW. Stoked!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. It sounds delicious. Your mom and grandmother better notice how clean the house is. Isn't that funny how we feel the need to go all out to please certain people. I felt that way when my sister visited this summer. (maybe because my mom is deceased) My sister is super clean which I use to be before my asthma took a dive!
    Have a beautiful day with your family and enjoy the leftovers tomorrow! (my favorite part)

  3. By the way when I talk about you to family and friends I talk about you being my BBF!

  4. You are a cleaning machine! It all looks great!

    Happy Thanksgiving Alexis!

  5. You NEVER slow down, do you? Even on a holiday!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. OMG!!! Look at your house!!! About being my BFF....would you like to come over and clean my house?????

    Thanks for entering. I hope your Mom and Grandmom don't drive you too crazy. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. Your house looks fantastic! I hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving :) & make sure you let us know how the mac & cheese was I need a new mac recipe!

  8. I am thankful I have a hubby who will eat what ever new creation I is the white glove-inator test going, cause your house always seems like its very clean!

    Blessings to you and the family!

  9. Cooking and cleaning? are a saint!

    I am so glad it was only the family this year...I hate the white glove test..I would fail so bad!

  10. by the way parker house rolls were named after a hotel they were made at. i don't know who slapped the Grandma part on it lol...but it makes it sound cozier doesn't it.

  11. sometimes.. i think we share the same mom!! seriously, i love mine too death too.. but oh boy can she be super difficult!!!

    hope you are having a wonderful and blessed thanksgiving!!!!

  12. Holy Guacamole, Green Beans and Bacon. That sounds awesome. Although....Let me share. My hubby said he loves this. I said..How is this different than Hamhocks and beans? He said "It isn't on the bone." Whatever.

    I hope you had a beyond fantastic Thanksgiving. You are someone that I consider a friend, and I am thankful for....yep...YOU!

  13. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Any black Friday plans???? I like to hide from all the crazy shoppers.

    BTW- I love all things pumpkin and creme brule is my favorite treat. The two together... OMG!!!!!!!

  14. You make me thankful that I don't have Thanksgiving at my house! LOL! Your house looks wonderful and the menu sounds awesome!

    I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

  15. Sounds like you had a great meal and a glorious day.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Yeah, mom's are like that... My mom doesn't even talk to me anymore, so sometimes the nitpicking is better than nothing!
    Look at all the hard work & scrubbing you did, your floors are sparkiling, you could eat off them!
    Sounds like a great menu with enough food fit for an army.
    Sounds like you had a terrific time. Can't wait to see a photo collage of everyone.

  17. I'd pay you to come clean my oven! Really... I HATE that chore.

    I thought of you yesterday when I was cooking... I had all the ingredients grouped together for each dish and I thought Hmmm...I should take a picture of this just like Alexis does :O) Heheee...

    Hope your day was wonderful!!

  18. Are you sure your mom and grandma are not the same two I have LOL I have to bleach my entire house before my mom comas LOL or she wouldn't leave me alone...about everything!!!

    Your house is beautiful :) and that is some yummy food girlie!!!

  19. Oh........lots of cleaning and cooking..........
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Pumpkin creme brulee?? That sounds scrumptious!

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  21. I thought it looked super clean, but I'm a mom of 3 so... LOL!
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  22. It's too late to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, so I'll wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    How was Thanksgiving? Were you able to keep your sanity?


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