Pshew! The morning flew by in a flurry of baking, cooking, and a small oven fire. Somehow I not only managed to forget to set a timer for the apple pies, but I also completely forgot to put a tray under them. So, the juices from the apples spilled all over the bottom of the oven, causing a great deal of smoke and a small fire…oops!
Luckily, everything simmered down quickly without the assistance of a fire extinguisher, and with a little bit of fresh air coming in through the doors, the house aired out in no time. Plus, the pies still look absolutely delicious! Honestly, you’d think after preparing Thanksgiving dinner for almost two decades, I’d manage to remember things like timers and trays!
The rest of the morning rushed by without any other major issues, and in addition to the apple pies, I’ve nearly filled the fridge with veggies for the stuffing, two pecan pies, oatmeal casserole, bagel dip, black bean salsa, and a cream cheese coffee cake.
I currently have my cinnamon rolls rising in the microwave and will be rounding out the day by making a chocolate chip cheeseball, pumpkin pies, and an egg casserole. My husband and kids are working on the outside lights, and I’ve been told that I can’t peek until they’re done. I’m excited to see the grand reveal later this evening!
Family Christian Store has their Little People Nativity on sale for $22.49. This set comes complete with Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, an angel, a stable, and many barnyard friends. When the angel is placed on top of the stable, the star lights up, and the song, “Away in the Manger” plays.
Plus, if you choose in-store pick up, you’ll receive free shipping as well.
Cents of Style is featuring 50% off their semi-precious stone necklaces when you enter the promotional code PRECIOUS at checkout. With a little pop of color, these necklaces are available in 6 different styles and more than 20 different colors.
Additionally, at checkout you’ll be able to pick up an open stone cuff bracelet for just $1.99 as well. Plus, this offer includes free shipping.
So it’s officially 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, and I’m prepared with my mega-cup of coffee to cook, bake, clean, and decorate today. Tomorrow, our home will be filled with the delicious smells of turkey and pumpkin pie as well as with the laughter and joy of dear family members!
Aside from Christmas, Thanksgiving is undoubtedly my favorite day of the year. And as crazy as it may sound, I absolutely love the day before Thanksgiving. It’s the first day of break for my older kids and we spend the day as a family cooking and preparing while reminiscing about holidays past and of course, singing along to Christmas music (love Star 93.3!).
Throughout the day, I’ll continue to post early Black Friday deals as they pop up. I’ll also post periodic updates of my progress towards Thanksgiving preparations, as well as recipes as I finish making each item.
And I’d love to hear updates from all of you as well….are you cooking today? Hosting tomorrow? Traveling this holiday? What fun family traditions will you and your family be enjoying over the next several days?
Well….I’m off to go start on my cream cheese coffee cake (trust me, it’s worth every calorie!). Hope you all are having a great start to this beautiful morning!
It’s Jingle Deals time at Gymboree! For a limited time, you can pick up cozy leggings for $6, sleepwear for $10, and sweaters and sweater dresses for $15.
Here’s another great deal from Kohl’s! Pick up a Big One Plush Throw for just $7.64 when you enter the promotional code TURKEYTIME at checkout.
These blankets are an absolute favorite in our household! Not only are they super warm and fuzzy, but they are large enough to cover a twin size bed.
As an added bonus, when you spend $50 at Kohl’s, you’ll receive $15 in Kohl’s Cash. So, if you buy 7 of these blankets, you’ll spend $53.49 and receive $15 in Kohl’s Cash, essentially making each blanket just $5.50.
Since the regular price for these blankets is $39.99, this is a phenomenal deal! Plus, even if your family can’t quite use 7 blankets, most giving trees and Advent programs are seeking out blanket donations.