(NaBloPoMo Day 18)

I have such mixed emotions about this holiday. But since I have much to be thankful for, I choose to celebrate it…on my own terms. My Thanksgiving has everything to do with being thankful for all I have, spending time with my precious family, EATING!, and work. And after Worksgiving is done, and Black Friday is done, I’ll take a day to just chill out, watch Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies (I don’t Christmas before Thanksgiving, ever.), and decide whether or not I want to decorate for the holidays this year. I’m leaning toward no on that, but that’s a post for another time.

Since I work in the afternoon, we are doing brunch. This is my brunch photo from last year:

Please excuse the poor lighting. But aren’t my dishes gorgeous? I will attempt to recreate that brunch this year, with only a few minor tweaks to the menu. Semi-homemade is the way I’m going!

  • Mimosas.
  • Hash browns. I like Emily’s Famous Hash Browns.
  • Eggs over easy, with free-range eggs from my parents’ chickens.
  • Sous vide turkey slices – I won’t be cooking a bird, but I did get pre-prepared sous vide turkey slices on sale at Target.
  • Ham. Instead of a full ham, I grabbed a few honey ham steaks.
  • Leftover Stuffing Waffles – only mine won’t be leftovers!
  • Pecan pie – yes, store-bought again – with coffee and/or milk.
  • Other beverages for the day? Sweet tea. It’s not a meal here without it.

This is not the most economical solution, I know (I once bought a 15 pound spiral cut ham and it lasted us forever, with sandwiches and other various leftover recipes), but I’ve still only spent around $35 for the three of us to have a pretty huge meal. And we will still have leftovers – just not enough to have to throw out or stress over using before the food goes bad.

And here is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition of all:

It never fails to put a smile on my face!

Here’s to hoping you and yours have an amazing day, no matter how or if you celebrate.

Featured image courtesy Karsten Paulick on Pixabay


  1. Liz A. says:

    Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays I actually like. (Someday I’ll discuss my antipathy for days like Valentine’s Day, Easter, the 4th of July, and yes, Christmas.) Sounds like you’ve got quite the feast planned.