Let’s Talk Turkey.

Oh, hey! Christmas is 13 days away, so talking Thanksgiving is basically right on schedule, right?

I.love.Thanksgiving. It is my all time favorite holiday. Always has been, probably always will be. I’m really the only one in our family who loves to cook, so we’ve been hosting the holiday at our house since our very first year here about 4 Turkey Days ago. Growing up we always had our Thanksgiving dinner early afternoon, then decorated the (faux – gasp!) Christmas tree, and then all went out to a movie together. I’ve been trying to get back to that timeline for a few years now, but man, cooking an entire dinner is pretty exhausting. This year we managed to eat early, put up the tree (sans decorations), and cheer our Skins to victory. I’d say it was a success.

I wanted to pop in and share my favorite recipes for the biggest meal of the year. I usually tweak here and there, but I’ve linked them all up below for your cooking pleasure :-). Now listen closely to this next part…that Sandra Lee may be considered as a lazy mom’s cook, but woman can make-a-TURKEY. This is literally the best turkey you will ever make in your entire life – trust me, people think I’m Ina when I make it, not kidding. Just smile coyly and say something breezy like “Oh, it’s all about that basting” or “Oh, that old thing? I cook 20 pounders in my sleep”.

Bower Family T-Day:

Roasted Turkey: Two words – BUTTER COINS. droooool.


Cornbread Stuffing (water chestnuts – yum!)

Paula Deen Crock Pot Mac and Cheese (this is a big deal people, saving some major oven space with this one)

Paula Deen Green Bean Casserole (it’s a little too cheesy for my taste, so I would take a lighter hand with than Paula advises – don’t tell her I said that):


The Neely’s Sweet Potato Souffle (this is out of control ya’ll, I tried it for the first time this year and nearly fell out of my seat, it’s that good, plus The Neely’s are just about the cutest, um, EVER)

Then you just make some yummy mashed potatoes, butter glazed rolls, ask your amazing Granddad to make one of his famous pies and you have one delicious meal.

Turkey Day Tips: Oven Schedule, Night Before Prep, Appetizer Finger Foods, Lots of wine.

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Decisions, Decisions.

Disclaimer: I am not a good picture taker.

Silver Lining: I’m trying to improve! 🙂

Now that we got that out-of-the-way, I can give you something to ponder with me! I have been searching and searching for a glass front cabinet for our living room for about 6 months now, but what I’ve found on CraigsList and out thrifting has been out of my budget. Enter a lucky find at Goodwill last week for 45 bones!

That’s a pretty hefty piece of furniture for 45 bucks right? Now I would like you to take a moment to imagine me trying to fit this in a Jeep Wrangler, and then trying to unload it by myself when I got home. Hint: it involved batting eyelashes and some construction men pouring concrete at our neighbor’s house.

One of the most happy accidents is how well this piece matches with another goodwill find we have in the living room that we made over two years ago: (poor lighting alert)

See the similar lines?

I’m still deciding how to spruce her up. Maybe my first chalk paint project? I’m thinking she could look nice in a warm white with the cabinet interior stained a rich mahogany. We’ll see.

The fun part is deciding what treasures she’ll hold.

I’m dying to start a vintage Pyrex collection…

Or maybe I’ll start a Jadeite collection like Ms Martha?

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Maybe Santa will decide for me and bring me a super fun vintage find for Christmas! 😉 Any collections you love or wish you could start??

Goodwill Hunting

I have a recently acquired problem that involves now working from home, my days now typically start with a cup of coffee and a “oh, I guess I could make a quick run over to Goodwill”. This is a problem people, mainly because once you start going to Goodwill on an almost daily basis the lines between a really cool find and a piece of junk start to rapidly blur. I think I had a pretty good haul yesterday though.

I’m a lover of personal photographs, it’s a trait I got from my momma, so much so that I basically wallpaper every room in vacation, wedding, puppy, etc. pictures so I’m trying to sprinkle some art throughout the house as well.

On my trip this week I scored these two adorable farm oil paintings for 10 bucks a pop. Not too bad. Something I’m learning about myself – I like farm art, barns, animals, you name it. I’m thinking it would look really cool to pickle the frames on the wood – maybe these would go well in the Dining Room or Master bedroom? Thoughts?

Then there’s this little gem. I’m pretty sure this is one of those finds that borders on the line of being creeptastic, but I’m kind of in to it. Plus, I talked them down from the marked price of $30, to $20.

Tip: Goodwill usually does a markdown on every item that’s been in the store over 30 days, and this one was dated just at the one month mark so I asked the manager for a discount, and it worked!

I somehow think with a whitewashed frame this could look really sweet in a girl’s nursery, but we’ll see where it ends up.

Happy Goodwill Hunting!

Let’s take a walk.

It’s ridiculously gorgeous outside today, I mean really, like beyond. Why it is this perfect and not sweltering like a typical August day only Mother Nature knows, but I figured I need to take advantage of it.

So I did something unheard of this morning, I took the Soph for a walk – sans cell phone. Usually I’m walking along while simultaneously pinning – facebooking – instagramming but not today. And boy it’s a good thing I left that thing on the kitchen counter, or else I wouldn’t have taken a moment to look around and really absorb the beauty of today.

This is how excited Sophie gets when you say the “W” word around here, then she runs around in circles. It’s basically just like what I do when I hear RPatz is going to be on Kimmel.

Here’s some of the gorgeousness we soaked in this morning. Also note, acrobatic squirrel.

And here’s a sneak peek in to what we’re working on around the house this week. It’s no big thang, but a mini update that will hopefully be a nice little spruce up.