Top 5 Best Things About: Thanksgiving


This is the story of a young woman just dreaming of a day off. Weekends were nice and coffee breaks got her through, but it was the holidays that made her squeal inwardly with joy.


OK, so it’s not so inwardly. I’ve been professing excitement for the holidays for weeks now. But now that we have a day off to stuff our faces and sleep it all off on Thursday, I couldn’t be more excited. It’s the days leading up to this vacation that are going to drag and drag.

tumblr_m2l0tlEXI21r3e62yo1_500The Best Things About Thanksgiving

1. Family You Never See Throughout the Year

Getting the family together can either be the best or worst thing about the day. No matter what, you have to say you are thankful that you made it through another year together… or else mom is going to make you sit next to your needy uncle that chews too loudly and asks you about your life plan.


2. The Bird

Turkey. I am so thankful that the pilgrims decided to use this bird in their feast. It has all of the best qualities – it’s a lean meat, it’s hilariously stupid so I don’t feel bad about eating tons of it, and it makes for a glorious, sleepy afternoon. Rock on, Tom.


You just have to accept that you are going to come into work a couple pounds heavier on Monday. Don’t worry. Everyone else will be in the same boat. If they aren’t, it just means they had a horrible holiday.


Speaking of food, that turkey doesn’t just magically appear on the table. JumpĀ in the kitchen and get into the game! If anything, you can Instagram as you pop the rolls in the oven. Make all of your followers think you are domestic.


3. Prepping for Black Friday

Looking through the sale ads is almost more fun that standing in line at Best Buy for three days. Oh, wait, it’s so much better. Then you and your cousins can plan which stores you are going to hit up the next day. Or which stores to completely avoid because you don’t want the madness.


4. Holiday Specials

It’s the beginning of the holiday season! After the turkey leftovers are sealed and the pie is passed around, pour yourself a coffee and put up that tree. Or talk about how excited you are for your eight days of presents. We’ll be preparing our Festivus pole and brainstorming the Airing of the Grievances.


5. Getting the Day Off

Nap at 2 p.m.? I’m going to nap so hard. Watch the entire Macy’s Parade, even when Santa Claus makes his big debut? I have literally nothing better to do. Ignore work emails? Ha, you know where this is going.

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Recipe: Easy Pre-Thanksgiving Breakfast Bake


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think “Thanksgiving?” It probably wasn’t snow or polar vortex like most of our area got last night


Nonetheless, it doesn’t change what I think of. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Yams covered in marshmallows. Gravy. And then a glorious nap courtesy of tryptophan. Next week happens to be one of my favorite weeks of the year.

When you’re a kid, you don’t get much say in the traditions. So my tradition Thanksgiving has changed as my brother and I have grown up. People move away, families grow, and we add a few more leaves to the tables in order to accommodate the addition of delicious dishes.

While I love the traditions, there is one thing that I really wish would change. Thanksgiving breakfast. I get up in a rush, barely have a minute to shower, and then the cooking begins. Every time I try to sip my coffee or smuggle a piece of pie to fuel me forward, someone calls for my help.

Before I know it, I’ve missed breakfast and we’re several hours away from turkey and cranberries.


Here’s my solution: Thanksgiving breakfast. Keep the theme of things of the season and then add coffee. Even just 30 minutes out of prep time to fuel up would bring us all another thing to be thankful for.

So, to Pinterest!

baconeggcupsRecipe: Bacon and Egg Bake Cups

How much easier can you get?

  • Cupcake/Muffin Tins
  • Bacon Strips
  • Eggs
  • Cheese

Just line the tins with the bacon, uncooked. Combine the eggs and cheese and pour into the bacon.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. They’re not going to take up too much room and you can even make them the night before and then heat them up if you are too worried about time.

You could do the same with ham and mix in different breakfasty additions, like peppers or onions.

I tend to go J.Law at the Oscars when I don’t eat. Don’t subject your fellow Thanksgiving chefs to a “hangry” experience (hungry + angry).