Crunch time + last-minute Thanksgiving recipe ideas

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you’re enjoying the morning. It’s been a wild and crazy week over here. I thought the girls had school today but it turns out they didn’t, so I did a scramble on Monday and Tuesday to wrap work stuff up for today and tomorrow. I finally got everything ready to go and am excited to enjoy the next couple of days with the family, eating pie, and planning our Black Friday plan of attack. 😉 I’m also looking forward to the Thanksgiving turkey burn Peloton ride! I’m taking tomorrow off but will be back on Friday with some faves + a recap from the festivities.

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Some recent adventures:

A good friend had a craft night at her house and we made the CUTEST sock gnomes. When she posted the photo of the gnomes on the invite, I thought there was no way I’d be able to make on that looked that good, but it turns out that they were super easy (<— even for the craft impaired). She had all of the supplies at her house and we had a great time making our gnomes, snacking on delicious appetizers, and drinking wine.

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 How cute are these lil guys?

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I’ll share some holly jolly decorations soon, but here’s an entry table that makes me happy.

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The Pilot and I caught a basketball game the other night and felt right back at home, devouring our El Charro nachos and cheering for the Cats. We usually like to get a mini pack of tickets (8 games) but since his schedule is so sporadic and bananas, it didn’t make sense this season. Instead, we’re just hopping on tickets when we can and our team is looking pretty amazing so far!

My favorite basketball date:

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Since we’re officially in the holiday cheer, his famous nog is back:

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and I took the girls to see Frozen 2 at Roadhouse. I have SO MANY thoughts on it – I didn’t love it nearly as much as the first but really appreciated the power ballad – but no spoilers. I will say that I’m still trying to figure out why they made a Cats movie since it’s the worst musical of all time.  

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For today, I thought I’d share some last-minute Thanksgiving recipe ideas if you’re trying to figure out what to make for tomorrow!

Here are some of my go-tos:

Kyle’s perfect Thanksgiving turkey (start brining tonight!)

A healthy twist on sweet potato casserole

This green bean salad

A lower sugar cranberry sauce

Paleo pumpkin pie brownies

Flourless pumpkin chocolate chip bars

Old horrible pics but this tart is incredible

Vegan egg nog

Holiday spice sangria 

We’re having breakfast at Kyle’s house so I’m bringing the necessary egg casserole, and then in the afternoon, I’m taking this salad to my uncles.

I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Please know how thankful I am for all of you every single day. I wake up every morning so grateful for the opportunity to connect with you and hang out with you all over here. Thank you for being in my virtual circle of friends and for being so awesome. <3 



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  1. Nicole Kump on November 27, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I agree with your thoughts on Cats….plus it just looks weird and silly in the trailer. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the fam!!

  2. Kyla on November 27, 2019 at 6:42 am

    I love Andrew Lloyd Webber but Cats is a HARD pass for me. Now, Joseph, JCS, or Phantom

  3. Heather on November 27, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Also in so much agreement with Cats, it is the worst lol.

  4. Katie on November 27, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Hahaha Cats is so weird! I loved ALW musicals when I was younger (and, who am I kidding, I still do), and my mom would never take me to see Cats. She was like, trust me on this one. There is a pretty great Kimmy Schmidt episode about it 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving!! The pumpkin brownies are definitely making an appearance at mine!

  5. Andrea on November 27, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I completely agree with your comments about the new Cats movie. I saw the trailer last weekend & it looks a little creepy — however it’s quite the all-star cast. Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!

  6. Jessie R on November 27, 2019 at 10:26 am

    That sock gnome is the cutest thing! I love crafting once in a while, but like you, I’m not super great at it :). Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  7. cristina romero on November 27, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Gina!

  8. Kk on November 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Gnomes are adorable!! May I ask where you purchased that popcorn sweater?! Hope it was a Happy Thanksgiving

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