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Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Thanksgiving with Ashley!

I am so excited to have Ashely of Places To Go, Things To Buy her to guest post today about her Thanksgiving traditions, and what she is thankful for!  I have known Ashley for years, and she is one of my besties from the Butler Years!  If you have not checked out Places To Go, Things To Buy you really need to!  Go as soon as you finish reading this post.  You will fall in love with her humor, stories and fashion focused blogs!  But before I ramble on and on I will turn it over to Ash!!  

Thanks, Hilliary, for having me!  Grab a cup of coffee!  Let’s chat.
I’m Ashley from Places To Go, Things To Buy!  Hilliary and I have been besties for many years and now we’re bloggie buddies!  I love Hill’s blog—she has the best recipes and it’s always fun to see what she’s up to!

Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays, if not my very favorite!!  Now that I am married, my husband and I split up the holidays with both sides of the family, so for the past few years we’ve been doing Thanksgiving with my family down in Miami, Florida and then we do Christmas with his family in Dayton, Ohio. 
Thanksgiving has always been my Mom’s thang…..she has the BEST food ever and one day, when I’m hosting my own Thanksgiving, I will make all the same food as her!  Oh, and did I forget to mention, I am the youngest of 6 kids (yes. I know.) so Thanksgiving is the one holiday where everyone is together, which makes it even better!  Did that rhyme?  Yea, kinda.
Back to the food….I’ve been making popovers for the past couple of years for Thanksgiving and it’s been a big hit!  I make the Neiman Marcus recipe with the strawberry butter, found here.   And just to rattle off a few of our dishes: Chestnut stuffing (my absolute favvvv!), sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, creamed onions, homemade gravy, honey glazed carrots, green beans with almonds, and of course turkey…but that’s my least fav!

And of course for desert is a homemade apple pie (LOVE!) and pumpkin pie served with fresh whip cream and ice cream.  Yummm….clearly I’m ready for next week!  I’m so happy I still get to enjoy the same traditions I grew up with, but now we have more people around the table as we’ve all gotten older and found significant others. 
So, our Thanksgiving traditions are waking up and cooking all morning….eating around 2:00 PM…..falling into a food coma around 4:00 PM….. go out to a movie around 6 or 7 PM…..come home and eat more…..then go to sleep!
So what am I thankful for this year?

I am very thankful to have such a loving and awesome husband, who is my bestest friend in the whole world!
I am very thankful for my family, and being able to share yet another wonderful holiday with them!
I am also very thankful for my health and the health of those around me. Never take anything for granted!
Thanks for having me Hilliary!! Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and stop over to my blog sometime! :)