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giving thanks: decor + outfit + cards + recipes for thanksgiving day

these are some thanksgiving ideas that i wanted to share with you all… some of my inspirations for the upcoming holiday. growing up, our traditions for thanksgiving were to get up early and watch the macy's thanksgiving day parade - sitting close to the television… determining our favorite balloons, looking for santa, and beginning to smell the aroma of my mom's cooking. i am fortunate to have a mom who cooks better than any other cooking i have yet to experience- and i am not just saying this because she's my mom - she's known for this in our hometown/extended family. that's over thirty years of delicious meals. and it's not just cooking- the woman can bake as well. just ask our hometown football and baseball team- they still receive 'sandy's delicious cookies' prior to games. my mom was the oldest girl growing up on a farm so there were two choices- go outside and work or stay in and cook. we all know what she decided on - and i am forever grateful. our other family traditions include: our annual wolf family turkey trot through the woods {last year we all received long sleeved t-shirts from my parents, had a shotgun start, and sang the star spangled banner before- followed by a bloody mary bar} … we watch lots of football, my dad makes his famous omelets, we hang out with our aunts, uncles, cousins, and sweet grandma {along with a few spontaneous visitors/neighbors} and then hours of playing games/building puzzles. i am grateful to have been able to grow up so close to my extended family- we have all become so close. the next day we usually browse boutiques in a nearby town, talk over coffee, and end the day with a mexican fiesta while watching elf, our favorite, to kick off the holiday season. 'it's nice to meet other humans who share my affinity for elf culture." - buddy the elf. saturday is usually a day for gathering with family and friends and watching the ohio state/michigan game together with yummy football food and more family games! how stereotypical midwest are we?
shopping in chicago with jillian
some years we would head to chicago to see my dad's sister, my aunt judy, and her family. my sister and i are extremely close to her and her daughter, our cousin jenny, who is married and has two amazing kids, who are now 18 and 14. our trips to illinois for thanksgiving were also so special. so many traditions there as well… many are the same (we keep a lot of it in the family- a mexican fiesta, trot, boutiques, and elf occur in chicago, too} but a few other traditions include: heading into the city the day after thanksgiving for a day of shopping on michigan ave, eating deep dish pizza, enjoying the city's christmas decor, a carriage ride, crafting, cozy movie nights around my aunt's fireplace in her rustic basement, and going around the table, holding hands, and saying what we are most thankful for… i will never forget when jillian was about five and said when it was her turn, "i would like to thank jesus ...because i am beautiful" in her adorable little voice. our hearts all melted. my dad usually starts this up after praying at my parent's house as well- i love this tradition. it usually brings tears to my eyes.

here is a post about last year's thanksgiving - the illinois crew came to visit us in ohio
decor details:
giving thanks


outfit idea details:
thankful attire

cards i love by shutterfly's treat













recipe ideas by williams-sonoma:
don't like pumpkin? try this lemon cheesecake

what are your thanksgiving traditions?
any recipes you absolutely love … please share links below!!

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14 comments:

  1. That apple cider chalkboard sign is super cute, and my mouth is watering over the pumpkin peanut butter pie and pumpkin lasagna fontina - YUM!

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    1. I know - that sign is SO cute- I would love to have it!! And peanut butter and pumpkin together- probably my two favorite flavors in one!!! :) Thank you so much for stopping in and happy thanksgiving!!

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  2. Oh, I love this!!!! I did the same kind of idea for my thanksgiving linkup post! Yours is awesome! I love the old pictures & the memories from past thanksgivings. I also LOVE those Fall-themed cards. Plus that pumpkin lasagna looks to die for. Happy thanksgiving! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments- so thoughtful! I appreciate you stopping in and happy thanksgiving to you as well!! Enjoy…

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  3. Love love love your Thanksgiving outfit inspiration! So cute! And I've made those green bean bundles before - amazing. You must try them!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I really appreciate your comment! And yes, they look amazing - def. a must try!! happy thanksgiving to you!

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  4. I love that quote, such a smart way to live life.

    Love all of the food, yum!

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    1. :) I agree - thank you so much for stopping in! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  5. Pumpkin peanut butter pie?! How have I not heard of this yet?! haha Love your outfit inspiration, so pretty for Thanksgiving!

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    1. I KNOW! Two amazing flavors in one and thank you so much!! Happy Thanksgiving to you… I explored your blog today and LOVED it. Excited to follow <3

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  6. Ooooh, I got so many warm fuzzies reading about your Thanksgiving traditions. Can't wait to be with my family next week! One of our new traditions is having dinner at Palomino's in downtown Cincinnati the day after Thanksgiving and watching the lighting of the Christmas tree on Fountain Square! Can't wait to have Max with us for it this year!

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    1. Awe, thank you! So many great memories… and yours sounds AMAZING!! Love Cinci!! Can't wait for Max to experience this and can't wait for photos and a post! Happy Thanksgiving to you!! xo

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  7. Ooh so much great Thanksgiving Inspiration here! Those green bean bundles...yum! Your mom sounds like a wonderful cook too. I'm also a lucky daughter of a great cook...such a wonderful thing :)

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    1. Hi Shea- thank you so much!! And how lucky are we? Such a wonderful thing is right… :) Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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