Happy Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingThis is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, so we were up bright and early this morning to get started. It doesn’t help that I love watching the Thanksgiving parade, so I’m usually anxious to get out of bed and get some things crossed off of my to-do list. I love settling down on the sofa with breakfast and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade!

This morning while watching Meredith and Matt, I enjoyed coffee, orange juice, a reduced fat cinnamon roll, and bacon. Not a typical breakfast for me at all, but a fun one to enjoy on a special day.

Since Thanksgiving usually gets overlooked as a holiday, I try to limit anything Christmas-related until we’ve celebrated the November holiday. Today, however, I couldn’t resist using the new mug that I picked up over the weekend.

You might also notice in that picture that there are Christmas lights on our porch! We tested them out last night to make sure that they work, and tomorrow night we’ll light them up for the first time. I love that we are in a house and can decorate outside this season!

Back to Thanksgiving, today we have two dinners to attend, but we are lucky that they are so close to our house. Our first dinner starts at 1pm with Nick’s family, and I’m bringing green bean casserole. I didn’t really change anything about it except to use 98% fat-free soup and adding in more green beans than the recipe called for.

Our next dinner is at 4:30pm with my family, and I’m bringing a dessert pumpkin dip with graham crackers for dipping.

But that’s not all I’ll be bringing with me today. I hate arriving empty handed, so I made up a loaf of Jenna’s Cinnamon Walnut Bread, but substituted pecans for walnuts. I wrapped each loaf up in a cute box that I picked up from Michael’s yesterday.

I’m also bringing our hostesses a jar of the spiced pear cranberry jelly that I fell in love with from the farmer’s market.

I think the two will go together perfectly, and it is just a nice way to thank them for having us over for the holiday!

What are your plans for the day? What is your favorite way to start the Thanksgiving holiday?