Thanksgiving Meal Planning

LOLLYJANE

I have looked back and EVERY year at 10 days (now mearly a few days!!)  out is when I think, ohhhhhhhhh better get to planning!

I am a tad earlier this year, right? NO

Where do I begin?

Well, let me say that I am obsessed with Thanksgiving and have been planning and recipe testing the “perfect” turkey, sides and desserts for over 15 years.

If you enjoy yummy Southern cuisine and just yummy food in general this is the menu for you.

I will share how to manage it all AHEAD of time so that you can ENJOY the day with your family & friends!!

smoked turkey

TOM the TURKEY

I was a huge fan of  frying UNTIL we SMOKED!

OMG a whole new level.

SO first if you haven’t bought a turkey yet (3 days out) you MUST get a FRESH NOT FROZEN!

Now, make the brine below on Monday night and allow turkey to set for 2 days in the brine.

Then pull it out and dry it, place all the leftover peels, veggies and herbs inside the cavity, then put on smoker and smoke for 6-7 hrs.

We start EARLY in the morning so Tom can “rest” after the smoking process.

***YOU MUST LET YOUR TURKEY REST*** min of 20 mins

brine

HERE is the  Brine,

full of citrus & herbs!

So good that we are doing it again this year!!

Thanks to Rhee Drummond for the inspiration!

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My tried and true Birdie’s Best Ever Dressing that has been tweeked and tinkered with for over a decade!

I put it ALL TOGETHER and then place on rimmed cookie sheet on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Pull out and pour a stick of melted butter over top prior to cooking.

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My  families all time fav Sweet Potato Goodness, it’s so good cause it’s full of sugar, butter & eggs. How can you go wrong?!

This year I am trying the addition of Sorghum Syrup, I will keep you posted for future recipes!

I also make this Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mama B’s Harvest Salad I just have to have a BIG fresh salad with a meal! Don’t you?

SO Easy throw together on Thursday morning, I do however make the dressing at the beginning of the week and roast the potatoes Thurs am.

gravy

GRAVY, never have I had great success but let me tell you this ONE from Ina Garten is FAB and I will use her recipe every year! Thanks Ina!

Ina swears you can make this days ahead, I am going to try it!

My favorite Cranberry Salad and yes it has jello in it, but even the jello “haters” (My Hubs) has NO idea and loves this!!

Yep, you can make this ahead too!

thankful

From my dear family friend who is watching over us, I share with you her family blessing. I share with you and ask that you share with your loved ones.

“Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the food before us, the roof above us, and for this family.

Help us remember that a family is for growing up in, for going away from and for coming back to.

It is for loving concern, for helping each other through happy times and sad.

With Your blessing, this family will always be together in our hearts and in our memories,

giving each of us the strength to live our own lives and to be our own persons. Amen.” 

Sandra Bender

Click & Chat Link Up Party #31

The Click and Chat Link up Party #31

The Click and Chat Link up party! come and share your favorite posts with us and find some new great blogs!!

 

Welcome to the Click and Chat Link up party!

We are so glad you came by to link up with us!

Last week we showed you the host’s pick!

This week we thought we would let you all pick the top three most clicked on posts from the link up!

Here they are!!

Financial Planning as a Couple

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Pumpkin Pie Tortilla Rolls

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Simple Homemade Caramel

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Thank you for all the other great posts!

We can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

Before we get to the link up we want to introduce you to our hosts and co-hosts this week!

meet your hosts

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Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca – Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown /

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Lara- Methodical Living

Kimberly- Life is a Lullaby

Michele- Bella HomeGoods / Elaine- Ramblings of a Bad Goddess

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Some general guidelines (and just plain good blogging manners)!

Make sure to follow or like the hosts and co-hosts in the social media section below. They are all there in the very beginning just to make it easy for you!

Please do not just drop your link on here and go! Link up and then hop around throughout the day and week and say hello to at least 3 other blogs or links (and make sure to say you found them on the Click and Chat link up party!)

When you go and like or follow a page on social media do it with your personal account so it will actually count for the pages numbers. Likes from business pages do not count. Pages in your niche you may want to also go back and like with your blogs page as well just so you can comment on them as your page.

Please share this link up on any of your social media channels. It helps us grow and gets more eyes on not just your link but others as well. If we all did this more then everyone would benefit much more!

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The Click and Chat Link up Party #30

The Click and Chat Link up party! come and share your favorite posts with us and find some new great blogs!!

 

Welcome to the Click and Chat Link up party!

We are so glad you came by to link up with us!

Last week we showed you the host’s pick!

This week we thought we would let you all pick the top three most clicked on posts from the link up!

Here they are!!

Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Promoting Blog Posts

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Glittery Halloween Pumpkin Jars

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Thank you for all the other great posts!

We can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

Before we get to the link up we want to introduce you to our hosts and co-hosts this week!

meet your hosts

cohosts

Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca – Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown /

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Lara- Methodical Living

Kimberly- Life is a Lullaby

Michele- Bella HomeGoods / Elaine- Ramblings of a Bad Goddess

Are you ready to linkup? Great!

Some general guidelines (and just plain good blogging manners)!

Make sure to follow or like the hosts and co-hosts in the social media section below. They are all there in the very beginning just to make it easy for you!

Please do not just drop your link on here and go! Link up and then hop around throughout the day and week and say hello to at least 3 other blogs or links (and make sure to say you found them on the Click and Chat link up party!)

When you go and like or follow a page on social media do it with your personal account so it will actually count for the pages numbers. Likes from business pages do not count. Pages in your niche you may want to also go back and like with your blogs page as well just so you can comment on them as your page.

Please share this link up on any of your social media channels. It helps us grow and gets more eyes on not just your link but others as well. If we all did this more then everyone would benefit much more!

*we are always looking for new co-hosts so if you are interested please send Amber or Kim a message on their FB pages!

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The Click and Chat Link up Party #28!

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Welcome to the Click and Chat Link up Party!! We are so glad you stopped by to link up with us!

Last week we had a great turn out and we are all so glad that everyone is enjoying the link up party!

Each week we have our hosts pick their favorite post of the week!

These were the posts from last week!

10.13 Hosts pics!

Sarah’s Pick (Baking with Mom)- Apple Crisp (Lou Lou Girls)

Amber’s Pick (Adventures in Mindful Living)- Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie (Krafts & Kiddos)

Katie’s Pick (A Little Pinch of Perfect)- DIY Fireman Tank (Crayon Box Chronicles)

Kim’s pick (This Ole Mom)- Shabby Chic Fall Wreath (The Painted Hinge)

Rebecca’s pick (Futures)-Money Advice form a Kid (Money Savvy Living)

Sarah’s pick (Life in a Breakdown)- Homeschooling on High Energy Days (Life’s Hidden Treasure)

Now come and meet your Hosts and Co-Hosts!

meet your hosts

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Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca – Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown /

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Lara- Methodical Living

Kimberly- Life is a Lullaby

Michele- Bella HomeGoods / Elaine- Ramblings of a Bad Goddess

Are you ready to linkup? Great!

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Make sure to follow or like the hosts and co-hosts in the social media section below. They are all there in the very beginning just to make it easy for you!

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Please share this link up on any of your social media channels. It helps us grow and gets more eyes on not just your link but others as well. If we all did this more then everyone would benefit much more!

*we are always looking for new co-hosts so if you are interested please send Amber or Kim a message on their FB pages!

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The Click and Chat Link Up Party!

The Click and Chat Link up party! come and share your favorite posts with us and find some new great blogs!!

Welcome to the new Click and Chat link up party!Its always good to change and evolve so that is what we decided to do!The social media link up was fun and it brought a good amount of attention to your links but we found that not to many people were actually going to the blogs that you all have some lovingly created.

Isn’t that the point of all of the social media- to bring more traffic to your blogs?

The Click and Chat Crew wants to help you find new readers, network with other bloggers,drive up your site traffic,and grow your social media! We thought the best way to do that was to give you a place to showcase your favorite 3 posts and then give you one social media link up area a week to really focus in on. It is the best of both worlds!

To add another bonus each host will be picking one blog post to feature here on the link up each week!

What can you link up in the post section?

crafts,inspirational posts,recipes,giveaways- as long as it is all family friendly!

No spamming any of these links or any of the blogs you find on here please.

It doesn’t have to be a new link!! Dig into your blog and find those posts that deserve a little more attention!

Some general guidelines (and just plain good blogging manners)!

Make sure to follow or like the hosts and co-hosts in the social media section below. They are all there in the very beginning just to make it easy for you!

Please do not just drop your link on here and go! Link up and then hop around throughout the day and week and say hello to at least 3 other blogs or links (and make sure to say you found them on the Click and Chat link up party!)

When you go and like or follow a page on social media do it with your personal account so it will actually count for the pages numbers. Likes from business pages do not count. Pages in your niche you may want to also go back and like with your blogs page as well just so you can comment on them as your page.

Please share this link up on any of your social media channels. It helps us grow and gets more eyes on not just your link but others as well. If we all did this more then everyone would benefit much more!

Are you ready to link up? Great!

Meet your Hosts and Co-Hosts for this month!

*we are always looking for new co-hosts so if you are interested please send Amber or Kim a message on their Facebook pages!

hosts

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Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca – Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown /

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Lara- Methodical Living

Kimberly- Life is a Lullaby

Michele- Bella HomeGoods / Elaine- Ramblings of a Bad Goddess

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Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!

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We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!

We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.

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Sandy’s POV

Sandy Sandmeyer

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Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown / Evelyne- kiddy fantasticos

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Kelly-Mum of 2

Heather- Krafts and Kiddos / Miranda- A July Dreamer

Anna- Just a Mum / Shauncey- Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

Michele- Bella HomeGoods / Elaine- Ramblings of a Bad Goddess

 

To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section.

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2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up!

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Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken

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What’s in your crockpot?
Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken
This is a dish that I can across year ago and after a few tweaks, it is a family fav.
It is so easy, you can cut and dump all the ingredients into your slow cooker in about 10 mins!
Don’t be scared by the odd combo of food it works and it’s yummy!!
and my son & Hubs love it. The flavors come together and you could serve this to guest and no one would ever guess how simple it is!!
And it is SO EASY on the waistline. My good friend Heather, who is all about WW points put this recipe in her calculator and it was like 8 points for a whole cup!
Again, you would never guess it is high on flavor!
Mediterranean Chicken 
1 lb boneless/skinless Chicken Breast cut into 1in chunks (I like to use straight from the freezer or turkey tenderloins, I buy whatever is on sale!)
1-2 lb Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
1 can diced tomatoes w/liquid
8 oz jar of salsa
1 cup chix broth
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tsp cumin
Salt, pepper & garlic to taste
1 can chick peas, drained & rinsed **
Mix all ingredients in slow cooker except chick peas cook 6-8 hrs on low (depending on how fast your slow cooker cooks!)
Stir in chick peas and fresh parsley just before serving.
Serve over couscous I use chicken broth opposed to water for added flavor, again so easy and lots of flavor!!
Enjoy!!

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The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #25!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!

We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!

This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 16 amazing blogs!! That is 16 times the exposure for you and your links!

We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!

We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.

Ready to meet this weeks featured blogger?

Home. Made. Interest.

The Ladies of Home. Made. Interest.

Blog / FB /Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram

Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!

Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!

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Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown / Evelyne- kiddy fantasticos

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Kelly-Mum of 2

Heather- Krafts and Kiddos / Miranda- A July Dreamer

Anna- Just a Mum / Shauncey- Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

Michelle- Bella HomeGoods / Elaine- Ramblings of a Bad Goddess

 

To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section.

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2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up!

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3D Mascara Review

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Here is the deal.

Got an invite to a Younique 3D online Mascara Party. What?

Got 2nd invite to Mascara Party.  ok, really what it this?

immediately, (no joke) searched the # hashtag on my instagram

google it

BUY IT on Tues

GET IT on Friday

leave for vacation on Sat

try it on Sunday

google again

JOIN COMPANY on Wednesday

while at the beach

Made back $99 investment and rank White in 36 hrs

Ranked YELLOW in 14 days

Hit FAST START in 23 days

Ranked PINK in 24

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Am going to get GREEN in by 9/30

I am not bragging I am simply telling you that the possibilities are endless. There is a girl on my team, Tabitha who did DOUBLE what I did!

There are girls that took 3 mos or even 6 to get here.

It’s all up to YOU.

I need to generate an income and I am doing it all for my family and our life.

I wonder ho many of you need or want to generate income?

JOIN ME ~ We could ROCK THIS!

*SO IN FULL DISCLOSOUR I AM AN INDEPENDENT PRESENTER WITH YOUNIQUE

AND THESE ARE MY OWN PERSONAL OPINIONS I AM JUST A MOM WHO SHARES WHAT SHE THINKS*

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LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE 

I have tried everything Channel (which I loved), They’re Real, Falsies, Cover Girl, Lancome, you name it I have more than likely tried it.

I was so blown away by the results, I joined the company 3 days later.

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I am totally sold.

Obsessed. Can not leave home withoout my “new” eyes on!

Love it and all the other products I have tried.

I think you should try my product and join me TODAY!!

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Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!

We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!

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We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!

We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.

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Sara-Mommy Summers

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Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!

Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!

September link up

Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown / Evelyne- kiddy fantasticos

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Kelly-Mum of 2

Heather- Krafts and Kiddos / Miranda- A July Dreamer

Anna- Just a Mum / Shauncey- Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

 

To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section.

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1. Please follow your hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias! It is just good blogging manners! . You can find all of our social media in the links below! Have you already followed us on one? Find another one to follow us on! We post great stuff on all of them, you won’t be disappointed!

2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up!

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