Meal Number 1 for Thanksgiving – with my Dad, Sister and Others #happilyblended #thanksgiving

This year I had my children for Thanksgiving, their Dads and I split every other year when it comes to this particular holiday, so I have my three children on odd years. On the even years they spend that day with their Dad’s. Not knowing where Thanksgiving Day would be spent upon hearing that my Gram wasn’t hosting this year, made me quite sad. I then realized it is our first year as a blended family unit so we could always make up a new tradition being that we are a “new family” this holiday season for the first time. Then it happened, my Dad saved the day by having us go there for the holiday. I packed up my boyfriend and my three kids and off to Grampa’s we went to meet with my sister, my step mom, my sisters husband and baby Olivia.

Thanksgiving 2013

I had a blast being Auntie B and hanging with Olivia while the rest of the family had fun together too. We had blocks, board games, race tracks and great conversations over wonderful food. When my Dad cooks, he cooks! Plenty of food to feed an army. I made a big plate but found out clearly my eyes were bigger than my stomach so was unable to actually eat my full plate of food.

Thanksgiving Feast

The kids gathered around with their plates of food in living room in front of the show Clifford while we all talked and eat up our grub.

Kids at Thanksgiving

We had a great day on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. I then got sent home with lots of frozen meat my Dad forgot about in his freezer, so we scored big time on that day. It was a day to remember.

Soon I will share with you our first Blended Family Thanksgiving day, which was the day after Thanksgiving when we cooked our first turkey here for all five of our children together.

I wish all who celebrate had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Wordless Wednesday – Gearing up For Christmas

Head on over to YesVideo blog to link up your Wordless Wednesday posts and head on over to Moms Vacation Land to see my other Gearing up for Christmas photos.

Funny Face Cranberries Infographic – Cranberry Sauce @FunnyFaceCran

Cranberry sauce is my favorite of all and with Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, I am sure you all may like this infographic shared with me by Funny Face Cranberries. A fun snack for the family. Check out Funny Face Cranberries on Facebook and Twitter.

McCormick’s Turkey Gravy For the Not So Great at Cooking Mama #McCormickGravy Giveaway

It’s that time of year, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and today I get to share with you a fantastic turkey gravy that you can not only use on Thanksgiving but Christmas as well, McCormick Turkey Gravy.

The kids and I love love gravy, okay two of my kids and I love gravy, the picky four year old doesn’t hardly like anything except pizza and boxed mac n cheese. *shake my head* I decided that since the older two kids enjoy gravy, that I would have this McCormick Turkey Gravy served up as part of my dinner with mashed potatoes one evening. It was a hit! It’s easy to prepare and totally yummy.

McCormick Turkey Gravy is easy to prepare, taking just about a minute beyond boiling point. Savory and lump free is a total bonus for McCormick’s Turkey Gravy, and I am not that great at being a cook, there were no lumps, the gravy came out perfect on first try! You also can’t beat this little fact; McCormick Turkey Gravy is made with natural spices, no artificial flavors or colors, no MSG, and has 0 grams of trans fat, total plus for those health conscious families.  You can also add your own personal touch to McCormick Turkey Gravy by adding to it, feel free to test it out and see what works best for you to ensure that no one will ever guess your gravy wasn’t made from scratch!


This is seriously simple people, I am a not so great at cooking Mama and enjoyed making McCormick Turkey Gravy to have on our mashed potatoes. As a busy work from home Mom of three, time is something I have little of but adding McCormick Turkey Gravy into the mix of my evening cooking of dinner didn’t add much more time and made the dinner all that more special to the kids and me.

Enter the McCormick Turkey Gravy Giveaway

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  • $75 Prize Package Including Le Creuset Gravy Boat
  • Le Creuset Condiment Ladle
  • $50 Crate & Barrel Giftcard


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