Friendsgiving and Giving Thanks

The weekend was a great one. Lots of self care and pampering, a little online shopping/browsing for holiday gifts, and a fun Friendsgiving dinner to cap off the weekend.

I spent a couple hours at Massage Envy getting an hour-long massage and then a relaxing/rejuvenating facial. I also Skyped with my cousins and sister in Canada later that night as they were all together for a little cousins party

Early to rise because of Daylight Savings confusion. Got all the clocks changed, a few loads of laundry and some blogging done before heading out for a mani and pedi at Polished Nail Bar, a new spot close to home. I don't think I've ever had so much pampering in one weekend but it was perfect before the busy weekends begin.

My neighbor's hosted a Friendsgiving dinner on Sunday night which had a huge turn out with 38 adults and 13 kids all contributing to copious amounts of food and drinks along with 3 fried turkeys.

Nothing like a food coma to put you to bed early!

TBB Asks: Giving Thanks Edition

Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal?
I've never had a gratitude journal but that's a great idea 

Hosting Thanksgiving at your house?
Not this year but we did host for the first time last year

Favorite Food from The Thanksgiving Meal?
Homemade turkey stuffing has always been my favorite and now my MIL's broccoli casserole (recipe coming soon since we made it for the Friendsgiving dinner yesterday)

What one thing in Nature are you most grateful for?
That's tough to answer but, since we're on the topic of everything Fall, I'd say the beautiful foliage that comes with this season (which we don't really get it Florida so I guess that makes me appreciate it more)

Pumpkin Pie?
Yes please! And Pecan Pie too

Traditional Cookbook?
Nope family recipes for most side dishes and we've created our own recipe for cooking the turkey 

Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey?
We own an oil-free turkey fryer which makes the best turkeys and cuts the cook time down significantly, not to mention the calories

Thanksgiving Leftovers?
Of course, leftovers are the best

What is one household product your most grateful for?
Another toughie but my fridge is definitely key to keeping our food preserved

Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals?
Home cooked all the way!

With that said, I'm linking up with the lovely Biana and The Blended Blog ladies sharing some Thanksgiving spirit this Monday.


  1. An oil free turkey fryer sounds amazing!! Loved reading your answers and what a fun group for Friendsgiving an big group at that. What goodness. yum! Happy Monday babe!

  2. I asked siri the other day how many days until Thanksgiving and couldn't believe how close we are! I've never done a Friendsgiving but really want to!! Such a great group you guys have! xo, BIana -BlovedBoston

  3. what a lovely weekend full of pampering and friend time. doesn't get any better than that I'd say!
    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. Deep Fried turkey is sooo good! I love all things pumpkin except pumpkin pie(i think its a texture thing)

  5. Your pampering weekend sounds DIVINE!! I need to sign up for one of those STAT. ;) I was just looking at the calendar and I can't believe how close we are to Thanksgiving. I need to get my butt in gear because we're hosting this year!! (I love your tablescape!!)

  6. Your neighborhood always sounds like so much fun! I'm definitely craving a piece of pecan pie after that picture- yum!

  7. Pecan pie is my favorite! I'm jealous of all of the pampering you had this weekend! It sounds heavenly!

  8. Talk about a fun Friendsgiving event! I can't even imagine all the food that y'all must have had for that many people! We got the oiless fryer last year and it was such a game changer! We still had delicious fried turkey, but it was less calories but still tasted great too!

  9. What a fun weekend! Yay for pampering. Friendsgiving is the best.

  10. Drooling over all that food at the Friendsgiving! YUM! And gimme allllll the Thanksgiving leftovers, can't wait <3
    Green Fashionista

  11. Sounds like a fabulous weekend!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  12. Broccoli casserole?! Yes please! Love the friendsgiving idea!

  13. Friendsgivings are always so fun! I’m so glad to find a pie sister, I love pumpkin and pecan too! I take small slivers so I can have everything lol.

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams