They don’t make bags big enough for this bird.

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Just to warn you guys, I am going to be a bit quiet over here during these next few days. If you’re wondering why, it’s because my future is going to look a lot like the woman’s above. My insane family of 7 requested a 24 lb. turkey, so I have my work cut out for me. Up until this week, I had no idea what a giblet was (and I was pronouncing it wrong to boot), so hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be a full blown mini-Martha. I’ll be posting all about our “menu” with recipes and photos after the fact, so cross your fingers that I don’t catch everything on fire.

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is officially just ten days away, which means my entire family will be in the same place for the first time since last Christmas. It also means I am gathering inspiration for recipes for the turkey-filled day. Unfortunately, my family has made it clear that they want a big bottle of ketchup on the table, which will likely tarnish my hopes for a Martha Stewart-esque tablescape, but oh well. I have been gathering some recipes, but wanted to see if any readers have favorite sides they’d like to share before I do a recipe round-up. I’m talking to you, Kerry!

Also, the more advice for cooking a 24 lb. turkey (assuming it fits in our oven), the better! Thanks again to everyone for the congrats on Friday, you guys made us feel all sorts of special.

Autumn Decor: Yes, Please.

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October is just around the corner, which means mustache madness, candy corn and impending holiday music 24/7. I’m especially excited this year because Pete and I are hosting our very first Thanksgiving together, which means this will be the first time when the majority of guests will have no desire to watch football. Ever since Hurricane Irene rained on our parade, we had to cancel our BBQ, so my family will be making the trek from NYC and Delaware to indulge in turkey goodness. Luckily for me, Pete has experience cooking a turkey, but the most I’ve ever helped with Thanksgiving meals in the past has been microwaving mashed potatoes. So, needless to say, I am ready to solicit some advice from pumpkin pie-baking veterans.

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The idea of mini white pumpkins scattered on a mantle makes me anxious to go pumpkin picking—I always like cutting out the centers to make them votive candleholders to bring a warm glow to the room.

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Anywho, I’ve been browsing Foodgawker and Pinterest to collect autumn decor and festive recipe inspiration, but I was wondering what some of your favorites are?

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve never been so grateful before, so it’s only fitting that this Thanksgiving I celebrate the change and happiness the past year has brought. I am thankful for living in an apartment in the wilderness, even if I’m surrounded by flying squirrels, bats and snakes. I’m thankful for living with my boyfriend who has given me a second chance that I never thought was possible. I’m thankful for my neurotic dog who has finally stopped pooping and peeing on my bed at 2am. I’m thankful for chocolate milk and Cheez-its. I’m thankful for tights and ugly dresses. I’m thankful for toothpaste, because God only knows I brush my teeth more than any other person on the planet apart from my mother. I’m thankful for traveling on a plane for the first time in my life this year. I’m thankful for my family and how supportive they have been (Mom, don’t take offense to being listed after the toothpaste…I really love toothpaste!). I’m thankful for my friends for being my friends when there are so many other sane-ish people out there to choose from. I’m also thankful for lucking out with the best second fam on the planet and being so welcomed within Pete’s family (I’m also thankful for Mr. Schuster’s epic potato salad, now that I think about it). I’m thankful for being employed and having co-workers who accept me despite my random vulgar remarks. I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you.

*CliffsNotes version: I’m super thankful. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read it. Now go eat some stuffing and socialize with your family (and by socialize with your family I mean watch football)!