sunday comfort food: all the things I want to make for Thanksgiving

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Every year, I tell myself I’m going to do my holiday grocery shopping early. And every year I find myself in a picked-over Publix the night before Thanksgiving, dazed and exhausted from a bustling week at the flower shop, with only a couple cans of pureed pumpkin and a box of Stove Top to choose from.

I love cooking for the holidays. If I had it my way, I’d take three days off work to shop, prep, bake, and broil; and I’d show up to family dinner with six side dishes, freshly baked bread, and a bevy of sweet treats. Instead, we’ll be up to our ears in orders for the holiday, and I’ll be lucky to finish by noon on Thanksgiving Eve.

All week, I planned to do my grocery shopping today. I woke up this morning, made a steamy mug of hot chocolate, and settled in with a blanket and my iPad to search out the best {and easiest} Thanksgiving recipes. I pinned up a storm.  Then I set out to tackle my to-do list.

After a couple of morning flower deliveries, I went to Joann’s for provisions to make the cutest turkey cupcakes I’ve ever seen. Then I stopped at Macy’s for Thanksgiving leggings. High-waisted, for maximum comfort and starch intake.

Then I was tired. I opted for Panera take-out and came home to relax in my sweats and watch The Walking Dead on Netflix. . Now the plan is to definitely, absolutely, without-question do my grocery shopping after work tomorrow.

I may show up to family dinner with a bag of candy corn and seventeen boxes of drive-thru chicken nuggets.

What are you making for Thanksgiving?

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  4. 11.26.13

    Everything looks amazing! Love your blog!

  5. 11.26.13

    Lots of great selections. I was asked to bring deviled eggs … kind of strange, but ok said I … and I will be wearing my leggings (high waisted of course)!

  6. 11.25.13

    I’m only bringing apple pies to other people’s homes this year, after hosting last year. I was a little disappointed at first that I wasn’t hosting for my family, but as the days tumble towards the holidays, I’m more grateful than anything.

  7. 11.25.13
    Kayla said:

    My first pregnant holiday, and I plan to really enjoy stretchy clothes and leggings. I totally get the part about the leggings. I am taking a classic cheesecake to thanksgiving. =)

  8. 11.25.13

    Those dishes look so good! I wish I had more time to spend on trying new recipes for Thanksgiving. My family usually turns to me for my roasted garlic potatoes. I may spice it up with sweet potatoes this year.

  9. 11.25.13
    canberly said:

    I just did a test run last night, and loved it! Prepping for shopping early is a great move. The stores are crazy the day before!

  10. 11.25.13

    all of these looks absolutly delicious…

  11. 11.25.13

    Reblogged this on Wax Ecstatic Magazine and commented:
    Great starter for Thanksgiving week!

  12. 11.25.13

    Sounds like a wonderful day – You’ve exhausted yourself. :)

  13. 11.24.13
    Nish said:

    Lovely pics…and I was LOLing at the idea of thanksgiving leggings :)

  14. 11.24.13
    elkee said:

    Those turkey cupackes in the pic are too adorable! I’m probably just going to make some vegan cupcakes and perhaps a pie.

  15. 11.24.13

    At least your intentions were good – just arrived home with all the fixins for our Turkey Day, a 10 lbs bird was purchased last week on sale with a coupon for $6.99. It’s just “me and the boys” so our meal is simple, turkey, stuffing, collard greens, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce…oh and a Sweet Potato Pie and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. 11.24.13

    Glad you liked my cupcakes! – Kim at

  17. 11.24.13

    thanks for posting these, how lovely! hope they taste as good as they look! :D

  18. 11.24.13

    the pictures are all so adorable and inspiring! thanks for the motivation!

  19. 11.24.13
    Juliane said:

    I loveeee the cupcakes!
    Looks so delicious. Unfortunately we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in germany.
    Now I wish we would!!!

  20. 11.24.13

    All of these look absolutely fantastic! The acorns are especially cute!

  21. 11.24.13

    All of those dishes look amazing especially the cupcakes! The bit about the leggings was hilarious and so true!

    • 12.6.13

      SoundEagle agrees with Alice and loves all of those yummy comfort food on your blog!