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Monday, November 5, 2018

TBB Asks/Giving Thanks Edition

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend.  

Today I am linking up with The Blended Blog. My buddy, Andrea of the fabulous blog, Living On Cloud Nine writes the questions, and fellow bloggers answer them.

1. Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal? 
Yes or No? 

No, I have not.
I was going to lie and say yes so you would like me more, but unfortunately, I'm too lazy to keep up with it.

2. Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? 
Yes or No?

We will be in Dallas with our girls and celebrating at one of my favorite places in the world.

3. Favorite Food from The Thanksgiving Meal?

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the classic Southern Sweet Potato Casserole.

Hold the sweet potatoes please, I'll just have the topping.

4. What one thing in Nature are you most grateful for? 

Visiting New England

The Fall colors always lift my spirits.

NBC Philadelphia

But then I think about what's on the horizon, and I find myself not so happy anymore. 

5. Pumpkin Pie: Yes or No?

Although I love almost everything pumpkin, the pie is not my favorite.  I would much prefer one of these Brown Butter Pecan Pie Bars.  
You can find the recipe here.

6. Traditional Cookbook: Yes or No?


What's a cookbook again?

Don't judge.
It's genetic.
My Mother owned one cookbook, and this was it.

7. Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey?

I've only had fried turkey once, and it was when we lived in Texas.  I LOVED it!  This photo is so pretty, and the recipe features a Spicy Bourbon marinade.  

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yes or No?

If the leftovers include Ree Drummond's Leftover Thanksgiving Panini, I'm all in.

9. What is one household product you are most grateful for?


This stuff works miracles.  It makes all our wood floors look shiny and new.

10. Are you most grateful for home-cooked meals or restaurant meals?

Why go out for hamburger when I can get steak at home?  
For those of you who are new to my blog, my Mister is a former executive chef.

It's no wonder I can't lose weight!

Until next time...


Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. Spot on! With a cook like that, who needs fine dining out -- it's right at hand! I'm so grateful Rick likes to cook. And we do different things which is also nice -- no competition! Love your answers and must check out those butter bars. I'm not a pumpkin pie fan either (so I leave making that to Rick). Glad you can spend TG with your girls!

  2. Ahhh the concoctions of your Mr. have me swooning and salivating!! Dallas sounds Divine, I bet you are so excited!! These brown butter pecan pie bars sound right up my alley too, well, all you do sounds right up my alley. Love ya sweet lady, Happy Monday! xo

  3. The last answer got me. I have no clue how I would ever lose a pound with that around. My husband is a great griller and that is hard enough. I laughed out loud at your cookbook answer because I have a closet full, but I only really like to bake. Great answers!

  4. My sweet daughter is hosting the local family Thanksgiving, then we are going to Savannah to have Thanksgiving with the Grimm Family. We are renting a house at the beach with my bro and sis in law and we are looking forward to lots of eating, hugging and picture taking.

  5. Ok, I need that Quick Shine stuff! And, who would eat out when you have your own personal chef? His dishes always look amazing.

  6. You are so lucky to have a husband who cooks! Mine just grills but he does help with dishes so I can't complain! Have a great week!

  7. Those brown butter pecan bars look amazing and way easier than making a pie. Wonder how they would be if I substituted gluten free flour?

    Happy November!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving!! It must be so much fun to have your own personal chef!!

  9. I'm sure the food your husband cooks is delicious, but the presentation is so beautiful too. You must feel like you are at your favorite restaurant all the time!

  10. No matter what the questionnaire, your answers always make me laugh. Lucky you to have a hubs that cooks.

  11. Would that be turtle creek??? I can only imagine what their decorations will be like-you MUST take lots of pics!!!
    I laugh so often thinking about your mr. eating out...how he must study, critique and shake his head about all aspects of “someone else’s” food!!!! Heehee

  12. The fall leaves are my favorite too!!!! And I agree about the home-cooked meals for sure!

  13. That food and the presentation are simply divine. I would never cook another dish if my Hubby could/would do that. We will also be in Dallas for Thanksgiving but sharing the meal at our daughter's home. And, I will be taking sweet potato casserole with that wonderful topping. Have a great week.

  14. How fun to have your own gourmet chef and sweet potato casserole is definitely a favorite of mine. I host Thanksgiving every year since my sweet Mom passed away, and I make her fabulous dressing! Have a wonderful week!

  15. Well, my goodness, I knew you husband was quite the cook but somehow missed the fact that he was once a chef. Lordy be! I'm soooo jealous! Hey, once a chef, always a chef! Right?
    I am going straight to check out that recipe and may have to add that to our Thanksgiving goodies list.

  16. I did not know your husband was a chef. What a great asset....lucky woman. Sweet potato pi e is a favorite. My grandmother used to make it.

  17. You are so lucky to have a hubby who loves to cook! Enjoy that Texas warmth for Thanksgiving - I hope you get great weather. Where do you like to eat for Thanksgiving in Dallas? Or is dear daughter cooking? HOpe you have a wonderful week!

  18. Lucky girl! A husband who cooks. I enjoyed the questions and your answers!!

  19. That Sweet Potato Casserole looks so good!

  20. My husband is a great cook - thank goodness, because I'm terrible! Dallas for Thanksgiving with your girls sounds wonderful!

  21. Hi Katie!
    Wow what I wouldn't give to have a husband as an executive chef! After 50 years of being married my husband still isn't sure how to make the coffee!! But he is a wonderful husband so I really shouldn't complain....(did I just type that!!) No just kidding...looks like we are both really blessed! Have a great Thanksgiving and I look forward to more great blogs!!! We really do have so much in common!

  22. Thanks for the tip on the Quick Shine -- going to get that for my wood floors! Love all the wonderful and photo-worthy photos from your Hubs's cooking! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  23. Fun post! Love your answers! Yay, I am finally getting your posts in my email :-)


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