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Our Thanksgiving Plans

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Well, hi friends!

I just wanted to pop in and give you a few details about our super low-key Thanksgiving plans. These plans have been brought to you by: Gordon’s latest job endeavor, Gordon’s illness he contracted on said job endeavor trip and the dirty airplanes that infected him…and now me and the kids. {More details about these job developments to come…maybe.}

Perhaps this could be titled “This Season of Motherhood Part II 1/2”. See Part I here. Part II here.

These sorts of things only ever happen to me! I tell ya.

Our original plans for Thanksgiving were supposed to be us going to Disney World. {I know, right? DISNEY!} But that fell through. Then Disneyland! And that fell through.

So then we were going to go back to Oregon to visit friends and family. But our friends had plans and most of the family we do have there would also be heading out of town and we would be left at some hotel by our lonesome. Not ideal and not worth the drive.

So, our last option was just to stay here and do Thanksgiving on our own. Which we have TOTALLY done before. It’s not hard, just time consuming for me.

Except now, I’ve lost the will to live with this wretched sore throat. My kids all have the sniffles and pesky coughs and my husband is laying low with his phlegmy/sinusy/stay away from me or else situation.

Yesterday, I saw our Thanksgiving plans going up in slow-motion flames. Goodbye forever deep fried turkey. So, I reassessed what I really had energy to make and what we really liked eating and I came up with the following menu. Believe me, I was *this close* to buying a frozen Lasagna and calling it a day, but cold or no cold, I WILL PREVAIL! Mwahahahahahahacoughcoughcough.

Our main course will be a Spiral Ham. Because it’s already cooked and carved. All I have to do is open the package. If I had the energy, maybe I’d make this glaze to go with. But I don’t and I won’t. There’s always Christmas. One lone turkey will live to see another day.

To go with said ham: pre-made, pre-cooked Scalloped Potatoes from Costco. After checking the ingredients list, seeing that there weren’t any funky ingredients AND realizing they were made in a food plant literally 5 minutes from my old house in Oregon….SOLD! Bonus: they were $4 on coupon. Hallelujah.


I am also serving a bagged Asian salad that comes with the little packs of nuts and seeds and dressing. Also from Costco. Because it’s good. And pre-made. Do you see a theme here?

The effort is worth it for this Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad and this Speedy Double Chocolate Pie. These are the only two recipes I’m actually making. And truth be told, the pie is already in my fridge, ready to go. I made that today. #winning

Rolls will be store bought, unless I suddenly become healed. From previous experiences, this will not be happening.

So, there you have it. We will be watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the couch in pajamas and I will be napping/handing out the drugs in between stirring my pan of brussels sprouts and shoveling in the pie. Good times.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving that requires less tissues, fevers and clear liquids than ours.

Cheers! 🙂

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  2. Kevan Lokken

    Love the fact you keep it real. Most families have grand plans for Thanksgiving but life has a way of changing things. The fact you rallied to the cause and not just cancel the festivities says a lot about who you are . And , I bet everything tasted just fine .

  3. Cathy claus

    ***New comment**** I love this story! so often we want things so perfect…and really it’s the simple things in life that bring the most joy! love your blog and will be making “that good salad” and the Mediterranean dip for the holidays! thanks for this giveaway!

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  5. Denise F.

    Lauren, I certainly hope that you all feel better soon. However, hoping not to sound too preachy, you will be with the 4 people you love the most and taking care of them while doing the best you can to give them a terrific dinner and it sounds great to me!!

  6. Lauren Jones

    Awwww, sending love and healing energies to one Lauren and her family from another Lauren and her family!!! Rest up, get plenty of sleep, fluids and pie so all ya’ll will get to feeling better soon!!! (yeah, I know, my ‘Texan’ is showing) Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving and time with one another. XOXO

  7. Marilyn Brennan

    We have not do good memories of a Thanksgiving years ago. We went south to john’s parents’ home. We had three young children. Our big fun thing we were looking forward to was DisneyDandy the day after. Tg went well. All was delicious, fun to see family. Friday morning we got up raring to go. Arrived at Disneyland and started the day. After awhile we started feeling sick but wouldn’t admit it. We must get all the rides we could. We were slowing down but no matter the nausea we were going to finish our Disney day. It was pretty awful by the time we quit and went back to grandma’s house. Next day we were all really sick and not much better by Saturday but by Sunday we drove home. Stoned trip or holiday will happen now and then. You’re just getting your turn out of the way. Hugs to you all.

  8. Gloria McCollough

    Hope everyone is feeling better, the old saying When it rains, it pours. but hope you are all on the mend. Love your site

  9. Janet O.

    Hope you and your family feel better soon! There are a lot of grocery stores that you can order a whole thanksgiving dinner from. That could be an option. 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. Mary K. Burton

    What a bummer! Hope you and your family gets well soon. Bless you!!! I have had a similar situation at home; I am 75 years young and the effort to fix dinner is too much. Inlaws are taking care of this for my children and grands. I hope you are well soon. Mary Kathryne CROOK Burton, Monticello, Arkansas

  11. rusti2

    I am so amazed that you are doing all of that!! I am out of it with any cold/flu, so just thought I’d share what’s helped me for years actually…Vitamin C, apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon. Have those in any order, or all at once, as you wish, throughout the day. I think you and the fam may feel a little better with them. I certainly hope so…Peace and a Blessed Feel Better Thanksgiving

  12. Diane Lytle Greve

    Lauren, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, your plan sounds great to me. Just relax and enjoy with the people you love.