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thanksgiving at my place

thanksgiving decorations


Along with the candles, brown paper leaves with glittered edges added some sparkle to the table.

Hi Ben!

Hi Ben!


My father-in-law carved the turkey for us, and my mother-in-law brought the best dressing.

My sister-in-law Veronica's first Thanksgiving! She just came from Bolivia in September. She loved it! And my mom brought her amazing rolls...

My sister-in-law Veronica’s first Thanksgiving! She just came from Bolivia in September. She loved it! And my mom brought her amazing rolls…

thanksgiving table

For the kiddie table. Hannah stitched up this felt turkey head in 3rd grade. Her school teacher said it was tradition in her family to pin a felt turkey head to a pineapple for the centerpiece. We love it!

Veronica peeking at Will through the bottom of her cup.

Veronica peeking at Will through the bottom of her cup.

Clayton and I expected to have a quiet Thanksgiving with our little kids this year. As much as we would have loved that, we were thankful to be joined by so many!

See, a few years ago, my mom’s Thanksgiving schedule switched from the year we had been alternating, meaning that both sides of our families now do Thanksgiving on the same year. That means that on the “off” years, Clayton and I are on our own. Which is okay, we’ve done it and have loved that. However, this year, we decided to invite anyone in our family who didn’t have plans.

My mom came, but unfortunately my dad was sick with the stomach flu (worst timing). My brother Trevor and his wife Veronica came, as well as Clayton’s parents.  Clayton’s brother Jon and his friend Mike, his other brother Josh, and his wife McCall joined us as well.  So we put all the leaves in the table and got nice and cozy in my tiny kitchen.  The food was amazing…I love the smell of roasting turkey! Everyone helped bring food and we had more than enough.  It was so nice.  We had plenty of pie too, including pecan, my favorite!

Later in the evening, we turned on Mr. Bean’s Christmas episode, and then another episode, and another, until the kids were falling asleep. Just in time for me to sneak one more slice of pecan pie…

*Find the lovely paper placemats here.

a turkey day of our very own

Hannah stuffed and stitched this felt turkey head at school, isn’t it great? Haha! I think we’ll use it every year. Her teacher, Ms. Dains, said she made them with her grandma when she was little and they’d always pin it on a pineapple as a center piece. I love that she passed such a fun little tradition on to her students.

Oh, please pass the rolls! I was so happy they turned out! See below for my mom’s recipe…the best rolls I’ve ever had. Ever.

I had the kids make “place cards” for everyone using little tags tied onto fresh pears.


My brother-in-law, Jon, at the cabin over Thanksgiving weekend. He was last in line on spaghetti night, but he said was thankful anyway. Haha!
A few years back my mom decided to switcheroo her year to do Thanksgiving to accommodate certain siblings {you know who you are!}. For us, that means that we have Thanksgiving every 4 years with my family, every 4 years with Clayton’s family, and with no family in between.
This was the “off” year and we had nowhere to go. We decided to give it a go ourselves. Thanksgiving at our own house with our 5 little kids.
I had never cooked a turkey before, but it was the easiest thing ever with the help of one of those oven bags. I cheated and did boxed stuffing and powdered mashed potatoes just for the sake of time and the fact that my kids were only going to take two bites anyway.
It was a lot of work, but super cozy and I was excited that I pulled it off, including a homemade pecan pie {my favorite!}. After we cleaned up we headed off to the cabin for a couple days with Clayton’s family, then to my mom’s for Thanksgiving dinner again on Sunday.
Okay. You HAVE to try these rolls. It’s my mom’s recipe that she got from her friend Lora years ago. Lora got it from her grandmother and said that the recipe is over 100 years old.

Becky Jo’s Favorite Dinner Rolls

{aka Lora Bingham’s “Grandma’s 100-Year-Old Refrigerator Roll Recipe”}

Makes 2 dozen.

2 1/2 tsp. yeast

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 c. mashed potatoes (I use instant)

1 c. scalded milk

2 eggs, beaten

5-7 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Mix butter, sugar, salt, mashed potatoes, and scalded milk together in mixer bowl. When cooled add yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly and add eggs. Knead dough in mixer, adding in enough flour to make a stiff, yet slightly sticky dough (5-7 cups). Knead the dough until it pulls away clean from the sides of the bowl, about 10 minutes on a high spped. Place dough into a large buttered bowl or container and cover tightly with a lid or plastic wrap. Let rise in refrigerator 4-5 hours or overnight.

Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each ball of dough out to a 1/8” thick circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut across the circle 6 times to form 12 triangles (like a pizza). Roll each triangle from the outside in to create a crescent roll. Place a dozen rolls each onto 2 greased cookie sheets. Cover with a light dish towel and let rise 2 hours in a warm place. (I preheat my oven for a minute just to get it warm then turn it off…it makes a great place for the rolls to rise).

After the rolls have risen, bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until light golden on top. Brush with butter while still hot.

For cinnamon rolls:

Add extra 1/2 c. sugar, 1 Tbsp. vanilla, and 1/4 tsp. ginger. Refrigerate overnight.

Roll out 20” long by 8” wide ad 1/2 inch thick. Spread with softened butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Roll up and cut 24 rolls. Let rise 1-2 hours. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. For frosting when cooled, cream together 1 bag powdered sugar, 1 stick of butter and a teaspoon vanilla.


We had Thanksgiving at my parents’ house this year, and let me tell you, my mom makes the best rolls on the planet. Unfortunately, I had a head cold all weekend and could barely taste anything. Nice timing, huh? After dinner my mom asked Trev and Tatum to sing for us, and then we cheered Grandma and Grandpa up off the couch and into the spotlight! They said that they hadn’t sung together in years, so it was a treat to hear them. Grandpa is 93 and Grandma is 87, and they still sounded good, singing those old time tunes like “June in January.” So cute.

Mom made dinner for all of us every night over the weekend, and I was so sad I couldn’t taste anything! We had fun watching some movies…check out The Maiden Heist, it was pretty funny.