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I am thankful for

The four of us celebrated Thanksgiving at home and in our pajamas for the first time. We are always on the go and hardly have time to just lay around and do nothing. This year we did just that and I’m thankful for it. Now I’m what I call a new age gal, I don’t do the old school cooking and such. I can only make a couple of things from scratch and I don’t own a sifter or a rolling pin.

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Yet I allowed my Mom to talk me into making my own turkey; for the first time ever. I’m so glad she did. It was bomb yall. I cleaned the inside; I oiled it up and then rubbed it down with this combination of seasonings above. I cooked it in a huge roasting bag and I cooked it upside down. I read that doing that makes the juice from the dark meat keep the breast from getting dry. Well alright! My first Thanksgiving meal was yummy and I am thankful for Mom’s help.

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After I rubbed the bird down I put it the fridge so the seasonings could marinate or something. This sticky was a reminder of what to do to prep the bird for the oven.

My Mom lives 5 minutes from me but I did all of this on my own. I used sticky notes to make sure I was executing every step of the way correctly. I had Mom on speed dial and she talked me through the turkey and the mac and cheese. I am thankful to still have her to call on.

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I found this Cream Cheese Pound cake recipe on Pinterest and I was determined to make it. This was my first time making a non-box cake. The cake was just okay to me, what I did learn is that I don’t like cream cheese pound cake. lol Next time I’m going to try this Lemon Velvet cake.

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Someone was determined to help me, so we sifted 3 cups of flower and mixed things up a little bit. I’m thankful for the memories she and I made.

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There were a lot of silly moments during our days home. They were refreshing and a lot of fun. Nori is sporting her glasses from the movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman. She also has on a one piece footed pajama with slippers on. Can’t ever be too warm I suppose. (side eye)

 

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This is the email my Mom sent me with the instructions on how to cook a turkey. I wrote my notes on it so I have them all in one place. The post it on the top right was my menu. After I cooked each one I would check it off the list. The sticky on the left is Mom’s recipe for mac & cheese.

MENU: 1. Turkey  2. Mac & Cheese  3. Greens (Glory)  4. Fried White Potatoes  5. Sweet Potato Pie  6. Pound Cake  7. Stuffing w/ gravy

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While in the house I bleached my hair out a little. I was over the hot pink color that looked red. I bleached it and two strand twisted it. I kept those in until I was ready to go out.  After two days on the inside we finally stepped out. I got my shopping on from the comforts of my sofa. I shopped big box stores and small business. I even ran a sale on From Mi To You, I hope you placed your order.

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The next morning Ms. Nori forced a tea party upon me. Duh, nobody says no to a tea party.

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While I was home my #smartbrowngirl sweat shirt arrived. SCORE! We had a birthday party on Saturday and I was pressed to wear it. You can get it HERE.

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With all the good family bonding that was going on my son purchased an alarm for his room. It’s supposed to keep his little sister out but you see that isn’t working so well. Ha!

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Sunday was our day to get back in stride again. Work and school are waiting for us in the morning. Our mind and hearts weren’t in it but the show must go on. That includes washing and blowing out Nori’s hair. I braided it up for the week.

Not shown is the Hungry Hungry Hippo Tournament we had. We must have played 10 games or so, the kids were cracking up.  Please know that I am the current Champ.

I am thankful for the warm home, the hot meal I made for my family and the new memories we made. Now we are officially in Christmas mode. Stay tune.

How was your Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for?

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  1. Diva Style

    Such a great post. Your daughter’s hair is beautiful, and I love your Smart Brown Girl shirt! i’m gonna try your turkey recipe…at some point, lol. I’m thankful for my family and my basic needs always being met. God is good! Cheers!

  2. Rena McDaniel

    I am so glad I read this today because I pinned that same recipe for the cream cheese pound cake and was going to make it. Nope now it’s good old Duncan Hines!

  3. Thriftanista in the City

    Now I want Thanksgiving all over again. I love the holidays. Cream cheese pound cake sounds like something I would enjoy!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I too love the holidays, its something about all the extra love and joy in the air. Let me know how your cream cheese pound cake turns out if you make it.

  4. Natasha B|fashionablyfab.com

    This post is sooo adorable. I love to see my fellow mommies and domestic divas in their element. I love this time of year, it’s the best. I’m not a baker so I told myself that in 2015 I’m going to start baking cakes to up my skills. Now cooking….I can get down! LOL. Your little princess is an angel. Too cute. xo

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Natasha. That is a great goal for 2015. One of my 2014 goals was to cook more, while I haven’t found a passion for it I’ve gotten better. lol

  5. LaShawn

    yay for making the turkey! And I really love your hair!

  6. Kimi LeV

    I love Nori’s fashion sense! Definitely going to skip the cheesecake pound cake for Christmas though, lol. We’re not traditional in my household either, but I don’t mind getting in the kitchen to help my husband cook!

  7. Crystal

    I love Thanksgiving especially the desserts!!! I’m usually known for my banana pudding, but I love a good pound cake!
    Toodles

  8. JoAnna

    Congrats on your first thanksgiving. I host, but do it potluck style. I hope I can ace it one day.

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  11. Tomiko

    I can’t bake at all!! Not even a tiny bit. I decided this thanksgiving I’m cooking the traditional meals. I’m grilling ribs and a seafood boil. I don’t want turkey and dressings

  12. Kemkem

    Goodness, what wonderful hair she has also 🙂 . Seems like a good way to share the holiday wit family and l think it’s so cute that she wanted to help. Hopefully this will become a traditional bonding event. Time to get cooking for 2016. You have a lot to be thankful for 🙂 . I hope you have a wonderful one this year as well.

  13. carlana charles

    I love the holidays and doing fun things with the family. Making memories and traditions and just spending time together.

  14. Eva

    We were just going through the cookbook looking for things to bake for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I usually bring mac n’ cheese, but the kids want to bring things now too.

  15. Tanya Barnett

    LOL! Momma was making sure you had that recipe on lock! I’m glad you guys took the time to chill and make dinner together. I know your daughter enjoyed that time spent with mommy.

    • MimiCuteLips

      She really did Tanya, I don’t know what I would do without this woman. She really enjoyed it, we need to do it again in a few years.

  16. Joanae

    Nori want letting sneak past without that tea party! It looks like you guys had so much fun baking. I just love the quality time spent. 😊

  17. Michelle Malone

    Cute story! In all my years of cooking, I have never baked a turkey. I’ve done beef and pork roasts, chicken, and all the sides, but never a turkey. This year I’m traveling over the holidays, so I’ll help to cook Thanksgiving dinner and then visit my parents for leftovers. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your cute family, Mimi.

  18. Kiwi

    Your family is too cute. She is so much bigger now awww!!! Cant wait to see what you do for this Thanksgiving!

  19. Kirstin Fuller

    Awww. What a great way to spend the holiday with your family. I’m envious of Nori’s hair (lol). I would so wear a onesie with slippers. Nori rocks! Love your glasses.

  20. Elle Em

    Nori is so cute and stylish like her mom. You two are making the cutest holiday memories.

  21. Joyce Brewer

    I’m one of the weird people who likes Thanksgiving better than Christmas. All you have to do is focus on food and family. Christmas is so commercial now and focuses all on what we “get.”

    • MimiCuteLips

      I totally get that Joyce. I love family time, I love hanging out with my family. We don’t all get together very often but when we do it is a good time.

  22. Holly

    Glad y’all had a great Thanksgiving. Very cool you had a little helper. She looked like she had fun.

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