Hello and happy Friday!
By this time last year, I already had my Christmas tree up. In fact, it was up a full 13 days earlier than today. Last year I had nothing else to do but pull everything out of the storage room and get the halls deckered. This year, life has picked back up to speed leaving less time to tinker around the house looking for things to do.
Psychologists say putting your Christmas decor up early provides a dopamine rush that makes people happy. I say let’s be happy! That’s why putting up the tree is on this weekend’s to-do list. I mean, Christmas IS my favorite time of year, so why not make it last to enjoy it longer?!
Another item on this weekend’s to-do list? Getting my turkey and starting the thaw. If you’ve been following my Thanksgiving prep timeline, you know the time to start is NOW. If you haven’t been following, get it now so you’re not left behind.
But first, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves. Enjoy!
This might be the most heart-warming Thanksgiving tradition you’ll read about all year.
How to teach children gratitude.
Because you’ve listened to my harping on and on about how good your bird will be when you make a turkey brine if you’re doing the wet brine, get your turkey brine bags ASAP so you’re not left not holding the bag. HA.
Where to find turkey brining bags:
- from Bed Bath & Beyond
- I also like these from Williams Sonoma
- these bags from Crate & Barrel are two for the same price as one
- or head to Walmart
If you dare brave traveling, check out this list of 8 last-minute Thanksgiving getaways.
If you watched the Adele: One Night Only special on TV and wondered “how they do that?” here’s all the secrets to how they pulled it off, including that over-the-top marriage proposal that left not a dry eye in the place.
Because they’re still on everyone’s Xmas list, Food Network tests reveal 9 best air fryers.
Did you know you can Airbnb Julia Child’s French cottage? Look how cute it is! YOU COULD COOK IN JULIA CHILD’S ACTUAL KITCHEN! Bucketlist for real.
I will be making this pie, this pie, and maybe this one for Thanksgiving, and I cannot wait.
Good to know: How to make pretty garnishes for holiday desserts.
A vegetarian Thanksgiving if you’re steering clear of the turkey meat.
This chicken and couscous soup is looking luxe.
A wild rice salad that adds a whole lot of healthy flavor to the table.
This cranberry tart looks gorgeous!
Break out the Instant Pot and make these crunchy sweet squashes.
I like how healthy is snuck into these muffins.
These sushi rolls would be a fun foodie activity to do with the family.
Oh my, this chicken skillet dinner looks so dang creamy-licious good.
Trend alert: Dessert bars instead of the whole pie:
How to make charcuterie actually look cute on the best cheeseboard.
This savory tart would make for the perfect holiday appetizer.
OMG, this little gadget creates s’mores on demand! What an original gift.
This candle 100% personifies me.
Whoa whoa whoa Nelly. This dress is so holiday sexy but so affordable too.
If you’re into meditation or want to start, this meditation pillow should be added to your practice.
Bye-bye dainty: My engagement ring is officially coming back into style (but it’s always been in style to me).
It’s the holiday hangover season and this formula is the only hangover remedy the FDA says actually works. I ordered it for my husband’s stocking stuffer. (hope he’s not reading this!)
The best resorts in Mexico in 2021 according to readers choice awards.
If you’re thinking of traveling to Asia, this would be so amazing to do.
17 essential rules this traveler swears by.
14 best true crime documentaries you can stream right now.
Totally thinking of doing this DIY bathroom shelf. Perfect for a powder room or for our cabin’s smaller bathroom.
Love this moody living room makeover—the colors, that couch, that mirror—it’s all good.
An inspiring bedtime routine for a restful night. Taking notes.
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