Our First Thanksgiving As A Family

Jimmy, Sadie, and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together and it was just as special as I imagined it would be. We didn’t have any big plans for the day, which was perfect for us.

Sadie and Jimmy slept in a little (!), so I used the quiet time in the morning to brew a pot of coffee, hang out with the pets, and get to work on some baking. I made mini pumpkin pies and prepped the turkey.

Mini pumpkin pies

Soon everyone was up and ready for the day so I fed Sadie and then we relaxed in her room and read her a few books.

It was really nice to have Jimmy home in the morning and take things slow. We kept telling Sadie happy Thanksgiving and were imagining her eating turkey next year… crazy!

Girl reading to baby

We spent the day relaxing around the house, cooking, and enjoying each other’s company. I could spend every day just like that and be content.

At one point, I turned to Jimmy and said “Can you believe we’re a family, us three?” and he just smiled as big as I was and said he couldn’t believe it. God has been very, very kind to us and we have so much to be thankful for.

I made jalapeño mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, and gravy while Jimmy and Sadie cheered me on from the kitchen table. Our little gal is so observant. She just furrows her brow and watches the world around her.

Soon enough it was time for dinner! We pulled the turkey out of the oven, Jimmy carved it, and I set the table with the china from our wedding.

I need to use our china more often because we love the pattern and it reminds us of the day we made our wedding registry (<–I looked back on that post and why…. why was I wearing a Pikachu shirt in the last picture?! LOL.).

Thanksgiving dinner

After dinner we headed out into the cold weather (Pittsburgh didn’t break 30 degrees the whole day!) and made two trips to see Jimmy’s family.

I had fun dressing Sadie up in a turkey dress and then got sad that it would be the last time she would wear it. Little did I know that I’d be changing her out of it before we finished visiting everyone, lol.

The holidays feel extra special now, and it’s such a joy to see our families with little Sader Tot! Before we knew it we were back home snuggling on the couch and reminiscing on what a lovely day we had.

It was a great first Thanksgiving as a family and we felt incredibly blessed to have the day together to reflect on all we have to be thankful for!

Tell me about your Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Recipes

Hey! Who is excited for Thanksgiving? I know I am. I can’t believe it’s only a week away now. It’s such a wonderful holiday, and I love that the focus is on being thankful and gathering together with others.

Family photo with dogs

Thanksgiving 2017! I still don’t know how we captured this photo! It accurately sums up our family and pets, though. Wild and happy to be together 🙂

The fact that Thanksgiving also centers around a meal is icing on the cake! Here are a few recipes I like to make around Thanksgiving.


Banana Nut Granola

Pumpkin spice pancakes
Banana nut granola
Pumpkin smoothie

Muffins and Biscuits

Butternut Squash Muffins

Butternut squash muffins
Pumpkin muffins
Corn muffins
Grandma’s baking powder biscuits

Soups, Stews, and Sides

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup
Pumpkin soup
Sweet potato-lentil stew
White bean casserole

Desserts and Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cookies

Dairy free pie crust
Peanut butter corn flake bars
Puppy chow
Dairy free sugar cookies with vanilla frosting
Pumpkin spice ginger cookies
Glazed orange cookies

What special dishes do you like to cook and/or bake for Thanksgiving?