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Thanksgiving :: Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’?

Oooh la la. Tis nearly time for ze bird. Whoo hoo! What are you guys up to? Are you traveling to far away family? We are staying local this year. As much as I love seeing my parents (and Greg’s too), flying on Thanksgiving is so tough—especially with a little kiddo. The airports are so crowded and flights oversold. I’ll miss seeing everyone but I’m so excited to have a few days off. [Can we pause for a moment to discuss how cute our header is??? Seriously it makes me so happy….Draw*Pilgrim is my kitschy colorful soul mate! Her blog is just soooo fun.]

How about you guys? Are you hosting yourself or going to someone elses house? And most importantly, have you decided what to cook? We are going to our good friend’s house (the same ones we celebrated Halloween with) I’m taking on sides this year and in addition to the classics—as well as a healthy salad— I want to make something a little shummier (aka naughtier). I found a couple of  contenders. Like this one (brussel spouts with figs and bacon, mmm). And this one (sweet potato with crunchy praline topping). And holy heart attack THIS one! (Creamed Corn Gratin with Fried Onion Rings and Bacon) I swear I won’t make TWO dishes with bacon in them. I’m also trying to think of a tasty pre-dinner cocktail to make. Anyone have any recommendations? I watched Oprah’s trip to Yosemite the other day (which was hilarious, by the way) and she made a drink called a Moscow Mule and it sounded mmm mmm good. What are your go-to dishes?? Do tell!

Speaking of dishes….I love vintage dishware (surprise surprise!) and have a sweet little collection of Franciscan Ware Starburst that I collected over the years (this lovely stuff). I have to say, however, that I am utterly obsessed with this Autumn Leaves pattern and have a fantasy of collecting it all and serving Thanksgiving dinner on it! How awesome would that be??

I better get to shoppin’, but I  leave you with these awesome vintage Thanksgiving videos!

This one is a tad blown out, but the fashions the ladies are wearing are tops!

This one is super cool but a tad bizarro because the person who posted it set it to old  “spooky” Twilight Zone music. I wish I knew how to set it to some fun 60s cha cha…it’s worth a look for the lady’s HUGE beehive alone! You’ll see what I mean.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys are up to and what you’ve got cookin’….

We are ever so thankful to have YOU beloved readers!!

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  1. kodie says

    i am making pumpkin swirl cheesecakes. delish! and i totally understand your affection for the Franciscan! i have an entire set of Metlox Poppytrail Del Rey that i adore. it has to be a pretty special occasion for me to get those beauties out and actually use them! happy turkey day ladies!

    • Alix says

      mmmm pumpkin cheesecake??? i’m coming over!

  2. RocketGirl75 says

    I’ll also be bringing a side–three-B sprouts! Butter, Bacon, Brussels! I’m also in charge of the delicious cheeses, which came courtesy of the Cowgirl Creamery.

    And pumpkin cheesecake? Save half for me!

    Have a fab turkey day, all!

    • Alix says

      I love the Three Bs!! And I’ve never been to the Cowgirl Creamery…..sounds amazing!

  3. Jenny (VintageSugarcube) says

    Happy Thanksgiving Miss Alix and Dottie. Love all the sinful side dishes you mentioned. We like to have a fancy cocktail pre-dinner and it’s usually this one. I can’t take credit for the recipe, it’s from one of my favorite San Diego restaurants -Urban Solace and it’s called a Mojito Maker -Makers Mark Bourbon, Muddled Fresh Basil and Mint, Passion Fruit Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice, Over Rocks, Splash Soda Water. Everyone that tries it, is beyond smitten!

    • Alix says

      holy shit lady that sounds yum yum YUM. where does one get passion fruit syrup??? MMMMMM!!!!

      • Jenny (VintageSugarcube) says

        Miss Alix,
        So we get it the Passion Fruit Syrup at a coffee shop, but I just checked with a friend who recommended you try Whole Foods, as not all coffee shops carry it. You will have to try Urban Solace the next time you are in San DIego.

  4. Dottie says

    This is my seventh Thanksgiving I’ve cooked head to toe and I’m kinda tired.

    But it really should be called Baconsgiving because I love the stuff and include it in the stuff as well as on the bird! Seriously! Bacon wrapped bird is genius because it helps out the usually dryness of the white meat.

    And with a mother born in the South, I’m all about cornbread stuff. Yeah! And chestnuts.

    • Alix says

      LOL you wrap your turkey in bacon??? WOW!!!!!! I’m impressed. I too love the cornbread stuffing. Sooooo goooooood.

  5. Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike says

    After 30 years of cooking a traditional meal we know go to the Cracker Barrel restaurant for a fabulous Thanksgiving meal then out to a family movie. All 13 of us go and have a great time together. It works for us!

    • Alix says

      Ellen Marie, do you know that i LOOOOOOVE Cracker Barrel???? We don’t have them here in the Bay Area and breakfast there is tradition when i go home to Michigan!!!! Mmmmm……those biscuits.

  6. Jenny (VintageSugarcube) says

    Dottie! I have only made the turkey twice in my life, but both times there was mucho bacon involved!! It helped make an incredible gravy!! XOXO

  7. Jenny Rebecca says

    My MIL has a piece or two of that Autumn Leaves pattern that always shows up at Thanksgiving. I’m always tempted to stuff a plate under my shirt and spirit it away…

    • Alix says

      oooooh you must, you must!



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