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DESTINATION:  A "perfect" Thanksgiving.

Road stops: 
  1. Claro's
  2. Ikea
  3. Lakeshore
  4. Whole Foods
  5. World Market
  6. Target
  7. Trader Joe's
  8. Ralphs
  9. Costco
  10. Albertsons
Remember when I talked about my goal of keeping it simple?  After 3 days of preparing- cleaning, shopping, organizing, prepping, list-making- I can admit that we're failing miserably in category of simplicity.  And although I'm a bit (to say the least) shopped out (and no Christmas presents to show for it), I am in perfect company-on this 'Thanksgiving road trip.'

In the past few years, we have co-hosted Thanksgiving dinner, along with my (84 year old) grandma, at our house.  It is equally invigorating and exhausting... a balancing act of keeping with tradition and veering off into new territory- of saying goodbye to stuffing and hello to dressing, farewell to curly parsley and welcome, to Italian parsley.  A [uphill] battle of simplicity and complexity.  We've managed to convince my wonderfully-perfectionist-grandma (at least I know where I got it from!) that it really is okay to utilize the food processor, and yet, we are now well aware of the wonder of Wonder Bread when it comes to her age-old, family-coveted "stuffing"... that certain ingredients just can't be 'modernized.'  

It's a rocky road, on this yearly excursion to hosting the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner, with a few road bumps along the way, however it's not the destination, but the journey that counts- and I couldn't ask for better traveling companions. 
Whether you're venturing out, or staying in, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remember:  SAVE THE CARCASS!!


  1. I hit up at least half the stores on a regular basis. I feel you. :)

  2. This is what I mean by being impressed that you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner! There's NOTHING simple about it! But it sounds like you're having fun and I love that you do it with your grandma. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Torrie!


  3. I love that you are cooking with your grandma. So special. And it reminds me that mine called days ago and I never called back. Uh-oh....better go call ;)

  4. That sounds Amazing Torrie!!!!! I wish you a love-filled day tomorrow!
    big hug to you!

  5. It sounds like your holiday will be perfect. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving Torrie!! You are so right ... Thanksgiving is about the journey there and being present. Even when you have to run 8 million errands or deal with family elephants -- it's all about being present and thankful for where you are and what He has given you in life.

  7. ah hope it all went well and so cute that you share this holiday and the cooking with your grandmother. Enjoy the weekend!

  8. this is exactly why I love Thanksgiving. The whole drama and family connection is what keeps things real. Your grandma sounds like a lovely person.

  9. hope you had a great thanksgiving. looks like you hit all my favorite stores, but i do know that feeling of being shopped out with nothing to show for it (sigh)

  10. I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving!

  11. mmm Claro's I go probably every week! I'm fortunate enough to have two very very close by to me :)


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