Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2017

by Jamie Sanford on November 23, 2017

Here we go again, with the time flying by more quickly than any of us would like. The holidays have officially arrived.

It seems like the right time to revisit my gratitude practice and how it is going. I will admit to not often enough focusing on it, but I still benefit from the foundation of gratitude that I built for myself. I am, in general, extremely grateful for all of the things I have received from the universe as well as the things I have that I’ve worked hard to have or achieve.

For anyone who needs help, let’s start with really low-level, basic gratitude stuff. Starting to look at your life a little bit differently will lead you on a different path.

  • You are alive and breathing and reading a blog post. You can breathe, and see. How many people have you already outlived?
  • You have a computer or other device with which to read this blog post. Your privilege is starting to show. Do you see where this is going?

Let’s level up a bit. Here are some of my own gratitude list items.

  • According to survey data, 40% of Americans would be in financial crisis if they suddenly were presented with a bill of $400 or more. I am not in that 40%. Will and I have worked hard to do all of the important adult financial stuff that you are “supposed” to do, and the reason that we can do that is because we make enough money to do so. So many people are not in this scenario.
  • I have a home that is filled with the things I love and the human I love the most in the world.
  • My health, for the most part, is quite good, despite all of my efforts to ruin it. (Hello, upcoming goals.)
  • I have made it to adult life with some of the most amazing friendships intact, with people I’ve known for 20 or more years. What they add to my life is immeasurable.
  • I laugh every day. Multiple times.

I could go in and make this list longer, but that isn’t what this is about. For me, it is being present in the gratitude and having that contribute greatly to my happiness.

I do believe that for many people, happiness is a choice. (Click the link for much more on this topic.) If you focus on things you are unhappy about, you’ll be unhappy about everything. If you focus on the good stuff, you’ll realize just how much good stuff there is, and hopefully you can pair that with recognizing your own luck/privilege/good fortune/whatever you want to call it.

Take an extra moment today to create your own mental gratitude list. Good luck!

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Thanksgiving 2016

by Jamie Sanford on November 24, 2016


I have some catching up to do, but it turns out that going on vacation in November and coming back to the busiest time of the year for e-commerce means that the blog is neglected. I’ll work on it soon!

For now, some Thanksgiving links.

The best turkey recipe is Martha Stewart’s wine and butter turkey, it has been the go-to in our house for years.

Speaking of Martha – her new show with Snoop Dogg on VH1 reminds us all that there is still good in the world.


Food52 has a Thanksgiving call-in line for cooking questions and issues!

It would not be Thanksgiving without thinking about sales – and the two I am really excited for are 70% off at Zoya, all day Friday, and 50% off at Sedona Lace, starting 8pm Thursday. I love nothing more than the opportnity to get big discounts on products that I know are excellent.

I hope that everyone has a lovely day with family and/or friends, and that you don’t get into any political discussions that sour the day. Good luck!

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Thanksgiving Turkey – My Favorite Recipe

by Jamie Sanford on November 22, 2013

I’m sharing this post from last year a bit early, because I think everyone should try this method on their Thanksgiving turkey.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I don’t really cook at all, but I have been sharing the hell out of this turkey preparation recipe that my husband will be using tomorrow to make turkey for us. Naturally I see no other choice but to share it here as well.

Click here for the cheesecloth magic that Martha Stewart uses to make a turkey, that has been used to GREAT success in my house for the last few years.

Another shot of the turkey.Here’s a look at last year’s finished turkey. The little potatoes and carrots around them were cooked with the breast, and were basted in the same liquid. Super delicious but we learned a lesson about the carrots being too small and burning and getting very sad. The non-blackened carrots were fabulous.

I’m serious people, you have time to alter your plans for how to cook the turkey. This recipe involves coating the turkey in cheesecloth SOAKED in wine and butter. It is no joke, and it is crazy delicious. The turkey will be moist and yummy and the veggies you cook along with it will be outrageous as well.

Of course, I know people have attitude about how to make things like turkeys, so please leave your comments and preferences in the comments! Also, of course, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Recommendation

by Jamie Sanford on November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I don’t really cook at all, but I have been sharing the hell out of this turkey preparation recipe that my husband will be using tomorrow to make turkey for us.  Naturally I see no other choice but to share it here as well.

Click here for the cheesecloth magic that Martha Stewart uses to make a turkey, that has been used to GREAT success in my house for the last few years.

Another shot of the turkey.Here’s a look at last year’s finished turkey.  The little potatoes and carrots around them were cooked with the breast, and were basted in the same liquid.  Super delicious but we learned a lesson about the carrots being too small and burning and getting very sad.  The non-blackened carrots were fabulous.

I’m serious people, you have time to alter your plans for how to cook the turkey.  This recipe involves coating the turkey in cheesecloth SOAKED in wine and butter.  It is no joke, and it is crazy delicious.  The turkey will be moist and yummy and the veggies you cook along with it will be outrageous as well.

Of course, I know people have attitude about how to make things like turkeys, so please leave your comments and preferences in the comments! Also, of course, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things I Love Thursday – Thanksgiving Photo Edition.

by Jamie Sanford on November 25, 2010

Inspired by Gala Darling, one of my favorite bloggers, who originated and has this feature on her site every week.  I’m going to use images to show what I love.

Turkey:

Turkey is apparently done.

My best friend & husband:

Will and Jamie in front of Hogwarts.

Tiny Edward. And bokeh.

More Tiny Edward.

Family & Friends:

The group shot!

My new nephew, Cooper:

Cooper and his towel.

The Doc Martens I’ve had since I was 15:

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Fancy Desserts:

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…and many other things without easily accessible photos, like:

Facebook â—Š my new camera â—Š random visits to cemeteries â—Š ArtsCow.com â—Š Amazon.com â—Š style bloggers in all shapes and sizes â—Š being wildly inappropriate with friends I’ve had since I was a kid and laughing all the way through it â—Š Skype â—Š OPI nail polishes â—Š pumpkin beer â—Š decorating my apartment for the holidays â—Š intending to get up early for Black Friday shopping while knowing I will probably sleep through it â—Š random educational programming about dinosaurs on Netflix instant watch â—Š & many more.

Have a great Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!

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