What are your Thanksgiving plans?

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Have a great holiday, ladies, and if this one is in any way fraught for you, I hope it passes easily and without incident. I wish for you a delicious turkey, or Tofurkey, or ham, or pasta carbonara, or whatever you dine on where you’re going, and I hope that the side dishes you’re responsible for bringing are better than everyone else’s. I’ll be at my mom’s place with a smallish number of loved ones, and a special guest baby we’re all very excited about. Please share in the comments what you’re doing, and maybe let me know what you’re feeling grateful for too. My list this year is blessedly long, and includes all of you, of course, who make doing GOACA such a pleasure. Thanks for sticking around here, and being so kind, funny, and supportive. And check back here on Friday for a rundown of the best Black Friday deals.

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    JB
    24 Nov 2022
    8:39am

    Declined invites and opted to be home with hubby and my YA sons. I am cooking and have desserts already done. Hubby takes the dog on a good hike so he gets out of my hair while I destroy the kitchen. My sons likely somewhat hung over will drift in and out nibbling and sharing their tday eve antics. Will do hike later if weather stays nice. An easy relaxed day once the cooking part over but I don’t mind I enjoy having a drink , fire going, Pandoras Tday station playing, quick chats with family who check in…all good. The altogether dinners are few these days so thankful we are together and healthy. Plus there is pie later!!

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    Viajera
    23 Nov 2022
    2:03pm

    I don’t know yet – everyone is supposed to test first. But, I don’t think I am sick. Just congested and spaced out like normal!! … … … So, most likely, eating with a sizable group of extended family. Grateful to have loved ones, grateful to have food. Grateful to live in a sort-of peaceful place. Kim, a baby guest sounds like great fun! Happy Thanksgiving to you, and to all of your friends here!

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    Clatie
    23 Nov 2022
    1:47pm

    My daughters are together in Pittsburgh (my older one goes to Carnegie Mellon and my younger one is 16 and so happy to sample college life) so my husband and I are going out. I’m THRILLED- my family always went out so the whole cooking all day thing holds no sentimental value for me. Yay!

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    Melissa
    23 Nov 2022
    3:54pm

    We will be home with our two teens and college student, along with grandparents. We are a cooking family, so everyone is responsible for a dish or two, and there will be plenty of pie. I listened to the podcast this morning while I mixed up the pie and bread doughs and really enjoyed the company! I am grateful for my healthy family and for some time to spend with them.

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    Tamara
    25 Nov 2022
    8:08am

    Waking up this Friday morning in a full house will all of my adult kids having slept over after a most wonderful thanksgiving which included my son’s girlfriends entire family for the first time. It was a day full of love and loud laughing and more food and blessings than anyone has a right to have but I’m grateful and awed to have them. Take nothing for granted!!

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    Joannawnyc
    24 Nov 2022
    11:19am

    Ugh I’m sick. Covid test negative so far. I’m just achy all over, low energy and a little sneezy, which is typical for me with a cold, but you don’t know these days.

    Anyway, I cancelled going to my mom’s for today. This morning hubs & I went to Hannaford and bought a turkey breast, butternut squash, more potatoes, salmon, black beans and cold meds. Also a small pumpkin pie and non-dairy frozen dessert.

    I’m making (since I started it already) a butternut squash congee
    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019797-rice-porridge-with-squash-and-brown-butter
    Defrosting the turkey breast. Paul will make salmon and mashed potatoes
    We will have black beans puerto rican style, a staple of our diet since we lived in the East Village. It will be us and our son and maybe some face-timing.
    There will be a salad and possibly some broccoli. None of us like the usual sides, we will have to make do with beans, rice, squash and mashed potatoes for stodge. Hope everyone is well and happy today!

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    kb
    24 Nov 2022
    11:14am

    I’m hosting 10, down from a high of 28 over the 60+ years my parents first started this: the Annual Chopped Liver Tournament — table tennis doubles, with one paddle– begins at 2. We have a turkey trophy, so things can get a bit competitive 😉 My 97-year-old father says he’s playing this year: we’ll need all hands on deck as spotters! Shtetl food as my mother used to make…I can’t change a thing and we are all very grateful, for everything. Best wishes to everyone!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Nov 2022
      2:11pm

      OMG – that’s awesome!

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    Margaret
    23 Nov 2022
    2:44pm

    One grown-ass kid drove up yesterday from Atlanta; the other will arrive tomorrow morning from DC. All food is purchased. Will start the things that can be cooked early this afternoon. Very excited about this year’s house cocktail, which involves apple cider, ginger ale, whiskey, and a cinnamon stick you set on fire. Will imbibe one or several while enjoying our annual (25 years and counting) watch of “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” which all of us have memorized by now. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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      JB
      24 Nov 2022
      8:28am

      Oh god mad mad mad world lol

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        Margaret
        24 Nov 2022
        9:56am

        I always tell young parents I know to pick an annual Thanksgiving movie to make into a tradition! Especially if you are not sports people, it’s so fun to all sit down together and watch something you love. Christopher Guest movies are also really good for this!

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          AKGB
          24 Nov 2022
          1:26pm

          Best in Show after watching the Dog Show!

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    Liz
    23 Nov 2022
    2:47pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m bummed because for the first time ever I have COVID, so we had to cancel our plans with friends and family. All I have is a mild sore throat, but my husband, who hasn’t had the new booster yet, has more of a bad cold. Luckily I was planning to make five different side dishes and a dessert so I’ll do that since neither of us lost our sense of taste or smell. We’ll probably just eat tons of food and watch the Friends Thanksgiving marathon with the cats 🙂

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    anon
    23 Nov 2022
    4:43pm

    Just me and my husband, avoiding family and travel as usual. It’s much better for us this way. I make a roast chicken and just enough sides to make it seem Thanksgiving-y.

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    MJ
    23 Nov 2022
    5:51pm

    Already done over a month ago, but I’m loving the idea of an alternate menu for the next holiday. We’ve been in early Black Friday sales here for a couple of weeks.

    Enjoy your holiday, Kim and everyone!

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    Shari
    23 Nov 2022
    4:14pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Kim. I am thankful that every Monday I have a new episode of Everything is Fine, which makes me feel seen. I love hearing your laugh, and I love Jen’s use of the f word.

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    LisaH
    24 Nov 2022
    6:34pm

    Canadian…despite having lived in the U.S. and celebrated Thanksgiving with American friends, I just don’t get it!! Canadian Tgiving is a decidedly minor holiday (celebrated waay back in October with small family gathering, British Columbia wine and salmon Wellington)

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    Jenny
    23 Nov 2022
    7:57pm

    Tomorrow, my son will join me and my partner for peanut noodles, possibly takeout Indian food, and a movie. On Friday, the three of us, along with my partner’s daughter, will go to my partner’s parents’ house for a big dinner — this is first time we’ve done anything as a blended family. Any guidance, other than to have low expectations and a robust sense of humor?

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      cw
      24 Nov 2022
      8:42am

      Sometimes blended families will surprise you and everyone will get along beautifully. Low expectations and robust sense of humor sound about right––and to always bear in mind everyone else is feeling a tad awkward as well. I do hope it goes well for you!

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    D.Morgendorffer
    23 Nov 2022
    9:39pm

    We will be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time. Our guests will be my parents (one of whom is experiencing aphasia and memory loss), my MIL, and the stray kitten (forever after known as Faye Valentine, because she is a feline lady with a mysterious past) my husband rescued in the middle of a cold night last week, along with taking over a plate to my husband’s convalescing uncle who lives nearby. Amongst the various foodstuffs proffered, we will be serving a certain leafy, green vegetable with cheese that forever after will be known as GOACA-Lara Creamed Spinach, with just a pinch of nutmeg, I assure. Lara, if you’re reading this, take a victory lap for the ultimate achievement in life, having a recipe named after you–shame on Boursin if they don’t make you their brand ambassador. Though, thanks to everyone for all your suggestions: I know I will try them all eventually because we’re talking about cheese. Selina, if you read this, Ina Garten has a pretty dandy croque monsieur recipe. With that, merci and bonsoir, everyone!

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      lara
      24 Nov 2022
      4:21pm

      It is an honour. I will be submitting your comment to Boursin forthwith. Fingers crossed they might give me a $1-off coupon. Based on your GOACA comments, I admire the way you approach life’s challenges. Happy Thanksgiving!

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        D.Morgendorffer
        25 Nov 2022
        12:45pm

        What a kind thing to say!

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    Gablesgirl
    23 Nov 2022
    6:04pm

    I’ll be eating with my husband’s family who are dysfunctional as hell but make for funny stories later. I’ll be back at the gym on Friday and giving my monthly historical walking tour of my home town of Coral Gables, FL. And lot’s of World Cup, although I despise the goings on in Qatar.

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    C.D.
    24 Nov 2022
    3:35pm

    My husband and I are by ourselves, so no stress and also no turkey, which neither of us likes. We have much to be grateful for this year — a new granddaughter, our decent health, my 97-yr old dad’s decent health. I wish we still had the friendsgivings we went to in our 20s, but snuggling together in our comfy sweats to watch the T’giving football game is really nice too. Best wishes to all and thanks to Kim for this lovely community.

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    P
    24 Nov 2022
    3:03pm

    Dinning out at a table for 10 as there are vegetarians and vegans, an emotional support dog, and a wheelchair bound guest. It is just easier and actually cheaper to make reservations and dine at 2 p.m. in a garden restaurant in sunny 67 degrees on the Central Coast of California.
    I am truly Thankful.

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    Ann
    24 Nov 2022
    4:21pm

    Our 16-year old son declared thanksgiving as a capitalist/colonist celebration that we should not support so in that spirit we mixed it up this year and had a larger than normal but not enormous meal on Wednesday. That allowed friends to join us and for spending Thursday being lazy and eating leftovers. I’m hoping we’ll watch a movie all together later.

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    Melissa Schwartz
    24 Nov 2022
    11:21am

    My husband and I got married a month ago. Second marriage for both of us. This year due to family being scattered and weirder than usual we are at the Jersey Shore, chilling out and having dinner at the hotel’s restaurant later. We drove down on Tuesday night and are staying until Saturday and so far it has been the best decision. Happy & healthy to all of you! Grateful for my daughter, my husband, our health, books, our friends and online communities like this one 💕🍁

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    Mary Alice
    24 Nov 2022
    12:46pm

    Years ago, with no family around and two little daughters, it began to just feel sad to cook dinner at home, as I did every other day of the year. So we decided to make our own tradition: we go to Disneyland on Thanksgiving, and then to dinner at a lovely restaurant in Downtown Disney. We’ve been going to the restaurant so long – over 20 years now – that the manager greets us by name and saves the best table in front of the fireplace for us. Some years we have 20, some years only 5 or 6 – but everyone always has a wonderful time and gets exactly what they want for dinner (I have NEVER liked turkey).
    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and remember: you can make your own traditions, and they don’t have to be traditional!

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    Wendelah
    24 Nov 2022
    12:32pm

    Staying home. Watching TV (Andor on Disney +) this morning with my son. I turned down an invitation to my late husband’s brother-in-law’s for a family dinner tomorrow because of the lack of COVID precautions. I’m vaxed and triple boosted but also high risk. My son has to work tonight so I’ll be on my own, for the first time ever. Next year, I might plan to be out of the country.

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    Gayna Dupont
    24 Nov 2022
    11:31am

    My husband and I are visiting from Portugal. We retired and moved there recently and this is our first holiday back in the US. We are thankful for coming back to a country that held onto its democracy. That is at the top of our list! So thankful to be able to travel and be healthy and have healthy children. It means everything as one grows older each year. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for all you do and share each day.

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      Maryse
      24 Nov 2022
      11:36am

      I’m watching the World Cup Portugal -Ghana match right this second!!!

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    Maryse
    24 Nov 2022
    11:34am

    My husband and I spend Thanksgiving with his extended family. This year we’ll be watching World Cup matches. I’m in charge of green bean casserole as always. This year I’m thankful for family and friends and good health for all. And a new job that doesn’t make me cry in rage.

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    elise
    24 Nov 2022
    11:35am

    Small gathering at my sisters that will include lots of yummy food and cranberry margs! FaceTime w mom & sis & BIL later along w games by the fire. Grateful that it will be peaceful and relaxing- just what I need after a hectic work month. Wishing Kim and all the amazing GOACA a lovely holiday!

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    Dawn E.
    24 Nov 2022
    11:42am

    On my way to southern NJ to my sis-in-law’s with my 25 year old daughter and ex in tow. They are my chosen family and I’m grateful for this amazing group of “outlaws” that welcome exes, and all comers (15 and counting today). And it wouldn’t be possible without the equally open to unusual circumstances father of my child! Happy Thanksgiving Kim and All!

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    StephB
    24 Nov 2022
    12:10pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Kim and everyone else. We are high on gratitude and low on turkey in this house. Had a fabulous dinner at TOMO (Seattle) last night which has creative vegetarian in addition to its otherwise sumptuous menu. Brunch this morning with some adult children of family friends who are in town and then a hike and a peaceful evening. ( The Portugal Ghana game is on here too this morning.)

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    RLJ
    24 Nov 2022
    2:51pm

    At home with my husband of 20yrs and our 14yo daughter, about to host 10 other family members. I am so thankful for the health and safety of my family, we are truly blessed. I kicked off the long weekend with an impromptu vacation day from work yesterday to enjoy the day solo at home while the mr and our daughter went skiing for the day. We ended the day with takeout sushi and a viewing of Trading Places, one of my favorite holiday movies. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thank you Kim and Jenn for building a wonderful community of like minded women.

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    Anne
    24 Nov 2022
    1:27pm

    Just four at our place this year! My teenage daughters are with my ex-husband, and my current husband’s adult children have opted to go to their mom’s place, which is kind of a bummer because my husband’s dad died last month and he and his wife were supposed to be with us this year. But! My dad and his wife are here with us at our summer home (well they are staying at a hotel, god bless them) and it is a beautiful day and I’ve been doing so much cooking and prep but it’s honestly fun and I’m just trying to focus on all that goodness. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And to Kim and Jen, your podcast is a gift and listening to it is a bright spot in my week. I hate the word “relatable,” but you all say so many things that resonate so deeply, it truly brings me so much comfort – and also laughs! So thank you.

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    AKGB
    24 Nov 2022
    1:31pm

    Just three of us this time – me, the husband and brother in law – we are having all the traditional sides served next to some Wiener Schnitzel because none of us really like turkey.

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    mlinky
    24 Nov 2022
    1:39pm

    I’m friends with a lot of healthcare workers who are working today. We’re meeting for dinner at a fabulous fried chicken place. 🙂

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Nov 2022
    2:05pm

    Hanging out watching my husband cook our traditional meal while I’m glued to the parade and the dog show. (It’s his thing!) Wishing all of you fabulous people a wonderful holiday season!

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    ebc
    24 Nov 2022
    2:14pm

    Leaving NYC to visit w/family upstate – but not without my favorite gummies 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to all! And thanks, Kim – very thankful for this blog and your fun, educational & inspiring podcast.

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