Happy 2nd Birthday Nutritious Eats + a GIVEAWAY!

Nutritious Eats turned TWO last month. I meant to celebrate earlier but I’ve already mentioned how crazy October is for our family. I can’t believe that I have only been blogging for 2 years yet I can’t believe how fast the time has flown. I dreamed of starting this blog years before I actually did. I would sit at work (on my breaks of course) and look for available domain names. Of course all the potential blog names from my original list were already taken. It literally took over a year to find a free name and one that I really liked. Come to think of it now, it would be fun to look back at that list to see what I hoped for in a name because of course now I can’t imagine anything but Nutritious Eats.

Why did I want to start a food blog? I’ve always loved to eat but my passion for cooking was really ignited when I was newly married and living in San Diego. I didn’t have kids yet and would spend any extra time watching the Food Network. I couldn’t get enough. I was working as a Dietitian at the time (in the wellness/weight management/corporate sector) and I wanted a place to send my clients for great recipes. I remember trying to describe healthy meals I had made for me and the hubs, but it wasn’t enough, I wanted to show them.

Fast forward a couple years, I had my second child and had to cut down on my work hours. Being a stay-at-home mom was more important and just made more sense financially. Then we moved to Hawaii and I still hadn’t gotten around to starting the blog yet but I figured it would be the perfect time (being a stay-at-home mom) and I could start doing some online consulting too. That never happened because I simply never had the time. It would take hiring a babysitter to get any hours free for consulting. In the end, I was home with the kids and needed, I mean really needed, a creative outlet. I finally got organized, found a name that I liked and started a food blog. I knew I wanted to share healthy, scratch-made recipes, but also some delicious splurge-worthy recipes too. If you have read my about page you know that I love food way too much to omit food groups from my diet.

I want my readers and clients to have a healthy relationship with food and have the desire and inspiration to make healthy eating and cooking a priority in their life. That is why I focus on recipes rather than nutrition articles. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so to me sharing healthy recipes speaks volumes. You might find it challenging at times, but you won’t regret the effort you make trying to cook food at home. It will nurture you inside and out and living a healthy lifestyle will fall into place.  I hope I have inspired some of you to cook more, eat healthfully and be a little more adventurous in the kitchen.

What have a learned from blogging? It’s hard yet very rewarding! Cooking, taking pretty pictures, creating recipes from scratch and writing  is definitely time consuming, but I am thankful for some of the job opportunities it has provided me with. I am also so very thankful for the friends I have made blogging. I have contacts all over the world through blogging and it is such a wonderful supportive community. That is truly something I never imagined! It’s so easy to compare yourself to other more successful bloggers but in the end I am doing this for me. I come here just as much as a loyal reader might to look up my favorite recipes and meal plan….and for that alone I am content.

I do hope you feel welcome to grow with me by commenting, keeping in touch, letting me know what you’d like to see more of or what you don’t like. I love my readers but if I don’t ever hear from you it’s hard to know where to go with future content. It might not seem like it to you when you read blogs, but blogging is definitely meant to be a two-way street. I was once that person that only stalked read blogs until finally I learned how much more fun it was when I got to know the blogger and that was by interacting with them….whether it’s through twitter, facebook, blog comments or instagram. Don’t be shy…just say hi!! (ok I did not mean for that to rhythm but it does and now it will be stuck in my head).

My goals for the next year:

  • double my readership (yikes!)
  • be consistent with 3 posts a week (recipes and increase my fitness posts)
  • start online nutrition consults
  • study food photography and styling
  • improve open communication and dialogue with my readers
Now onto the good stuff! the recipe and giveaway! 
P.S. Before I forget, please make sure to visit my last post where I will send you some love mail if you leave a comment: a recipe for roasted acorn squash sent on a Thanksgiving card from Cardstore! Very fun idea I think.

I baked these cupcakes for my oldest son’s 6th birthday last month along with the dinosaur cake I shared with you. I know a lot of you have seen these on Pinterest or have made them yourselves but if you haven’t, keep them in mind for your next party! The kids went crazy for them.  My tradition is that I made the kids’ birthday cakes from scratch for all birthdays- they don’t have to be fancy or impressive but they do have to taste good. Since these were just extras made for the neighbors (and I wasn’t even sure we’d use them since we didn’t really organize a party this year) I threw them together with a boxed cake and an easy homemade cream cheese frosting that was delicious. Doesn’t it look like ice cream? I totally tricked the kids.

Use any cake recipe of your choice to make them! Oh and I will warn you now because nobody warned me….these suckers are UNSTABLE so if you plan on moving them around they will fall straight onto the floor causing loads of unnecessary cursing. I tried sticking them through foil to help secure them to the tray but in the end they were still very top heavy. Try to: 1) secure them to a tray using frosting or something that will stick 2) not to move them from place to place!

Ice Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box cake mix, I used Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip
  • Vegetable oil, water and eggs per directions on box
  • 24 flat bottom ice cream cones
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make cake batter recipe of choice. Place paper baking cups in 24 regular size muffin pan. Divide batter evenly among cups (two-thirds full).
  2. Place ice cream cone upside down on batter in each cup. Bake according to recipe directions or until toothpick comes out clean.
  3. Let cool for 30 minutes, remove paper cups, generously frost and decorate as desired.
  4. For the frosting
  5. Combine the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. With an electric mixer beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. With the mixer on low, add the confectioners' sugar slowly until all the sugar is combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the vanilla and beat the mixture on high until very smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate, wrapped in plastic for up to 1 week and let the frosting come to room temperature before using.

Notes

Cones may tilt on batter during cooking- they will still look fine once frosted.

Recipe Source: Cake recipe from Betty Crocker website, Frosting recipe from Mom's Big Book of Baking

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and to those of you who have stuck around to this far….you can’t have a birthday celebration without presents! I wish I could send all my loyal readers a treat but that’s not possible so one of you lucky people will win the giveway….a $50 Lululemon gift card (one of my absolute favorite fitness clothing stores) and your choice of magazine subscription:  Eating Well or Vegetarian Times.

 

  

If you are not familiar with Lululemon get ready to fall in love! It’s pricey but super high quality. Below are some things in the $50 range (I think the leggings are more) just to give you an idea. How cool are those arm warmers for the cool weather? Those are definitely going on my wish list. Also the bra, Ta Ta Tamer is one of my very favorites. I am sure you will find something you like. They also have men’s clothes and always offer FREE SHIPPING!

The giveaway will start today Friday, November 16th and ends Wednesday November 21st at 12:00pm CST

Giveaaway Details: $50 giftcard to Lululemon and subscription to your choice of magazine:  Eating Well or Vegetarian Times

MANDATORY ENTRY: Leave a comment telling me what your Thanksgiving plans are!

OPTIONAL ENTRIES: You can earn additional entries by doing one, or all, of the following (leave a separate comment after you complete each item; each comment will count as an entry). If you already follow via any of the ways listed, just leave me a comment telling me so and that will count as an entry.

1. Follow Nutritious Eats on Twitter  AND tweet  the following: ” I want to win a $50 Lululemon gift card and a magazine subscription from @nutritiouseats http://wp.me/p150Ow-25d #giveaway ”

2. Follow Nutritious Eats- either by subscribing to receive emails (box at the top right side of my blog) OR Follow via RSS ( if you already do just let me know and that counts as an entry!)

3. Follow Nutritious Eats on Instagram 

4. Follow Nutritious Eats on Pinterest

5. Share this post on any social media platform

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Giveaway open to US and Canada residents. One winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by email and have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be selected.

GOOD LUCK!

Last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to all of my supporters, blogging friends and fans who share my blog and recipes with others and come back for more! You have made these 2 years of blogging so very rewarding. XOXO


 Items provided in giveaway were purchased with my own money. I have no affiliation with Lululemon, Eating Well or Vegetarian Times Magazine. 

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  1. Amy says:

    Aloha!!!! And many many congrats on celebrating 2 years :) I remember the day you started your fabulous blog out here in paradise. You know I’m a huge fan and always will be. We miss you guys so much! And I miss our daily play dates :) You definitely have inspired me to be more adventurous in the kitchen. You’re the best, Melanie!

  2. Amy says:

    You must know that I am going to win this giveaway!! I mean, seriously, lulu lemon!!??!! It’s the bomb :)
    So here it goes…. For thanksgiving we are inviting all of the single Airmen from the squadron over to our house. I’m assuming ill be doing most of the cooking– turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and your delicious cranberry-apple sauce (it has become a staple at our thanksgiving table). My turkey wouldn’t be complete without it! I’m sure it will be a fun day of friends, laughter, lots of yummy food, Macy’s thanksgiving day parade, and football :)

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    I shared the link on my FB page, too!

  7. My t-day plans are to run a Turkey Trot before preparing and eating a lovely spread of food for my family. Pretty low key but I’m thankful for that!
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  11. Rachel says:

    I am doing my dietetic internship now and have been following your blog for almost its entire existance. I love it- keep it up! My man and I have three different thanksgiving gatherings with family and one with friends. It’s a very busy season for us!

  12. Megan Davis says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
    My husband and I are traveling to his parent’s house in San Antonio and my parent’s house in Houston
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  15. We are hosting my parents!

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  25. sandy derailed my plans to go to NYC to my parents so we’re staying here and celebrating with my in-laws instead
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  31. Aggie says:

    Yay, congrats on two years! I’ve always loved your blog, I really enjoyed reading about how it got started. Love what you said about always remembering why you write your blog – so important!

    For thanksgiving this year my family is doing something different, we have a few condos rented (my parents have lots of time share points) in the Disney area, we are going to spend the holiday w my parents, grandparents, & siblings. We plan to take the kids to a couple fun places & just spend the time together low-key. Everyone’s bringing a few dishes & we’ve ordered a smoked turkey & ham.

    Thanks for the giveaway (I’ve never been to lululemon!

  32. C.M. Cole says:

    Shared on FB.

    My thanksgiving plans have already been completed, as I live in Canada.
    We had nobody; so cooked something very small for the two of us.
    Our family cannot afford to travel back home @ present, and we cannot go there and leave the pets behind while we travel

  33. Andrea says:

    Yay for two years! I have really enjoyed your blog! This is the first Thanksgiving for my husband and I! My parents recently moved, so we will be traveling down to see them! My brothers are coming too! So pumped!!! I love Lululemon!

  34. Brenda Wherry says:

    Hi ! Running the Turkey Day 5K with my good friend and then dinner with the family. Tofurky, here I come!

  35. Cynthia says:

    For the first time ever, I will not be going home for Thanksgiving. So my husband and I are going to make our own Thanksgiving dinner. I feel like such an adult!

  36. Cynthia says:

    I have followed you on Pinterest.

  37. Steph says:

    I’l have to try that recipe! For thanksgiving, I’m doing a friends-giving because I can’t go home this year. It’ll be epic!
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  39. Emily says:

    I am spending my Thanksgiving with friends!
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  40. Happy Blogoversary!! Your photos are gorgeous and I can’t believe those are cupcakes!! My kids would LOVE those. We’re going to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. Nice for the boys to spend some time with their grandparents.
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    Happy Anniversary! :)
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  46. Jenn says:

    Happy Blogoversay!! I remember my mom making those cupcakes for all my birthdays when I was a kid! They are delicious!

    This Thanksgiving I’ll be with my husband at my parent’s house. We have a small family, but they’re amazing and I couldn’t be more thankful for them!
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  50. Alex M says:

    I’m currently living in Korea so my plans are to work…but I work at 250 and a coworker told me about a place that will have a buffet so we are going to go there–I hope the food is great!

  51. Alex M says:

    did the tweet

  52. Susie says:

    Congrats congrats! Tweeted you darling

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    shared the link again!

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    Facebook!

  58. I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday AND Friday nights with my huge family! Growing up, I always thought there were 2 nights of Thanksgiving.. I think that’s just the way it should be!
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    Twitter stalking :)

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  62. Susie says:

    Hanging out with my fiance’s fam, then my mom coming to join and lots of wedding discussion!

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  66. Heather says:

    Thanksgiving plans involve traveling to see family, spending good time with them and enjoying delicious food!

  67. Heather says:

    I’m already subscribed to your RSS feed!

  68. Having my inlaws and Luck’s brother, sister-in-law, and 3 kiddos here! We will all celebrate the actual day with my family and an aunt and uncle, as well. Big group!
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  69. I follow via RSS feed!!! AND I STINKING LOVE LULU!!
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  72. Congratulations on 2 years!!! :) For Thanksgiving, we are hosting a big community dinner at our church.
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  73. Kelly Hooper says:

    Starting the day out with a Turkey Trot, then enjoying the day with family, eating some turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie!!!

  74. Kelly Hooper says:

    Shared on Twitter!

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    Followed you on Pinterest!

  76. Cassandra says:

    Many many congratulations on turning TWO!! You know I’m a big fan, so keep up the great work! :)

    Let’s see…Thanksgiving. Well, I’m an American living in Canada so we’ve already had our Thanksgiving. But I always celebrate American Thanksgiving with a lunch or dinner at Swiss Chalet. Nothing like the Festive Special to bring on the holiday mood. :-D
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  77. Lauren S. says:

    I just recently started following your blog and have really been enjoying it! Happy two years!! For Thanksgiving this year we are having family come down and then the boyfriend’s parents and my parents are meeting for the first time, yikes!! Fingers crossed!

  78. Susie says:

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  81. Susie says:

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  82. Susie says:

    I subscribe to your emails! (and love them)

  83. Susie says:

    Last, but not least, my Thanksgiving plans are to spend it with my boyfriend’s family, and trrrry to make something healthy and delicious!!! Any ideas? ;)

  84. Happy 2nd blog birthday!! My Thanksgiving plans are to spend them with my family eating good food and watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade!
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  85. We’re flying up to PA to see both sides of the family for Thanksgiving, minimal cooking for me!
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  89. Congrats on 2 years, Melanie! Mine is in February and I have learned so much. We have some similar goals for the next year. Cheers to year 3!

  90. Great job, Melanie! Congratulations! Your blog is on fire and I love all the recipes! Best wishes for meeting all of your 2013 goals and a hugely successful year 3!

  91. My Thanksgiving plans are going to my in-laws and having dinner. It is always such a relaxing day and I love spending time with them! That and my mother-in-law makes a pretty delish pumpkin pie!

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  95. Jen says:

    I am running a 5K for Thanksgiving :)
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  96. Gretchen says:

    Congrats on two years! We love your recipes!

    Anyway, I love lulu so I follow you on twitter and tweeted the give away.

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  100. Gretchen says:

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  101. Ashley W says:

    Sadly I am spending Thanksgiving alone but I have turkey and pumpkin pie ice cream so that is OK!

  102. Gina says:

    I am headed to Southern CA to spend Thanksgiving with family!
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    I followed you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. @countrytunes

  104. Ashley W says:

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  105. melissa Resnick says:

    having dinner at my house with all my family

  106. Amy L says:

    I am having 14 people at my house for Thanksgiving. My husband will make the Turkey, and I’ll be making the sides. I always watch the parades, and after dinner we will play some cards or board games. I just hope I don’t catch the flu from my husband, and I hope he gets better quickly!

  107. Laurie says:

    My Thanksgiving plans are to cook for and entertain over 20 people at my house. Eek.

  108. Laurie says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  109. Laurie says:

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  110. Laurie says:

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  111. Jen Irving says:

    I live in New Jersey and for thanks giving I am going down to Seaside Heights to see the damage to our beach house and serve Thanksgiving dinner to those living in shelters.

  112. Jen Irving says:

    Hi I followed you on twitter and tweeted the message you said : junkie_jenny is my twitter handle!

  113. Jen Irving says:

    I subscribed to your blog! same email as above :) P.S. I stumbled across your blog the other day and absolutely love it and the recipes you share!

  114. Jen Irving says:

    Followed you on Pinterest my name is annelizabethirv on it! Love your pictures!

  115. Dana M. says:

    I follow on facebook, pinterest, and email

  116. Dana M. says:

    This thanksgiving i will be making grren bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, corn bread stuffing & pumpkin pie- all from scratch!

  117. Sarah Hirsch says:

    we will celebrate thanksgiving with the whole family

  118. We are celebrating Thanksgiving with some of our Army family here in Savannah. I wish we were still at FLW some times so we could be treadmill buddies ;)
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  122. Caitlin says:

    I am running with my boy, heading to my family’s house for the big meal, and then decorating my apartment for Christmas with my boy. Absolutely cannot wait :)
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  124. Caroline says:

    Happy 2nd birthday:) For thanksgiving I’m heading to my parents’ house and will be there with some of my siblings and cousins!
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  129. Natlaie says:

    I am spending Thanksgiving at my parent’s house.
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  131. Holly C. says:

    no thanksgiving plans here, all our family live far away. just me and my hubby. thankful that my family in NJ are safe and warm!

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  138. Sarah says:

    Congrats on 2 years! I’m spending Thanksgiving with my family!

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    I’m spending Thanksgiving at home with my mom and brothers……simple but fun!

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  145. Harmony says:

    In laws coming….cook.clean.cook.clean.

  146. Harmony says:

    tweeted!

  147. Lindsay says:

    It is my daughters first Thanksgiving! So I plan to take as many pictures as I can. My mom and grandmother are driving up from North Carolina where we just moved from to see their only grand-daughter. So we are all very excited! We are going to be eating good food and taking lots of pictures. I have just recently realized that she is growing up too fast already and she is only 5 months old. So, I have been trying to capture as many memories as possible. I just followed you on Twitter – I am excited to find another blog to follow.

  148. Lindsay says:

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    I follow you on pinterest

  150. Marielle says:

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! For Thanksgiving, my parents are coming down from Seattle to visit my husband and I in LA. Plan is to eat and watch football all day!!
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  151. Tamar says:

    I am making thanksgiving for the first time EVER.

  152. Christine says:

    We are celebrating Thanksgiving at home with family

  153. Gabby S says:

    This year we are hosting a friend and his girlfriend. I suppose there will be cooking, cleaning & drinking, some more than others but it will end up with us being super exhausted, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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  156. LB says:

    I also love lululemon!! For Thanksgiving we are traveling to my grandmothers house. I know I will eat way too much but I hope to counteract my non nutritious eating with lots of running! Hahaha

  157. LB says:

    I followed you on twitter!!

  158. Karen Gonyea says:

    BIG Family Dinner :) And Football and Card Games :)

  159. Steph D says:

    I’m Canadian so we celebrated Thanksgiving earlier with a big dinner at my grandmother’s house. So for American thanksgiving, I’ll probably be going for a run! The weather is (relatively) balmy and sunny here.

  160. Corrina says:

    I tweeted! @beana619

  161. Corrina says:

    We will be at my brother’s house on Thanksgiving! I always make sweet potatoes–no real recipe, just real sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar & marshmallows!
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  164. Billie Jean says:

    I don’t have any Thanksgiving plans! :( I’m in the Air Force and stationed too far away from home to visit family. But I’m going to try and make up something in my dorm room, and hang out with some friends!

  165. Billie Jean says:

    Following you on Twitter and tweeted!

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  168. Natalie Fraser says:

    My thanksgiving plans aren’t traditional – a southern themed potluck with lots of friends and family!

  169. Natalie Fraser says:

    Followed you on twitter!

  170. Natalie Fraser says:

    Tweeted about this awesome contest!

  171. katfam says:

    We are going to my ILs’ for Thanksgiving.

  172. Kyl Neusch says:

    getiing the family together for dinner

  173. Kyl Neusch says:

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  174. Melanie T says:

    Thursday celebrating with Husband’s family. Friday celebrating with my family. So two days of good eats!

  175. Christina J says:

    I’m a 911 dispatcher and I’ll be working all day.
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  176. Christina J says:

    Following on twitter and tweeted giveaway @plumbpretty

  177. Hanna says:

    I’m spending Thanksgiving with my best friend! In California!

  178. MelissaO says:

    I hope that this plan isn’t too ambitious, but I am hoping to be up in time to take a two hour boot camp class before visiting family.

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  179. Megan says:

    Mel, I want this giveaway! We will stay in Houston to be with family. And I will make your cranberry salad dish, I’ve been dreaming about it all week!

  180. D Schmidt says:

    Our plans are to stay home this year and try to relax

  181. D Schmidt says:

    Pinterest follower as mummytotwoboys1

  182. Shannon H. says:

    Happy Birthday!!
    We are sharing our Thanksgiving with family at my brothers house this year! :)

  183. Kristy thiel says:

    I’ll be hosting for our family. Thanks!

  184. Larissa says:

    I always spend Thanksgiving with my husbands family. Everyone cooks a couple dishes and then we all meet up and enjoy. It is my absolute favorite holiday because of the time we get to spend with each other and of course the yummy food :)

  185. Great giveaway! I just found you :)
    Since I live in Canada our Thanksgiving is over already but we have a huge turkey dinner with my inlaws :)
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  187. Congrats on a big year! I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with my husband’s family! I am looking forward to eating huckleberry pie!!
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  188. Erica C. says:

    We are going with the whole family to a family home-style restaurant that we love.

  189. I’m spending thanksgiving with a 5-miler race and my boyfriend’s family and lots of pie and cakes.
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    We celebrate Thanksgiving with my in-laws at their house. His Mom is one of 7 kids and everyone comes over so its a full house with lots of love inside!

  192. RunInBoise says:

    My t-day plans is a crab feast at the BF’s mothers house. I will be making a turkey on Friday.

  193. Jennifer J says:

    Just watching the parade in the morning, then a family dinner. Thanks!!

  194. ashley says:

    my plans are to visit with family and eat lots of good food

  195. Shannon says:

    I’ll be at home with family eating lots of yummy, healthy food

  196. Kathy says:

    Sit down family Dinner!!!!

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    Shared :)

  202. Lisa Garner says:

    I will be cooking up a big Thanksgiving meal all on my own this year for my husband and children. I’m a little nervous since this is my first time doing it all completely alone.
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  207. Kellie Conklin says:

    We always host Thanksgiving for around 15-20 family members. I love that we host because it means we can have a special dish that we know we enjoy :) Usually family comes over late afternoon, eats, talks, and plays a board game. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and congrats on 2 years!
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  212. Sand says:

    I wake up, do my workout and help my parents make Thanksgiving lunch.

  213. jen gersch says:

    I am going out to eat on thanskgiving

  214. dani marie says:

    i work then going out to dinner with my dad and grandpa.

  215. Tammy Greer says:

    I’m cooking at home and spending time with my family.

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  216. Patrice says:

    My husband and I will be having a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner.

  217. We’re having a big deal with the extended family up at the mother in laws.
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  220. susan smoaks says:

    this year we are going to grammy’s house for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to food and time with family that we rarely get to see!