Show Me Your Turkey Linkup


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Show Me Your Turkey!  Mother 2 Mother will be hosting a Show Me Your Turkey linky party starting November 26 and ending December 5 at midnight.  The linky will be dedicated to Thanksgiving turkeys, tables, and stories of you, your family and friends. We spend all day cooking, basting, baking, and enjoying time with family so lets share our hard day’s work and family love.  Be sure to mark your calendar and join the fun. 

I’ve planned my menu and I’m picturing the house filled with family, delicious aromas, the Macy’s Day parade, football and a huge turkey as the center piece on the table surrounded by all the trimmings. 

The posts doesn’t have to been elaborate, just a picture of your turkey or table and a few words letting us know how your day went, what you served, and any funny or disastrous moments. What will you be serving?

Get your camera and posts ready.  It’s a great way to relieve some stress and you could be the featured blogger of our Turkey Baster, Table Queen, and I Survived Thanksgiving awards. Here’s a few details on the awards: 

  • Turkey Baster: Best Looking Turkey
  • Table Queen: Best Table Setting
  • I Survived Thanksgiving: Best story (Precious or Disastrous) 

Hope to see you there.

10 Reasons I’m Thankful

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The holiday season is approaching. It’s the time of year when families gather and thanks are given. I always start Thanksgiving morning with the preparation of the turkey, breakfast and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade as I’m preparing the other dishes. For some reason that parade puts me in a festive mood.   

Later that day my  home will be filled with children, laughter, conversations of days gone by and the Sports channel will be envied by every other station on TV. An abundance of food and drink will be consumed, which will be followed by a much needed nap. Slice of pumpkin or sweet potato pie filled with scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream will push the turkey and stuffing down and a wish for another nap will follow.  

Last, the arguments over who ate the last homemade roll or who drank the last of the sweet tea will surface, and that argument will be followed by who will be cleaning up the kitchen and putting away the leftovers. I love the holiday season.

It’s a tradition in my family for everyone to give thanks to someone or something during the blessing of our meal each Thanksgiving. Here’s the top 10 reasons that I’m thankful in no particular order:

  1. I’m thankful for my health and being able to live another year.
  2. I’m thankful for my daughter, grandson and granddaughter.  They have made me the proudest mother and grandmother in the world.
  3. I’m thankful for a roof over my head and food in my mouth.  
  4. I’m thankful for a family who loves me unconditionally.   
  5. I’m thankful for the fresh air that I take in everyday and the beauty that surrounds me.
  6. I’m thankful for friends who put up with me even when I’m on their last nerve.
  7. I’m thankful for parents who gave disciplined me, gave me an education and prepared me to survive in this world.  
  8. I’m thankful for the struggles that I have endured in my life.  They have made me a better and a stronger person.  
  9. I’m thankful for great neighbors who look out for me and my home.  
  10. I’m thankful for still having all my siblings and grateful that the circle remains unbroken.    

I would like to thank each of my readers for the follow as well as your comments and I wish each of you a very Happy, Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving. What will you being thankful for this holiday?  

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Printables: Thanksgiving Scrapbook Layouts

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Thanksgiving is the time of year to be grateful for all that we have.  Also, it’s a day to capture another blessed day with family and friends, great food and another year of blessings.  Charge camera batteries or purchase them the night before.  Nobody wants to run out of batteries or have their camera die on such a festive day, right. Besides, if you don’t have pictures you can’t scrapbook.

Thanksgiving scrapbook pages can be added to a photo album or you can create one page and cherish it too.  It doesn’t matter because what it’s truly important is the memories.  Take pictures of the children creating Thanksgiving crafts or devouring Thanksgiving snacks to tide them over until dinner.  Capture memories of the turkey or kitchen disasters.  You will want to look back on the day and savor every moment.

Furthermore, include the good and bad of the day.  Scrapbooking is all about the memories.  All of them.  Thanksgiving scrapbook layouts are your answer to preserving the memories.  You can also turn the pages into Thanksgiving scrapbook layout craft projects for the kids.  Take pictures of them and than print each child’s favorite picture.  Afterwards, print the Family Fun scrapbook page above and let them add the picture.  It will be a great take home gift for the kids or mom and dad.

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As you know the hostess will be busy preparing dishes and being gracious to guests.  Take pictures of the turkey on the platter when she’s ready to serve.  The host cooks all day, but never has a picture of the beautiful dishes he or she has prepared before everyone devours them.

Our Thanksgiving scrapbook layouts will help you eliminate that tragedy.  I’m sure the host will be most grateful that you took the time and energy to help preserve the day.  You can download the free Thanksgiving scrapbook layout printables here.  Enjoy.




Celebrity Thanksgiving

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Check out these celebrity Thanksgiving tables and turkey.  There’s lots of cooking and baking to be done during the holiday season.  We love sharing ideas for decorating and recipes.  Additionally, Mother 2 Mother also enjoyed viewing the tables of several celebrities.  I thought I would share a few of the pictures tweeted by P Diddy, Conner Cruise, Mariah Carey, Julianne Hough, and Jessica Alba.

Most importantly, I love seeing celebrities decorating and cooking their own holiday meals instead of a chef.  It makes them a little more human to me.  But, when I see dining room tables like this, I know that it’s not an everyday person who lives in a house that would boast a dining room of this magnitude.


This is P Diddy’s table.  Although the table is massive, it’s simple, but elegant.  I love the candles.  They make a statement.  The flower arrangements are simple, and they don’t overwhelm the table.  I love the U shape table.  It would be perfect for a buffet style party.


Also, P. Diddy shared this picture via Instagram.  He’s holding a beautiful bird.  Not sure if he cooked it or his mother.  She was pictured in several posts.  It’s a beautiful bird regardless of who cooked it.  I would take several slices of that baby.



Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon’s table.  Absolutely beautiful!  I love the head table between the guess tables.  Together, but separately.  The glass doors provide a stunning view and a change of scenery for the guests.

Celebrity Thanksgiving Tables

This is my favorite table.  It’s Julianne Hough’s.  I love the turkeys and the turkey platter displayed along with the colorful wreaths and the simple stoneware.  You would find this setting in an everyday home. Love it!


Here’s Jessica Alba preparing her turkey.  Her kitchen looks like mine after a day of preparing a large feast.  Hope she had someone to help clean up the mess.  I’m usually on my own.


Connor Cruise tweeted this picture of their bird.  Looks perfect!  Which, is your favorite table setting?  My vote goes to Julianne Hough.  I love that it is festival, bright and simple.  Thanks to the Daily Mail, Tweeter, and Instagram for the photos.