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Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap Up – Movie with my Men

Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap Up

This year our Turkey Day was low key, but that’s exactly how we needed it to be. Hubby has two more Chemo treatments, the last one will be 12/23 and we are looking forward to entering 2016 Cancer FREE!

colon cancer

Malik arrived home from Bowie State University on Saturday evening. Thankfully, his aunt drove him home so I didn’t need to make that trip down and it was wonderful to see him when I got home. I couldn’t believe how much my ‘baby’ had grown since August…just look at those “guns”

muscle man arms

no words…

It was a leisurely Turkey Day which started by watching the Macy’s Day Parade, cooking the Jennie-O Turkey which was delicious and then relaxing with Tayair while he and his father watched football and the Eagles lost again!

Jennie O Turkey Avi

This is a great turkey!

Philadelphia Eagles lost again

Philadelphia Eagles lost again!

I am not one who ventures out on Black Friday, so no bargains were had for us, instead we all watched movies together in the family room and munched on Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.  It was a lazy two days!

Lazy day

selfie with the sons

Saturday the mini men and I headed to a matinee at Westown Movies to see “Creed” and it was definitely a good movie. I loved the storyline, the actors but best of all, hanging with my sons.  

The last movie we saw together was Polar Express and the last time I was at Westown was to cover their Grand Opening, remember this post?

Our neighbor, Kyla works at the theatre and she was glad to see the guys as they are now all at different colleges.

at Westown Movie Theatre

they all grew up together

Creed at Westown Movies

Creed at Westown Movies in Middletown

After the movie we went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner and had a great meal, the Apple Cider Spritzer was very refreshing, I actually drank two glasses!

I ordered the Asiago Sirloin and Fried Shrimp, something that I haven’t done in over a decade. I don’t normally eat red meat and never fried shrimp, but it was the holiday so I splurged a little and it was worth it!  

Tayair’s meal was plated better than mine so I took a picture of his.

Dinner at Ruby Tuesdays

We popped over to Walmart, Marshalls and Kohl’s before heading home for the evening. Walmart had several of their Statement necklaces on clearance for $2.00 and a few Frank’s Red Hot sauce gift ideas on display as well as over at Kohl’s.

Statement Necklaces at Walmart

Frank's RedHot Gift Set

Frank’s RedHot Gift Set

Frank's RedHot Recipe Book

Frank’s RedHot Recipe Book

It was definitely a great Saturday night to be out and about hanging with my mini men.

What I wore on the weekend

What I wore to the movies

It’s tough getting both of them together to pose with me, but hubby and I were able to capture a few shots before I drove Malik back to school and the very last one he “allowed” me to take was when I dropped him off on campus.  

soda and a smile

a soda and a smile made my day

hard to get a group shot

me and my mini men

the loves of my life

my sons, the loves of my life

Bowie State University

see ya later son!

Well that was my Weekend Wrap Up, how was your Thanksgiving Holiday?

Stress Free Thanksgiving with a Thaw Free Turkey

Disclosure:  As a member of #SwitchCircle I received this product free from Jennie-O in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.

Hello friends, I hope all is well is your world this wonderful Thanksgiving week.  As most of you know, hubby is battling small intestinal cancer and has been undergoing chemo since June. 

Today he is receiving treatment number 10 of 12, and it really wipes him out for the rest of the week, therefore, this year our Thanksgiving meal will be prepared for just he, our two sons and myself no other family members or friends.  

Staying positive during this time and keeping the day stress free is the goal and thanks to my friends over at Jennie-O, it will be with this No Thaw ~ Oven Ready ~ From Freezer to Oven Whole Turkey with a Gravy Packet.

JennieO Thaw Free Turkey

I am not unfamiliar with this Jennie-O Turkey as I prepared one last Thanksgiving, which you may remember I stated it was one of the best turkey dinners that I had made in recent memory. 

In addition to having the turkey I will also be preparing kale and sweet potatoes which I received from The Help Ourselves Project which is a non-profit organization currently involved in community-based initiatives ranging from food distribution to West African based out of Philadelphia, PA.  Of course there will also be stuffing, hot rolls, shrimp and Marie Callender’s Deep Dish Apple Pie for dessert!

The instructions for cooking a Jennie-O Whole Turkey is easy, breezy:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and remove turkey from outer bag, leaving it in the roasting bag
  2. Cut 6 – 1/2 inch slits into the cooking bag, and pull up and away from turkey
  3. Place in oven to roast until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees in the breast and 180 degrees in the thigh, there is also a Pop-Up Timer, but it take approximately 4 hours to cook
  4. Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes then cut open roasting bag, be careful allowing the steam to escape
  5. Prepare the gravy
  6. Enjoy!


No matter what brand or how you prepare your turkey, there will always be leftovers so if you need any ideas for your turkey leftovers, make sure to check out the website.


Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Happy Thanksgiving