Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 11/20/22: Happy Thanksgiving

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists…

Hi all, I hope this post finds you well. It’s finally gotten pretty cold out, we’ve had the temps in the 40’s and we had a dusting of snow. I’m working fully remote through next month so I’m happy not to have to go out in the cold early mornings. I cannot believe November is flying by so fast and Thanksgiving is this week. I took the day after off so I’m looking forward to a long cozy upcoming weekend. The past several years we stay home and I cook the meal and my daughter helps me. I bought all my Thanksgiving ingredients with my last grocery trip. My job is nice enough to gift each employee a turkey so I picked mine up this week and I have it defrosting in the fridge as of this morning. Every year I bake candied yams with marshmallows on top but this year I’m going to use this recipe which calls for pecans. Are you ready yet? How do you spend Thanksgiving? Do you have a favorite recipe?

onto my updates….

recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on In Her Highlander’s Bed by Lynsay Sands.

coming soon:

I’m reading The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth and it’s so good!

in my mailbox:

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I have yet to read a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde that I didn’t enjoy. Her books are just special that way.


I watched Barbarian. I can’t remember which book blogger recommended it but thank you because it was pretty good. Alot of jump scares and I like the casting. The ending was very unexpected.

Also I’ve watched a few new to me Christmas movies in November. I think I’ll be highlighting Christmas movies with my updates posts throughout the season because why not. 🙂 Have you watched any of these? I’m a sucker for holiday films this time of year. I re-watch my favs every year.

* The Christmas Train – This was very good, great cast too. A train setting and a little bit of a mystery with a second chance love.
* A Christmas Movie Christmas – Another cute one, two sisters wind up in a Christmas movie and this one had some cute funny moments. I would re-watch it one day.
* Christmas on the Bayou– This one was worth the watch and I liked the setting, but it’s not one I’d re-watch. I think they could have added a stronger male lead in this, the guy was kind of dorky.
* The Christmas Lodge– This one was a re-watch and it’s kind of corny but a cute one about a woman who goes back to visit a lodge she spent time at with her family as a child and helps to restore it.
*Christmas at the Ranch– This was a let-down which is too bad since the premise sounded good and this was my first time seeing a F/F Christmas romance movie. The central characters actions and the dialogue were just ridiculous, and the plot became odd and awkward unfortunately.

That wraps up my updates for now. I hope you have a nice week and a Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s Otis on a walk last week, enjoying the fresh air. He’s wearing one of the sweaters I’ve crocheted for him, I’ve been meaning to make him a new one for this year.

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28 thoughts on “Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 11/20/22: Happy Thanksgiving

  1. I’m glad Otis has cute cozy sweaters to keep him warm! Your Thanksgiving plans sound lovely. We always have a very small family gathering, and my husband’s in charge because he loves to cook. Yay for Christmas movies! We usually start off the season by watching Elf. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Lulu loves her sweaters too. She lost some weight so I need to make some new ones. It’s colder here too but no snow. I hope you enjoy your holiday break and get to relax. I have a recipe for Creamed Corn that my daughter loves. Also the Next Day Turkey Soup is a favorite year round but the recipe was created to deal with leftover turkey.

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    • Happy Thanksgiving! The creamed corn and that soup sound like good ones, especially the soup for the leftover turkey. Have a nice week also! It’s nice being able to make our dogs sweaters.


  3. We’re having Thanksgiving too and I love it because it means we don’t have to go out lol. Plus it’s nice to stay home and warm, especially since it’s 25 here at the moment. Winter has started apparently! Hope you and your family have a great holiday.

    The Soulmate looks good. I’ve been thinking of trying The Barbarian too. It looks good. Although when I watched the trailer I was like stop do not go further into the house ha.

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    • Yay for staying home cozy on Thanksgiving! I am so not mentally prepared for the winter, it’s so cold. The Soulmate is so good so far. I recommend The Barbarian and it’s one of those movies where you’re screaming at the main character not to do this or that lol.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family also!


  4. That sweet potato recipe is very similar to the one I planned to make except the one I was going to use is more heavy-handed on the seasonings so I’m going to switch over to yours! That being said, this recipe calls for praline pecans instead of regular pecans and I will stick with the praline version since I already ordered them in my pick up order. I can’t wait for all that yammy-marshmallowy yummyness!

    Walmart just notified me that they are OUT of the spiral ham slices and pieces so that throws a wrench in things, doesn’t it? Chicken thighs it is then!

    I spend my Thanksgiving Day cooking and reading and Netflixing. lol

    Otis looks very cute in his sweater!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Otis looks so cute in his custom-made sweater! I’m glad you could work from home for a while, I used to love it, especially when it was cold. Have a great week!

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  6. Glad to see you’re loving the new Hepworth. I’ve been saving it to read when I have time to possibly binge it. Maybe my first book of the new year unless I can’t wait…
    We host Thanksgiving and make the turkey. Everyone else brings a side or dessert. Always good. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  7. I can’t believe how this year has flown by, with Christmas around the corner again!

    Our UK weather has been very mild for November, with many areas experiencing a second spring, which the environmentalists are predicting is going to be very bad for flora and wildlife next year. The temperatures are due to drop like a stone this week however, with the first frosts on their way from tomorrow, which is going to be a bit of a shock to the system!

    I know exactly what you mean about Catherine Ryan Hyde never writing a book I didn’t enjoy, so this one is for my ‘wish list’, along with the Sally Hepworth book, as she is another of my favourite authors.

    We haven’t really started watching the Christmas channels yet, although we generally pick out one or two ‘must see’ films for the festive period. Hubby has to work this year also, so that will change the dynamics for us. He had last year off, so has held his holidays back this time, in favour of his co-workers who have young families.

    I have read a few good books recently, although not all have appeared on my website, as that is being wound down ready to go offline. My reviews will now be focussed on Goodreads. I can recommend:

    ‘The Hidden Child’ by Rebecca Griffiths
    ‘The Hideaway’ by Norma Curtis

    Take Care 🙂

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    • Thanks for the book recommendations Yvonne, I’m glad you are doing well. It’s been so cold here too lately after a warm November and I’m over it already.
      I’ve been busy lately so haven’t posted an blog update the last 2 weeks but I have a few reviews to share too.
      I know you like Catherine Ryan Hyde also, her writing is wonderful.
      Enjoy the Christmas movies when you get to them and happy holidays. We alternate extra holiday time off at my job also so this year it was my turn to have the days after Thanksgiving and Christmas off so it’s nice.
      Happy reading this week!


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