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An Un-Traditional, Traditional Thanksgiving

Last year, Grayson and I started a somewhat different Thanksgiving tradition.  I work for a local hospital which means I’m never guaranteed holidays off.  In 2014, I was one of the lucky ones that drew the short straw and found myself working instead of basting a turkey.  In an attempt to help resuscitate my Thanksgiving, Grayson had the idea to grill bacon wrapped filet mignon, bacon-wrapped baked russet potatoes, and sauteed mushrooms and onions for a very un-traditional Thanksgiving meal.  We ate and drank ’til we were fat and sassy (…let’s be honest, I’m always sassy), watched some Cowboys football, and successfully revived my once lifeless Thanksgiving.  It was so banging that we decided it was one of our best Thanksgivings to date!

This year, I was freed from the torment that the Emergency Department can be on a holiday!  Hallelujah! Since last year was such a great success, there were no doubts in our minds as to what we would be doing this year.  We invited my parents over to partake in the delicious festivities!

The night before Thanksgiving, I decided to branch our of my comfort zone and try baking.  I’m not a baker, but I must say that my pumpkin cheesecake turned out nicely!  I recommend letting your cream cheese get nice and soft before mixing so that you don’t get little clumps throughout. I used a hand blender so don’t be afraid if you don’t have a fancy-schmancy Kitchen Aid.  Additionally, I didn’t make the crust myself because I was in somewhat of a hurry (since the Wednesday before is Friendsgiving and I definitely had plans :p).  However, it still turned out yummy!  It dag-on nearly killed me to wait until the following day to cut it! (I swear I heard it calling me from the fridge all night…)

{I used this Paula Deen recipe!}

Thanksgiving morning, I woke up bright and early because I couldn’t contain my excitement (mainly for the day, but also because it would be time to dig into the pie soon)!  I began working on my signature broccoli casserole.  This recipe has floated around my family for as long as I can remember.  No gathering is complete without it!  It is super creamy and cheesy, the perfect way to eat veggies! {Recipe at the end of this post.}


Before my parents arrived, Grayson started working on the filet mignon.  He has a super top secret recipe that he created to season his steaks.  I’m telling you, the man can cook a steak like no one I know.  He soaked some toothpicks for about an hour before using them to wrap the bacon around the steaks.  This helps them not to char or burn once on the grill (genius, right?).  Once, the steaks were prepped, on the grill they went!

We ate, we drank, we were quite merry!

Needless to say, this year’s Thanksgiving turned out to be even better than the year before.  I would declare that we just might have turned this non-traditional meal into a tradition after-all.


Broccoli Casserole Recipe


  • 2 lbs. frozen, chopped broccoli
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Duke’s Mayonnaise (because its the best!)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Boil broccoli until tender.  Drain water and chop finer if you’d like it less chunky.  I always chop mine more because I like a creamier texture.
  3. Mix broccoli, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream,  Duke’s mayo, garlic powder, oregano, and S&P together until well mixed.  I like to taste it and add more of whatever I feel like is missing.  I typically end up adding more mayo.
  4. Add 1 1/2 cups of each cheese to the mixture and stir.
  5. Grease an 11×9 baking dish and pour the mixture in.  Top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until all cheese is melted.
  7. Broil to get the cheese on top brown and crispy
  8. Serve and watch your dinner guests lose their freaking mind over the deliciousness!

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