You guys, I love Thanksgiving. I feel like it is my holiday. It ushers in the start of the holiday season, it brings people together for a delicious meal (mashed potatoes!), there’s a long weekend immediately following…it’s glorious. (I’m not a hit-the-mall Black Friday shopper, so I never really feel that frenzy, which is nice.) Plus, in my family, I’m in charge of desserts and bread, which means I spend my Thanksgiving morning making rolls or biscuits, and putting the finishing touches on an epic pumpkin cheesecake (let me know if you’d like the recipe). And sometimes, if I feel really ambitious, I make pumpkin cinnamon rolls for the morning after. I always say that if I wasn’t a writer, I’d be a baker, and this time of year really reinforces that. I’m already thinking about my holiday cookie plan.
Today I’m grocery shopping, cleaning the house (and, ahem, getting Christmas decorations out) and cuddling with Rambo. If you’re in the mood for some reading, here are the best things I clicked on this week. (I’m totally ignoring the news, if you can’t tell, and I feel much better for it.)
This is a beautiful essay: “To Look for America: A Road Trip, A Soundtrack”
At the New Yorker: “The most lurid corner of the Internet is not a new dating app or a fetish site. It is Money Diaries, a column, from the life-style site Refinery29.”
How to cook Thanksgiving. In addition to being useful, this is also a really cool digital package.
The NYT‘s holiday gift guides are really good and useful.
If you’re looking for an awesome Thanksgiving side dish, here you go: a modern take on the green bean casserole. I beg my mom to make this every year and thankfully she does.
Such a pretty dress.
Love this holiday tablescape.
At Racked: “What’s the point of all this stuff?”
Let’s all ogle Serena Williams’ gorgeous wedding photos. (That dress! Her bejeweled Nikes for the after-party!)
Photo by Alex Cretey-Systermans