Sues’s Favorite Things #15

The Holidays:

I can’t even believe the holidays are actually here. As in, tomorrow is December! I’m honestly not sure where this year went, but last time I checked it was December 2009. Life is seriously scary. Anyway, last week, I had one of the most perfect Thanksgivings ever, since my whole family was actually together (my parents, sister, brother-in-law, Chris, and my neighbors Joan and Jim!).

Of course we had a glorious Butterball turkey 🙂 That my dad brined and expertly carved. Even after eating all that turkey at Butterball University, I was still totally ready for more.


See? Just looking at these photos is making me want another plate full!


We always eat Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room :at my parents’ house. Fancy!


And we stick to pretty much the same basic menu each year because we just love it too much to change it: turkey, stuffing, whipped sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with caramelized onions, and cranberry sauce two ways.


And obviously lots of gravy.


Oh, and wine. Duh.


I ate about 3 plates like this. not even lying.


I was so happy Chris could join us for Thanksgiving, too 🙂


Thanksgiving is without a doubt my favorite holiday. Family, food, and friends are pretty much the only things I need to be happy in life.

Silk Mint Chocolate Soy Milk:

Speaking of the holidays, have you guys tried this stuff? It’s awesome! I’m not a huge fan of egg nog… But sometimes I drink it anyway just because it gets me in the holiday spirit (does that make sense? I think I like the flavor, but don’t love the actual drink). But now? I have this! I already love chocolate Silk soy milk, but with the mint added in, it’s like a holiday in a glass! There’s also an egg nog version AND a pumpkin spice one. This is definitely my drink of the season. Plus, it’s way better for you than egg nog. Win-win!

And this reminds me that I totally need to come up with a holiday cocktail soon. Peppermint, perhaps? Sounds like a project for this Friday night!


My New Parsley Plant:

After my dad read my post about my parsley obsession, he potted up some parsley for me to take home. And it’s already been growing! I’m so psyched to see how much the parsley plant will grow… and to hopefully have plenty of parsley for all my cooking (and snacking) needs. If I don’t kill it first, that is.

Could parsley be involved in my new holiday cocktail? Hmm. Probably not.


WANM Tech Support:

I’m going to be super cheesy right now and call out Chris as one of my favorite things! You might have noticed that WANM has been having some serious issues the last week. We were hacked in a major and totally annoying way. Luckily for us, Chris does programming. And he spent about 20 hours straight trying to fix our site over the weekend.

All I know how to do is freak out about website issues. I’m really, really good at that. But Chris actually knows how to sit down and fix a problem. And doesn’t stop working until he does. And trust me, this wasn’t the first time he saved us. He’s super smart… And cute, too 🙂 So thank you, thank you, thank you to Chris for helping us with all our website issues!



Any time I happen to be dogsitting while I’m writing a favorite things post, I obviously have to include Mitzi. I always think it’s weird when people post endless photos of their pets to their blog, but then when I’m with Mitzi, I kind of get it. I just think she’s the prettiest! I could seriously photograph her all day.




Now I’m off to cuddle with that dog and get some sleep 🙂 Seriously though, she’s a crazy cuddler.

Oh, and speaking of the holidays one more time, stay tuned because I’m working on a totally awesome Holiday Gift Guide for Food Lovers and should have it up soon. Hope it gives you some good gift advice for the food people in your life (I don’t like the word foodies!).

What’s your favorite holiday drink?


31 Responses to "Sues’s Favorite Things #15"

  1. Erica says:

    Thanksgiving looks wonderful. Cranberry sauce is my favorite part, so I think its awesome that you have it two ways. Mint Chocolate silk?! I must find this. My favorite holiday drink….I start to crave hot chocolate around the holidays

  2. Susan says:

    Chris is a hero!

  3. Simply Life says:

    oh that is so sweet about the parsley!

  4. Lauren says:

    I must find that mint chocolate silk soymilk! I’m with you on eggnog – I like the flavor, but don’t love drinking a glassful. I’m planning on creating a recipe featuring ‘nog and will be posting it soon!

    Yay for Chris!

  5. Aw, sometimes the s.o. needs to get a shout-out as one of your favorite things! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday drinks are spiked egg nog or peppermint martinis!

  6. brandi says:

    Okay, I need that soy milk. I have NEVER seen that flavor before!

  7. Susan says:

    I want Mitzi and your parsley plant! What a wonderful family gathering you had. I can’t believe it’s December either!

  8. joan says:

    Wine, wine, and more wine. Not really a holiday drink but…. 🙂 Your plate looks delicious.

  9. Kelly says:

    I’m a fan of a rich cup of hot chocolate, with a bit of peppermint for fun!

  10. Oohh I’m gonna have to try that mint chocolate Silk! My favorite holiday drink is thick, creamy hot chocolate 🙂

  11. Kirby says:

    You can never go wrong with a glass of hot apple cider! It’s my favorite!

  12. Monique says:

    Good Lord! what a beautiful carving job on that turkey! Lovin the spread!
    And what the H is going on with idiots hacking into your site! I hope its resolved! I found the girl who was posing as me on the internet to get free chocolate (shes 17) and lucky for her i am not pressing charges.
    Dude, we totally forgot the gravy this year but we didnt need it.

  13. Sharlene says:

    Looks like there’s a lot of be thankful for on your end, Sues! That Thanksgiving spread looked absolutely delicious as does that soy milk. I’m a huge fan of Silk and I’ll have to run over and grab a carton ASAP! And great job, Chris, on fixing the problem. I wish I had such wonderful tech support!

  14. Katie says:

    the mint chocolate soy milk sounds delicious! i need to get that on my next trip to the grocery store!

  15. Emily @ The Happy Home says:

    totally guilty of the dog photos– don’t visit today if you don’t want to see ’em!

    that is such a lovely thanksgiving tradition. glad you had a good holiday!

  16. Megan says:

    I keep seeing that chocolate mint Silk… and I’ve been so indecisive about it. I’ll definitely have to pick some up next time!

  17. I used to LOVE this holiday drink at Second Cup up in Canada: shortbread mocha. It was sooo creamy and delicious! They only did it one year and I’ve not been able to top it since!

  18. Reagan says:

    Thanks for the tip on the mint chocolate Silk. My husband loves their egg nog, but I’m not a fan. Now I will have something new to try!

  19. Peggy says:

    Your Thanksgiving looks fabulous! I’d definitely have to say some hot chocolate is what I crave during the holidays (the temperature is just right, and if I’m feeling extra crazy I’ll add a few swigs of Peppermint Schnapps!)

  20. I love these kind of posts where others tell me what they love. It just makes me happy. Also, I wish I had Chris’ crazy mad programmer skillz. Would love to be able to design my own site and make it do cool things I envision. Cheers!

  21. emily says:

    Looks like a fab Tgiving. Green beans w/ carmelized onions sounds amazing. I didn’t know Silk made a mint chocolate special for the holidays!

    Your dog is so cute! Mine is a standard poodle and is a definite cuddler. I love cider for the holidays. And it’s getting out of season now, but I love a good pumpkin ale. 🙂

  22. I was thisclose to buying that Soy Milk in the store today – now you’ve got me convinced! Have you tried the other flavors??

  23. Lizzy says:

    I love favorite things post!!! So happy Chris was able to fix your site, I was definitely worried. I’m glad you posted about your Thanksgiving- everything looks delicious!

  24. Karen says:

    Oh yeah, Susie…..Chris does a mother proud! 🙂 I absolutely love the “doggie pictures”……I have to say that Mitzi and Buzz are now officially “neck and neck” for cuteness! (love my Buzzy)!

  25. Amy says:

    Oh, I love that Chocolate Soy Milk too… but now I HAVE to find the mint flavored, that sounds amazing! I’m curious to try the egg-nog style one too! Those just might end up being my favorite holiday drinks!

  26. I didn’t know they made mint chocolate Silk – yum! Around the holidays, I love a nice glass of Prosecco (Italian champagne) mixed with a splash of cranberry/pomegranate juice. Garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries. It’s always a crowd pleaser!

  27. Nicole says:

    I get what you mean about drinking something that gets you into the holiday spirit. There was a local booklet from my hometown that had all of the holiday drinks from the best restaurants in town, YUM. My husband is a programmer, too, and it is so handy 🙂 I definitely respect that job.

  28. Kerstin says:

    Website issues are the worst – so glad everything is back to normal and Chris was able to save the day!

  29. DianaHayes says:

    Nice holiday. My husband is my computer guru. And I love drinking chardonnay.

  30. Mitzi is really darn cute! My favorite beverage is pear vodka with sprite. Yum.

  31. Yalena says:

    Feuerzangbowle, a german speciality:

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