Holiday Planning: The Week of Thanksgiving

Oh. Em. Gee.

I cannot believe this is Thanksgiving week. So much to do, and I’m running out of time. So far we’ve planned our menu, purchased our ingredients, and hopefully you remembered to thaw your turkey in the fridge!

We had some company in from out of town over the weekend. Well, Sunday night and they left yesterday afternoon. But I did get my whole house clean on Saturday. That way I could relax and enjoy my friends. Yesterday after they left, I tidied the house, and worked on some laundry.

Today, I’m going to get my brine ready, so I can get the turkeys soaking this evening. I’m also going to get working on desserts. I’ll be making a pumpkin cheesecake, an apple pie and a chocolate pie.

I’ll share some pictures on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me there!

What are you working on today? How do you stay motivated to get everything done?

My motivation comes from a few different places. I like to hear from you guys to see what everyone is working on. I commit to posting pictures on Instagram so I know someone will be expecting something from me. One of my best friends will be making pies and desserts today as well. So we will be texting and chatting on the phone. Probably sending pictures back and forth. It really helps when you know someone else is working on the same thing as you are.

I am so excited for Thanksgiving!

❤️ Courtney


Holiday Planning: Week 2

Good morning!

We have had some beautiful sunrises this week. After 3 years in Tucson, I am still amazed at the beauty of the Desert. ❤️

On to the holiday prep!

How are you coming along? Please tell me what you’ve been working on.

This week I did my shopping. I got my turkey- well, I got one of them. I decided to roast a turkey and smoke two turkey breasts. I could not find a decent sized turkey breast at our grocery store. They had the little ones, I’ve never bought them, but I think it’s just lunch meat. It has a very unnatural oval shape to it. Lol And I don’t want to serve that for The Big Day.

Anyway, I did my shopping and I did most of it from memory because, of course, I forgot my list. I have a few more things to pick up, and then I’ll be done.

Hubby’s work does a Thanksgiving potluck for the employees the week before- tomorrow actually! Hubby signed up to bring stuffing. I usually just make my classic stuffing for him to take, but not this year. He found a recipe for smoked cornbread stuffing, and will be taking that. I made the cornbread and got the sausage, onions and celery ready to go. Today, I’ll get it all together and Hubby will toss it in the smoker when he gets home. I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay out of it! Yummmy

This weekend we have some overnight guests, so I’m also getting the house ready for them. It’s a very old and dear friend. We don’t get to see each other very often, but talk almost daily. I can’t wait to see her and her family! ❤️❤️❤️

I’ve been very busy, and I haven’t been able to keep up with my Holiday Planning blogs. I was hoping to share more details and pictures, but time got away from me.

I’d love to know what you all have been up to!


Holiday Planning: Week 1

Hi everyone!  I’m so happy to be preparing for the holidays!  This is my absolute favorite time of year!!  I’m just going to jump right in on what I’ve been up to.  I try to start early in November with my Thanksgiving preparations so I’m not stressing at the last minute.

First up- Decorate!  That’s what I did over the weekend.  I completed my entry way table, I’ve got some turkeys up around the house, and I’m trying to revive my mums (I’m not exactly sure what happened! haha) for my front porch.

You may have seen my entry table on Instagram, if you follow me there.


Once you’re decorated, send out your invitations. So many options here. You can go formal and send actual invitations. Although, if you’re going that route, you may want to start a little earlier.  You cans get really creative with these- I’ve seen so many cute ideas on Pinterest and Facebook. Definitely check them out!

Over here, we’re pretty casual. (This is the Wild West, after all.)  I just send out a text if it’s not someone we see all the time. Or I just let them know in person -I see most of my family multiple times per week. 

When you know who is coming, and have an idea of how much food you’re going to need, plan that menu!  If you’re like me, and really REALLY love tradition..planning the menu will be easy.  It’s the same thing every year.  Some people like to try new recipes for holidays, or make super fancy desserts- getting better every year.  Me..I like to serve the exact same food every year.  And, it’s the exact same food my grandma would serve when I was a little kid.  I can try a new recipe every other day of the year, but holidays are for tradition.

How are you preparing for Thanksgiving this week?  Are you more traditional (like me!) or do you like to try new things every year? Are you hosting? And most importantly- what is on your menu?? 

❤️ Courtney 


Welcome to The Holidays! 

This is, by far, my most favorite time of year. Cooler temperatures, sweaters, bonfires, Thanksgiving..and that doesn’t even get us into December.

Thanksgiving is my holiday. Our entire family comes to our house and we watch the parade, watch football, eat and give thanks. I love decorating, cleaning and cooking for Turkey Day.


Rockwell Thanksgiving


My goal this season is to share my preparation, lots of pictures and recipes and our traditions with you all. I’ve been working on my prep list and I hope to have it finished up soon.

Are you sharing your Thanksgiving plans or planning? I just love reading about others holidays. It encourages me and keeps me motivated. Please share links to your holiday plans!



What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

10/30 – 11/5

Monday- Pork steaks, brussel sprouts

Tuesday- Tamales (dinner had to be quick, so we could get ready for trick or treat)

Wednesday- Grilled Italian sausage, grilled mixed veggies

Thursday- Steak salads

Friday- homemade pizza, (cauliflower pizza for Hubby and I)

Saturday- Smoked chicken, roasted squash & salad

My menu is coming out a little late this week. I need to do a blog post for my cauliflower pizza crust. It’s so delicious! Low carb is still working well for us. Have you ever done low carb? Or any other special diets that worked for you? I’d love to hear about them! 



Clean With Me: Kitchen

The kitchen really is the heart of any home. We cook and socialize there. School bags are often dumped on the counters along with mail, items from the store and pretty much anything else. Our week has been nonstop and my kitchen is suffering. 

As Wife and Mom, I don’t want my home to be sterile- I want everyone to be able to relax and enjoy coming home.  But when we have a busy week, papers start to accumulate along with dishes and anything else you can imagine. 

Last night, I didn’t get a chance to clean up before I went to bed. It was late, I was tired, so the mess won. But I’m tackling it today. 

Here are my before pictures. Warning- this is real. My kitchen is messy. Please don’t judge me. (;

And after! It feels so good to have it done. 

Please ignore the couple of piles on the counters. The small one closest to the edge is some stuff that I need to return. If I move it to my desk I will forget about it and never return it. 

This pile…

…is it’s own nightmare. This is one of my clutter hotspots. I honestly just went through this pile while I was cleaning. These are my bills that I need to pay. One or two items from the kids schools that need taken care of, and paperwork from Hubbys recent doctors appointments. I need to figure out a system for these things. 

If you have any before/after photos of your home I would love to see them!  It keeps me motivated to keep my own home looking nice. Let me know where I can find your blog in the comment section. Or just say hi! 

Have a great day!



What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

My menu for this week is more for convenience this time. We have quite a bit going on in the evenings, but I still have to make sure everyone is fed. 

Monday- Grilled flank steak, brussel sprouts

Tuesday- leftovers (Hubby is back to work so I moved leftover day to Tuesday)

Wednesday- scrambled eggs with spinach, bacon, toast for the kids

Thursday- Grilled chicken salads

Friday- Tacos, low carb cheese taco shells for Hubby and me

Saturday- Italian sausage with grilled veggies

Sunday- Family Day. I haven’t planned this far ahead

I hope you’re having a great week! ❤️