This Is Not a Post About Food...

Monday, November 30, 2009


crab and artichoke dip!

the mother of all lobster rolls!

This is not a post about food...

This is a post about spending a few quality days with the Mr.'s family in Boston for his mother's 60th birthday at Durgin Park for a pre-turkey day meal (mouthwatering photos above) followed by a full Thanksgiving meal at home (mouthwatering photos below). We ate, swapped stories and played cards until the wee hours of the morning. One of the best family Thanksgiving memories in recent memory.

pumpkin bread!



the bird!

the spread!

post-meal daze!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I am thankful for so much this year. Last week, I posted a confessional about my shopaholic guilt and giving thanks for the tangible and intangible things in my life. Your responses in the comments were so amazing that I wanted to share some of them here.

Because even though Thanksgiving is over-- I'm still feeling thankful today...

"im a shopaholic too and feel the same way! waaahhhh =(
buts its always great to thankful for whatever it that you have..."

"I have much to be thankful for, I count myself really blessed to have a family and bf who loves me. And I'm really thankful for my upcoming Greece trip with the bf next June:)"

"Even though the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday has passed, I just want to say thanks for starting a blog and for all the lovely things that you blog about, I truly enjoy each and every post. And don't worry, from a self-admitted shopaholic, you are not alone!"
--nicole [Ed Note: nicole is now a few days away from her 40 day goal of a shopping ban-- never was there a more noble deed for a fashion blogger!]

"I have so many things to be thankful for! :)
*my Nikon D90 camera & the ahem...'few' (many) fashion purchases I've made...
*my plane tickets to Japan (to see my parents and lil' sister)
*the fact that work is letting me go on the trip...
*my very exciting 'package' that will arrive in April, if all goes well :)
*my hubby finally passing the exams he has been putting off for so many years (and for his year-long study period finally being over - we get our lives back!)
*my family...

Ah, my list is endless..."

"I am trying to do the same as you and be thankful for what I have and that would of course start with my loving hubby and our little furry babies. ;) All the best to you!"
--Daily Diva Dish

"Yez i too, consume way too much, but i have to say..i've always worked since im 15 and i dont take things for granted, you have to be thankful and appreciative."

"Tangible thanks to my: Mac book, Canon 5D, travel

Intangible thanks to my: family, friends, blog, blog buddies, and travel writing / creative outlet."
--jen laceda

"I am thankful for my lovely family, amazing friends, incredible boyfriend (s) who I do not deserve and finally, my new Lena Ezriak bags. Ooh, and Elle.

Alright, I think I got it all.

PS- OH and my Dell :P"
--Fab Blab

"I am too all over the place to think right now, but I am thankful for you!"
--Summer [Ed Note: I'm thankful for you-- you're an inspiration!]

"Tangible items- I am thankful for a roof over my head, my fabulous shoe and purse collection, and my Mac laptop. Intangible- thankful for friends, family, and good health!"

"tangible: mmm after christmas I will be thankful for my new new new camera
intangible: comments on my blog, I am thankful for those, and at christmas I will be thankful for the company of my family who I have not seen in six months."
--Soren Lorenson

"What tangible things I'm thankful for? my MacBook Pro, my bag collection, my full pantry. The intangibles: unconditional love from my kids, my zest for life."

"I am shopaholic too unfortunately. lol! I am thankful for every blessing that I have received. I try not to take my life for granted."

"I am thankful for bloggers, like yourself, who work their butt off to make the web world a beautiful, informative, and welcoming home."
--Amy Blogs Chow [Ed Note: I found her blog through Twitter and speaking of food... go visit her blog; it's amazing!]

"I'm sure you're not alone in your fashion addiction. I think as fashion bloggers we all have this problem. I am most thankful for my family and husband and for my health!"
--Maria Confer

"I'm thankful for my latest Jimmy Choo for H&M finds and thankful that my job prospects are looking up."
--Chic 'n Cheap Living

"I am thankful for our house, which is the first thing we bought together, and my beautiful family. Celebrating the holidays with the dude around now is so much more fun!"

"I completely understand where you are coming from. It's hard to strike a balance, but it is so necessary to cover your behind when it comes to saving enough money. I'm thankful for my family and the freedoms I enjoy. The items...well, that would be a very long list. LOL."
--Inny Vinny

"know how you feel. there is a little bit of shopaholic in everyone of us. i am thankful for the intangible things such as health, freedom, etc.... of course having great family and friends are beyond anything material."
--Savvy Gal

"i am thankful for: awesome hubby, great friends, supportive colleagues, good health, loving family, and the opportunity to live life at the fullest."

"I totally understand what you mean, and this new career move has really forced me to stop's humbling. It's annoying. It's upsetting, but I'm learning that there is so much more to life than material things... I'm thankful for gorgeous (inside and out) friends like you."
--Elizabeth Marie

"I think all women deal a little bit of this. I'm not a shopaholic but I'm a recovering shopaholic. I had closet full of designers and just so many clothes and bathroom full of everything from expensive makeup, to shampoo, etc. it was too much. I looked at all my stuff and realized it could be in a CD account, rather than collecting dust. I'm thankful for all those things I own, but I'm more thankful for the discipline I gave myself, even if at times it hurt like mofo!"

"I am a shopaholic 'in my mind' - I am always looking at stuff and saying 'I want this, I want that'... But then, I have pre-buyers remorse and stop thinking about it... Does that make sense??? Kinda weird... Anyway, tangible things I am thankful for: My Urban Decay Book of Shadows II, my Canon SD600 Camera (it stills works after dropping it on the floor so many times!), my home, my family, and food on my plate. Intangible things I am thankful for: being able to channel creativity and writing through blogging, health, and love."
--Brunette and Pink [Ed Note: New blog crush alert!]

"I am thankful for my Luella boucle jacket (I had to, I may not get another chance to own one of hers) our new house, a living room that I actually decorated myself, a daughter who is an absolute dream, a husband who is far too good for me, and that my father's biopsy came back negative. I think I just put myself in a good mood. And I'm thankful to you for making me think about this! I hope you're enjoying your Thanksgiving week! ♥"
--Denise @ The Swelle Life

Well if that doesn't warm your heart on a cold Monday morning, then I don't know what will :) Are you feeling thankful today? What's on your mind?

P.S. My friend Lynn at All Things NYC is hosting an amazing giveaway: two tickets to a production at the Met. If you are in the tri-state area, hurry to her blog to enter for a chance to win before December 7th!!!


InnyVinny said...


And I'm sorry, but I was a little too taken in with all the food...

Gabby said...

Holy amazing food porn! :) Glad you had a good holiday, love!

modediktat said...

Good morning to you, sweetie from Germany! Wow - this looks like you had an amazing and huge and tasty Thanksgiving!!! The bird looks huuuuge :-D
The food pictures are so yummy!!!
I'm wishing you a pleasant and wonderful new week, precious!
xoxo, s.

modediktat said...

PS - Meant: Good morning to you, sweetie (from Germany)! XD

Brigadeiro said...

YUMMMMM.....cornbread!!! Haven't had that in years! Everything looks so delicious! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving! :)

wreckedstellar said...

Yummmm, invite me over next time for dinner will ya :) I'm so thankful for many things this year- posted a list on the blog- but this year brought me to my boyfriend. After a bad breakup, I'm still amazed he came into my life! Hope you have a fabulous week ahead! xo, Mel

Sher said...

Glad you had a wonderful feast this Thanksgivine! And thanks for sharing all the wonderful things other bloggers are thankful for, such an inspiring post:)

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Woah, I'm totally craving that entire meal right now. Looks amazing! I love HK, but they have no idea how to do Thanksgiving.

nicole addison said...

and my mouth is definitely watering right now. YUUM. i miss thanksgiving already.

Brunette and Pink said...

It all looks so delicious! I must get the recipes. So glad you had a great Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for the shoutout - you have made my day!

Amy said...

Hey girl! So happy to hear you had a wonderful holiday and a great time in Boston. I am sorry we didn't get to meet up- maybe next time you come to town we can grab tea.


P.S. All these food pics made me so starving. Yummy!

misslikey said...

lovely quotes. we should all be more thankful for single moment.
I am glad you had a nice thanksgiving

daisychain said...

Oh what an amazing post

and foooood. I'm droooling.

janettaylor said...



DailyDivaDish said...

For a post that was NOT about food...I sure am hungry for some reason. LOL! Looks and sounds like you had an amazing holiday. Thanks for including my comments from your shopaholic post! All the best!

kpeach said...

I'm supposed to chill on the food but that just made me hungry again xo

Ela said...

Um, you must do a post that is not about food more often please :)
Seriously, I would be in a permanent daze if I ate like that all the time. Your quality time with the Mr.'s family also sounds wonderful.

I am definitely feeling thankful. For the bitter not just the sweet. And for what the future holds.

Have a great week!

WendyB said...

What's a Thanksgiving without a fight over who carves the turkey and someone passing out into the cranberry sauce? I'm sorry your holiday was not complete.

Jaime said...

And now I want Thanksgving dinner again, thanks lol.

Cute post- love how you listed all the thankfuls! Glad you had a great turkey day in Boston!

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sweet monday, D!
Had to smile about your "This is not ..." ;)

I´m sure you had a wonderful weekend with your family!!!
Enjoy the start into the new week with lots of sunny moments to share!

lisa said...

I'm thankful for all the food porn in this post! Seriously, those photos were mesmerizing--I can see why you had the "This post isn't about food" disclaimers.

Retro Chick said...

For a post that isn't about food it has made me very hungry!

Michelle said... I'm starving!

Great post :)

bananas. said...

HOLY CRAP!!! i'm drooling all over my computer screen! you had like every single one of my fav-o foods...crab artichoke dip, lobster rolls. cornbread and SCALLOPS! YUM!

Tights Lover said...

Hope you had fun here in Boston! Durgin Park is great!

Tights Lover said...

Hope you had fun here in Boston! Durgin Park is great!

Susan said...

oh family time! I love your list, too.
have a lovely day, darling D.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, this is horrible. I haven't eaten yet today despite the fact that it's 3:00 in the afternoon. Now I'm starving! Why oh why did you do this to me?! :)

Hanako66 said...

um wow food....that all looks so good!

i love those responses:)

Maria Confer said...

Oh, yum!! All that food looks so delicious. I so miss Boston's amazing seafood.

So funny, my mother in law turns sixty tomorrow!!

Loved reading everyone's comments.

Chessa! said...

hello? delicious! I'm so happy to hear that you had a great weekend. I did too...

Lynn said...

hi deanne! i read your wonderful holiday memory and it made me miss my family back in manila :(. but im so happy you had such a great holiday!! and all that food is just delish!

i hope to see you soon as well!


p.s. thanks for posting my giveaway!

Kristin said...

Food and fam. There's nothing better. I'm thankful for my own holiday weekend that was filled with both!

Elizabeth said...

that food just made me feel hungry! haha. :)

MizzJ said...

Aaah all that food looks majorly delicious!! No wonder you were in a happy food coma daze after :)

Annie Spandex said...

YUMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I'm thankful for my loved ones. :)

OceanDreams said...

That food looks mouth watering amazing! Yum yum!

Diana said...

LOL at what Gabby said!!

The food looks delicious, DS! I hope you had great Thanksgiving.

I loved reading the responses to your shopaholic post- glad we are not alone!

nicole said...

D! Gah I'm like the worst blog bestie right now, I'm so behind on my comment replies! but here I am, 4:30am playing catch up :)

and of course, I have to see photos of delicious foods that I can't eat hahaha that always happens to me, but glad to see you had quite the feast for Thanksgiving! LOVE your post-meal daze.. you have that perfect glazed over look on your eyes, how content you must've been!

Aww thanks for quoting me and for mentioning my ban which is technically over haha but I'm still going strong until I finish it on my blog. Day 1 is so far away! but thank you, I feel so honoured to be mentioned on your blog yet again!

tailorstitch said...

oh man this just made me very hungry, it all looks sooo good yum

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