What's Up Wednesday--November 2020


Here we are for Thanksgiving week Besties. Are you ready? I am ready for some downtime and enjoying some food and wine this week. It's the last Wednesday of the month and as I do almost every month, I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday to talk what's been happening here in November. Let's do this!

What We're Eating This Week

Monday-Greek ground turkey with rice and steamed broccoli

Tuesday-Beef short ribs, roasted red potatoes and salad

Wednesday-Not sure yet, probably something light heading into Thanksgiving

Thursday-Thanksgiving dinner from the Mount Vernon Inn. I am pretty excited about it. 

Friday-Take out.

Hello Monday-Thanksgiving 2020


Happy Monday Besties! While Thanksgiving is going to look a little different in the Good Better Best household, I did want to link up with the lovely ladies at Hello Monday and share what our Thanksgiving will look like this year and some tips from Thanksgiving past. Pour a hot apple cider if you have it and join me for Thanksgiving 2020.

Thanksgiving 2020

While we typically gather as a family in Maryland, we are staying home this year. Not only to keep our family safe, but to keep the community safe. Our dinner this year will be the three of us and well Stormy, waiting for a bite to fall from the table.

We are picking up Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday afternoon from the beautiful Mount Vernon Inn. Yes, that Mount Vernon as in George Washington's house. We live right the road from the mansion and it just seemed fitting to get dinner from there this year.


Friday Favorites: Christmas in Vienna, New Housewives, Gluten Free Oreos, Mega Stella Sale and Heated Blanket


Oh hello Friday. The last couple of weeks have really zipped along and I am loving it. We are just a few days from Thanksgiving and I headed into the weekend and I am cherishing this time. Since it is Friday, I am linking up with up with ErikaAndreaNarci to share the things that have brought me Joy this week. Settle in and find some comfort on this brisk Friday.

1. Christmas in Vienna

Oh Hallmark Channel you knocked it out of the park with this movie. I am not going to lie to you Besties, going into Countdown to Christmas, Christmas in Vienna was the movie I was most looking forward to. I have to tell you, it was even Better than I thought it would be. 

Monthly Musings: Holiday Preview


Thank you for joining Holly and me today for Monthly Musings. For this month's link up we are talking all things holiday. We are not trying to rush anything, we are talking holidays from Thanksgiving all the way through the end of the year. Whatever holidays you celebrate, my friend Holly and I want to hear about them. Link up with us, share in the comments, whatever, we want to know how you holiday.  'Tis the season.

1. Favorite holiday traditions?

When I was little, we used to go into Boston to the Enchanted Village every year. A few times here in Washington, DC we have been lucky enough to be able to go to the White House at Christmas. 

We also love a Good drive through light display. We need to look into those this year because a drive through light display is totally safe holiday fun.

2. Must have holiday wardrobe staples?

I love a Good pair of velvet pants or velvet jeans. Due to pandemic, I I will probably be wearing a pair of velvet jeans more often than velvet pants. I also love my ugly sweater leggings and all of my Hallmark Christmas shirts.

3. Favorite holiday recipe/dish?


Monthly Musings November topics


Join Holly and me this Thursday for Monthly Musings. We are a week early in November as next Thursday is Thanksgiving. We are not trying to rush the holidays, we are including any and all holidays you want to chat about from Thanksgiving all the way to the end of the year. We want to hear about it all.

Join us as a blogger and link up, as a reader or both! The link will be up early Thursday morning.

See you back here Thursday!


Friday Favorites: First Ironman with Downs Syndrome, J Crew Vest, Bachelorette Switch Up, White House Shelter Dog and Fall Chicken Bake


Happy Friday Besties! This has been a quiet and productive week and one that I am cherishing. As I do on most Fridays, I am linking up with up with ErikaAndreaNarci to share the things that have brought me Joy this week

1) First Ironman with Downs Syndrome

We saw this story leading up to Iron Man Florida on the news a couple of weeks ago and we have been following Chris Nikic every since. This past weekend, Chris Nikic became the first person with Downs Syndrome to complete an Iron Man. We know in our own household the type of dedication this takes because Running Daddy was training for his first Iron Man this year until it was cancelled this fall. Thanks COVID. 


Already Better Chicken with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Wild Rice Bake


While this recipe takes some prep work, it is so Good. Perfect for a chilly night when you have some time or a busy night when you can do some prep work earlier in the day and then finish the cooking process when you get home. Chicken, wild rice, butternut squash and cranberries give you all the fall feels with healthy ingredients. The wild rice gives you a whole grain so this recipe is already Better.


1 cup of wild rice blend

Chicken broth

4 Tbs olive oil (divided)

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs 

1/2 onion minced

1 small butternut squash (peeled and cubed) about 4 cups

Dash of kosher salt

Dash of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup parmesan cheese divided


Friday Favorites: Election Day Outfit, Good Raincoat, Time with My Ladies, and the Magic Wall


Hello Besties! I finally made it to the end of Election Week 2020! Whoo hoo. As of when I am writing this post we still don't know who the President will be, but what I do know from my years in this business is that elections and democracy is a sacred thing. I believe in the process and that the men and women counting every vote are working hard and we will end up with a fair election.

Now I am ready for some much needed downtime and I am linking up with up with ErikaAndreaNarci to share the things that have brought me Joy over the last few weeks

1) Election Day Outfit

While we have been trying to figure out how long we have been getting together on election day, my group of ladies and I have been getting together for lunch to laugh, make all kinds of predictions and tell stories for the last few weeks leading up to the election. We typically get together as a group every other month, but you know...COVID. We have spent every election day lunch together since at least 2012, and probably since 2010. We emailed and figured out that we could still try and spend election day together in a safe way. The Magnificent Seven needed to get together and do it safely. 
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