I Ate Chicken on Thanksgiving

First things first! The winner of the $10 Starbucks gift card has been notified. Congrats, Elise! Thank you everyone for taking the survey. Super helpful and really appreciated!


Now…about Thanksgiving. Kevin had to work during the holiday (boo, his schedule. I’ll never get used to it.), so his mom and sister Alison came down Thursday and stayed the night. Because it was just us four, Kevin put in his request: no turkey. He doesn’t like turkey and while I’ll admit that it’s not my total favorite, I can’t believe we didn’t eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Kevin’s family didn’t seem to mind too much when he suggested making something else, so I browsed the Internet and found a couple different great roasted chicken recipes and combined them to make one totally awesome chicken…on Thanksgiving.

roasted chicken

(full recipe at the bottom of this post)

How many people does it take to carve a chicken? Three, apparently.


Even though we didn’t have turkey, we did have all the other fixin’s! Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy and of course, rolls with deeeeelicious homemade cinnamon honey butter.


My word. I could have eaten it plain if that was socially acceptable.


All I did was mix together a stick of softened unsalted butter with some honey and cinnamon. I mean…there are no words for how good it is when you put a piece of this butter on a warm roll. It’s heavenly.

honey cinnamon butter

(full recipe at the bottom of this post)

(Also, how you know butter is softened: touch it with your finger or thumb and if it leaves an imprint like in the picture below, it’s softened!)

honey cinnamon butter

Once everything is combined, put it on some saran wrap and wrap it tightly to squeeze out all the air.

honey cinnamon butter

Then, roll it like dough, wrap in foil and put in the freezer overnight to harden! I got it out of the freezer and transferred it to the fridge the morning of Thanksgiving to ensure it was thawed.

honey cinnamon butter

Mmmmhmmmmmm good. And so easy!

After dinner, we celebrated Kevin’s belated birthday with a delicious homemade turtle cheesecake of which I promise to post the recipe for because it’s so easy and the outcome is unbelievable, but this post would be outrageously long with both the roasted chicken recipe and honey cinnamon butter recipe so I will just leave you with this picture to drool over until I come back another day with the recipe.


Family photo in front of our now working fireplace. Oh, and our first holiday as married peeps!


Love it.


Even though Gracie didn’t dine on the feast we had, she was still pretty pooped after all the commotion. Pretty girl.


Black Friday

Rewind a few hours to when I woke up on Thanksgiving morning – Kevin surprised me with the local paper stuffed with Black Friday ads before I woke up! How sweet! 🙂

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So after dinner, Alison and I browsed the ads and made our game plan for the night. I’ve gone Black Friday shopping for awhile now with my grandma and aunt (you know, back in the day when Black Friday was actually on a Friday), but the last few years Alison has gone with me since we’ve always happened to be in Cincinnati for Thanksgiving.

First stop: Target! I was pretty disappointed in their lack of good DVDs selection on sale, so I only walked away with one for Kevin. But I got a couple other goodies – all gifts for family members!

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We went to quite a few more stores and arrived back home around 1:30 a.m., just enough time for me to nap for a few hours before I got up at 4:30 a.m. to head to Home Depot with my eye on the prize: a Christmas tree! More on that later.

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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the line. Home Depot is where it’s at on Black Friday! They also hand out muffins and coffee to people standing in line, so you win on Black Friday, HD.

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I got what I came for and headed back to bed for a few more hours before we headed out to two more stores. Thank goodness Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family continued on Friday because I parked myself on the couch for the majority of the afternoon, with a few naps here and there. Pretty great day, if ya ask me!


So now here are the recipes that I strongly suggest you make ASAP. Super easy and quite delicious!

Roasted Chicken


  • 1 4-5lb. whole chicken
  • 1 cast iron skillet – (I suppose you can use a roasting pan, but cast iron skillets aren’t expensive and they’re so great, so I highly recommend using one.)
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • 2 carrot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp. ground thyme
  • 1 tbsp. ground oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper


  • Leave out butter until it’s softened
  • Heat oven to 475 degrees and put the seasoned cast iron skillet in the oven to pre heat
  • Roughly chop onions, carrots and celery into big pieces and set on the bottom of the hot cast iron skillet (*warning – it will be hot after the oven pre heats! Use oven mitts!)
  • Add whole garlic gloves (no need to chop)
  • Remove giblet pack from chicken
  • Mix together butter, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper
  • Pat chicken dry and rub butter and spice mixture to the whole chicken, including in between the legs and wings
  • Set chicken on top of vegetables
  • Cook for 15 minutes at 475 degrees
  • Reduce oven to 250 degrees and cook for 50-60 minutes, until the inside of the chicken reaches 165 degrees

Honey Cinnamon Butter


  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  • Mix together butter, honey and cinnamon
  • Roll tightly in saran wrap and cover with foil
  • Put in freezer overnight and leave in fridge to thaw for a few hours before serving.
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