Thanksgiving Eve

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Thank you for your Black Friday tips!  The Husband was a little terrified when I explained that we’d have to leave the house at like, 4 AM, but I think I’ve got him convinced.  🙂


Here are your best Black Friday tips, summarized:


  • Decide what you’re going to buy before going or you’ll just buy stuff you don’t really need or want.
  • Get the newspaper on Thanksgiving and search for the deals.
  • Some stores will do Price Match, so bring circulars with you to the store.
  • There are several websites to browse such as The Black Friday, Black Friday Info, Black Friday 2010, Deal News, and BF Ads.
  • There are usually only a few of the “big ticket” electronic items in stock. 
  • If something is sold out, come back later in the day because it might’ve just been in the back, and sales reps were too swamped to restock.
  • Lines can be long so be prepared to split up.
  • Be nice to customer service representatives. 🙂
  • Get in line before store opens because true doorbusters are over at 4:05 AM
  • Coffee helps.
  • Do Cyber Monday instead.


Today seems to be FLYING BY, which is NOT a good thing.  This morning, I braved the grocery store (it wasn’t so bad) to buy stuff for Thanksgiving.  We are having Thanksgiving with Nicole and Isaac.  My Dad is coming, too.  I’m really excited because Nicole and Isaac are vegetarians so it will be a big, 100% vegetarian meal. 


I am in charge of:


(Roasted carrots, Brussel sprouts, and parsnips, if you couldn’t tell.) I’m also in charge of Cornbread Casserole (YUM!) and Pecan Pie.


And now I’m at the clinic, playing secretary and article a freelance article.


Nicole and Isaac joined me for lunch!  I love the look on Isaac’s face in this picture.


Guess where we went?


Yes, Big Daddy’s again.  I’m starting to be a regular.   I got the usual black bean burger on a whole wheat bun, but subbed out the fries for a salad.  Yay, veg!


Back to work I go!


PS – The winner of the Breville giveaway was Jaime H.! Congrats. 🙂



  • Rachael November 24, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Those all look like great tips, and that food looks yummy! 🙂

  • Joanne November 24, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Good tips if you dare to venture out on Black Friday. I prefer the internet, there’s no pushing or shoving..unless my hubby sees how much I’m spending 😉

    I wish, wish, WISH there was at least one more vegetarian in my family. I’m the only one and it really makes the holidays tough.
    I’ve got to check out the recipe for Cornbread casserole. Like the sound of it.
    Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you all. 🙂

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 8:18 pm

      Aww I’m sorry you’re the only veg! At least pie is vegetarian 🙂

    • Amber K November 25, 2010, 11:40 am

      I was the same way for YEARS, the only veggie in the family. Then my cousin started dating a vegan and turned one himself. So there is still hope! 🙂

  • Jessica M November 24, 2010, 3:30 pm

    I like your veggie drawing! 😉

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy Black Friday!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 24, 2010, 3:30 pm

    I love that your salad is covered in apple and walnuts — the best kind of salad!!!

    I have to say that Cyber Monday or just online shopping in general is way better for me. No lines, no driving/finding a parking spot, etc.

  • Annette November 24, 2010, 3:37 pm

    That black bean burger looks amazing! I do not like the idea of Black Friday (everyone so unkind and sort of greedy) and will never attempt it- so good luck to you!!

  • Kristy @ November 24, 2010, 3:48 pm

    I like the idea about just doing cyber monday instead. 🙂 That burger looks so yummy! Just bought a vegan holiday roast for tomorrow. Yay!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 24, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Good luck on Black Friday!! I’ve never done the early morning Black Friday deals, but I’ve been to the mall on that day and it’s nuts!! You’ll have fun though- it’s a cool experience!

  • Lauren November 24, 2010, 3:55 pm

    You and I are in charge of the exact same dishes!!!!

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 8:18 pm


  • Lori Lynn November 24, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday, but I grew up in a pretty rural area where there wasn’t a whole lot of shopping to be done! I think even if I had a chance to, I’m not really sure I’d do it. I might do the online shopping though!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 24, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Great tips! Good luck – I hope you find what you’re looking for… and maybe a few other things 😉

  • Hope November 24, 2010, 4:13 pm

    MMm those burgers look so good!! Yay Veg!!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini November 24, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Did you draw those veggies?? It’s good!

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 8:19 pm

      Ohmigod, Nicole. It took me like 25 minutes to draw that.

  • Laura November 24, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I made your cornbread casserole a few weeks ago and it was delish! Seriously, I couldn’t stop eating it. One day I had it as a snack, part of my lunch (I think I added beans and salsa on top), and then as a leftover side at dinner. My husband thought it was a little sweet, so unfortunately I don’t know how often it will be in rotation. I don’t think I’d have a problem polishing off a whole pan by myself, though… 😉

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 8:19 pm

      I am so glad you liked it. I LOVE that recipe.

  • Jenny November 24, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Haha, I like your veggies drawing. Such an artiste!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 24, 2010, 4:27 pm

    How fun! It should be a fabulous, fun, delicious meal 🙂 btw I’ve never heard of black friday – sounds intense! good luck!
    Heidi xo

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 24, 2010, 4:31 pm

    You impress me with your veggie paint skills. 😉 And I could go for some cornbread casserole. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • anonymous November 24, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Impressive art skills 😉 I don’t sleep AT ALL on Thanksgiving night, I know, I’m crazy 😀 Be ready, it’s intense 🙂 Have a marvelous Thanksgiving everybody! Enjoy yourself, you are beautiful!!!! 😀

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 8:19 pm

      Have a great holiday!!!

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 24, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Sounds like a great thanksgiving with friends and family. I saw Nicole’s tentative menu and it looks delicious. Do take lots of pictures 🙂

  • Melissa November 24, 2010, 5:43 pm

    I haven’t decided if I’ll hit the Black Friday sales. I know some of the family plan to go, and it’s a good time to get deals on Christmas shopping… Thank you for sharing the tips you received. Good luck and happy Thanksgiving!

  • Ali November 24, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Wow, good luck with black friday shopping! It has always intimidated me too much to actually go. Maybe someday 🙂

  • Ashley November 24, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Cyber Monday does sound like a much safer less terrifying option

  • kate November 24, 2010, 6:05 pm

    happy thanksgiving and shopping!

  • Kiran November 24, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Yummy!!!! I love how delicious the black bean burger looks 🙂 not to forget, the salad.

  • Jen November 24, 2010, 6:23 pm

    His face is priceless! It’s all about the burger 🙂

    Black Friday? How much do you really save and is it worth the chaos? Good Luck! – I assume there’s something you want or are looking for?

    Is your Dad a vegetarian as well? Are you a converter 🙂

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 8:21 pm

      Hahah Dad is definitely NOT a vegetarian. He might die tomorrow!!!

      I converted my mom though.

  • Lee November 24, 2010, 6:24 pm

    Haha, I totally read “Yay veg” as “Yay vag”. Oops! I think my brain is already on vacation.

  • Emily November 24, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Definitely jealous that you get a 100% vegetarian Thanksgiving! Mine is going to be a tradition Thanksgiving with me making a few extra sides an an entree for myself 🙂 Oh well, as long as there’s wine and pie I’m a happy girl!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life November 24, 2010, 6:33 pm

    Nice veggie drawing! And that burger looks delicious. 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 24, 2010, 6:42 pm

    Thanks for the summary of the tips!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 24, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I love black friday shopping – it is my FAVORITE!!!

  • Tracy November 24, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I am making your corn casserole for two Thanksgiving meals tomorrow. I’m excited to try it! Thank you for the recipe!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 24, 2010, 8:34 pm

    So is cyber Monday just like Black Friday only with online deals instead?

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 8:51 pm

      Pretty much! Different deals though.

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 24, 2010, 8:37 pm

    That salad looks even better than the burger!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 24, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Sounds like you will have a fun Thanksgiving! Big Danny’s looks great. Mmm I love black bean burgers.

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