Monday, November 19, 2012

#myfavoritethings

One of my favorite things to do on Twitter, besides waste copious amounts of time, is to talk about #myfavoritethings.

For those of you who don't speak Twitterese, the number sign is a hashtag which makes whatever follows it searchable on the otherwise messy playground that is Twitter.

Yes, I know its a little self-referential to tweet about #myfavoritethings, but it's better than tweeting about #mylunch or #myboss or #myshoes. That particular hashtag has the added benefit of inspiring me to sing, on a semi-regular basis...

Raindrops on roses, whisker on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm winter mittens.
 
Actually, maybe that's not such a benefit. But it is fun to discover other people love doors painted bright red (I know that sounds like it should be in the song, but it's not) lattes on a rainy day, and the musical stylings of Cake.

Inspired by the upcoming #Thanksgivingholiday, I decided to post a few of #myfavorite(Thanksgiving)things right here.

My hope is some of my favorite things will turn out to be your favorite things too which would be, yet another, #favoritething.

Cranberry-Glazed Sweet Potatoes I make this yummy dish every year for Thanksgiving and each year people keep coming back for more. It's sweet, slightly spicy and perfect for a #myfavoritething Thanksgiving. One note, I'm one of those cooks who makes little changes to  recipes. For this one, I substitute bourbon with some kind of orange-flavored liquor I found in our liquor cabinet and I think that's what makes this dish especially divine.

Oreo Turkeys I think those two words probably say it all, but in case you need more, here is one of our Oreo Turkeys past.


Alanis Morissette's Thank You song. I know this isn't about Thanksgiving and that it's actually quite sad, but if you don't listen too closely to the lyrics it makes a happy Thank You Thanksgiving vibe and sets the mood for turkey basting, gluing Reese's Peanut Butter cups to Oreos and catching up with relatives while having a glass of wine in the kitchen.

Thanksgiving Art. Sorry, no link here.

You'll have to make your kids sweat shop out there own version of autumn art over Thanksgiving break.

Each year when I pull out Child #1's third grade card where she wrote she is "Thankful for her house that never burnt down" or look at Child #2's Thanksgiving tree hand, it's a #myfavoritething moment all over again.

So, tell me #yourfavoritethings, and if you aren't already following me on Twitter come find me and say hello @JohannaGarth.

28 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll take one of those little turkeys!

jaybird said...

I don't do Twitter. I had a feeling it would suck the very last bits of my free time for writing, clear out the window. LOL

But I love your list of favorite things. Red doors are awesome, and I can't wait to show my daughters that Oreo Turkey. They are going to freak!!

Most of all, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Johanna. xo

Connie J Jasperson said...

*heads to store to buy Oreos and reeses cups*

I love the notion of Cranberry Glazed Sweet potatoes.

Beylit said...

Ok those oreo turkeys are great.

Every year my family takes old cat food or tuna cans and cleans them out and paints them to make them into votive holders. On the outside of the can we write something we are thankful for (preferably in one or two words only). We set the Thanksgiving table with them so everyone has their little bit of thankfulness out for everyone to see.

Ohh and I love Cake (the band) too!

Gail said...

I am thankful my house did not burn down either.

What wonderful things.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Alanis rocks! Going to make sure I'm following.

Oh, and I love me a huge slap of mashed potatoes!
~ Wendy

Morgan said...

Oh my goodness... I love this! Thanks for really bringing the spirit of Thanksgiving, Johanna!

Tamara Narayan said...

Stuffing--the real deal made with actual apples and celery and calorie-laden butter. Oh yum.

jenny milchman said...

I love those turkeys! Your post makes me feel a little guilty because I pretty much let my mom do Thanksgiving. My kids would say their favorite #TDay treat is cooking with Mim, eating Mim's meal...and what does Mom do? She writes. What else?

I think I have to go buy some Oreos, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and candy corn so the kids can get their own, um, Johanna's, tradition :)

Johanna Garth said...

Alex, you're welcome to one :)

Awww, thank you so much Jaybird!

Connie, fun grandparent/grandkid activity right!

Beylit, I think you've inspired a new #favoritething

Gail, me too!

Wendy, I love a nice Thanksgiving carb overload.

Thanks Morgan.

Tamara, love that too.

Jenny, I have a feeling you are selling yourself short! But you are more than welcome to help yourself to any of our traditions and pass them off as your own. Full disclosure...the Oreo Turkeys came from one of my BFFS and I've fully adopted it as my own.

Ella said...

Wow, I had that song in my head earlier today, lol

I love all that you shared! I love children's art ;D and Oreo Turkeys...

Jenny S. Morris said...

Child #2 just brought home the cutest hand turkey. I love it.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Johanna,

Thank you for SHARING your Thanksgiving's favorite things...

Makes me remember mine as a kid.... Those sweet potatoes look AWESOME....

And I think those TURKEYS are the cutest thing I have ever seen for this holiday!

I love living vicariously through my blogger families special days.... since my family is long gone, it's nice to see that traditions are still kept...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!!

Carol Kilgore said...

I have too many favorite things to list. Going to see it I follow you - I think I do. If I don't I will in a few.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That turkey is adorable. Did you make it?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My favorite thing is still the pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is the only time I get to enjoy one.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I'm thankful for my house that never burned down, too! ;) That is too darn cute!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

One of my favorite things are the gingerbread men they start selling at Water Tower Place Mall during the holiday season...yumm...I'll have to buy some. And I love your Oreo turkeys. Those look really good too!
I also love Christmas ornaments. My favorites are the ones that are shaped like little coffee mugs, and I found one the other day in the shape of a Coke can. (Those are also two of my favorite things!)

Susanne Drazic said...

That Oreo turkey is too cute! Happy Thanksgiving!

Pk Hrezo said...

Love the turkeys! We need to make some of those.
i've always loved the Thank You song by Natalie Merchant as well.
And Cake rocks.

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