I am a HUGE sucker for a good Bloody Mary. It's become a tradition, for several reasons, in our household, and since I'm the newbie here at Things That Make People Go Aww, I'm going to tell you all about my illicit love affair with this famous lady in red.
And, it might have you going “Ahhhhhh…”, more than “Aww”, after you read about all the amazing ways to get more Mary in your life!

Several years ago, I had the honor (and burden) of preparing the entire Thanksgiving day feast. I love to cook, and people seem to enjoy what I prepare, so I had no problems taking on the Turkey Day task.

I'm also a horrible procrastinator; I work well under pressure. I knew everything I was going to make and had my list, but as happens in life, time got away from me and we ended up doing most of the shopping the day before the big event.
I also don't want anyone to be alone on a holiday, or feel like a “blue plate special” at Denny's is their only option. So the guest list kept growing, right up 'till the day of.
What started as dinner for five or six, quickly ended up being 15. I'm working with a 18 pound bird, doing everything from scratch, including pie crusts and things I could have done a day or two in advance.
COULD HAVE.
Stressed does not begin to explain what I was feeling; one hand up a turkey's butt while the other is dumping yams and brown sugar in the slow cooker.

I needed a drink.

Find out how our Turkey Day turned out by heading over to Kelly's Thoughts on Things!
Was it a disaster? Did we have a fairytale finish? Post a guess in the comments before you find out! No cheating!

Bloody Marys have become such a part of our celebratory routines, we put pics in our wedding album! You'll have to keep reading to find out why.
Bloody Marys have become such a part of our celebratory routines, we put pics in our wedding album! You'll have to keep reading to find out why.

Do you have a favorite Bloody Mary recipe? Horseradish or hot sauce? And, what kind or garnishes do you like? Are you a simple celery Sally? Or, an all-out Allison?
Let us know in the comments and don't miss all the fabulous recipes, ideas and inspiration by clicking over to Kelly's place!

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