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November 28, 2014

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I really love Thanksgiving.  I obviously don’t like the fact that millions of animals have to suffer because of this holiday, but aside from that,  Thanksgiving is quality time I get to spend with my family.

Unlike some other holidays, this one never feels rushed or overwhelming – we take time to reflect on what we’re thankful for, and focus on spending time together without the pressure of exchanging gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts and am happy to support small businesses during the holiday season, but  we’re all bombarded with sales for this, promotions for that, and constant reminders to buy, buy, buy that it detracts from the whole goal of the holidays : being with friends and family.  But during Thanksgiving – we all just kinda lounge around, play games, and enjoy each others company. It’s low-key, and I love it.

This Thanksgiving my husband and I drove a short hours drive to my mom and dad’s house where we were also joined by my sister and her husband, whom I don’t get to see too often.  We drank plenty of beer and wine, tried our darndest to put together the most ridiculous 1000 piece puzzle {with little success}, ate tons of food, and played silly games. Talk about wholesome fun.  We also had our first snow fall of the season, which was welcome despite the fact my mind is still programmed to warm summer weather.

This year our Thanksgiving meal included:

Thai carrot ginger soup

Maple Mashed Sweet Potato

Roasted Root Vegetables

Spiced Cauliflower and Almonds

Sesame Soy Kale Farro Salad*

Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Butternut Squash Pie with Cashew Cream*

*will update once I get the recipe from my sister! You seriously MUST try the pie!

  I stopped eating meat at the age of 12, but for many years I “allowed” myself (gosh it sounds so silly and embarrassing to say now. ) to eat turkey on Thanksgiving.  I still have residual guilt about that. My whole outlook on using and eating animals has evolved so much over the years that I have a hard time understanding what my justification was and how I could have been so blind to what I know to be true now.

So, this year I felt compelled to sponsor a turkey.  Not only is this a wonderful way to support farm animal sanctuaries {even if it’s just a one-time donation} , it might be a great conversation starter with non-vegan friends and family, or a way to start a beautiful family tradition – what better way to show gratitude for all life has given you by paying it forward to someone else?  Sponsoring a rescued farm animal is also a great gift option for an animal loving friend or family member!

Farm Sanctuary and Animal Place get a lot of love this time of year {rightfully so!}, but perhaps consider sponsoring an animal from a smaller, but just as worthy, sanctuary. Here are a few:

Maple Farm Sanctuary

Harvest Home Sanctuary

Woodstock Sanctuary

Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary

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Skirt: Anthropologie {Similar from Asos and on Sale for $15!!}

Top: FP cropped sweater (Similar and also similar }

Boots: Nicora Johns | Sinclair Boots (seriously so beautifully made and my every-day pair. ON SALE THROUGH DEC 1st!!!- take advantage, people!}

I hope you had a wonderful time with your friends and family!



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Evelyn November 29, 2014 at 2:04 am

Great pics!

My Kind Closet November 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Thanks, Evelyn!

Karen November 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

So pretty 🙂 I really like your skirt, its actually so stunning!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Much Love,

My Kind Closet November 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Thanks so much, Karen- It’s an old favorite of mine! I hope you have a great weekend as well!



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