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5 Tips For a Fun Thanksgiving Gathering

This is not a drill, people. We are less than one week away from Thanksgiving! Some of you may be headed to a traditional family gathering. While others of you may opt for a celebration with your friends – Friendsgiving. There may even be you  greedy lucky few, that fill their bellies at both occasions. Whether you’re having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or planning a Friendsgiving, I’ve got some tips for a fantastic holiday gathering.

 

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1. Don’t waste your life away in the kitchen.

It can get easy to get stuck in the kitchen as your friends play or our family gathers around the TV. You can make a few items in advance and still get stuck in the kitchen preparing food. Here’s my solution: share the responsibility. As the host, you can’t get out of making the turkey, but you can relieve yourself of some of the work by letting guests contribute a few sides and desserts. My parents are driving up to Atlanta, so I’m not making them bring anything. However, my pops always brings extra sweet potatoes for pies and will grab drinks,napkins, aluminum foil and plastic bags upon arrival.  Honestly, I think she still fully doesn’t trust me with the turkey so she supervises with that as her contribution. 

Feel free to ask your guests what they’d like to contribute or assign them a dish. This is important because you don’t want too many of the same dish or someone to feel bad when no one touches their cornbread dressing.  Note, not everyone can make the macaroni and cheese. And Ms. “All I eat is zucchini noodles” probably shouldn’t be attempting to touch the greens. Like if  you don’t know what hamhock is — DON’T DO IT! Also, if you’re a guest and can’t cook, maybe just pick up drinks or one of Miss Patti’s Pies. 

 

Apologies for the language, but this video is still funny to me two years later.

2. Play a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drinking game

Maybe save this one for Friendsgiving, but if your family likes to throw a few back I say go for it. Lay out the rules, and then get ready to do some pre-dinner drinking.  You could also watch  “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”. Take two sips (or a shot) every time Peppermint Patty invites someone to to Charlie’s dinner, or when she yells. Or just drink – that’s fine.

3. Remember what you’re thankful for.

Take time to go around the table with your friends or family and share what you’re thankful for this year. Your gathering should be about reconnecting and catching up over a great meal.  

4. Have a signature drink.

You could just go with the basics: wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages on hand, but consider  having a  signature drink. A signature drink is a nice way to add something special and seasonal to the mix. Check out Ace’s fall cocktails for some ideas.

5. Break Culinary Traditions

My second year in ATL (me thinks) Ace and I had a two person Friendsgiving. Sure, I made sweet potato pies, but there was no way I was cooking a turkey for two,  so we broke tradition and made some bomb Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa and a Thanksgiving sides cake. Still one of my favorite meals – EVER! P.S. We subbed out out their spinach layer for greens. 

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If you’re looking for decor ideas or recipes check out this Pinterest board:

 

What are some of your tips for a fun Thanksgiving gathering? Leave your comments below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Best Life Autumn: 2017 Fall Bucket List

October wouldn’t be the same without creating a fall bucket list. It’s hard enough to leave a warm bed on a fall morning, but there are festive activities that make it easier. Fall’s greatest treasures include warm drinks, the satisfying death of mosquitoes and a casual countdown to Christmas. Here are other things I’d like to do this season. 2017 Fall Bucket List -- The Palmetto Peaches

2017 Fall Bucket List

Have a family-style outdoor picnic. 

My work family and I go to brunch every weekend. It would be fun to switch things up by bringing a dish, and eating outside.

Finally drink one of the cocktails from this Fall Cocktails You Need to Try list.

It’ll be easier this year, because I’m surrounded by pumpkin pie, apple pie and candy corn vodka at work.

Visit an apple orchard.

This is on a co-workers bucket list, so I borrowed it.

Go on a hay ride. 

Bless my allergies.

Actually buy clothes for the cooler temperatures. 

Because I can’t wear the same sweatshirt everyday. I guess.
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Unplug for a long walk.

Preferably a walk that involves leaves, so I can jump in them.

Attend a wine tasting. 

We’re planning on having a wine tasting for my sister’s birthday next month. May the odds be ever in our favor.

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What’s on your 2017 Fall Bucket List?  Have you done any of the things on mine?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Friday Faves: Fall is Here

We’re starting to officially make the transition from summer to fall. So we’ve gathered up some of things (and people) we’re adding to our faves list as with the season change.

Friday Faves: Fall is Here

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Faves Sweet Treat

Ace: Apple Pie Vodka from Voodoo Tiki Bar (aka my job). All you need is ice cubes and a little whipped cream–your taste buds will thank me later. I can’t wait until the weather gets a few degrees colder, so I can add a little heat to that vodka, and sip on it.

Donni: Well now I want that apple pie vodka Ace is talking about. I’m going basic:  Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. 

Fave Vlogger/Blogger

Ace: I haven’t discovered any new faves just yet, but I’m still riding with Sheriden Chanel and Kiah McBride from xoNecole.com. Donni and I met them at Melanin and Mimosas a few years ago, and now they’re doing big things with another one of my favorites: Necole Kane.

Donni:  I recently stumbled on DaNi B. Jade’s YouTube channel and love her DIY tutorials. Also, I’m loving Chelsea Williams, from That’s Chelsea. She’s a 4c naturalista (like me) that blogs about all things health and wellness including green beauty and her plant-based lifestyle.

Favorite TV Moment

Donni: Blackish isn’t just a TV show. It’s a socially conscious experience. I love how the show tackles “uncomfortable” topics that people would prefer not to talk about. It’s not that they tackle it, but they still get you to laugh while doing so. Wednesday’s premiere episode: Juneteenth –  celebrated on June 19, which marks the day in 1865 that the last slaves were freed in the United States – provided a powerful history lesson on an overlooked holiday.

Ace: I know there’s a lot new fall TV shows out, but I just finished Freeform’s The Bold Type and it stole my heart. The show follows 3 best friends, in NYC, working for a women-based magazine. I like to think that Kat (a fierce social media director with slight emotional issues) is what I would’ve been like if I took on a big city after college. I was slightly embarrassed while crying at the end of the first episode. The magazine’s HBIC gave a speech about feminism, sisterhood and taking chances–and it hit me straight in the feels.

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As fall rolls in what things are on your own Friday faves list? 

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Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

While the first day of fall was last month, fall is finally beginning to creep into Atlanta. I do, however, mean creep. The mornings are cool, but by lunchtime it’s back 80°. Leaves are starting to change and fall. Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and football rules the weekends.

The shorter days and longer nights are on the way. Typically fall is the time of year I exercise less. I tend to hibernate all fall and winter, perfectly comfortable spending my time on the couch. Whether watching football or TGIT. However, when I think about it fall is really the perfect excuse to slow down and take extra time to really look after yourself. Below are four tips to fit in health and fitness this fall. 

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Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

Savor seasonal produce.  

Nourish your body this season with seasonal foods. Shopping for seasonal produce will also save you some precious coins. Apples, cabbage, cranberries,  eggplant, kale, pears, persimmons (hey, Charleston folks), pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Basically think fall colors when you’re cruising by the produce: deep greens, dark yellow and oranges.  Fall is the perfect time to crank out some hearty and healthy soups and stews. Remember the crock-pot is your friend.

Work out at home.

I get it the days feel shorter and maybe fitting a workout into your routine feels a little harder. I try to tell myself that even 15 or 20 minutes is enough time to get in a quick workout. I use walking my dog around my complex as my warm up and am not above a living room workout. I bought a set of resistance bands I could set up on my door for full body workouts turning my living room into my own personal home gym. However, figure out what works best for you:  fitness DVDs, Youtube videos, Nike Training Club, or the Tone It Up program.

Protect ya neck!

Well literally, but also just layer up. I started sniffling last night and realized I probably should have thrown on another layer to walk my pup. The change in season brings about a change in climate. I know some people are already feeling the change in weather and in some places it’s basically 90° everyday. No matter where you live, be prepared when the temperatures do start to dip and keep this in mind as you plan outdoor activities.

Indulge

As much as I support eating healthy and finding times to fit in fitness. I think you should also make time for yourself and indulge. Whatever that looks like to you. Spend time relaxing at home, wrap up in your favorite blanket, wear your favorite hoodie and enjoy some early nights in. Binge watch Stranger Things and drink a spiked cider. Go and get the PSL with the whole milk and extra syrup. Now I’m not saying drink three a day, but bat an eye at the mention of calories and savor that latte.  

Do you plan on fitting in more health and fitness into your fall? Leave a comment below and tell me how. 

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

10 Self Date Ideas for Autumn Anxiety

Me: I love the fall.

Also me: I just wanna stay in bed all day, with myself and pizza.

What’s Autumn Anxiety? It’s that icky feeling you get that won’t go away despite all of the pumpkin spice, early Christmas decorations and cozy sweaters. Between the shorter days, not wanting to leave a warm bed and the New Year quickly approaching– fall can take a toll on our emotional and mental states.

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One may think this post is for lonely, single folks, but nah. As much as some claim their lives and partners are perfect –that’s rarely the case. You’re never too perfect for alone time, or a mental health break.

You may need a self date if…

  • Your friends or lover hates your new, favorite band.
  • Money is tight, and you don’t want to pay for the person you extended the invitation to.
  • You have a case of the blues, and want to shake out of it on your own terms and with your own money.
Disclaimer: This list is just for fun. Please seek advice from a medical professional if you’re looking for ways to treat anxiety and/or depression.

 

10 Self Date Ideas for Autumn Anxiety

Take a yoga class.

Yoga is a great way to get the good vibes flowing. A self date to a yoga class is ideal because yoga poses can be hella awkward for beginners. If your friends are like mine, you’ll probably laugh the entire time and get banned.

Drink responsibly at happy hour.

Sometimes you just need to enjoy a hot toddy in an environment other than your home. I used to hit up happy hour solo all the time after work. Bartenders and other folks there alone would always strike up a conversation with me.

Check out open mic or improv night.

If you don’t have a way with words, hearing the stories of others and listening to them express their emotions can help articulate your personal feelings.

See a local band in concert.

Check out a band you’ve never heard of, or one you’ve been wanting to hear. Smaller crowds and cheaper ticket prices are also a plus if you’ve only seen “big” artists in concert.

Get a massage.

I’ve never had a (professional) massage. A self date would be a great time to go, so I can avoid my friends taking pictures of me falling asleep during the massage.

Volunteer.

Gratitude is the best attitude. Give your time to an organization that needs it. Although volunteering is tons of fun in groups, visiting alone doesn’t hurt either. Think outside the box when volunteering. There are lots of opportunities behind-the-scenes: cleaning, admin work, offering transportation etc.

Take a mini road trip.

Try a long drive and car karaoke for your troubles.

Indulge in a culinary or history tour.

Enjoy the good eats and hidden gems by being a tourist in your town. This just reminded me that I won 2 tickets to a culinary tour, and I might go alone…twice!

Visit a museum.

A little culture never hurt nobody. Museums (usually) require more thinking and less talking. A self date wouldn’t be too awkward since you’re just soaking up all the knowledge.

Attend a workshop or conference.

Workshops and conferences are a cool way to meet like-minded individuals while brushing up on a specific skill or hobby. These types of events aren’t as cheap as treating yourself to a coffee self date, so they may take a little more time to plan.

Have you ever been on a self date? Where did you go and.or what did you do? Tweet me or comment below!

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 New TV Shows You Must Watch

It’s no secret that the Palmetto Peaches love fall. New sweatshirts to wear, new cocktails to taste and new TV shows to watch. As if our DVR isn’t already full with Paw Patrol and Real Housewives episodes, I’ve added more to the recording list. Here are 5 (plus a few extras) I fell in love with this season.

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New TV Shows You Must Watch

Atlanta – series ended Nov. 1st (FX)

It takes talented people to add humor to everyday issues without being completely disrespectful–but Donald Glover and the Atlanta cast/staff did just that. Atlanta (the city) is to rising rappers as Los Angeles is to rising actors, or anyone with the dream of making it in Hollywood. So watching the storyline unfold was both nostalgic and hilarious. FYI: Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) is my favorite.5 New TV Shows You Must Watch -- The Palmetto Peaches

Queen Sugar – Wednesdays @ 10 p.m. EST (OWN)

Anything that comes from the minds Oprah and Ava Duveray is gold. New Orleans holds a special place in my heart, and it’s not because of Bourbon St. (well not all because of Bourbon St.) I think it’s the culture; and Queen Sugar is about family, culture and a little bit of drama. I lied, there’s a lot of drama.

This is Us – Tuesdays @ 9 p.m. EST (NBC)

So many feels, y’all. The commercial for this show was too great for it to not be amazing. I was not emotionally prepared for the plot twist in the first episode. If you’re a sucker for stories where everyone is connected, and want to shed a few tears, watch!

Pitch – Thursdays @ 9 p.m. EST (FOX)

Scandal returns in January, so Pitch airs at the perfect time. Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to play in the MLB. No pressure. The show follows her journey of proving she deserves a spot in the league, while bringing to light the sacrifices she and her family made to help get her there.

Better Things – Thursdays @ 10 p.m. EST (FX)

Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) is an actress and single mother of three girls: Max, Frankie and Duke. HOW AWESOME ARE THOSE NAMES?! The relationship she has with her kids or her own mother isn’t an “ideal” one, and that’s what stole my heart. Bonus: Adlon’s animated voice reminds me of cartoons from my childhood. 5 New TV Shows You Must Watch -- The Palmetto Peaches

Thursday is a big night for television–which is another reason the DVR is 98% full. I didn’t list every show I fell in love with this fall, but some of them are on Donni’s list of fall premieres.

Shows I Binged Watched That You Must Watch
Luke Cage (Netflix): If you love Marvel or modern day superheroes, watch this. If you’re racist, don’t watch this.
Good Girls Revolt (Amazon): Women fighting for equality + women writers = YAAAS.
Rosewood (FOX): Not a new show, but I had to watch season 1 to prepare for season 2. Morris Chestnut has been serving eye candy realness to me since the 90s.

 

Do you watch any of these shows? What new shows are on your must-watch list? Comment below or tweet me!

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches