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Normally we go out of town for Thanksgiving Day, but this year we’re staying home. We’re having a wee-little gathering at our house, and with the help of the fine people at Honeybaked Ham, I’m doing all the cooking. I love doing all the cooking, by the way. Especially when all the cooking doesn’t involve a big ole dried-up turkey.

(To be clear, I am a turkey fan.)

(However, I have never had much success cooking a turkey.)

(Mainly because one time our friend Benji deep fried one for T’giving, and I have been RUINED by its deliciousness ever since. Baked turkey stands in the shadow of fried turkey and cowers.)


This morning I looked at the date on my computer and thought it rang a little bit of a mental bell – and sure enough, I looked back at my posts and realized that I started my blog four years ago today. That is so hard for me to believe. Especially since this is what Alex looked like in the blog’s early days.


Did you just hear me sigh? Because I sighed really, really loudly.

And while I could sit here and wax nostalgic for a sweet forever, I’m going to resist that temptation and say this instead: I am so grateful for every single one of you who stops by here to read every now and again. Your kindness and your hilarious comments and your tolerance of my never-ending obsession with Mississippi State football and basketball have been an incredible blessing in my life and my family’s life. I cannot say “thank you” enough.

I hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving – and I hope you’re surrounded by people you love.

I also hope you’re surrounded by some really good casseroles. And maybe even some homemade chocolate pies.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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  1. Thank you for starting this blog 4 years ago! You have brought lots of enjoyment to lots of folks. Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving, even if it is sans Turkey! AND, I hope you get to rejoice in an Egg Bowl victory on Saturday! Go Dawgs!

  2. I enjoy your blog! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

  3. Oh Sophie, thank YOU! You have brought so much joy and hilarity into so many lives. I am just tickled every time I see a new post from you in my reader. Your hilarious turn-of-phrase just makes me happy.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. So glad to have found your blog…. can’t believe you’ve been at this for 4 years!!!! Do you ever think blogging will get old?? I DON’T THINK SO!!!!

    Hope you and yours have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!!!! :)

  5. Oh I agree with the fried turkey. I have a former boyfriend who introduced me to the fried turkey. Let me tell you, it was the only good thing he did, but it was so good I almost stayed with him for that. :)

  6. Oh girl! Your blog inspired me to join this phenom known as blogging!

    I lurve it….thanks to you! God bless you for all that you invest to make it fun and exciting to read. You are a blessing!

    Oh and turkey? My husband is the turkey master! All other turkey cooks bow down at his feet.
    Never ever…..does he bake a DRY turkey!

    The trick?
    He soaks it in a cooler overnight in a saltwater solution. Then bakes it according to time/pounds.
    He stuffs the body with butter, carrots, onions and celery!

    Ham shmam!


  7. No, no, no… Thank YOU.

  8. So thankful for you and all the great things you share with your readers. Congratulations on your anniversary:)
    Hope you have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving weekend.
    Blessings always,
    Matthew 21:22

  9. Happy Thanksgiving!! Your blog makes me smile every single time I read a new post!

  10. Thank YOU, Boomama. You are one of the few people (blog or otherwise) who make me laugh out loud over and over again. You put a smile on my face and I thank you. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    God Bells!


  11. Oh my word. I meant to say God Bless not God bells. Good grief.

    God BLESS!!

  12. Sophie,
    I can honestly say you make my life richer. I am thankful for you, as well. I’m so grateful that God, in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to allow women who love Him to connect through this process of blogging.

    I pray your Thanksgiving (or, T’giving–I SOO LOVE THAT!) is blessed!

    That boy is precious! You know, Sophie, for the first time, I am enjoying a sweet little boy living in my home–my very first grandson. Please pop over and look at some pics on my blog. You were one of the first people I shared with about my daughter’s pregnancy.

    God is good! So blessed to have you (and your blog) in my life!

    Much love to you!


  13. Luckily, my hubby makes THE BEST chocolate pies in history. Yes, History. I’m anticipating at least a 5 lb weight gain solely based on my proximity to the chocolate pie. Just inhaling it causes my hips to widen :)

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you too from Penn State country. Really enjoy reading your perspective on family, food and football.

    Have a blessed day.


  15. I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago and have been hooked ever since.

    Your little man is P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S! If you’re interested, we could just set up an arranged marriage right now. . .I’ve got a little cutie of my own, if he prefers younger women! lol!

    Thanks for keeping us entertained!

  16. Teresa Stout says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! I am so grateful that you sat down and decided to do this blog. I am a faithful reader (daily). You have made me laugh till I cried and you have made me give thought to some serious issues.

    I have spread the “BooMama” goodness around to family and friends.

  17. Right up there with God, family and health, I am thankful for you and your wonderful blog posts. You always make me smile and often you touch my heart and make me tear up. May God fill you to overflowing with amazing blessings this holiday season and always.

  18. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Love your blog, keep at it. Thanks for the laughs and a few tears. Try a smoked turkey. Never been a turkey fan till one year I tried a smoked turkey. It’s better than blah, blah, blah turkey.I’m usually the dessert and veggie person, but this year my mother-in-law asked me to do the turkey and dresssing. So this year we’ll have blah veggies and desserts. Ha!! I’m not being mean my mother-in-law has never claimed to be a cook or even like cooking.Great news is Christmas is just around the corner and it’s at my house this year. God Bless

  19. Sophie, you and your blog are a delight! I love you and I wish you a happy bloggy birthday. Have an awesome Thanksgiving with your family.

  20. Oh! Oh! I’m making a homemade chocolate pie. It’s not traditional at our place, but my daughter loves chocolate, so into the line-up it goes. Is it a Southern tradition? Because then I could be all uppity about it. “This is what they eat every year in The South, you know.”

    And since we’re reminiscing, I started reading your blog about 3.5 years ago. I was completely delighted by your charm, your stories and your tag line. (It made me snicker every time.) If I remember right, you used to get about 25-35 comments a day back then, which seemed monumental (to me). I’m happy to say: You’ve still got it. And now that I’ve been reading so long, you feel more like a friend than a distant blogger. Happy Thanksgiving, Sophie, to you and yours.

  21. Homemade Chocolate Pies? That sound yummy, I might have to make one of those too.

  22. I love you to bits and pieces, Sophie. So, so, so thankful for you!! Happy Anniversary and Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. You bring light and laughter into many of my days. You are an inspiration. May your Thanksgiving be one full of blessings.

  24. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys as well. They grow up fast don’t they;)

  25. Sophie, your blog was one of the first blogs I ever started reading on a regular basis and you have made me laugh and cry now for over two years.

    When I started mine a few weeks ago, the sub-title I chose is a variation of the letter closing I thought up when you wrote about that a couple of months ago. I think that was one of the funniest blog posts I have ever read!! Loved it! And love you, too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. I am thankful for your blog…thanks for sharing. And Happy Anniversary! :-)
    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy.

  27. I don’t comment too often, except on ‘The Office’ posts.. but I wanted to say thank you for your blog. I think I found you through Big Mama, and your blogs are the first things I read every day.

    Happy Thanksgiving, and THANK YOU for giving me something heartwarming, funny and sometimes just tear-bringing (is that a word?) to read!!

  28. Happy 4 Year Blogaversary, Sofa! I love reading your blog because you always make me laugh. My favourite post EVER was the one with the creative Christian closings.

    I have never heard of a deep fried turkey – maybe it’s an american thing?

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  29. My word, how adorable is Alex?? He is such a cutie – then and now. I’m so glad you started this little blawg four years ago. I am thankful for it and for you =) Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  30. Awwww. Happy Blog Anniversary! I’m more of a lurker than a commenter, but I wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog, every day, without fail. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  31. Mary Helen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Sophie! What an adorable picture of Alex. It even made ME sigh! Enjoy your Thanksgiving at home. There is not a better place to be!

  32. OMG! Fried turkey ROCKS and we’re having one that is injected with Creole and Butter this year. I can.not.wait.

    I really enjoy your blog and am glad you’ve stuck around for 4 years! Here’s to many more!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  33. Well I am thankful for you!! You always make me smile and I LOVE your writing. In fact, while I was writing my book proposal I would come on here to get inspired! Seriously. :) Much love and Happy thanksgiving!!

  34. Happy Thanksgiving. I LOVE that picture of Alex! I love the way little boys say things with SUCH purpose. You can see in his eyebrows that whatever he’s saying HE MEANS IT, DAGGUMMIT.

    Have a wonderful day. I served Honeybaked Ham turkey two years ago (last year we just had CHICKEN with turkey gravy) and it was YUMMO. Still doesn’t hold a feather to a deep fried bird, but definitely worthy of the day.

  35. Soph,
    Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your bloggity goodness.

    Can you believe how fast our little guys are growing up. Glad I get to watch Alex grow up via Boo Mama!
    The Park Wife

  36. I’ve really enjoyed your blog, Boomama! And I have to tell you that I’m using your green bean recipe tomorrow. Yummmm. :)
    Happy Thanksgiving, and GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your fellow Dawg,

  37. Deep fried turkey. I’d forgotten how wonderful and amazing such a thing was and am now already disappointed with the meal I’ll eat tomorrow.

    I feel like it’s time to walk down memory lane. Remember the Fish Camp? Or when you invented the word “bloggity” and the whole world started using it? Or the original Tour of Homes? Remember when Sister used to comment and we’d all tell her to get her own blog already? Remember the crazy blog love of For Kelli and how we all cried and loved on her? And (dare I say it?) I still laugh when I think of puttin’ up some pickle. Good, good times on the BooMama blog. After almost four years, you’re still one of the two or three sites I check in on every day. You are loved by many, Sophie.

  38. Hi Boo Mama,

    I read your blog fairly regularly over here in Switzerland – I love it, and I thank you for it. Also, I love the Office Quotes since I can’t watch it over here, except bits on youtube, which is not very satisfying. But most of all, I love your personality and the light of Jesus that shines thru. Thank you so much and happy Thanksgiving.

    Susan May

  39. Just wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. I have so enjoyed your posts and hope to for years to come. You are just so funny and delightful.

  40. And I’ve been hanging on your every word for the last 4 years and laughing a LOT!
    And that picture of alex makes me sad – he was so precious and he still is but now he’s such a BIG boy!!!! You are blessed!

  41. Honey-Just let me tell ya, I am so very thankful for your blog! I hate to sound so corny, but you are a breath of fresh air. Keep up the Great work!! God is using you to make people smile.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  42. Happy Thanksgiving! I love stopping by your blog and being a beneficiary of your fabulous humor! Congrats on four years of blog goodness. God bless you and yours!

  43. Happy anniversary and happy Thanksgiving, Boo Mama! You have blessed me richly!

  44. Happy blogiversary, Sophie! My 4 year blogiversary is coming up at the end of January.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Love and hugs,


  45. We are lovin’ that you started this blog and hope your Thanksgiving is darlin’ plus.

  46. Congrats on four years. That’s impressive!

    Happy Gobble to you and yours!

  47. Boomama, I started blogging because of you. I found your blog one night when I could not sleep and stayed up until 2:30 reading all the old Martha stories. I was laughing so hard it woke my husband up.

  48. I am a little late to the party: I found you about 18 months ago (but have read most of your archived posts…) and you have brought me untold happiness and laughter. And you have given me a love of cheese products. Thank YOU!

  49. Happy Anniversary, sweet Sophie! And never stop obsessing over our bulldawgs…I’m right there with ya! Happy Thanksgiving!

  50. Marilyn Johnson says:

    I am so enjoying your blog! Thank you, happy anniversary and go dogs!

  51. Let me chime in and tell you how much I enjoy your blog…and your humor…and your heart. You are a blessing.

    ps- time for another Boo/Big podcast? I so enjoy the podcasts. Helps put a voice to the text.

  52. Congrats on your 4th blogging anniversary. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  53. Happy thanksgiving, Friend!!!!

  54. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thanks for all the blogging!

  55. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Four wonderful years of blogging. Thank you for that. God has used your blog as a diving board that many of us has jumped off of to create our own.

    I am thankful for you.

  56. I have given up on trying to bake a decent turkey, and am too a-skeert to try and fry one in one of them big ol’ burnin’-oil things, so we went the Honeybaked route, too!

    May you and your sweet family have the happiest of Thanksgiving…and thank YOU for this wonderful blawg!!

  57. Oh Sophie – the miracle that has saved my turkeys and made me look like I might know how to cook is called the Reynolds Oven Bag. If you follow the directions, cook it the amount of time for the weight of your turkey – NO DRY BIRD!! and plenty of juices for good old fashioned gravy (which I AM GOOD AT!!) THANK YOU – for brightening all of our lives – your ‘crazy’ makes us all feel like we’re not so crazy ourselves!!

  58. Sophie — hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with you family. Love your bloggy abilities – thanks for making me laugh.

  59. Thank you for writing (no quotation marks) this blog that can uplift one day, make you laugh until you cry another day, and always shows a genuine kindness of spirit.

  60. Sophie…I just can’t say “thank you,” but that’s all I got. THANK YOU for doing what you do. THANK YOU for being the real deal. THANK YOU for putting family and football first and foremost. THANK YOU for making me laugh and making me think. THANK YOU for going to Uganda because you inspired me to sponsor our precious Sofia. I’m glad to know you….thank you!

    Have a glorious day!!!
    Love you bunches!

  61. Happy Thanksgiving and happy belated blogoversary. :)

  62. Four years! Wow – that means my four year bloggy aniversary is just a few months away!

    Happy Thanksgiving girl!!!

  63. Happy Thanksgiving, sweetie!

  64. Sophie: I am so glad that I found out about you at the “Siesta Fiesta” August of 2008. Your humor is well splent on me, I love it! You literally crack me up, and I thank you for that!

    I was surrounded by squash casserole, brocccoli casserole, sweet potato “souffle” and some butter peas, green beans and mashed potatoes and gravy, and cornbread dressing and turkey and ham. Oh my my my, us Southerners know how to do Thanksgiving!

    I am now craving chocolate pie, thank you very much. There is nothing better – I may have to make one. Soon.

    Love to your family,
    Georgia Jan

  65. Rebecca Van Hout says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! And thank you for sharing with us for the past 4 yrs!

  66. While we didn’t have chocolate pie, we did have a chocolate layer cake that was TO DIE FOR (chocolate cake, chocolate ganash (sp?), whipped cream….*sigh*).

    Thanks for your blog, Sophie. I am grateful for finding it and cannot imagine my daily blog reading without it! : )

  67. I love doing the cooking myself, too…and usually have Thanksgiving at my house, especially since my mom went home to heaven a few years ago. But this year, we went to my aunt’s for dinner…and I’m missing the cooking and the leftovers so much that I’ve decided to cook a second Thanksgiving here, tomorrow! =)

    I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving…ours was full of love and gratefulness…

    And…thank you…for being you and for all the laughs and smiles you give to those who visit your corner of the blogosphere. You bless my heart, dear BooMama! =)

  68. Mouth drooling for Honeybaked ham…b/c I’ve eaten FOUR TIMES now!!!

  69. Come on! Where’s the post? 41 to 27?

  70. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I was rooting for your Bulldogs today and was so excited when they stomped all over the Rebs! But the best part was when my 2-year-old looked at the TV and pouted, “Ella-Choo dame (LSU game)!”

    Great day for the Dawgs and the Tigers!!

  71. I know what you mean by ruined! Hubs fried a turkey one year and that is how we have had it ever since. It’s so delicious! And we even had the home made chocolate pie to boot! And as long as you don’t mind a little Aggie football come on over anytime you like I might even share my green bean bundles wrapped in bacon, yes bacon! yummmmmmm.

  72. What a game yesterday, huh? I am glad State waited til after the Bama game to play so well!!

  73. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and congratulations on your bloggy anniversary!!! You have brightened many a day for me.

    BTW, here’s a tip for making sure you have a moist oven roasted turkey — brining. Brine your turkey beforehand and it will be oh soooooo tender and good.

  74. I’m late to the party, but happy, happy, happy bloggy anniversary. I’m so glad that you allow this little corner of the web universe to be part of my day so often. You’ve made this chick a better girl for the reading. And I mean that. You also made me wish I had not yet polished off the chocolate pie my SIL made. Darn.

  75. Just had to tell you- Happy Anniversary! Also- I made the White Rotel dip from your Diptacular and all I can say is -OH MY GOSH- it’s addictive!! My husband is in love with it! I could eat with a spoon.
    By the way- try Brining your Turkey- it’s fabulous and easy!

  76. Happy belated anniversary!

    I started reading blogs last year and found you through our mutual BFF Beth Moore! She mentioned you in a blog post about a pound cake and the rest is history. From that day, you, Bigmama and Shannon have been my daily reads! The perfect blog trifecta!!!

    Many blessings to you and your sweet family this Christmas season.

  77. Hi.
    My name is Mandy. And I’m 31. And I’ve never cooked a turkey.
    And I hope I never will.
    That is all.