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The TBR List: Thankful

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I'm sitting here this morning with a cup of my favorite tea and a lemon poppyseed Greek yogurt muffin from Trader Joe's, reflecting on how much this past year has brought me. There's a soft but steady snowfall drifting past my window but fewer car horns than I usually hear this time on a weekday morning. I'm enjoying the quiet stillness.

This time last year, I was interviewing for the job I now hold, wishing for an end to the instability of freelancing. Wish granted. I was also, with my family, grappling with a loved one's serious illness. That's a challenged that I'm grateful we're still tackling. Among all the small and large changes this past year has brought, these are the two I cherish the most. What are yours?


HAPPY LINKSGIVING

- The foodie edition of my annual gift guide.

- This Sichuan hot pot looks insane and incredible.

- Artist Brock Davis plays with his food, and it's lovely.

- A useful (and beautiful) guide to reading cookbooks.

- My husband's favorite food is koftas. I think I could handle this recipe.

- Have you ever thought about how gross plastic lids for to-go coffee cups are?

- The United States of Thanksgiving. Mine's apparently Pumpkin Soup with Ancho and Apple. 

BLACK FRIDAY BONUS

- 30% off sitewide at Book Riot's new store

- Up to 70% off at Sur La Table

- Free shipping on any order at Williams-Sonoma with code FREESHIP

- 15% off at Crate & Barrel with code SAVE15

- Kindles for as little as $49 and more deals at Amazon

- Great deals on kitchen appliances at Macy's

- Kitchenaid stand mixer for $199 + additional 10% off with code CLASSIC10 + free shipping at Target

- 30% off any item with code BFriday14 at Barnes & Noble

- Today, Everlane is sending all its profits to its factories

"Pomegranate Soup" by Marsha Mehran & Gush-e Fil (Elephant Ears)

"Pomegranate Soup" by Marsha Mehran & Gush-e Fil (Elephant Ears)

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