Thanksgiving with Jennifer Garner

Last week I traveled to Los Angeles to spend time with Jennifer GarnerAgain.  I really love that Jennifer but the real reason I love these events is getting to bring awareness to each seasonal Save the Children campaign.

Frigidaire + Save the Children team up, and everyone wins.

Jennifer Garner and me

The highlight of this event was watching renowned Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin cook Thanksgiving recipes while I asked her amateur questions like,

“How long should the butter cook before you add the vegetables?”.

She didn’t even laugh when I asked.  Suzanne tried to make a brussel sprout convert out of me, but even her delicious, buttery, herb encrusted sprouts didn’t do the trick.  They reminded me too much of the ones my mother cooked when I was nine.  The ones I refused to eat, even after the table was cleared and I sat alone in the dark at the kitchen table while my family went to bed.

And I wonder why Precocious is stubborn.


It was great swapping Thanksgiving tips with Jennifer Garner.  We swapped Thanksgiving horror stories, like the time I forgot to defrost the turkey until Thanksgiving morning, and the time Jennifer…well.  Watch the video and let her tell you.

But please, for the love of all that’s holy, try not to look at my facial expressions.  I was really in the moment, not thinking about the 20 crew members, cameras, Jennifer Garner’s personal team of 10, two body guards, and the PR team.  I was literally talking to Jennifer like we were at lunch the Monday after Thanksgiving, swapping awful holiday stories.

jennifer garner

“Your mother-in-law said WHAT? And your mom backed her up?  Oh honey.  Here, have another cupcake.”

“You did?  She did?  Your husband was on her side?  Nooooo! And then she stayed? What, she’s still at your house?  A HOTEL!  Spill.”

My face did ridiculous things while we were being filmed.  I have no recollection of them.  And apparently I spend half my life with my mouth open, like someone constantly on the verge of amazement.

Classy like.

You really can’t take me anywhere.

Here’s where it gets awesome for all of us though: every time you visit the page with my scary facial expressions, the one where we swap holiday tips, Frigidaire will donate$1 to Save the Children.  And, and!  You can enter to win a new range from Frigidaire.  The kind that has two ovens so you can technically cook your entire Thanksgiving meal at the same time.

I know.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Alix :

    Lady. You and your glamorous life never cease to amazine me!!!!

    • Allison :

      My life would only be 100% more glamorous if I got to hang out with you on a regular basis, and I’m not even kidding a little.

  2. Heather :

    I may be just a tad bit jealous. Thanksgiving with Jennifer?! Okay, a lot jealous. She is one of my favorite actresses. Plus, she seems so down to earth. Ok, so I am a recent convert to brussel sprouts. I now love them. My trick to get the kids to eat them is satay them in butter (lots of it) and olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt – Oh and the brussel sprouts need to be fresh, not the frozen kind. One of my kids says it tastes like popcorn (could be too much butter and salt). Anyway, try it that way.

    • Allison :

      She IS so down to earth! You never know, some celebrities are just, well. I’ll be nice. But she’s completely totally lovely.

      And maybe I need to start buttering and salting my kids brussel sprouts so they’ll eat them too. I must have the wrong taste buds.

  3. the emily :

    She is sooo gorgeous–I’ve heard she’s the most gorgeous person ever in person. Also, I really want to be her friend. You look gorgeous, Allison! Love your lipstick.

    • Allison :

      She is so pretty. So pretty and has a killer body, even pregnant. Love her.

      The lipstick is that L’Oreal 18 hour stuff I blogged about last year. L-O-V-E.

  4. kelleyn :

    How fun! I like most food, but just can’t do brussel sprouts. They are just too bitter for me. Save them for the rabbits.

    • Allison :

      UG. I feel the same way! Glad I’m not alone, everyone thought I was crazy when I didn’t love mine.

  5. katrina :

    I am ALL about a new stove! I have only had three burners since I don’t know when :)

    • Allison :

      Oh I was there 3 years ago Katrina. Plus, we had an oven that didn’t work. I feel your pain!

  6. Kristen :

    You’re totally adorable! And man, so is Jennifer Garner.

    I had to laugh that I read this today, right after complaining to anyone who will listen about how awful I sound on a recording. Of course, because I sound awful — AWFUL! — nobody would listen to me complain, so, there’s that.