Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends!
Today I’m thankful for:
- Having a family and house to come home to
- Having all my siblings together again 🙂
- The opportunities I’ve been given in life
- My beautiful, strong self – because we’re all beautiful!
- Cranberry sauce & pumpkin 😀
Sorry I have been MIA the past few days – it gets tricky at home, especially with no camera! I also meant to post this earlier today, but got sidetracked halfway through writing!
This morning I woke up with an awful stomach ache, and really wasn’t hungry hungry all day long – what a perfect day to feel that way! I fit in a 4.25 mile run at the track, hoping it would make me feel better and rev my appetite.
Pre-run was a WW enlglish muffin – half with pumpkin cream cheese & bananas, half with sunbutter, Tayberry jam & bananas.
Post-run and pre-Thanksgiving meal, I snacked on a bit of carrots, pita chips & hummus.
We had a little alteration to our Thanksgiving day. My grandpa has been extremely sick lately, so he can’t make it over, and my grandma doesn’t want to drive at night without him. So our dinner time was changed to 2:00, and sans Papa :-(. But I knew it would all work out, and what’s important is the fact that we’re all spending time together, whether we’re eating at 2:00 or 4:00.
While I didn’t get a picture of everything, here were some highlights!
My mom got to work on her mashed potatoes. (note my dad in the back carving the delicious juicy turkey)
The marshmallows on my sweet potatoes started to explode/overflow in the oven. Whoops!
My sister jokingly requested my other sister to carve a turkey out of the butter. Here is what she got:
Very artistic turkey carving 😉
The table was beautifully set.
The spread included above mashed potatoes & sweet potatoes (made my moi) plus turkey, my homemade cranberry sauce, canned cranberry sauce (my dad refuses to eat anything else), William Sonoma homemade stuffing (delicious), Costco dinner rolls (my family loves them), green beans, & of course gravy.
I had a little bit of everything (minus the green beans & dinner roll) plus seconds of turkey and sweet potatoes. I know most people’s healthy eating philosophy is to fill up on vegetables first, but I honestly wanted to save as much room as possible for the good stuff. I could have plain green beans any old day! 😉
For dessert, we celebrated the “November birthdays” (my brother, dad, and grandma). My grandma requested an ice cream cake, so my sister made a GINORMOUS one!
3 gallons of ice cream, 2 cake mix boxes, and a box of Oreos later…
I was served the biggest piece imaginable.
But since mint ice cream or cake really isn’t my thing (and I knew there were pies ahead), I shared half with my sister.
Later in the evening I popped my dessert contribution into the oven. Angela’s vegan pumpkin pie !
I think something wrong happened while making it, because my filling was much more liquid looking than her pictures, and it turned out massively undercooked. But the crust was sooooo good. And I still devoured almost a quarter of it 😉 I even got my brother (the pumpkin pie obsessed) to try it, and he didn’t think it was bad! He still prefers his Costco pie though 😉
I also had a slice of this amazing apple streudel from Safeway.
My siblings and I spent the rest of the night playing board games (Monopoly and Clue) and watching Love Actually on TV. And I went back for more ice cream cake later in the night 😉
How did I feel at the end of the day? I actually really liked eating at 2:45ish because it kept me full for the rest of the day, and I didn’t end up stuffed late at night. I ended the meal overly full, but not uncomfortably stuffed to the brim (like in past Thanksgivings). I did overdo it on desserts, but that’s okay! What’s important is that today was a day of delicious food, family and fun, and I’m very happy how it turned out 🙂
I may or may not be going out shopping tomorrow – we’ll see!
I know you were asked this on other blogs already, but what were you thankful for today?
How was your Thanksgiving? Any highlights? Special or funny moments?
Who’s shopping tomorrow?!