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A Fun Filled Thanksgiving 2012

Posted Nov 23 2012 9:28pm

Hey there!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

I sure did! I headed down to my aunt’s house Wednesday afternoon to help out with prep and to make my sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie!

When I arrived, Nana and two of my aunts were already in full swing with the prep. Nana made tons and I mean TONS of her macaroni stuffing – my entire family LOVES it and she has no choice but to make it every year. I’m surprisingly the ONLY one who doesn’t care for it … I’ve tried it several times, but I just don’t like it – Oh well, I like pretty much like everything else she makes ;)

Here’s Nana prepping her 5 pounds of stuffing…

Then it was time to stuff the turkey ..

While all this fun stuff was going on, I was on the other side of the kitchen making my pumpkin pies and sweet potato casserole (I used this recipe for the pies and this recipe for the sp casserole – both were out of this world delicious and there’s already requests for repeats next year ;) )

There’s just nothing like homemade pumpkin pie with homemade crust!

Since I doubled the recipe and apparently used the wrong pie plates, I had extra filling. No worries, I immediately grabbed souffle dishes and filled them with the filling .. a la pumpkin souffle ;)

I wasn’t planning to cook the sweet potatoes until Thursday before dinner, but I figured I would make as much of it as I could to have it all set for the oven.

I whipped up the potatoes and made the pecan topping in a separate dish so all I had to do was top them off and toss gently place them in the oven on Thanksgiving day :)

After a full day of prep, we spent the night relaxing and headed to bed early. We had a fun Turkey Trot the next morning :)

My cousin lives on my PopPops old farm where she, my mom, and aunts grew up. Every year she holds a 5k turkey trot on the towpath right next to her house with homemade pumpking muffins, scones, hot chocolate, coffee, spiced apple cider, and some apples and oranges. It’s a fun, relaxed race for anyone who wants to join. You could run, walk, or bike – no pressure, just a time to enjoy the fresh air with friends and family.

I’ve never done a turkey trot before (I usually run/workout on my own) and was interested in doing one. When I got the invite from my cousin, I knew it would be a fun time. Many of my family members attended, along with my cousins’ friends. My cousin Amy and I ran together for pretty much all 3.1 miles. I helped her pace herself (shocking since I can barely pace myself!) and we enjoyed several conversations while getting in a great run before the big feast :)

I loved running with her and it makes me miss our buddy workouts last summer and the summer before when she lived with us – it was the PERFECT start to an awesome day!

I was too caught up in seeing family members we haven’t seen in a while that I slacked with the picture taking. All I took was a picture of my cousin’s AWESOME pumpkin muffins and spiced apple cider (a childhood favorite of mine!).

Mmmmmm…

Afterwards, I headed back to my aunt’s with Mom and a few of my other cousins (I have a big family, so instead of confusing you with several different names, i’ll just refer to them as cousins!).

My aunt has about 12 chickens in her back yard; therefore, she has farm fresh eggs which are the bomb!!! Every time she brings them when she comes to visit I get really excited – there is seriously NOTHING like a fresh egg. So, when we got back, she whipped out the eggs and I enjoyed 2 of them over easy with some toast and canadian bacon (some unpictured berries as well).

A filling breakfast to start the day and keep me going until it was time to FEAST.

I started out at my uncle’s house (Dad’s brother) for a few hours before heading back to my aunt’s for a rather early dinner. Have to make sure I see as many family members as possible for the holidays :)

Once I got back, it was time to EAT! Our spread was delicious – I’ll let the pictures do the talking ..

Someone couldn’t wait to dig into the onions …

The famous stuffing …

The final product …

Veggie heaven! Here’s my plate …

I have a bit of a sweet potato obsession. My eyes were certainly bigger than my stomach – I could only finish about 1/2 – 2/3 of my plate (don’t worry, I ate every last bit of the sweet potatoes ;) ).. it was rather upsetting since everything was so yummy!

After a 2 hour nap (!) and clean up, it was time to break out the desserts. We kept it simple with my pumpkin pies and my aunt’s famous apple pie.

How pretty does a slice of my pumpkin pie with freshly made whipped cream look?! I was proud ..

Since I couldn’t eat either, I had a strawberry chobani topped with fresh berries for dessert ;)

I’m not crazy about fruit on the bottom yogurts; but since it was dessert, the sweetness of it was perfect :)

We enjoyed our dessert with some tea and coffee, said our goodbyes, and headed home. It was nice to climb into bed after a long (fun-filled) day!

I got up bright and early for some shopping cardio and bootcamp this morning to balance out my over-indulging yesterday ;) Felt great to get in a good sweat sesh! Spent the rest of the day organizing my room and catching up on some work. Mom and I also spent sometime at lululemon for some birthday shopping ;) I’ll be back later in the week with my recent purchases (in love with them!). Now I’m about to kick back on the couch for a bit before heading to bed since I have lovely work tomorrow! At least I didn’t have to work the holiday!! :)

Question: What’s your favorite part about Thanksgiving?

Aside from spending time with family and friends, I really, really love all the veggie sides and sweet potato dishes ;)

~ L

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