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Thanksgiving 2012

Posted Nov 30 2012 1:25am

Hello friends :)

Whoa, I can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone. The first few weeks of November was actually nice because I started thinking about everything I was grateful for and each day I stopped and think about everything in my life I’m grateful for.

As the Thanksgiving week approached, each day went by faster and faster, and today I realized the month is over.

The whole month was filled with festivities and I was glad that I was able to spend time with friends and family.

This Thanksgiving post is late, but better late than never right?

Me and my closest friends from high school had Friendsgiving/Girls Night early in the  month. We’ve just found out the sex of the baby a week prior so I made gender reveal cookies to share the news with our friends and family. This was a special and fun way to share the news with the girls.

Here I am with the baked goods.

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We didn’t have traditional Thanksgiving food, but everything was delicious and we had a lot of leftovers to bring back home.

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We chatted all night long and caught up on each others lives. It has been awhile since I’ve seen everyone and I’m glad I will get to see them again in December.

I especially enjoyed these hi tops/cupcakes from Frosted bakery.

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On the same weekend, we headed to San Diego to celebrate Thanksgiving with my college friends. I brought jambalaya to the potluck but I ended up stuffing myself with green bean casserole and mac & cheese. I am really craving salty food these days.

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Ice cream with applie pie was our dessert special, along with another batch of the gender reveal cookies.

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Here’s our group picture this year.  Next year’s picture will be filled with more babies.

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I have a baby bump buddy :)   A picture of my friend Gloria at 27 weeks and me at 22 weeks.

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Thanksgiving luncheon at work. Our chef prepared a delicious traditional Thanksgiving feast for all the staff to enjoy.

First time this year I’m enjoying pumpkin pie. It’s not my favorite pie flavor but I do enjoy it this time of the year.

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I served myself with a huge salad and a little bit of all the fixin’s, but I really loved the cranberries. It was real cranberries, with some chunks that had great texture.  Needless to say, I was sleepy after eating this feast and struggle to stay awake for the rest of the afternoon in my office.

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Since we were traveling the week after Thanksgiving, I switched my work schedule and ended up not having any days off leading up to Thanksgiving.

Sadly, I did not have time to cook this year but I made sure to stock up on Wholefood’s Vegan Apple Pies (my favorite apple pie) so bring to all the Thanksgiving parties we were attending. I can eat this pie all year long but it is especially great to have after a Thanksgiving meal.  What I love about this pie is the thick crust sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and the chunky apples inside. I love that it is mostly apple chunks and not a lot of sugary syrup.

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The night before Thanksgiving Day, we had dinner with my mom at my sister’s house.

My mom and my sister did a great job cooking all the food.

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We had Boiling Crab’s shrimp, sausage and corn dish.

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My mom and I enjoyed this vegan cauliflower that tasted like orange chicken, which we ordered from Loving Hut restaurant. Doesn’t it look like orange chicken? There were a few guest who were fooled to think it was chicken.

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I stopped drinking alcohol as soon as I found out I was pregnant but on this particular night, I was really craving a good glass of sparkling wine :(   I didn’t have any but I can’t wait until I can drink wine again.

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My mom is traveling out of the country soon so we won’t be able to spend the holidays with her, so I was happy to have celebrated Thanksgiving with her.

Me with my sister, my nephew and my mama. We all enjoyed pies for dessert.

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Our first stop for the day was a late Thanksgiving luncheon at Chris’s parents house. Chris is not really a big a fan of turkey so he made sushi for the party.

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There was traditional Thanksgiving feast at the party and also some Japanese dishes. I had several servings of this kale and beet salad, it was so good.

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The dessert spread was impressive. I didn’t have any more room for dessert so I took home a slice each and froze it and enjoyed it after Thanksgiving.

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After the late luncheon at my parents in law’s house, Chris and I headed over to my Dad’s house for Thanksgiving Dinner.

As you can imagine, I was already all turkeyed out at this point. I’m glad I skipped the dessert for lunch, because I was able to enjoy at least an apple pie + vanilla ice cream with my sisters and niece :)

We took a family picture before we ended the evening.

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I feel like my belly has grown so much, the baby is growing and I’m sure it’s all the food I’ve been eating too.

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The following day….we had an early flight to go to a tropical place for our babymoon. More to come soon!!!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful for your friendship. Thank you for reading my blog and for letting me share my life with you.


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