Good morning friends and Happy December! Our staycation was SO nice last week that I really, really don’t want to be at work today! With the exception of Thanksgiving and a few errands, we had NO plans. It was fantastic and a much needed break for us, but alas…back to reality. Sigh!
Anyway as you all know, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!! We had a wonderful celebration with great food and of course, great company so as promised, it’s time for a Thanksgiving recap! :-) Giselle @ My Healthy Happy Home put together this survey a couple of weeks ago, which I loved so I tweaked it a bit to give you all the details of our wonderful holiday. Here we go…
1. Did you exercise on Thanksgiving? As I mentioned last week, I ran in the local turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning, so the 5k run acted as my exercise for the day. I ran it with my cousin-in-law, Liz (Justin has issues with his knee, so he couldn’t run with us). It was SO cold…low 30s and breezy (how those people were wearing shorts, I don’t even know!) but once we started moving, we warmed up fairly quickly. More and more people participate in this event every year – I heard there were about 6,500 people this time around, so there wasn’t much space to run, but we still had a blast!
2. Did you cook the whole dinner, just the bird or bring a side dish? We went to my parents’ house for dinner, so I didn’t cook the entire meal. I made one side dish and two desserts. The side dish I made was a Crock Pot Butternut Squash Applesauce (thanks Lindsay for pointing this one out to me!) - it was super simple, very delicious and went great with the turkey. The two desserts I brought were pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkin puree and a zucchini bread (we ended up not serving the bread since we had so many other desserts).
4. Did you share the things you are thankful for at the dinner table? No we didn’t; although, my uncle said a beautiful prayer to start off our Thanksgiving feast.
5. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? When my grandma was still alive, we always went to her house for the holidays. She would make certain types of food on those days, and we never got those dishes any other time of the year except for on that specific holiday. Since she passed, we’ve always tried to keep her traditions alive. So the recipe made only on Thanksgiving is her vegetable soup, which would always be served as the first course of the meal. My mom has continued to make it every year since then. Having it only one time of year makes it that more special and that more delicious!
8. Name some side dishes that were on your family’s table. Lets see…we had two different kinds of cranberry sauce, sweet mashed potatoes (my fav!), roasted cauliflower, green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, my butternut squash apple sauce and homemade bread. I think I got everything (at least I hope I did!).
10. Did you take a nap on Thanksgiving? No, but after getting up so early, spending what felt like an eternity in the cold, running, eating lots of food and cleaning up the massive mess after dinner, I was SO tired by the end of the day. I ended up going to bed before 10 p.m. and fell sound asleep right away that evening.
11. Did you shop on Black Friday? Absolutely NOT! I never go shopping on Black Friday. I have no desire whatsoever to fight the crowds – I much rather do my shopping online (although, I didn’t even do any of that – surprising, I know!). Instead on Friday, I ended up taking down the fall decorations, put out a few Christmas decorations (the bulk of which will be going up this coming weekend), doing a mass cleaning of the house and worked on some blog stuff.
So there you have it…our Thanksgiving in a nutshell! It was a wonderful day and I can’t believe it’s over already. At least we have Christmas to look forward too!!! :-)
Favorite holiday side dishes?
White meat or dark meat?
Did you do any shopping on Black Friday?
Do you have any foods that you eat only on certain holidays?