Thanksgivig Recap {2015}

Posted November 27, 2015 in Thanksgiving, food, family, healthy recipes, home cooking, First Thanksgiving, Black Friday, yoga, pumpkin pie, baking

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of love, laughter and delicious food!

My Thanksgiving was a bit different this year. The BF and I usually go to his grandma's house for an early afternoon dinner. But the BF has a new job, and had to work.

So we decided to make our own Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy when he got off work. And we invited my parents over.

This is the first time I made Thanksgiving dinner!

On Wednesday, I started my dinner preparations. I made my Super Healthy Cranberry Sauce and cooked the sweet potatoes for my sweet potato casserole. The BF cooked macaroni noodles for our mac and cheese.

Later, I walked to my parents house to look through the Black Friday ads with my mom. It's always been a tradition for us to look through the ads, make a plan and go shopping together. This year, we're doing more online shopping and possibly going out later on Friday.

Thursday morning, I woke up obscenely early...6 a.m. Why do I wake up so early on days off from work? I ate a Trader Joe's Harvest Bagel topped with Trader Joe's Honey Walnut Fig Cream Cheese. Such a delicious combination.

I procrastinated my Thanksgiving prep by drinking coffee, watching Thanksgiving episodes of The Chew and looking out the window watching the snow fall.

I finally got it together and made Boubon Pumpkin Pie.

And homemade Boubon Whipped Cream.

I had the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and listened to Christmas music while I cleaned the house.

Then I took a yoga break. I did a quick 15-minute flow using Grokker, but it felt good to move and it also helped me feel less stressed. This is the first year the BF and I haven't gone running on Thanksgiving. We usually run the YMCA's Turkey Trot or just go for a run.

After getting ready, I went to my sister-in-law's families house for their Thanksgiving dinner. My parents always celebrate Thanksgiving with them, since the BF and I are usually out of town. I kept my lunch light, since I was going to be eating my own dinner later. I had turkey, vegetable crudite, my mom's Mexican stuffing and a small portion of mashed potatoes. My mom made that cherry pie, which I didn't eat, but I thought it was beautiful.

I spent the rest of the afternoon cooking!

The BF joined me in the kitchen when he got off work.

It was such a beautiful night.

On the menu:

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Farro

Super Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Macaroni and Cheese

My mom's Mexican stuffing

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Sweet Potato Casserole

I made it through cooking my first Thanksgiving with only one minor disaster. I had the mac and cheese and sweet potato casserole on the top shelf of the oven. I pulled out the oven rack to take out the mac and cheese, and the sweet potato casserole started sliding out of the oven. I couldn't grab for it because I was holding the mac and cheese. The pan hit the oven door and landed. Some of the casserole flew out of the pan and onto the floor. *And yes, I'm wearing my pajamas. That's a perk of having Thanksgiving at home, and only having your parents over.

We ate, and everything was delicious. I was really proud of myself!

After my parents left, I felt overwhelmingly grateful. I never thought I would live in my hometown again, let alone live a block away from my parents. But getting to spend so much time with my parents is incredible. I'm also grateful for the relationship our family has with my brother's in-laws. They welcome us into their home for holidays like we're part of their family. And I got to spend Thanksgiving with my brother, sister-in-law and niece, which I haven't done in a long time.

I'm also so so grateful for the BF, our little house we share, the adventures we take together, the lazy nights watching Netflix on the couch and so much more.

Although I practice gratitude all year long, I always take a little extra time to think about what I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving.

What were you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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