This morning I woke up before my alarm even went off. At 7:30, I was up and ready to get a quick run in before indulging all day. I did my own 5K turkey trot!
Not bad for being 30 degrees out! It was a crisp, cool morning.
I made a quick and light protein smoothie for breakfast, knowing that I wanted to save most of my appetite for later.
In the mix was almond milk, frozen banana, protein powder, and peanut butter.
My mom told me not to use ice in her blender because it’s not strong enough (it’s no VitaMix, that’s for sure!), so I just used frozen banana. It was quite frothy and creamy, which I highly enjoyed.
Every year since I can remember, we head to my Aunt and Uncle’s house near New Tripoli, PA. My mom always brings the stuffing and we always have my cousin Emily’s pine cone turkey at the table. She made it in grade school and now she’s in her first year of college!
The day began with wine and appetizers.
The spread included cheese, pepperoni, crackers, olives, shrimp cocktail, chex mix (my cousin Melanie’s mix made with brown sugar, nutmeg, white chocolate drizzle, walnuts, apple crisps, etc.), and a recipe that my aunt started making the last few years: an onion and garlic cream cheese ball covered with a warm mixture of cranberries, brown sugar, butter, and walnuts.
The table was set with name tags (Grandpa at the head).
As soon as the turkey was done, my uncle began carving.
Thanksgiving dinner was served with the usual suspects.
Salad, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, broccoli, and a new addition: cranberry pear sauce (thanks to Melanie, again!).
I loaded up my plate and also had a side of salad and a buttered bun.
It didn’t take long after eating to whip out the dessert.
A store bought pumpkin pie, a homemade pumpkin pie, apple crumble pie, and chocolate/vanilla ice cream. I couldn’t decide, so I went with a small piece of the homemade pumpkin with whipped cream and apple crumble with ice cream.
I also didn’t have my coffee in the morning so I let myself have a late in the day cup!
I don’t get to see my extended family that often, so Thanksgiving is always a good time. This is a recycled photo of me with my aunt and uncle’s dog, Emmitt, from Thanksgiving 2009. He was running around like a nut today and I couldn’t capture a photo!
I did manage to get a quick pic of Rusty, my cousin Patricia and her husbands dog.
I am very thankful for my family, especially my mother, who is always there for me no matter what.
I’m thankful for Joe, who loves me for who I am and keeps me sane.
There’s lots to be thankful for, but at the end of the day, friends, family, and loved ones are most important.