Whew! Where do I even start?! From Wednesday night to last night I went to three different Thanksgivings, cooked for each one, and ran a race?! I’m amazed I got it all done, and stayed sane in the mean time eh?
It was a pretty crazy day Wednesday, knowing I had to start baking/cooking, posting about my Oh Nuts! Giveaway, picking up race packets, and helping one of my best friends with her family’s Thanksgiving!
I finally got to pick up some Greek Yogurt the other day and like promised, had it for breakfast the next day. I had an apple topped w/ 1/2 a cup of the yogurt, then smashed up one of my PB bars I made a bit ago for some topping.
Posting occurred, emails ensued, and madness started as I was supposed to be out the door by 1pm to go pick up our packets…but wasn’t.
Lunch wasn’t really lunch, but an assortment of things I could make quick and chuck in my mouth:
I ate the grapes, pineapple, pita w/ hummus, and whole wheat blackberry bread over a period of about 2 hours while at the house before leaving…I don’t really even remember tasting my food.
Knowing I was going to be out of the house and w/o food, I brought along a banana and some PB, which I ate after picking up my brother’s and my race packets.
Then it was over to my old roommates for some Vegetarian Thanksgiving love! If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, I had Thanksgiving at her house last year after running my 10k Turkey Trot…it was the best Thanksgiving I had had thus far as a vegetarian…
I got to her house and helped make Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Alfredo Pasta and a salad before we noshed on some appetizers:
Veggies with hummus
A few edamame
And the most gigantic grapes I have ever seen. Imagine that, timeslike, 24. They were so good!
Not check out the spread when we were finally finished:
Spring salad w/ veggies and oranges in a raspberry vinaigrette, garlic mashed potatoes, two types of gravy and homemade cranberry sauce
Sweet Potatoes ala Grand Manier, Sweet Potatoes w/ Marshmallows, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts, and Red Potatoes, Butternut Squash Sautee, Corn on the Cob, Corn and butter, Cornbread, Alfredo Pasta, Applebread, and Pumpkin Bread. Whew!
And check out this TURKEY!!!! It originally weighed 23 lbs, but after stuffing it with rice and beef, it must have weighed over 30 lbs; no joke. It was a monster!
Here is my plate: Spring Salad, Fresh Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts, and Red Potatoes, Butternut Squash Sautee, Corn on the Cob
I ate everything but the Butternut Squash dish and some of the potatoes. I was stuffed!
I had to leave a bit early (her family are very late nighters!) to get to bed for my 4.45am race wake up call, so I had a bite of each of the desserts:
Tiramisu Trifle and Carrot Cake. I literally only took a bite of each. Too full!
I’ll do a 10k Turkey Trot race recap in another post because this thing would be far too long of a post! Look for it later today!
I decided to make a Vegan Shepherd’s Pie for my meatless entree and take to my great aunt’s so I would have something to eat…other than raw veggies and bread, if you get my drift.
My recipe didn’t really come from any particular cookbook, I kinda made it up.
Would you want the recipe? It’s quite simple, and a great way to get in your veggies (I snuck in even more with the potato topping by mashing it with cauliflower! Sneaky sneaky!)
Thanksgiving at my great aunt’s is always a lunch time event and always has been, and truthfully I was happy for that since the race made me famished!
Here’s my first plate: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, Fresh Green Beans and Mushrooms in EVOO and Ginger, green beans and a homemade roll (another wheat one was consumed afterwards. These were tooooooo good to pass up! My cousin’s husband made them that morning!)
I went back for a little bite more of my pie (Ain’t gonna lie, I really liked it!) and some raw veggies (x2).
We took a walk to the park with my little 2nd cousins and played some baseball before coming back for some dessert. My mom made a simple Apple Crisp with Graham Cracker Topping, which I had with a little bit of Cool Whip, and two Shortbread Cookies that my Aunt made. Nice and simple and didn’t put me over the top!
Here’s a few family pictures:
My brothers and our younger second cousins
Almost all my cousins. I have another older cousin but she left just before…her new baby Charlotte was a bit cranky (And omg, am I really that dark!? Goodness Gracious!!!!).
We got home around 6.30 and I was getting hungry again. Veggies only fill you up so much! So I had some more of my pie (!!!) with some baby carrots, and two bowls of pineapple. So juicy…
Then we headed off to my mom’s brother’s house for dessert!
We got there around 7.30 and chatted a bit while my brothers and their friend had a plate of more turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rice and rolls and then had dessert. I made a Chocolate Cheesecake (I totally forgot to take a picture of it! Ah!), my cousin made a Cream Topped Pumpkin Pie, and his aunt brought a Double Layer Lemon Pie.
I’m a lemon fan in certain aspects, but not lemon bars, so I was a bit hesitant to try this. Omg was I glad I did! I actually only ate the insides and not the crust or whipped cream on top, but goodness it was delicious!
Hope you enjoyed the many Thanksgiving Feasts I attended the past few days! But most of all I want to thank you all and tell you how thankful I am that you have all been so supportive of me and my blog! I’ve been writing for almost THREE YEARS (yeah…) and so many of you are still here! I don’t know where I would be without you! So…
Keep an eye out for my 10k Turkey Trot recap later today!