Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Whew am I stuffed! Good food, family, friends..I love the holidays! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday as well! There are so many things to be thankful for this year. We couldn't be with family this year unfortunately so me and my husband just had a little thanksgiving of our own. Its our first holiday being married so kinda cool!

When I woke up this morning I hit the gym bright and early. Its really hard to for me to break my routine and I especially think its important during the holiday season. With all these good eats around I gotta make sure I keep on movin! When I came home though I was super energized and whipped up some homemade pumpkin pie pancakes for Austin to have for breakfast.


Oddly enough I just kinda wasn't in the mood for pancakes so ended up just eating some eggs and fruit instead.


Ok so what I’m NOT thankful for are those annoying fruit stickers! Arg! I find them everywhere. How annoying.

Since we ate brunch pretty late and I wanted to make sure I was super hungry by the time dinner rolled around, I went out and bought some shrimp for a appetizer. Not too traditional but some good protein during the day always helps!


Our cats Sam and Max loved this too=) Sammy took off with one. What a wiener.

Today was a gorgeous 75 degrees and sunny out. How awesome?! So we ended up taking a nice long walk through the neighborhoods. It was really quiet and you could actually see some of the color changes in the trees which was really nice. Quiet near where we live is an oddity so it was a great change of pace.

When we got back I was too excited to start making dinner. Since it was just the two of us I kept it simple. I asked Austin what he wanted and put that on the list to make. I just wanted tons of roasted root veggies and green beans for some reason. But before I started cooking I made myself some flavored water.


Its just chopped cucumbers, orange and some mint. Its really refreshing! I had to have it in a guinness glass too!

First up was the bread. I LOVE home made bread. The way it makes the whole house smell is the ultimate in comfort! I rolled mine into small balls so it would be easy to tear apart.




Next up was the root veggies. For these I used turnips, sweet potatoes, onions, brussels sprouts and parsnips. Roasted up with some rosemary and sage.


I roasted up some garlic cloves to throw into the smashed potatoes. I’m usually not a huge fan of mashed potatoes and I don’t eat them that often but when I do I love them super garlicky and with tons of fresh pepper.


Not a very flattering picture but they were pretty darn good!


Some roasted green beans with toasted almonds and garlic. Some of my almonds got a little too toasty but I still ate them. =)


And finally the turkey breast! I squeezed on some fresh orange juice and some sage and rosemary. Simple and delicious!


What a spread! It was quite a feast for two people. We will be eating well for the next couple of days. The strange looking stuff in the bowl is just gravy. I couldn’t find anything to put it in. I gotta hit up the Bed Bath and Beyond soon.

And for the grand finale…..

Chocolate pecan pies!


Aaahhh and now I have one gigantic food baby going on. I think its time to curl up under the blankets and put a movie on.

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I hope everyone had a super amazing and absolutely fantastic holiday!!


  1. Fabulous fare!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  2. MMM! I LOVE roasted veggies! Those look great!

    I need to get some exercise in. Thanks for the reminder! ;)

  3. Oh WOW! Everything looks fantastic. I love the homemade bread idea, we always buy rolls, so boring. The chocolate chip pecan pie looks so good too. I can't imagine how delicious it would be with chocolate chips, as I always LOVE pecan pie!

    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog, by the way. It made me smile :)

  4. oh YUMM! what a great thanksgiving!! chocolate pecan pie ? i LOVE chocolate and i LOVE pecans so id prob love that pie!

  5. Thanks for all your awesome comments, as usual my sweet friend!!!!!!!

    Your food looks amazing...esp. this "turnips, sweet potatoes, onions, brussels sprouts and parsnips. Roasted up with some rosemary and sage."
    Wow. Can I come over and share??!!

    I hope you've had a lovely TG and enjoy the weekend with your friends n fam. Peace, my friend. And thank you for all your support on my blog :)

  6. Beautiful beautiful pictures. Sigh. What can I say. I adore root veggies roasted. Mmmm to starchy vegetables :)...oh and home-made bread- yes - the smell...I used to run past a bread-baking plant/factory(??! whatever it's called!)...and oh my God, it was all I could do not to take a detour...slathered in butter...I understand what you mean about the quiet thing too....I have about 5 minutes of walking 'bliss and peace'..and then it's into traffic hell and pure noise :(

  7. What a great thanksgiving feast! and the homemade bread!? great job!

  8. Food and I both! I suppose everyone goes home with a new member to their household...;-)

    Wow. Homemade bread...that's great! What an amazing spread!