Thanksgiving recap and some food prep

Hi there!

How was your Thanksgiving?

Ours was pretty good! I took a little bit of time off of everything – blogging, working out, showering…..

Hey, if I wasn’t sweaty, why would I need to shower?

Okay, seriously, I’m kidding. Sheesh! I showered. I promise.

We headed up to my folks’ house for Thanksgiving.

Halfway there, I realized I left the butternut squash at home. #sidedishfail

But, it worked out okay because 1. less butternut squash I have to share, 2. I remembered the brownies, andΒ 3. we had PUH-Lenty of food!

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And wine, of course. πŸ™‚

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Most of it was catered but there was reheating, etc to do. Took a MAJOR load of stress of my mom’s shoulders.

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And I was pretty thankful about that, too, because my sailor and I usually end up in charge of the turkey (we grill it) and it was raining and miserable. I love me some grilling but grilling outside in the cold rain is about as much fun as waxing the bikini line. Right? Right.

Everything was really, really good!

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My sister was in charge of the pumpkin pies and she totally made me a gluten-free (minus the crust) pumpkin pie!

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swoon!

I was totally not expecting it and was weighing my pumpkin pie options (do I just eat the pumpkinΒ andΒ leave the crust, take my chances with the gluten-y crust, or skip it altogether and just eat a brownie?) when she pulled it out of her bag of tricks. πŸ™‚

We headed back home on Friday (Black Friday shopping? no thank you.) and proceeded to sit on our butts all weekend.

Okay, not really.

We ran errands on Saturday and we hit up some antique/consignment stores and found the most amazing chairs for our dining room table!

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We bought the table from Ikea back in 2001 and still had the original chairs we bought with the table.

13 years and 7 moves later, those chairs were DONE. One actually broke a couple of weeks ago. While someone was sitting in it. Thankfully, the chair took the brunt of the damage.

We also bought a new Christmas tree!

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The tree we’ve replaced was almost 20 years old and had been through WAY more than 7 moves. It was falling apart and starting to look a little like Charlie Brown’s tree.

Charlie Brown tree

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It was definitely time to upgrade. This one is pre-lit! No more ring around the rosie trying to string lights! #winning

I also did a little bit of food prep.

I made some of Lindsay’s Quinoa Breakfast BarsΒ for grab ‘n go breakfasts/snacks (edited the recipe to make it gluten free). They’re all individually bagged and ready for snacking.

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Β If you have not made these yet, you are totally missing out. Super easy and super delicious!

Β I threw together a pot of Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili for lunches this week.

Β Stay tuned for the recipe tomorrow!

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steamy!

 

Β And, finally, I tried a Pinterest recipe for Ginger Chicken Stir-fry and it turned out fabulously!

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We have leftovers so that adds at least 2 more lunches or quick dinners this week. Whoop!

I also roasted up my accidentally left-behind butternut squash. πŸ™‚

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Talk to me: Did you shop on Black Friday? How long were you out and what time did you wake up to go?

– jennifer

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