Thanksgiving was a wonderful time.
We were lucky enough to have two Thanksgiving meals, one day apart. It was glorious.
My mom came down to Charlotte and we all met up at my sister’s house for our first Thanksgiving on the actual day. My family is all about tradition so we made the traditional meal we have been making for years. We had turkey, sausage stuffing, peas, rolls, canned cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with pumpkin and pecan pie.
The next day, Andy’s dad and stepmom arrived for our second Thanksgiving on Black Friday. Since, I love switching things up but don’t want to waste my holiday meal on trying something if it didn’t turn out right, I figured our second Thanksgiving would be a great time to try some new recipes. We made turkey, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, blue cheese brussell sprout casserole, rolls, sweet potato marshmellow casserole, mashed potatoes and mini pumpkin pies and a no corn syrup pecan pie.
One thing I have committed myself to in my healthy lifestyle is not giving up on my favorite treats, especially during the holiday season (or any celebration). I have a soft spot for celebrations, especially the Christmas season. And since food is one of my favorite things in my life, obviously I want to include food in my celebrations. I make buckeye candies on big Ohio State game days (even though I can’t stand football), I make pies during the Holiday season and I make amazing cupcakes on birthdays. I love eating healthy options on a normal weekly basis just as much as I love downing three delicious mini pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving. No celebration is complete without an amazing sweet treat by it’s side. So, though my pants are fitting a bit tighter today, I enjoyed myself some amazing treats and have no regrets.
I tried to capture enough during the two glorious days to have a WIAW. Let’s see what I ate during this holiday weekend.
Pancakes. I know, a bold move on a day that is slated for a ton of food, especially carbs. But I find if I eat a small breakfast then I can’t make it the full length to the late lunch that is our Thanksgiving meal and then I end up spoiling my full potential of a meal with an impromptu lunch. So, I went with a smaller but heavier breakfast so that I could sustain myself until our featured meal. Also, Em J hasn’t been feeling well recently and because of that she also hasn’t been eating well. We were hoping her favorite breakfast would get some kind of response out of her.
I don’t know about you but our Thanksgiving meal is typically eaten around 4. So, I typically don’t have time for lunch and this meal because Linner with dessert and dinner becomes a late night snack when I feel that I can finally fit more in my stomach.
So, Linner was a smorgasbord from Thanksgiving number 2. Delicious. Everything turned out amazing.
One thing I have learned about myself over this past weekend is that my dislike of my food touching prevents me from really being able to capitalize on the full space of my plate. I really need to work on this habit of spacing everything out so much. Look how weak that plate looks; so much white space.
Dinner Late night snack
A small plate of the foods from earlier that were still calling my name.
Homemade no corn syrup pecan pie. As I said on Monday, in my opinion it tastes great and just like pecan pie but I had a few sources who told me otherwise. Not being an expert on pecan pie myself, I am inclined to listen to my family. They said it was delicious but not exactly like pecan pie. Though they couldn’t put their finger on it, they thought it might be the textured that made the difference. The key ingredient in this pie was browned butter which I just love saying.
The best part of this pie was the bourbon whipped cream on top. We have been making this whipped cream for about a year now and we just can’t get enough. I have been eating it on literally every meal over the past 4 days. I have had it on my pancakes and in my coffee, on my fruit at lunch and of course, on my pie. Amazing!
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