Thanksgiving day 2009

How was everybody’s Thankgiving day (for those who celebrate)? Mine was a lot of fun, as always. I worried a bit about my ugly apple pie that I made for the dinner, but otherwise it was a nice day to just relax and enjoy some time with the fam. My sister in law, as always, did a great job with dinner! One day I hope to host my own Thanksgiving gathering :)

The day was so relaxing that my only exercise was mashing potatoes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Actually it was hard work! My mom’s exercise was playing with baby Colby…

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She wouldn’t leave the little guy! I think someone wants grandchildren, but she’ll have to wait a while for that. Hope she got her fix ๐Ÿ˜†

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Justin helped us really get into the spirit of Turkey day!

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And then there was food, lots of food!

APPETIZERS

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I had 2 little buffalo chicken in puff pastry guys, 1 piece of smoked gouda and a bunch of fresh carrots. The carrots were the perfect thing to munch on while we were all just hanging out before dinner time! Speaking of dinner…

THANKSGIVING FEAST

Before:

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After:

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Turkey (duh). I’m always surprised at how perfect it looks!

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Sweet potato casserole (with brown sugar, pecans and cranberries) – as always, one of my favorites! It’s like dessert for dinner, and you guys know I’m all about that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Cheese & broccoli casserole

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My sister in law made a special one for me, sans onions ๐Ÿ˜€

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Same with the stuffing, these stuffing muffins were made for me without onions… love the presentation!

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Cranberry sauce with dried cherries

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Mashed potatoes (professionally mashed ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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Something here is not like the others… my mother in law made a Russian beet salad with walnuts, apples, garlic and light mayo. I LOVED it! This is actually what comfort food is for me.

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My plate ( + some green beans that came out minutes later)

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Crescent roll that I kind of ate out of habit.

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Nothing (except for the green beans) was healthy so I tried a tiny bit of everything (minus the mashed potatoes, I know what mashed potatoes taste like) and kept the portions small. Surprisingly, I was very satisfied after finishing this plate. I grabbed a tiny bit more of the beet salad for seconds. That’s it!

Oh, of course I also enjoyed a few glasses of wine with dinner ๐Ÿ˜€

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DESSERTS

Oh yeah, this is what I live for, people. Desserts!! I was so excited for this spread because every single thing sounded amazing. Let’s start with my ugly apple pie… I followed this recipe from Cooking Light for caramel apple pie (you know I had to make the healthier version!).

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Making this thing was such a project! My crust dough was too crumbly after the first step but I saved it by adding another tablespoon of water and letting it do it’s thing in the fridge for 15 minutes. Then it was too small for my pie plate. I spent a while stretching it, but as you can see above, those little dough pieces I added, just ended up falling off. Finally, the top wouldn’t brown! I cooked it for so much longer than the recipe called for (like 25 minutes longer!) but it was just looking soggy and bluh. At the end, I covered the crust and broiled the top for a few minutes. This resulted in slightly burnt apples. *Sigh.* A looker it was not…

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… but it did taste really good!! Everyone seemed to enjoy it (including myself). My nephew even said I had to make it again next year and this kid doesn’t lie (5-year olds definitely tell it like it is). Not a complete failure I guess! I’ll keep working on my pie crust skills! ๐Ÿ˜€

SIL also made a yummy pecan pie

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A chocolate pudding pie (I didn’t try it)

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Purchased an awesome pumpkin cheesecake from Costco…

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And my mom made one of my favorite cakes – the black poodle (because it looks like curly hair on a poodle’s head)

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Creamy filling, raisins, walnuts, chocolate ganache… what more can you ask for?! Thanks, mom!!

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The whole spread:

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My plate:

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Again, I was proud for tiny portions of everything. I had all the intentions of going back for seconds and doubling this, but was satisfied with just this (whoa, is this intuitive eating actually starting to work?!!). After a few hours of chatting, I went back for a slice of mom’s black poodle cake. It was exactly what I wanted and I thoroughly enjoyed it. :mrgreen:

And that’s my Thanksgiving 2009 recap. I read through last year’s recap and noted slight differences in my thinking this year. Last year I was counting calories. I made a conscious decision to enjoy the day’s eats but not go overboard last year, just like this year. It did seem to be a little harder for me last year. I appears that although I probably ate nearly the same amounts on both occasions, my experience mentally was a little different.ย  Last year, I think taking a break from calorie counting, my instinct was to eat as much as possible since it was “allowed” but I fought it.ย  This year it was completely effortless.ย  I didn’t try to “be good” and didn’t fight the urge to go back for more. I listened to my body, and it told me exactly what I wanted and in what portions. I guess I am growing!! Hey, that’s something to be thankful for! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

A few more family pics for the road… my mom and I. See the resemblance?

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The whole family (minus my dad… he’s back from Israel tomorrow)

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Adam and I

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I hope you had a wonderful day. Anyone out there doing crazy shopping on Black Friday? Go out there and support the economy, will ya?! I’ve been doing my part for months!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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