Healthy and Sane

Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 23rd, 2011 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

I was working on a more elaborate post all morning but I can’t sit in front of the keyboard any longer… which means I’m postponing that post till later and will just tell you what I’m excited about this very morning. I’m excited for Adam to get off early from work today. I’m excited to start Thanksgiving preparations. I hope you are too!

Having a blog gives you the fun ability to look back at previous years…

Thanksgiving 2008 was my very first Thanksgiving as Mrs. Holbrook! I made white chocolate cranberry blondies which were delicious. I think I’m going to make them again this winter. They seem very Christmassy, don’t you think? [They are also on the healthier side… comparatively.]

white chocolate cranberry blondies

Thanksgiving 2009 was the very first time my mom joined Adam’s family for Thankgiving dinner… and the very first Thanksgiving for my baby nephew Colby. It was also the very first time I tried making pie… and it was the ugliest pie I’ve ever seen (still tasty, though!).


I think I look really happy here. Don’t you? It was also the first Thanksgiving I ate intuitively and did not stuff myself silly. It felt good!

Leftover turkey was turned into fantastic (and healthy!) Chinese dumplings the next day! I should have stocked up on wonton wrappers… it’s definitely a great way to give leftovers a second life!

2010 apparently went undocumented but I know it was a good time. It was the first time my dad also joined the whole family for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone in one spot – chilling, eating, drinking. LOVE.

Hope this year will be the best one yet! I’m going to make a prettier pie (that’s a promise!) and roasted brussels sprouts with pom seeds and vanilla butter. My sister-in-law as always is going to cook up a storm.

What are you making?

Happy Thanksgiving!! Open-mouthed smile Eat mindfully and enjoy this time with your families and/or friends!

See you soon!

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Shannon

    have fun!! if this pie is anything like the one you made on sunday, you’ll be the hit of thanksgiving :)

  • #2 - Michelle

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I’m going to make cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffed mushrooms for Thanksgiving….and run a 5K Thanksgiving morning!

  • #3 - Beth

    roasted brussels sprouts with pomegranate seeds and vanilla butter? sounds wonderful! can’t wait to hear how they turn out :) Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  • #4 - Christina

    It is nice to be able to look back on previous years! Turkey dumplings sounds like a great post-Thanksgiving meal.

    I’m excited for our pies, like I am every Thanksgiving. The stuffings are pretty good because we make the bread for it ourselves.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • #5 - Megan

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love the idea of making dumplings with the leftovers.

    I’m working on some stuffed mushrooms and a dessert right now.

  • #6 - Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn

    Mmm those blondies look yummy!
    All of the food you’re planning on having sounds so delicious :-)
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • #7 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Happy Thanksgiving, Elina! I hop e you have a wonderful day.

    Can’t wait for that brussels sprout recipe:-)

  • #8 - megan

    Happy thanksgiving! eating mindfully is such a great goal… that will be mine today :) gobble gobble!

  • #9 - Bridget

    Happy Thanksgiving Elina! And thank you so much for the comment you left on my friendsgiving post…so nice!! :) I’m actually so glad Friendsgiving is over, because I can just relax for THanksgiving! I brought a big salad to my aunts today! Hope you had a great day!!

  • #10 - One Healthy Apple (Yelena)

    Happy Thanksgiving! I made stuffing and bought a pumpkin pie at whole foods. Worth every penny.

  • #11 - Lizzy

    You look SO happy and so pretty! Can’t wait for the full recap! xo

  • #12 - Jen @

    We made the same brussels sprouts recipe this year!

  • #13 - DeeDee

    You definitely look happy in that picture, what a pleasant memory! This Thanksgiving I paid attention to the family members who I know for a fact follow their natural hunger cues. 4 out of 5 overate and were complaining about being full! And then ate dessert! I realized they do not strive for perfection in eating and were just laughing about how full they were. It was interesting.

    • #14 - Elina

      Pretty amazing what having a good relationship with food does. It’s ok to overeat sometimes (we ALL do it) – it’s just how we handle it when that happens that really shows where we are on that front.