Third Thanksgiving and a Milestone

My plate of Thanksgiving goodies at our office potluck was filled with a yummy squash casserole, macaroni and cheese, honey-roasted turkey and ham, fresh veggies and fruit.

Before fixing my plate, I also nibbled on some appetizers including cream cheese pinwheels, crackers with hummus and “non-pig pigs in a blanket” (aka turkey dogs wrapped in crescent rolls).

Third Thanksgiving

The third of my four Thanksgiving meals was very tasty. My favorite dish was the savory squash casserole. I definitely had second helpings of that!

Desserts featured fudge (my fav), cookies, rum cake, my turtle pumpkin pie, my cupcakes, apple pie and traditional pumpkin pie. Once again, the turtle pumpkin pie got good reviews (and earned me a couple high-fives!), so if you’re looking for a tasty holiday recipe, I highly recommend it! It’s super easy, too.

Mom’s Milestone

Today is a huge day for my family. In October 2008 my mom began treatment for breast cancer. (You can read about my mom’s journey here.)

Pink!

Today marks her final round of chemotherapy treatment! I cannot express how grateful I feel to have a mother who was able to successfully battle this cancer and emerge strong and healthy. Through the countless doctors visits, doctors appointments, lymphedema set back and more, my mom has  handled everything with grace and unwavering optimism. She is such an inspiration and I know my family and I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I love you, Mama! Congratulations on reaching such an amazing milestone. I can’t wait to give you a HUGE hug tomorrow. ūüôā xoxo

Light Breakfast

In preparation for the third of my four Thanksgiving meals I will be consuming at my work’s potluck lunch today, I decided to keep breakfast nice and light.

Monday's Breakfast

I enjoyed a cup of Chobani Greek yogurt topped with homemade cranberry relish. The mix of tart and sweet flavors made this breakfast yum-tastic.

Too Much Turkey?

Is is possible to get sick of Thanksgiving meals? I am on my third Thanksgiving meal in four days and I’m already hurtin’ a little bit. I don’t want to get sick of turkey and other staples by the time the big day arrives! Fortunately I think there’s something to be said for your own family’s home-cookin’. ūüėČ No one makes better stuffing than my mama!

One thing I am really liked about the various Thanksgiving meal’s I’ve enjoyed is seeing what other people bring. It’s so interesting to see what dishes people consider mandatory in their Thanksgiving meal. My family always has turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas (and maybe green beans), cranberry sauce, stuffing, rolls with butter and pumpkin pie.

I know people that would be appalled that my Thanksgiving does not include sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, baked macaroni and cheese or pecan pie.

What do you HAVE to have on Thanksgiving?

I need stuffing on Thanksgiving. Also, as weird as it is, I need peas, too. My dad and I always make little “pea pockets” in our mashed potatoes before stirring them in and topping everything (and I mean everything) with gravy. I can’t imagine a Thanksgiving meal without my peas!

Second Thanksgiving Meal a Success

The second of my four Thanksgiving meals was, in a word, delicious!

Ryan and I headed over to my friend Laurel’s boyfriend’s house for a Thanksgiving potluck party. Everyone brought traditional Thanksgiving dishes and we had tons of food!

Potluck Platter

Friends and Food

Within 10 minutes of our arrival we were diggin’ in.

My Plate

I went back for seconds of the sweet potato casserole, macaroni and cheese and stuffing… apparently carbs and I are lovers today. ūüėČ

The dessert options included brownies, cookies, pies, a pumpkin roll, whoopie pies and more. I brought my two pies and the turtle pumpkin pie was a hit! I really enjoyed it and it got good reviews from other taste-testers. If you’re looking for an easy, tasty Thanksgiving dessert, you may wanna give it a go.

Turtle Pumpkin Pie

Yummy Nuts and Caramel

Yummy Pie

It was a fun time with wonderful friends. I’d say Thanksgiving meal number two was even better than round one. Round three will kickoff tomorrow at my work Thanksgiving potluck lunch. I can already feel my food baby growing.

Dusting and Decorating

Though I managed to gather up the fall decorations into a pile yesterday, I didn’t get around to transforming our apartment into a winter wonderland.

When we got home from the potluck party¬†I got to work cleaning (as in vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing) because moving picture frames around to make room for holiday decor revealed just how dusty and dirty our apartment truly was… ick. I was on my feet cleaning¬†and decorating¬†for more than two hours, but our place¬†looks ah-maze-ing!

Sadie was happy because her little Santa bear (in the form of a free Victoria’s Secret PINK beanie baby) resurfaced. Fun for all!

I also totally forgot I packed up some Christmas CDs with my decorations and enjoyed listening to Mannheim Steamroller and Straight No Chaser.

I LOVE Straight No Chaser. I think acapella music is unbelievable and this group is so talented. I know this video was very popular on YouTube a couple years ago, but if you haven’t seen it, you HAVE to watch. They’re amazing!

I got my whole family hooked on their Christmas album. They just released a new CD for this Christmas and my mom already bought it for us to enjoy over Thanksgiving. Woop, woop!

Week Ahead

Another weekend bites the dust. I’m looking forward to this work week… only two days… and tomorrow will be fun since we’re having our Thanksgiving potluck lunch. I am bringing one turtle pumpkin pie and some cupcakes.

I would be bringing two pies, but look what happened when I was moving stuff around in the fridge:

Fallen Pie

Pie down, pie down! What a bummer. Not only did I lose a perfectly good pie, but it also fell on the kitchen floor which I just cleaned. Luckily Sadie’s super-fast tongue licked up a lot of the crumbs and made vacuuming round two a breeze.

I will only be working two days this week. Ryan and I are¬†heading to St. Pete¬†after work on Tuesday to begin the Thanksgiving fun. My family and I are flying to Gettysburg¬†early Wednesday morning¬†to spend the holiday with my grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. I love family fun and can’t wait to see everyone.