Thanksgiving 2013

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed the day yesterday with the people who are most important to you.

Now for a recap of the First Ever 5ksandCoffeeBeans Thanksgiving!

The day started off nice and early as mom and I made our way to my sister’s house which is about 5 hours away. For the first time ever, I was the driver! We listened to the Pandora “Rockin’ Holidays” station for almost the entire trip so I was in my element! After I refused to stop at the first rest stop for a break (which was about fifteen short minutes into the drive), my mother decided that I wasn’t a very nice driver. For some reason, her reaction (refusing to talk to me and instead playing a game that was particularly noisy) cracked me up and I laughed until I cried.

Thanksgiving drive Fortunately, the silent treatment didn’t last for very long. 😉

Someone else also got to come along for the ride!

It’s the holiday pup!! Despite her ridiculously energetic personality, Rudy is actually a very good passenger. The only time she makes a peep is at the toll booths when she feels the need to talk to the cashiers. Maybe she’s asking for directions! (I did make one wrong “turn”/ veer at the very beginning…) Once we arrived at our destination, Rudy was definitely loving the company and attention and engaged just about every member of the family into a rousing round of fetch.

My jobs involved toasting the rolls that I brought and also helping to set the table. After all, who needs a turkey when you have napkin rings!??!

I’m a keeper, no? 😉

My aunt and uncle from Washington DC were also in for the day and it was great to see them! Then it was time for appetizers. My brother-in-law made a spinach-artichoke dip in the style of TGI Fridays and it was delicious. While the plate pictured above looks reasonable enough, in all reality, I actually had about 400 times what you see. Including about 2 cups of that dip!

And what would a 5KCB Thanksgiving be without coffee beans!?!

Not a Thanksgiving at all. I was fading fast throughout the afternoon so a little pick-me-up was definitely in order. Although even after that I still managed to conk out on the couch for a 20 minute nap. It reminded me of the days I’d fall asleep with a cup of coffee in-hand at school!

Now. For the piece de resistance. Are you ready for this?

I don’t think you are…

BAM!

This plate did NOT require a return for seconds. As you’ll notice, it’s about 2% turkey and 98% side dishes. In preparation for the big show, I didn’t eat a ton throughout the day which meant that I was STARVING when dinnertime rolled around. I INHALED all of what you see there PLUS about 40 pounds of pie.

There were three pies featured, a Tollhouse cookie pie, the perennial pumpkin pie (and after all, I was headed to Pennsylvania! 😉 ) and a candy bar pie. Ohmygoodness the candy bar pie. This was my mom’s new addition this year and it was amazing. It was a combination of candy, brownies, and cheesecake in a pretzel crust topped with chocolate ganache. Best part of all, it was zero calories and low-fat! (<— Oh my God the jokes.)

Solely for the intrigue of it, I decided to enter incredibly rough estimates of what I had eaten throughout the day (just the calorie estimations) and when all was said and done, here’s what myfitness”pal” told me:

Now, I make it a point to never mention my actual weight on this blog. But what I will tell you is that this is a solid ten pounds PLUS from where I am right now. Needless to say, every day will NOT be “like today.” 😛

It was a fantastic night full of family, food and fun. I am so grateful to have taken these two days off from work in order to enjoy some time with family and to kick off the holiday season right! And now it’s time for some board games, leftovers and maybe even some shopping. ….Maybe.

Thanks for reading and again, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Good morning from a crazy, makeup-less girl with crazy hair and a crazy dog. I’ll catch y’all tomorrow!

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