Good morning! I’m just popping in to give you guys a quick recap of my holiday weekend. Here’s some highlights!
I woke up Thanksgiving morning to the intoxicating scent of a turkey roasting. There’s really no other smell like it. My mom wasn’t hosting Thanksgiving, but she wanted to roast a turkey anyway to have leftovers and turkey soup. I had my fair share of turkey sandwiches this weekend!
After relaxing and watching the parade with my niece and nephew for a bit, I got to work in the kitchen and baked some cookies to bring for dessert.
Molasses spice cookies. My specialty I’ll share the recipe with you guys later this week.
We got to my aunt’s house for dinner at about 2pm, and it was beautifully decorated for the holiday!
The adult table…
And the kids table…
Guess which one I was at?
Yep, the kids table. And my younger brother was at the adult table! No fair, haha. I think it was because my cousin Emma wanted to sit next to me. She set out the place cards for everyone
No pictures of the food for you guys, I wanted to avoid weird looks from my family. But the meal was fantastic. Turkey, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips and carrots, green bean casserole…it was all amazing. My roommate Andrea came to Thanksgiving with me, and her outside perspective was “I never knew what x or y should taste like! It’s awesome to have good cooks make it, who knew I liked turnips?”
Dessert was the molasses cookies pictured above, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and these pumpkin bars that my mom made. They’re incredible.
The highlight of the night was playing Scategories with the family. Best game ever.
So I’m sad to report I didn’t do any crazy Black Friday shopping this year My usual partners in crime (my sister, my brother, and/or Jen) didn’t want to go. And if I’m being honest, that was fine with me because I didn’t have any “big ticket” items I was looking to buy. I’m not waking up at 3am for some shirts. I’m waking up that early for a flat screen TV or Wii.
I did do some shopping with my dad later in the day though. He had a few things he wanted to grab, so after we decorated the outside of my parents’ house with Christmas lights, we went shopping together. It was great to get in some quality father/daughter time
After shopping I had a little bit of daylight left, and decided to go for a run at the local track. I didn’t bring my “good” running sneakers with me, but I figured I could get in a few miles, no problem. Well, I was wrong! After only a couple miles, my left knee and both ankles were in pain. I’m usually fortunate enough to run without any pain at all (I don’t run long distances, but still) so this was a little surprising. It’s crazy what a difference the right shoes can make!
I went to Matt’s Friday night for some epic ping pong matches and drinking games. Lots of fun!
I spent most of Saturday helping my mom clean/organize her house (I love doing that) and decorating for Christmas!
My mom wanted the house to look nice because we were having a special guest for dinner.
The special guest was Matt! He met my parents and family for the first time. It was great The cutest thing was when my 8 year-old nephew walked right up to him, shook his hand, and introduced himself. He’s such a little man.
It was finally time to get back to reality on Sunday, so I drove home to Providence to run some errands, catch up on homework, and of course, decorate for Christmas.
We turned on some Pandora Christmas, poured a couple glasses of wine, and started trimming our little tree.
Hahaha, it might be time to upgrade it, but I still love it for now! It’s a little naked, we need a tree skirt and some wrapped presents to finish it off.
I love the Christmas season. And I absolutely cannot wait to be finished with grad school December 17th. A 50 hour work week sounds like pure bliss to me right now.
I was a little absent from the blog world this weekend, but am hoping to catch up soon. I’d love to hear about your weekends!
What was your favorite Thanksgiving dish this year? Does your family have a favorite board game they always play? Anyone else bust out the Christmas decorations this weekend?