Thanksgiving Weekend, I Miss You Already

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.

Black Friday

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!

mom's house

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.

christmas decorations

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?

31 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Weekend, I Miss You Already

  1. pickyrunner

    I love all of the Christmas decorations! I miss being home already. It’s awful! I just got back and I’m ready to turn around and fly back to Boston. Those molasses cookies look AMAZING! Can’t wait for the recipe :)

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Thanks!! And I know, this season is the worst for homesickness. I just want to bake cookies and watch Christmas movies and drink hot chocolate. Homework? What? No thank you :(

      We’ll get through it, the semester’s almost over!

  2. Life's a Bowl

    Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And all of the decorations, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are bea-uuu-tiful! Since my hubby had surgery last week our decorations haven’t gone up yet but I think that’ll be my weekend project :) There’s nothing quite like the holiday spirit to boost anyone’s mood!

    P.S. Those cookies are my dad’s absolute favorite and have become one of mine too, wouldn’t be the holidays without a few batches!!!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Thanks! I hope everything went well with the surgery, that can always be nerve wracking even if it’s a routine procedure. And the holiday spirit is the best way to boost any mood :) Last night I got to spend a half hour reading a good book by the Christmas tree. Couldn’t have been happier about it. And molasses cookies are a family tradition now, ever since the first batch was made!

  3. runningonjava

    Your mom is ambitious! My mom wouldn’t have wanted anything to do with a turkey if we weren’t hosting. I guess the leftovers are worth it! I WILL be taking pictures of Christmas food next month…hopefully I won’t get too many weird looks. I totally would have woken up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday if I had big ticket items on my list, too. I’m much more of a Cyber Monday shopper (although I don’t need a designated day to shop online…. :) ) Hope you have a great day!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Haha I know it, I told my mom she was a little crazy, but I didn’t push the issue because I wanted that turkey! I need to take more pictures this Christmas, I’m determined to. I always sit down to dinner, start eating, then realize I forgot my camera. Since I don’t want to interrupt dinner by getting up for a camera, I just end up without pictures. I was so sad I missed out on Cyber Monday this year! Damn grad school classes taking up my precious shopping time. Oh well, next year!

  4. Megan

    Your place looks great!! Last year I decorated right when I got back to my place after Thanksgiving and my roommate and I havent yet! You are making me miss twinkly lights!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Aw yay! So glad my cookies bring back some memories for you :) They’re so delicious, a family tradition for us too. And yea, I don’t regret missing out on Black Friday at all this year. Sleep was much more satisfying.

  5. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily

    Love all the Christmas decorations and I just had an idea for my house after looking at your pictures, thanks :)
    We did 2 rounds of BF shopping this year, Old Navy at midnight for clothes for my kids and then came home, went to bed for a few hours and headed out from 8 until 4(ish), I was shopped out by the end of the day!!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see what my little decorations inspired you to do! That sounds like a completely epic day of black Friday shopping, I’m a little jealous! Then again, I’m glad I still have Christmas shopping to look forward to, it’s definitely one of my favorite things to do!

  6. AnnaTheApple

    Aww your house looks so pretty! And your thanksgiving sounds lovely. Such a good idea of your mum to cook a turkey, I wouldn’t want to miss out on leftovers either! Hehe.

  7. Carrie

    Decorating for Christmas is so much fun! I definitely need to get some holiday decorations for my apartment; it feels so bare! And I love your Thanksgiving setup. In past years, we always had separate tables for kids and adults, but since we had a relatively small group this time around, we all crowded around one. It was quite cozy, but worth it. :)

  8. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale

    The only holiday food I actually like is stuffing. And dessert. haha.
    And I think that your nephew is my new favourite!! ;) What a little gentleman! I’m glad that the first Boy Meets Family encounter went well.
    Ahhhhh and yay to nearly being done!! You’re SOOOO close!! :D
    And then real life begins. haha. Can I get a woot? ;)

  9. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Our Canadian Thanksgiving was last month and I’m still missing it. Turkey, cranberry sauce, and whipped mashed potatoes? Eeeee I wants itttttt! But at least there’s Christmas dinner to look forward to now :D And speaking of Christmas, I’m just a tad bit jealous that your already all decorated. I usually wait until the first weekend of December to break out the tree and garlands, so I’ve got a couple more days to go yet.

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I’m missing the delicious Thanksgiving food too…thank goodness Christmas is just around the corner so I can have some more! And I love how everyone has their traditions for Christmas decorating. We always did it the weekend after Thanksgiving (no matter how early it was). First weekend of December is just a couple days away! Yay for pretty decorations.

  10. jessielovestorun

    Your whole Thanksgiving holiday sounds perfect! I can’t get over how beautiful your aunts Thanksgiving decorations were. Also, I have to tell you that I picked up some molasses @ the grocery store yesterday because of this cookie recipe that you’ll be sharing w/ us this week!! :) :)


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