Happy Thanksgiving and my mom’s first 5k!!!

Hi everyone! I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving (if you celebrate :-)) with family and friends and I hope you ate lots of great good! We had a super fun time over here with my family.

We had a mini snow storm on Wednesday, so I decided to stay home from work and use my extra time to prep for Thanksgiving. This was my first year actually cooking, so it was nice to get a head start.

I made sweet potato casserole, a chocolate mousse trifle, cookie bars, and dressing. It was so nice to have all of this done prior to Thursday.



A white Thanksgiving Eve.

My parents flew in on Wednesday evening and I was SO HAPPY to see them. By the time we got home and got Annabelle settled down, it was after 1 am and we were exhausted.

We didn’t let sleep deprivation and freezing temps keep us from the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. My mom and I woke up and headed down the road to run a chilly 5k. The original plan was for me to run it and then back track to find my mom (who would be walking) once I finished. Well, she sure surprised me! I finished in about 24 minutes and headed back out to find her. It didn’t take long before I found her. She had decided to run instead of walk and she was already in her third mile! Since she had planned on walking, she was wearing a big winter hat and a long down coat AND carrying our packets! Even with all of that weighing her down, she ran her first 5k and finished in about 41 minutes. I am beyond proud. 🙂


After a stop for Starbucks and donuts, we headed home to shower and get the turkey in the oven. The day was made extra special because my Aunt Janice and Uncle Gren came over for a visit and it was sooo nice to see them. 🙂

We finally ate around 5 pm and it turned out very well for my first attempt at cooking. The menu included:

-Turkey and gravy
-Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows
-Mashed potatoes
-Cranberry Sauce



After letting our dinner settle, we dug into dessert (my favorite part of most meals)!

-Pumpkin Pie
-Chocolate Mousse Trifle (French vanilla cake layered with a cool whip and pudding mixture and topped with crushed Oreos…and repeat)
-Cookie bars

I made enough food for an army, so I’ve been eating leftovers everyday. I think I’ve had enough now.

I’m sad that I didn’t take a full family photo, but I did get a few good ones.

AB just couldn’t hang. 🙂 (Don’t worry, she was not really drinking beer or wine)

Grandses, Annabelle, and Me ❤


It was a great day and I’m now looking forward to a whole lot of Christmas fun.

Trader Joe’s… I have missed you.

Last night, Annabelle and I had a fun night of eating dinner at Panera Bread and shopping at Trader Joe’s! The nearest TJ’s is over 30 miles from my house, so I don’t go as nearly as often as I would like to.

My goodies!

I bought some normal stuff: bread, eggs, milk, yogurt, honey crisp apples.

I also bought some fun stuff: Ginger Cats Cookies, Chocolate Chip Brownie and Oats Bars, Almond Butter, White Cheddar Mac and Cheese (they had samples and AB loved it), Minestrone Soup, brocollini, and Pecan and Pumpkin Oatmeal.

I also started some Thanksgiving shopping! My extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, etc.) is having dinner on the Saturday before Turkey Day, so if I want dinner on actual Thanksgiving, it’s up to me!

Annabelle was so ready for bed after all of that fun. 😉

Do you live near a Trader Joe’s?

What’s your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  I hope you are having a fantastic day!

Today was awesome in so many ways.

1.  It was Annabelle’s First Thanksgiving!


2.  Turkey Trot:  I won the 30-39 age group with a time of 22:08.  Not a PR but I’ll take a 1st place any day.  🙂


3.  Great food!



Clockwise from the left:  chocolate chip cookie, lemon cake, brownie, strawberry angel food cake and whipped cream mixture.  I’ll be honest with you all (and myself)…an hour later I also had strawberry jello mold and one more brownie.  I also ate a bowl of ice cream before writing this post…  I have a problem.  😉


4.  Lots of family time!

Chris, Uncle Roger, and Laura rocking it at the kid’s table.  Chris fit right in because he holds his silverware like a 5 year old.  Love you babe!



My dad loves Reddi Whip and he decided that Annabelle would love it too.  He was right.


Molly and I will be spending the rest of the evening on the couch watching the Ravens game.  Go Ravens!!

What was the best thing you ate today?

It was all so good.  🙂

Are  you shopping tonight or tomorrow?

No.  I am heading to work very early tomorrow and I will probably fall asleep by 10.  Let me know if you find any great deals!

Follow these 5 tips to have the best Thanksgiving ever!!

  1. Get in a morning workout!  I read that Thanksgiving has become the most popular holiday to run a race, so get out there and sign up for a Turkey Trot.  I find that when I get in a good run/workout, I digest my food quickly and I am hungry more often.  On Thanksgiving, this is immensely important as I intend to eat a few helpings.  I’m running the Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot Towson! 

If you don’t have a lot of time, try this short but powerful workout that you can do in your own home.

Turkey Day Workout

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 25 minutes

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 25 high knees
  • 10 walking pushups (or regular ones or on your knees J)
  • 15 burpees
  • 30 sit-ups
  • 30 tricep dips (I use my coffee table)

NOTE:  Please feel free to modify the number of reps and the total time as you see fit.  Just make sure that you get your heart rate up and that you feel challenged.  🙂

  1. Eat breakfast!  I can understand the “don’t eat now so I can eat more later” logic, but this will back fire on Thanksgiving.  Eat something healthy in the morning, such as eggs and toast or oatmeal and fruit, so that you are not famished by the time the main even happens.  This will allow you to make smarter choices and you won’t eat everything in sight because you are starving.  PS You will probably still eat everything in sight because it is Thanksgiving!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  2. Dress appropriately!  Proper attire includes:  spandex, sweatpants, and elastic.  If you happen to have maternity pants around, go with those.  J  The more room you have for expansion, the better!  Our day involves lots of food, board games, and football watching and all of those activities are best performed in sweats…or at least loose fitting pants.  Don’t get this comforable though!20131109-212235.jpg 
  3. Strategize!  the landscape and make a game plan.  I don’t like to have all of my food touching, so I really have to work some magic when filling my plate.  I try to have a little bit of   everything I like in the first round and the second round is saved for another helping of the “best of the best” dishes.  No need to strategize for dessert…I’m having one of each and that is a fact (unless it involves coconut). 
  4. Give thanks!  Sit back and relax today, spend time with your family, enjoy your dinner, and really be thankful for all that you have.  Give thanks for all the blessings in your life and do something nice for those less fortunate.  So many people are facing true struggles and even a smile or a quick hello can make someone’s day.     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Strategize! SurveyGive I am so thankful for this little girl.



What are you doing tonight?  Please tell me!!!  🙂 Cooking?  Watching movies?

What are you eating tonight?  I hear it’s one of the biggest pizza ordering nights of the year!