I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
The BF and I had a very low key Thanksgiving this year. Since we didn’t have plans for traveling, we decided to volunteer in the afternoon and have my parents over for dinner.
The rest of our holiday weekend was relaxing. I didn’t make any plans, so we just kind of went with whatever we felt like doing.
I had a kale berry smoothie for breakfast while I made sweet potato casserole. I had made pie the night before. I spaced out my baking and cooking so I wouldn’t have to do everything on Thanksgiving day.
The BF and I spent a couple of hours volunteering at the Knights of Columbus for their free Thanksgiving dinner. We cleared people’s plates, cleaned tables, served drinks and food.
I was really glad that we volunteered. The experience made me feel incredibly grateful for the people in my life, the opportunities that I have and all of the abundance in my life.
There are so many people who are struggling. Seeing people who don’t have anywhere to go, don’t have family or don’t have the resources for a holiday meal, is really eye opening.
After volunteering, the BF and I spent the afternoon cooking.
I made a few dishes that were dairy-free and sugar-free, but the BF also made some of his traditional Thanksgiving favorites.
Here’s a look at our menu:
- Herb Roasted Turkey
- Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pepitas and Cranberries (a salad mix from Costco)
- Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
- Dairy-Free Root Vegetable Mash (carrots, parsnips, turnip and potatoes)
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Bourbon Cranberries (sugar-free)
- Pumpkin Pie
- Vegan Caramel Cheesecake
Dinner was delicious and satisfying, and everything I had was dairy-free and sugar-free. I didn’t feel deprived or like I was missing out on anything.
I’ve also been enjoying leftovers without feeling like I’m overindulging.
Friday, Nov. 25
I had sweet potato casserole topped with almond butter for breakfast, and checked out the online Black Friday deals. I bought a few Christmas gifts, a coat from Fabletics and a pair of leggings I’ve been eyeing for months from Athleta.
My mom and I did a little shopping later in the morning, but I didn’t buy anything. I spent the afternoon watching Love Actually and putting up some of our Christmas decorations.
The BF and I had dinner at Market Grille. I had my usual salmon, wild rice and grilled vegetables.
Saturday, Nov. 26
I taught two yoga classes in the morning.
I spent most of the afternoon helping my parent’s put up their Christmas tree and outdoor lights. My dad recently had neck surgery and can’t lift anything heavy or do anything too strenuous, and my mom recently broke her wrist. It was a lot of fun, and really special because my parent’s are moving our of their house (where I grew up) next year.
We had take out Panera for lunch. I had turkey chili.
That evening, my niece and I watched Curly Sue and decorated gingerbread houses.
Sunday, Nov. 27
I slept in late, had sweet potato casserole and coffee, and spent the entire morning (about four hours) creating healthy holiday gift guides, blogging and writing emails for my Happy Healthy Holidays program (while I watched Christmas movies, of course).
The BF and I needed to get out of the house, so we did some Christmas shopping. I have most of my shopping done already!
I finished decorating our tree and meal planned for the week. The BF made turkey meatloaf, mashed cauliflower and potatoes, corn and kale Brussels sprouts salad for dinner. It was delicious and perfect for the rainy day.
The long holiday weekend was wonderful. It didn’t go by too fast and I felt like I had time to relax and enjoy the time. I hope you had a great weekend as well!