The feast!

Happy, happy Thanksgiving everyone!  What a wonderful day!  Got an early start on work before going to my gym, where I did 5 miles on the treadmill.  It was actually very crowded today!  I was surprised at how many people were there.  None of them I recognized, though, which was interesting.  I set the treadmill at 5.5 mph and went at it.  For the last 1/2 mile, I did 6 mph.  It felt great!   I came home and had brekkie.  I won’t bother showing you Cream of Wheat, since there are too many other good food photos today!  We left a little early so I could kickstart the day with a small eggnog latte!  I made myself wait until Thanksgiving to have one.  It was sooo good.  I ask them to make it with half skim and half eggnog.

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The sun came out and made for a beautiful afternoon!  Someone was ready to eat – cheers!:

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My other niece made us all little place cards.  Mine:

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My nemesis was here:

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Cashews *and* mini PB cups!  I had some, but not a horrible amount.

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The gathering!  Pretend that seltzer bottle is me (that’s my seat).

The giant 23-pound local turkey:

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Brined a la Alton Brown (so delicous!!).

My mom’s cranberry bread (the best):

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Alaskan moose from one of Colleen’s coworkers:

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Pom seeds!!

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My plate with some turkey, potatoes, stuffing, moose, green beans:

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With my side plate of breads and POM seeds and cranberry sauce:

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I had a little more stuffing and one more small piece of cranberry bread.  Love that stuff.  I was pleased at not gorging at dinner!

The dogs really wanted to come in for some turkey:

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I worked for a little while while others went hunting or football watching.  Then it was dessert time!  My dad made a pumpkin pie, and John made a sweet potato cheesecake with a gingersnap crust.

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My sister made a point that everyone drink their coffee out of the special china cups, so I told her that I would put a picture of it here:

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A little elf might have slipped some eggnog into my coffee here…..

I decided to forego the pumpkin pie and just have a tiny slice of cheesecake.  I drizzled on a little bit of cranberry sauce.

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Plus some praline pecan sauce John made.  It was so decadent and delicious.  I could have eaten 3 pieces!

Overall, I am pleased at how I ate today.  I really, really enjoyed all the food I ate and did not over eat.  Plus I got to spend time with family, and now my work week is done!

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23 thoughts on “The feast!

  1. Jinx!

    One day out of the year Lori why be so concerned about over eating?? Do you ever completely let your guard down??

    Thank you for inviting us into your holiday. Wonderful pictures as always. What a lovely family. We enjoyed ham, turkey , stuffing,corn, potatoes, deviled eggs, chess pecan pie, pear cake, apple pie. And i had some of everything and some seconds and thirds. Stuffed to gills! 🙂 I give myself permission to eat what i want as much as i want on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Its wonderful to eat things i usually avoid on a regular basis. There are things to be said for sticking with the program but i think its important to completely let your hair down occassionally. Especially now that i have the firm knowledge that i WILL be back on the bandwagon tomorrow. Jinx!

  2. debby

    Happy Thanksgiving, my twin! I went to the gym today too, and there were a lot more people there than usual, and I didn’t know most of them. I want to try an eggnog latte too, and I am afraid once I start I will not be able to stop! (I like your idea of 1/2 skim, 1/2 eggnog.) My nemesis would be the same!!! And that cranberry bread–is it possible that I can taste it over the computer? I think I can! Those dogs are darling. Are they clumber spaniels? Thanks for sharing all the great pictures with us!
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      1. debby

        Ha! Well I used to show dogs and in fact mostly cocker spaniels, so very familiar with breeds in the sporting group. But what made me laugh was that I used to torture my sister by making her listen to me list off all 125 breeds from memory!
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    1. Lori Post author

      The moose tasted kind of like beef, but a little more game-like. It was so lean and a bit overcooked. Interesting to try, though!

  3. Susan

    Haha, I’ve read on several blogs now that there was an unusual amount of people seen exercising Thanksgiving morning 😉

    That bread and cheesecake look awesome! And moose meat! You know, I live in moose country and I’ve never seen one, let alone eaten one.
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  4. Heidi

    That is one amazing spread! I think I would be tempted by those PB cups too! I’m such a sucker for PB and chocolate 🙂 I especially love the place cards! Happy Thanksgiving to you.
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  5. Roberta

    Im glad you got to have a taste of my home, Alaska! Moose is my favorite meat. So lean and tender. The only meat I love more is Lamb..

    Do you think you could convince John to give up his sweet potato cheesecake recipe? And the crust too! That sounds so delicious.
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