An Intimate Thanksgiving

Good morning and happy Black Friday!  Who’s shopping the sales? You know, in all of my 22 years (I’m ancient, I know ;-), I don’t think I’ve ever gone shopping the Friday after Thanksgiving.  The crowds sound terrible! I heard on the radio that some stores opened as early as midnight, 3 and 4 AM. Craziness!  I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings, whatever you did.  We had a very nice day, but by the time we got home last night I was so tired that I went right to sleep!

Yesterday morning I was up at 8, with the full intention to go for a run early in the morning.  Well… that didn’t quite work out.  I was really tired, and wanted to relax a little around the house.  Around 9:30, I made a protein shake using the Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Tera’s Whey Protein powder (which I won from one of Holly‘s contests), frozen strawberries, and skim milk.

It was good, but needed a little something.  Over-ripe banana it was!

The result was perfect: rich, chocolatey, and with the slightest hint of fruit.

Around 10:45 I finally got my act together: I laced up, piled on the layers, and went for a run.  According to my training schedule I needed to run 5 miles and work on speedwork.  Because my heart rate monitor doesn’t have GPS and not all of the streets are marked in Riverside Park, I had to approximate “2 x 1600 @ 8:47”.  Basically, I warmed up with a mile, ra really fast for 4 minutes, resumed a regular pace, ran fast around a mini-track for 3 laps, and ran slowly home again.  Not ideal, but it got the job done.  How do you concentrate on speedwork when you’re not on a treadmill or a calibrated path?

When I got home, I had a quick lunch: salad and miso soup leftover from my bento box.

I iced my knees (I’m trying to get in the habit of doing this after every run that’s longer than 2 miles) and helped my mom with our caramel pecan rolls.

We make these “sticky buns” every year (recipe can be found here), and they’re always a hit.

It was very hard not to dig in before the feast!

I wanted to bring something vegetarian, so I made Heidi Swanson’s Carmelized Tofu & Brussels Sprouts recipe.  I’ve made this a few times… I just love this.

Everyone (besides me) is carnivorous, so I wanted to make a sweet recipe that would make tofu a little less intimidating.

We got to George & Judy’s house, and went straight upstairs to look at the view from the top apartment in their building.

Note: when lusting after a piece of real estate, speak in earnest and rub your palms together with enthusiasm.

Fondle the exposed brick…

… and allow your photo to be taken, however camera-shy you may be.

We went back downstairs to partake in cocktails and appetizers.

I was very excited to see Cowgirl Creamery cheese, which I’d coveted from the re-caps of the Foodbuzz Food Festival.

I may have overdone it on the crudités… my stomach was upset for most of dinner 😦

Jack on the rocks made it a little better…

… and the company almost healed me.

The turkey was lovely.

We ate buffet-style…

… and I loaded my plate to the max with red cabbage with apples, rutabaga, mashed potatoes, corn pudding, my Brussels sprouts & tofu, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and a sticky bun.

I didn’t know if I’d be hungry for dessert, but I managed to pack in slivers of pumpkin and pecan pie, with a little homemade whipped cream.

It was another fabulous Thanksgiving.  Can’t wait to see how you celebrated!

I’m off to scrounge for leftovers and head to Ari’s family’s house (though he will not be there).  Have a great weekend!

LVP’s Thanksgiving 2008

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20 responses to “An Intimate Thanksgiving

  1. your family is BEAUTIFUL!! that sounds like an amazing thanksgiving..and those sticky buns.. i bet they were aweeesome!

  2. Glad to see you had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂 Your eats look delish…especially the sticky buns! My goodness!

  3. pumpkin and pecan pie, with a little homemade whipped cream–wow

    those carmel sticky buns are my ultimate food love…things like that are just sooo good. I have to try to find a way to GF those types of recipes.

    What a lovely family celebration, it looks amazing.

    As do the B.S. w/ tofu. I would have loved TG at your family’s!

  4. LOVE your dress and the family photos – fabulous celebration, my dear.

  5. What a lovely Thanksgiving! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    In all my 25 years (I’m even more ancient than you! ;)), I have never, ever gone shopping on Black Friday, and I think I can safely say that I never will.

    ❤ ❤

  6. LOVE your dress! Looks like such a lovely way to spend the holiday 😀

    Can you send me your corn pudding recipe? Looks amazing- we used to make it all the time using the Jiffy mix but my mom can’t eat it anymore since it’s not Kosher/vegetarian 😦

  7. I’m not a Black Friday girl, my mom did it once and that was enough for her! Dark chocolate protein powder sounds crazy delicious!

    Katie!! You are so pretty (even when you’re fondling the bricks) – don’t be camera shy! I love, love, love your dress.

  8. im in love with your dressss!!

    everything looks great, especially those sticky buns and home made whipped creammm yum

  9. yum yum!! those pecan rolls look fab!!

    i love the tofu involved in your thanksgiving feast as well!!

    HUGS KATIE

  10. what a beautiful family!!! and those sticky buns…i would have eaten them beforehand too!

  11. Now I know why you make those sticky buns every year. My gosh!!!

    I love your dress. You are stunning as always.

  12. Whoa, what a great feast! And those sticky buns…they’ve got me drooling! I think I’m out of my food coma from yesterday now! 😀

  13. I know everyone else has said it, but pecans–can you go wrong? Anyway, I decided that Thanksgiving meals, especially way out here in the Middle get very bland, so in lieu 0f tofu as a culinary eye-opener, I cribbed a recipe for curried mashed sweet potatoes that turned out delicious and turned some heads:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/dining/111srex.html?_r=1&ref=dining

  14. hey there 🙂 my good friend lauryn (i think you know her too!) told me about your blog– i think i may have read it in the past but its def going to be one of my regulars now– i love it!!

    those pecan rolls look SOOO good!! and omg i love tofu sooo mucch! i love that you made a thanksgiving dish with it!!!

  15. those pecan rolls look incredible – nothing like mother-daughter kitchen time. 🙂

    i’m in love with your thanksgiving dress, btw. glad you enjoyed your day!

  16. Oh my those STICKY buns look amazing!! you and your mama are sooo cute! and i loveee your haircut! i really want to cut my hair to my shoulders, but i’m too attached to it! Your outfit was Gorgeous…so pretty! I hope your having a great weekend! xoxo!

  17. I’ve never shopped on black friday either!! I mean, I’ve shopped the friday after Thanksgiving….but maybe wayy later in the day, at a NORMAL hour! haha, the deals are great but aren’t worth waking up at 3 am for me! 😉

    Those sticky buns look amazing!! And you and your mom are so cute!

    And I feel ya on the crudites! Veggies and hummus are just too hard to resist 🙂 Have a great Saturday girl! xoxo

  18. I love the dress that you wore to dinner. Ever consider doing a fashion post for us?

    I braved the crowds on Black Friday, but I live in Vermont where there never are really that many people out to begin with. It’s a bit crowded but I’ve never been witness to those violent or crazed shopaholics that you hear about. Hopefully they really are just the stuff of legends!

  19. Everything looks so delicious! Glad you enjoyed a great thanksgiving meal with wonderful company 🙂

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