It started out with a 4:30am alarm clock (not one of my favorites) in preparation for the Atlanta Half-Marathon. I've done this race for a few years now, but it's always been just me running while the rest of the family enjoyed a lazy Thanksgiving morning at the house. I've put the guilt trip on them multiple times that I'm the only person there by myself while everyone else's whole family participates in the festivities. This year my persuasion finally worked and I convinced Dad, Mom, Royce (brother), and Erin (brother's girlfriend) to run the 5k while I did the 13.1. It was a perfectly crisp and cool morning and I think fun was had by all. Dad and Royce ran the entire 5k (a FIRST for both of them) and achieved very respectable times. Mom and Erin walked/jogged the course and enjoyed it. I finished the half with a time of 1:41. It was 5 minutes off my PR at that distance, but overall, pretty close to what I was expecting running a conservative race given a nagging hamstring injury that has limited my running to once per week for a couple months.
After the race we brought ourselves home and enjoyed a HOT shower. Nothing better after a race! Then it was a mad dash to the food to fill our growling stomachs. Mom made a delicious pot of soup that featured quinoa, beet greens, and assorted vegetables. Served alongside were Great Harvest rolls and honeycrisp apple slices. It was perfect post-race fuel and was enjoyed while watching the Macy's Parade that had recorded earlier that morning.
The afternoon featured lots of laziness, including reading, scouring the newspaper ads, and naps. Dad also worked to diligently prepare and monitor the turkey on the big green egg. It's a science and art-form that he takes very seriously!
Post-long run hunger crept in as well and was cured with some tasty snacks.
|Snack Plate - Salmon Cheese ball with Triscuits, Seaweed snacks, Prunes, and Apricots|
Dinner this year was unique - A Vegan Thanksgiving Feast (plus a not-so vegetarian turkey). Mom carefully planned the menu to appease the hard-core traditionalists of the family (Royce and Dad) while also improving on the nutritional profile of the meal. I believe it was a success on all accounts and got the seal of approval from everyone.
|Mom hard at work in the kitchen preparing gravy|
Thanksgiving Dinner 2011
|The Carving Master|
|Any chance you saved a piece for the well-trained dog? Dark meat, please!|
|Featuring Great Harvest Stuffing Bread (seriously delicious!)|
Sweet Potato Casserole
Roasted Root Vegetables
Green Bean Casserole
Jellied Cranberry Sauce
|Straight from the can - just for Royce!|
What a meal! Everything was spot-on delicious. The turkey was by far the most moist and flavorful bird we've ever had. Dad, you raise the expectations every year. All of the sides were equally fantastic! I love the fact that Mom was able to create a holiday meal that was nutritious, yet left us feeling as stuffed and satisfied as any prior Thanksgiving meal. One thing that I can always count on when I come home to visit is amazingly delicious meals!
|The entire meal perfectly arrange on a fall-themed table. Let's eat!|
|My plate featured some of everything, plus a small second serving of roasted vegetables and dressing.|
|30 minutes later - I'd say I enjoyed the meal!|
The evening concluded with the whole family spending some time lying flat on our backs to help digest the meal. A little while later we managed to make a little more room in our stomachs for pumpkin pie. And with that, Turkey Day came to a close.
|Bailey called it quits long before Pumpkin Pie.|
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! I have many things to be thankful for this time of year, but these people are most certainly on the top of my list!