Why is it that long weekends always feel so short?
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend!
Mine was amazing – full of family, friends, food, relaxing and fun.
Then it ended far too fast, and today started far too early with a 6am Sculpt class that I instantly regretted signing up for the moment I clicked the “Sign Up Now” button last night around 10pm. But on the upside it’s over now. So there’s that.
But back to the glorious long weekend.
Boyfriend and I headed to my parents house in the ‘burbs, and we kicked off the long weekend with some great conversation, amazing homemade pizzas (thanks mom for picking up the gluten-free dough for me!), wine, and several episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix. (To say we are obsessed would be putting it mildly.)
My attempts at getting anyone to Turkey Trot with me were a massive failure (thanks a lot), so as a compromise, we woke up on Thursday morning ready to get in a long pre-turkey dinner bike ride (after breakfast and a little Macy’s Parade viewing of course). My dad regularly rides ~50 miles every weekend, and since I’m now a spinning pro (I’ve been like 5 times in the last month… pro), I was all over it.
Boyfriend, my brother, my dad and I suited up, grabbed bikes, and hit the road. I road my mom’s beautiful new road bike and Santa if you’re listening? If you can’t bring me a puppy this year, I’d like a road bike. (But I’d like a puppy more in case you were wondering where on my list the priorities fell.)
Overall we had an amazing ride, and the best time. The icing on a cake? My family lives at the top of a steep hill, and after 23-odd miles of riding, it’s quite the push to finish. (Imagine Everest and you’ll be close to the steepness we’re talking about.) Boyfriend and my brother wanted to have a race up the hill. My dad promptly veto-ed this (he had just finished with a sprint, smoking a rookie-looking amateur that tried to pass him – competitive personalities are apparently genetic), but entice me with any type of competition and I’m in.
I will also preface this with the fact that I am the only one coming off a STRESS FRACTURED foot, and was the only one not clipped in, but rather using the “basket” type pedals. (Mom, it’s time for clip-ins). My brother even asked if I wanted a head start.
I’m convinced boyfriend and I tied for first, but he’s convinced I barely beat him. So I mean… I’ll take the victory.
Post-ride, pre-dinner we settled in for more Breaking Bad episodes, and some snacks.
Rosemary Roasted Nuts, Apples, grapes, prosciutto, GF crackers, Dubliner Chedder, and Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam (the best cheese on the planet, and completely worth $16.99/pound.
Then it was time to get ready for dinner, peel some sweet potatoes, and make my contribution to this year’s dinner – a Crispy Autumn Kale Salad. I saw this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs a few weeks ago and thought it would be a perfect salad for Thanksgiving.
And it absolutely did not disappoint.
(Full disclosure it’s a little labor intensive with a lot happening at once, but it’s completely worth it.)
So, so good.
And the rest of the meal? Absolutely incredible, as always. My mom is an amazing cook, and never disappoints. I swear it gets better year after year – and she always manages to keep it healthy without sacrificing any flavor.
No your eyes did not deceive you – that is a second serving platter full of gluten-free stuffing (made from gf-bread crumbs).I was in heaven. (And still am since leftovers were dinner tonight.) She also outdid herself with a gluten-free pumpkin gingerbread pie and gluten-free apple crisp. And no one could tell the difference.
Mom you are the best – I’m so thankful for you (and your cooking). (There is no picture of the apple crisp because I was in a deliriously happy state while shoveling it into my mouth and couldn’t think of anything else at the time. The same goes for last night when I finished it off in a state of pure bliss.)
After dinner we headed over to our family friends (who are really more like family) for some wine and then called it a (very full) night.
So, so much to be thankful for this year – a wonderful family, great friends, the most amazing relationship with the most amazing boyfriend, our health, solid jobs, an (almost) fully healed stress fractured heel, upcoming travel plans…
…and gluten-free stuffing. Of course.