A Thanksgiving Break

by Holly on November 26, 2010

in dinner,family,holidays

After an extremely busy couple months of life, the thought of a four-day Thanksgiving break to do nothing for 96 straight hours but watch the trashiest, most mindless shows on television sounded like much-needed nourishment for my soul.

I’m currently on hour #35 and loving it.

With a What Not to Wear marathon on in the background, belly full of leftover apple crisp over Greek yogurt and large coffee glued to my side, this break was exactly what I needed.

A light dusting of snow on the ground – a Midwest necessity for Thanksgiving and all winter holidays – only solidifies the fact I may not move from the couch all day.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

For Everythingtarian’s sake, Thanksgiving was yesterday!

For that, I am grateful.

I awoke at 9:00am to a fresh coffee, warm fire and the comforting smell of butter.

While the Everythingtarian family is a relatively healthy bunch (Greek yogurt, chia seeds and organic milk are refrigerator staples), all bets are off on Thanksgiving Day.

Butter in stuffing?

Butter in sweet potatoes?

Butter on turkey?

Butter in corn?

(d) all of the above.

Don’t even get me started on the candy bowl.

Dove peppermint bark bites are ridonkulous, for the record.

After playing sous chef to Mama E all morning, I set the table and chose my two beverage staples for our 3:00pm dinner: red wine + Diet Coke.

Then, Mama E, Daddy E, Sissy E #2 and I sat down to feast.

Approximately seven minutes later, my plate of turkey breast, gravy, green bean casserole, caramelized sweet potatoes, stuffing, buttered corn and rye bun was no longer.

Mama E expressed her gratitude for having four daughters make it out of high school without an appearance on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

Sissy E thanked Mama E for saving her the turkey leg…with skin.

Daddy E was still eating, so I assume he agreed with Mama E.

Yours truly thanked her family for indulging her Jake Gyllenhaal obsession by agreeing to see Love and Other Drugs after dinner.

But not before dessert.

NEVER before dessert.

Much like NEVER before coffee.

While I don’t like pumpkin pie, I devoured a slice of Mama E’s famous apple crisp (with DOUBLE crumble topping) with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

It was the best food baby I’ve had in recent memory.

Now if you’ll excuse me, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comes on in nine minutes, which means I have to flip back and forth between that and What Not to Wear.

This Thanksgiving break thing is harder than I thought.


Andrea@WellnessNotes November 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I miss snow… Beautiful photos! Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving. I wish I could join you for some mindless t.v. The teenager and his friends are monopolizing the t.v; I’m starting to have withdrawals…. :)

Have a great weekend, Holly!

elise November 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

i have to make sure to fit glee in to my own mega marathon…of course thats not quite as much of a quality show as, oh say, the real housewives, but you know we all need stimulation somehow…

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) November 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm

ahaha having two shows on at once is very difficult! i hate having to flip back and forth… so frustrating!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Amen for taking a break with mindless TV watching! haha, you deserve it. :P Glad you had such a great Thanksgiving!

Erica November 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Glad you are ENJOYING your break. I love tv marathons :) That crumble looks so so good. And the snow scares me a bit.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

That sounds like a fabulous day – I too am enjoying my looong break!! :)

Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans November 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Wow, it looks like it was an absolutely fabulous day!

Angharad November 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Apple crisp + greek yoghurt = match made in heaven. LOVE.

Katie November 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’m saving my long break for Christmas, but it will be worth (she tells herself on BlackFriday while working…)

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries November 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Ahh I love a good apple crisp! My Jake obsession got a bit out of hand recently… I ended up pre-ordering tickets to Love & Other Drugs so I could see it on Wednesday right when it came out. The shirtless scenes of him made it SO worth it :)

julie November 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

hahahaha why are we so alike. i’ve got my bootay plastered to the bev hills ladies like there’s no tomorrow and there’s no rules at the golean family thanksgiving. we beast it on food like there’s no tomorrow. it’s zee best!

julie November 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

OH MY GOD and i meant to say in the comment before that i was reading in style and saw those dark choc candies and said out loud “OH MY GOD THEY LOOK AMAZING”

i’m glad you solidified that

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Oh I’m glad I’m not the only one who had a few Diet Cokes yesterday. Hey, I’m supposed to be setting a good example for my younger cousins, so no more than two beers were allowed…

I was tempted by that peppermint bark at the supermarket today, but the original Williams-Sonoma stuff has my heart.

Jessica November 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

The Real Housewives of BH is sooooo so good. Less drama, but the women are so entertaining. I heart the british one and the brunette Hilton sis! haha!

Your Thanksgiving sounds fab miss E! That apple crisp looks bomb. One of my sister in laws actually made some type of apple crisp last night, but with quince, or something?? (it cousins the apple!!)…loved. it.

Enjoy the rest of your day! Jeany and I are about to play some scrabble and indulge ourselves in more tv, too! xoxoxoxo

Eden November 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Just wanted to thank you for the warm wishes about my father. I am glad you were able to enjoy a thanksgiving chock full of butter, red wine, and diet coke. Enjoy your break!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

“A light dusting of snow on the ground – a Midwest necessity for Thanksgiving and all winter holidays”–
Yes and unfort that usually came around Halloween as a kid growing up in Mpls! And made 1.5 hr drives to my relatives’ houses for TGiving turn into 4 hr journeys white knuckled in the back seat as parents tried to stay on the road!

The post is beautiful. The sweet taters, red wine, and time w/ family..all look awesome!

RHW of Bev Hills. Love all the HW’s but I think Orange Co is my fave but i love the B.Hills girls too!

Pure2raw twins November 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm

awww no snow here…glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


April November 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I love this post. I love that you are watching the same marathon I am with WNTW. Mindless television really soothes the soul.

Alex @ IEatAsphalt November 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I am watching the same What Not To Wear marathon and doing all of my on-line shopping. Loving every second of it too.

Jess November 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Loved this post–your family seems SO cool! Loved what you ate–YUM YUM!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Whoa, snow!? I can’t wait for holiday snow, I hate cold weather after January first but until then I’m all over it. Also,I live in the midwest and so I wish I lived next door to your family. That way we could watch What Not To Wear together.

Becca November 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

The near constant Housewives marathons the past few days have been great. recuperation at it’s best haha. That snow is so pretty! snow and butter make holidays the best :)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 27, 2010 at 6:47 am

I’ve never liked pumpkin pie either until this year! :D

Love all of the pictures of snow. It makes me so excited for the upcoming winter. :D

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, Holly! :D

susan November 27, 2010 at 8:35 am

Take a load off girl, you deserve it! Sometimes we need mindless enterainment just to regain our sanity. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Lucie November 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

Such a beautiful post! I can totally relate to the mindless TV watching, its a much needed activity over the winter holidays! Happy Thanksgiving!


Low November 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I don’t like pumpkin pie either, but your plate looks fantastic and so does the apple crisp.

Lorna November 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Love the photos (especially the fir tree) and the food! And Momma E made me laugh. Happy Thanksgiving!

Virginia @ YtotheUmmy November 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

Instead of reading “all bets are off on Thanksgiving day”, I definitely read “all BELTS are off on Thanksgiving Day” ….ahaha

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

The snow outside, the fire inside and the tasty tasty food all together sound so amazing. My sister in law made a apple crumb pie with double crumb topping… the key is in the crumbs. Always the crumbs.

Linda November 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I am hungry to see your Thanksgiving’s plates!!!!

Katie November 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Hooray for relaxing! I had TEN DAYS off, and I don’t know where they went…this last week FLEW by – complete with plenty of football watching, family time, puzzles, and eating (for two). Now we just have to make it about 3 more weeks before our birthdays and Christmas!! Happy season! Enjoy the last drops of your weekend, Holly! xoxo

sofia November 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm

truth: i made a really sad apple crisp last night and i feel as if i need to redeem myself. can mama E help me out with a recipe?

another truth: we can stalk down JG in p-slope together very easily, as i know exactly where gorilla coffee (the shop they were spotted in) is located. lez do it, yo.

um. that’s all i gots. goodnight.

Susan November 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Awww, I’m happy you had an incredibly relaxing weekend – things have been hectic for you lately! My mom usually doesn’t cook with butter either, but come Christmas Day it’s in everrrrything.

I had an America’s Next Top Model marathon Saturday night. LOVE.

Katie November 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

We saw Love and Other Drugs on Thanksgiving also! Did you like it? He was super hot in it!

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