The Giving of Thanks

by Holly on November 27, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,holidays,lunch


I hope you all had a wonderful, food-filled and enjoyable day – mine was definitely (d) all of the above.  It started out yesterday morning at 8am with a DELICIOUS bowl of Pumpkin Oatmeal!

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup water + 1/3 cup organic skim milk
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
drizzle of agave
cinnamon, nutmeg + ginger
small handful almonds + walnuts
sprinkle of Kashi GoLean Crunch
1 small spoonful PB


The best part? I got Mama Everythingtarian hooked on pumpkin oatmeal.  Turkey day success.

The rest of the morning looked a little something like this…


A lil’ Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cookin’ Paula Deen-style with sticks of buttah, lunch (Mary’s crack, hummus, Italian veggies, cottage cheese, carrots + sunflower seed salad along with apples + PB) and setting the Thanksgiving table (which was done by sissy #4).

Then at 5:30pm, we sat down to feast!!!



Here is my plate of goodness…

glass of organic malbec
fruit salad
sweet potatoes (with brown sugar + mallows)
buttery corn
green bean casserole
Sissy #3’s homemade Pumpkin Bread
multigrain roll


Twas’ the perfect amount of food (plus a couple more bites of stuffing + GB casserole + yams).  The fam cleaned up quick, watched “The Office” (repeat of Jim + Pam’s wedding = LOVE) then played more games.

We are a game-playing family…today’s face-off: CRANIUM!!!!

Post-win para moi, we all enjoyed dessert.  Believe it or not, I don’t love pumpkin pie.  Which in theory, makes no sense.  I heart pumpkin.  For some reason though, I don’t love the pie form.  However, I do J’ADORE my mom’s apple crisp.  So that it was…Apple Crisp with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!


Then we parked it back on the couch to watch Love Actually.  I actually LOVE that movie :).

So…what am I thankful for on this holiday?

Slide2More than anything, these crazy people who happen to be my family and who I happen to love very, very much.

A couple thangs…

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone!  What are you thankful for this year?


Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

It looks like you and you fam had a great day together! Love the paparazzi shots of them at the end!

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) November 27, 2009 at 11:33 am

So glad you had a good Thanksgiving Holly!
That pumpkin bread of your sister’s looks amazing :)

VeggieGirl November 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

WONDERFUL celebration!

I’m thankful for life, my family, and my health.

Evan Thomas November 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

Awesome collages! Definitely digging the family and food this holiday. And I’m thankful for the leftovers about to be lunch :-)

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 27, 2009 at 11:52 am

Mmm, mmm, mmm that butter is what I like to see! :) Have a great day, Holly!

Sam (Merit to the Carrot) November 27, 2009 at 11:53 am

Your thanksgiving looks like it was filled with flavor and fun. Such a beautiful/scrumptious set up!

Love Actually and Apple Crisp are a dynamic duo!
Have a great day!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

What a great day of eats! My family also loves butter – I can’t even tell you how much my mama put in the mashed potatoes.

I am thankful for my job (even though it’s a pain sometimes), my family, my health (yay, for injury-free running!), and all the good food I could ask for.

Happy Holidays lady!

katie November 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

WOW! what a feast! that looks awesome. your family is so silly/cute!! and home made bread? AWESOME!

Gina November 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Your fam looks adorable! I’m happy you had such an awesome Holiday, and that you got to spend it with the people you love! I think that’s definitely what I’m most thankful that I got to do. :-)

Devan Geselle November 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

haha oh I loove cranium!! its an even more hilarious game when everyone has at least one glass of vino in them.. haha
Everything looks SO tastey! What a beautiful feast!
I am SO thankful for my supportive family, and the blogworld, too.\


April November 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Yummy thanksgiving!! I’ve actually never had sweet potato pie or sweet potato casserole.. crazy because I love sweet potatoes!

Shelley November 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

your thanksgiving looks absolutely perfect!! & i’m lovin those oats at the beginning of yoru post. your fam is beautiful :)


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm

The Apple Crisp with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream looks divine. I am kinda meh on pumpk pie too. 1 piece once a year is fine but it’s not my go-to. Apple crisp…now we’re talkin
Hope you had a fab day with the fam. Sure looks lovely :)

Michal November 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

coolio on getting your mama hooked on pumpkin oats. thats one thing that my mom refuses to try! im glad to hear your thanksgiving was super special. mine was too :)

jenna November 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

your dinner looks fab and i love apple crisp as well!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Ohhh, Holly, that looks so lovely! I particularly like the collage of eats and family.

Green Bean casserole is one of my all time favorite dishes. It makes me a little sad, because it totally reminds me of my late Grandmother. She was queen of that recipe. I’ve tried to recreate it, but I swear, she had the magic touch.

That Apple Crisp looks ah-maz-ing. A La Mode, too? Oh, yes.

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) November 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Looks like you had a LOVELY celebration and family time! xoxo

ellen eats beets November 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

FABULOUS looking food with such a happy family I totally feel you on the whole loving-pumpkin but not pumpkin pie thing. I’m the same way, and totally would have gone for the apple crisp as well!

Susan November 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

I don’t know them, but I already love your family. They eat good food AND can be defeated at Cranium :P

I’ve never had green bean casserole! Apparently, I haven’t lived.

Have fun with the fam!! <3

Jenny November 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm

for some reason I am not surprised one bit at the amazingness of your family’s food fare — y’all are just ridiculously amazing!

p.s. thanks so much for your comment on my blog, Hollybear. It helps so much to know that I’m not the only one who felt I “indulged” and you are absolutely right — today is a new day and the indulgences were absolutely worth it! :)

love you!

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best November 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

The pumpkin oatmeal looks fab! My mom loves the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I actually got stuck in the crowds yesterday trying to get to my in-laws.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

K November 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I watched Love Actually last night, too! I LOVEEEEEEE that movie!! I hate how on TV (well, at least Lifetime) they cut so much of the backstory between the “actors” because it doesn’t make much sense.

Glad you had a great Thanksgiving :)

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) November 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm

What a lovely Thanksgiving! :D The spread of food looks awesome, and time spent with family is so much fun. :D

I’m most thankful for my family, friends, and being healthy and happy. :D

Bekah November 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Cheers to holiday parades, family and pumpkin oats.

All of the above is awesome.:)

Lauren November 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Oh Holly, this THanksgiving was just perfect! Everything looked delicious and your family is adorable!!! :)

I would choose the apple crisp over the pumpkin pie any day too! And this is coming from a PUMPKIN OBESSEED girl, so that is saying a lot. AS much as I love my pumpkin, the pie just isn’t the best dessert.

Hope you enjoy your weekend love!

Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 27, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Looks like a great day of food! And I agree about the pumpkin pie :-)

Lesley Lifting Life November 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Wonderful celebration! :)

Happy (late) Thanksgiving!!

Faith November 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I’m glad you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Your holiday spread looks incredible, especially the sweet potatoes!

Lizzy November 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Happy Thanksgiving sugar plum! :)

Maya November 27, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I love love LOVE Love Actually! I watch it every holiday season…multiple times.

It ain’t Christmas without Hugh Grant.

Christina November 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm

hey holly! looks like you guys had a very nice thanksgiving!! that pumpkin bread that your sister made looks great and that apple crisp? AHH give meee!! I am the same way as you– not a HUGE fan of pies…would much rather have something like a crisp

Jenny November 27, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Wow what a great turkey day! And getting your momma hooked on oatmeal is definitely a success in my book!

Y’alls meal looks fab, that is really funny that you don’t enjoy pumpkin pie tho ;)

And Love Actually is SO my go-to movie to put me in the Christmas spirit!

Angharad (Eating for England) November 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

So green bean casserole looks crazy! As does that sweet potato concoction! Your family apparently does it UP for T-day. No Turkey for you though?
I ate so much I was full for six hours (count em) including: turkey, mash tats, swanky stuffing (with bacon etc), brussels, roasted parsnips and PIE. For that, I am grateful.
I also don’t like pumpkin pie much. Weird consistency – I had blueberry and twas amazing!

Meghan@traveleatlove November 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Your family looks like a lot of fun! My husband and I are all time Cranium champions in Ireland and the US. Bring it on!

Kristen November 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Ooh, I’m jealous of the Cranium action! :-)

Mama Pea November 27, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Your family looks so fun! Can you please marry my older brother and then we can be sisters? Please??!?!? You know you want to be an auntie ;)

Lara (Thinspired) November 28, 2009 at 5:35 am

Pumpkin oats–such a perfect way to kick of Thanksgiving Day!
Cramiun–love it, but seriously, that game is hard!

Alison November 28, 2009 at 6:07 am

Happy belated Thanksgiving to you too Holly gurl! Looks like you had a rockin’ holday with your family – the absolute best kind.

insideiamdancing November 28, 2009 at 7:47 am

Looks like a fab day- you have the most adorable family, Holly! :D

Cranium rocks my worls- if we ever get together, I challenge you to a game!

Oh, pumpkin pie V apple crisp that looks as good as that? I think I would go for the crisp too, despite my love of pumpkin.

Emily (The Experimentarian) November 28, 2009 at 8:10 am

My mom loves the parade, but I didn’t watch it this year. Sad. You know, I kind of feel the same way about pumpkin pie. It’s kind of a waste of pumpkin! Much better in oats or cottage cheese, I think :) xoxo

Kathleen November 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

Your Thanksgiving looks georgeous! Though that pumpkin oatmeal looks like the best of all, haha! I need to try that ASAP :)
Ps, and LOVE the pics of the parade! The Rocketts are the bestttt :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes November 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

Looks & sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving! :)

I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself lately, but to be honest, I have so much to be thankful for! And I try to focus on it every day…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Traci November 28, 2009 at 11:04 am

Looks like you had an awesome Thanksgiving! Spent the day with my silly, crazy family too. So much fun. So much to be thankful for…Family, friends, a job I love, health, and …the fact that I’m on Day 28 of my 30 Day Bikram Challenge today! Go try a Bikram class…You’ll LOVE it! Happy your day was great girl!

Paige @ Running Around Normal November 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Woo! What a wonderful day!
Glad you had fun at the parade!

Kailey (SnackFace) November 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Ahhh!!! I want your thanksgiving plate times TEN. Everything looks beyond amazing.

You know what I really miss now that I don’t have wi-fi round the clock? Our g-chat sessions! Shoooo. Got your email though–hilar.

Awwww I love your family collage. Makes me miss mine :( Actually, it’s more comforting than anything.


Low November 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I loved all your pics/collages. The food looked out of this world good. I don’t like pumpkin pie either.

Liz November 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I really like what your did with the pics at the bottom of this post. And of course, the food looks so yummy! I have really enjoyed seeing all the different turkey day dinners on the blogs and what everyones faves are. Fun stuff!

Katharina November 28, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I had an awesome Thanksgiving with my mom. Her and I are like a team :D Your Thanksgiving sounds like it was so wonderful! I love the family pictures and just everything!

jessica November 29, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Could we be any more alike?!?! Soooooo i’m not the BIGGEST fan of pumpkin pie but absolutely adore apple. homemade pumpkin bread sounds FANTASTIC. and cranium is like, my favorite game ever. I always try to convince my fam to play whenever we’re all together but we haven’t in years!!!!!!!!

you, me, my single bro, and maybe you find a boy for me (wink, wink!!!!) could all play together in the near future!! HAHHAHA, whata dream! LOVE YOU!!!!!! talk soon. xoxoox

janetha November 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm

ah! i love this! look at all that grub. and cranium!!! it is true, we were meant to hang out.

and the vanilla bean was obv the best part of this whole eating extravaganza.

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