Thanksgiving 2013-Obligatory Recap

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The unofficial over of my first cookbook, "How the F*** do I make this Food?: Cooking with Jess."
The unofficial over of my first cookbook, “How the F*** do I make this Food?: Cooking with Jess.”

To celebrate family and colonialism this year, I traveled to the motherland (aka New Jersey). Wednesday night, my mom and I had dinner and then prepped a few things for the next day.

Thanksgiving morning was pretty chill. I mean, aside from being balls-cold, it was very relaxing. Since we’re all early risers, we hung out in the kitchen with some coffee and make-your-own breakfast until it was time for my mom, sister, and I to head out for a hot yoga class. I really dug that the instructor focused a lot on balance—something I didn’t give a crap about when I was younger, but which has become a big focus of my practice in the past year.

At the end of class, this was on my mat:

follow your dreams

Kind of love that.

The meal itself was really nice. My mom and I contributed a dish of butternut squash roasted in coconut oil and tossed with wilted greens and a roasted garlic, white wine sauce. It was the perfect complement to all the other Thanksgiving foods.

Am I the only one out there whose favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is the turkey?  I mean, it’s also accurate to say that I love pretty much any roasted veggies, and I usually take some stuffing and cranberry sauce, but I can take or leave the potatoes and green bean casserole. For dessert this year, there were a couple store-bought pies and a caramel apple tart that my mom made from a friend’s recipe. We also enjoyed some wine with the meal.

All in all, it was a really nice day. I don’t think we’re doing the Black Friday thing this year, though I definitely am taking advantage of the opportunity to buy my feelings—and some Christmas gifts—at a discount online.

How was your Thanksgiving? 


4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2013-Obligatory Recap

    lilmissfitnessfreak said:
    November 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I too always look forward to the turkey! I steal allll the leftover white meat too 😉 but don’t get me wrong, thanksgiving would be nothing without roasted veggies to load my plate up with too (squash and brussels in particular) oh and my homemade roasted garlic sweet tater mash with rosemary. Yum

      Jess responded:
      November 29, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Haha yeah, I totally made off with some of the white meat…and my aunt’s turkey soup she made today…

    lifewithjessicakelly said:
    November 30, 2013 at 12:11 am

    The flower on the yoga mat was such a nice gesture. Your Thanksgiving spread and decor was very nice and your dish looked delish! I love green bean casserole but my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the turkey as well! Hope you’re doing well Jess!

      Jess responded:
      December 1, 2013 at 3:40 am

      I thought it was a really nice gesture too. Glad I’m not the only turkey-lover out there. Hope you had a nice holiday

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