Monday, November 28, 2011
Perfect Thanksgiving Leads Us Into The Christmas Season!
Thank you all for the Thanksgiving wishes! We had an incredible weekend with family. It was, by far, one of my favorite Thanksgivings. We spent the weekend with Tony's family in Tennessee and even came home a day later than we planned (none of us wanted to leave).

Highlights of the meal were...

 We brined the turkey in apple juice and everyone seemed to love it. It was extremely moist and flavorful (from what I was told). 

Gluten free Cornbread Dressing! I already want more of this!

Cranberry sauce made with apples. I love this tart and sweet!

 My sister-in-law made pecan pie, which you can never go wrong with.

 My crustless pumpkin pie made an appearance!

 The winner of the entire meal was a chocolate cake with a cream filling and fudge icing. My sister-in-law had to make two of these for the weekend. Imagine a huge ding dong...the cake not that...get your head out of the gutter!

 Coconut Cream Pie (this was not my pie, but here's my version gluten and dairy free)

We also had crescent rolls, fresh green beans (those were so good!), baked sweet potatoes and gluten free macaroni and cheese. The only truly bad part about not having Thanksgiving at home is that there are no leftovers to enjoy. I see cornbread dressing in my future this week. I'm not over it yet!

We ate at noon, so my leftovers for the evening were a huge salad smothered in nutritional yeast and a toasted cornbread dressing muffin. That is my favorite way to eat my leftovers. YUM! I like a little balance in my life...

While Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I'm really looking forward to the Christmas season. As a family (the boys, Tony and I), we decided that we are not doing a bunch of gifts, we are heading to New York for 4 days! It will be the first time for the boys and our first time during the Christmas season. We all can't wait! This is our first family getaway. Tony will work a little bit, but mostly it will be family time. I finally won my bid for a hotel in Times Square and I can't wait to see the boys' reaction. They are going to flip out!

So, let the cookie baking begin and the Christmas season is on!

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