Our Thanksgiving Adventures

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. ~Henry David Thoreau

I couldn’t agree more with this quote from Henry David Thoreau. We should be giving thanks each and every day to the people around us and for all the experiences that make us who we are today. If you are too busy or forget, I hope you have the chance to slow down and spend some time with your family and friends on Thanksgiving day to show your appreciation and soak in all the love.  We are lucky to have a four day break from work and school so we can spend some quality time together. For this Thanksgiving we have our usual food feast, shopping and just vegetate on the couch. My daughter came home from college on Wednesday and we went out for a sushi dinner, which she was craving for. On Thanksgiving day we have a small but filling menu.

For starter we have warm crab dip with artichokes and bread. I used avocado mayo, minus the cheese and add artichokes for a dairy free version.

warm crab dip
Warm crab dip with artichoke

Grass-fed beef sirloin steak, seasoned with salt and Mitchell Street Steak Seasoning from Penzeys Spices, cooked on a cast iron skillet. I love Penzeys, it’s my favorite place to shop for spices.

sirloin steak
Grass-fed beef sirloin steak

Yummy roasted brussels sprouts and of course, bacon. Everything taste better with bacon so don’t skip this step. I mixed avocado oil, salt, garlic powder and Italian herb seasonings to the brussels sprouts and baked in the oven at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

brussels sprouts
Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon

Another big hit for Thanksgiving in our house is twice baked potatoes. The recipe I used is Ree Drummond Twice baked potatoes recipe . The best thing is you can make this ahead of time.

twice-baked-potatoes
Potatoes, anyone?

Lastly, a gluten-free and vegan apple tart made with almond and oat flour crust.

gf-vegan-apple-tart
Gluten free vegan apple tart

Ahh…. Black Friday. This is the adventurous part of our weekend. My daughter and I have been braving the crowds and fighting our way into the malls for the past few years on black Friday. There is something about this day that attracted us time and again even though it’s seemingly a tiring and daunting experience. It’s definitely not the prices because unless you start lining up at the crack of dawn, you’ll most likely miss out on the deals. I think it’s becoming more of a tradition for my daughter and me to spend a day shopping together after Thanksgiving, and feeling triumphant by scoring a much coveted parking spot.

After a day of intensive searching I was glad to find some colorful sweaters other than the usual black and gray that are in my closet now. The new shoes will definitely add another splash of color to my fall/winter wardrobe.

colored sweaters
adidas-shoes Colored sweaters and shoes

I have not been wearing lipstick for years because of chemical sensitivities and allergies. I found the 100% Pure store in the mall and decided to try their lip glaze that are made from fruit and vegetable extracts. I put some on last night and so far no reaction. We’ll see how it’s holding up in the future.

lip-glaze
100% Pure Lip Glaze

Wow after all those adventures we still have two more days to relax. I promise my son I will watch a movie with him so we picked ‘Arrival’ for tonight. My son, the future film maker is more into older films that have deeper meanings and festivals or award-winning films. I on the other hand, enjoy more of the modern era, action packed suspense thriller that require not much brain power. So finding a middle ground is no small feat. Regardless of the outcome of the movie, I’m glad we have this time to spend together.

How did you spend your Thanksgiving weekend?

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