6am: We arrive at work
6:30am: All hell breaks loose
…The Man forgot something at home and had to drive ALL THE WAY HOME AND BACK to get it. My boss wanted to release everyone right after formation today but I had to stay back and take care of a minor emergency. I spent the next 2 hours running (literally) around but managed to walk out the door at 8:30. The Man is still at work but will hopefully be able to cut out early in the afternoon.
When I got home I changed right back into my PJs and curled up on the couch with this little monster:
At the moment, I’m taking care of a few last-minute tasks before we fly out in the morning. Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday…it’s all about the food and family but it doesn’t get drawn out over weeks and you don’t have to drop cash on gifts for anyone.
If you’re in the camp of people trying to stay on track this year, Thanksgiving fare is pretty easy to navigate: you’ve got turkey and a ton of fall produce to choose from. My family is Lithuanian, so in addition to turkey we also have a great variety of other meat dishes (we do a LOT of sausage and bacon…poor me, right?), roasted root veggies, saurkraut, etc. Oh, and wine…lots of wine.
I’ll add that if there’s any day of the year you should not feel bad about hitting up the dessert table or some less-than-ideal side dishes, Thanksgiving is it. If you want some mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie, then eat them. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you don’t. Even the folks over at Whole9 agree that the holiday season is not a time to be hard on yourself. Don’t take it as a license to eat bread and butter till you puke, just use some common sense.
Looking for a Paleo-friendly dish to share? Again, so many traditional Thanksgiving dishes are either perfectly healthy just the way they are or can be easily tweaked to suit your preferences. Here’s a roundup of some great recipes from around the web:
Appetizers and Salads
Baked Acorn Squash
Sweet Potato, Apple, and Bacon Hash
Velvety Butternut Squash
Paleo Herb Gravy
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Maple Sauce
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Aiole
Fruit and Nut Stuffing
Paleo Stuffing Recipes
Roasted Beets and Pistachio Butter