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My First Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This was the first year I made a Thanksgiving dinner. It was teeny weeny (it was just me, my boyfriend Matt and my BFF Maggie who drove down to spend the weekend with us.) It was so great!

I made a turkey, a 9 pound "Lil Butterball" who came out amazing. Brined him and rubbed melted butter and herbs all through him and cooked him breast-side down. He was so juicy and tender and the meat was falling off the bones. Success!

We also had cornbread stuffing, crescent rolls, applesauce, veggies and hummus, pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake.

Matt asked me to make a pecan pie and Maggie was very excited too because she never gets pecan pie. I had never made one but I was pleased to find out how easy it is. I don't like it (I don't like syrup- corn, maple, chocolate, or otherwise. Syrup to me is just gross). They told me, however, that it was amazing. :)

My pumpkin cheesecake is what got me to like pumpkin :) It is so good and stupidly easy. Every time I make it I wonder why I don't make it all the time. Then I inhale 3 pieces and remember why I don't make it all the time :)

We lounged around and had a Harry Potter movie marathon, and Friday Maggie and I went and painted pottery for Christmas presents. I did get some workouts in, but Maggie isn't used to working out in the cold temperatures and had some trouble. I did a Crossfit Thursday morning and ran HIIT sprints at the trail Friday. I am soooooooooooo sore from sprints... my legs and abs are killing me. It's pretty fantastic :)

I had an amazing weekend but I have to say I am looking forward to getting back to a routine. I do love routine.

I have learned all 500 of my GRE vocab flashcards (and it only took me exactly one week- in this case I am thankful for my brain's particular skills for language and memorization) and this week I suppose I have to review my math skills... boo. My GRE looks much more real on this side of Thanksgiving. I take it December 17.

Well, that's all that's new here. I think I'm going for a walk. Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was awesome!

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    You are amazing!!! Good luck on your GRE!!!
    1991 days ago
    Sounds like a great Thanksgiving weekend!! LOL but when I read your list of food, my brain combined "hummus" and "pecan pie" into "human pie", so for a few seconds I was like, "What on earth is human pie??" You cannibal!

    Ooooh, you're taking the GRE? Good luck! That's exactly how I ended up with good scores on mine - luck. :) Well, I probably earned my scores on vocab and writing, but the math was just a huge mess and I literally just started randomly guessing at the end because I was running out of time - and I got a really good score. I still feel guilty about that....but not TOO guilty. :)
    1999 days ago
    500 words in a WEEK? You are a genius! I understand how you feel abotu your HIIT training. The more sore/spent I am after a workout the more satisfied with myself I feel. The more pain the more gain!
    1999 days ago
    Sounds like a great day! Our Butterball was also a success emoticon
    I have heard that it is the best brand of turkey and everyone was right!
    2000 days ago
  • CHEMCHIC2006
    Sounds like a fabulous Thanksgiving!! Good luck with your studies!
    2000 days ago
    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!
    2000 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    Sounds like a great Thanksgiving!
    2001 days ago
    Hey you are taking the GRE on my birthday! :) I just took it last month, if you have any questions I will do my best to help!
    2001 days ago
    It was my first Thanksgiving too! I had no idea how much to make and ended up with tons of leftovers of everything. I made a pumpkin pie that ended up a lot more like pumpkin cheesecake - so delicious. :) Good luck with the GRE!
    2001 days ago
    Congrats on your first Thanksgiving! I would love your pumpkin cheesecake recipe. It sounds delicious! Pumpkin pie is my favorite, but cheesecake sounds even better.

    Hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend!

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    2001 days ago
    So glad you had a nice little thanksgiving =] Honestly, I would almost prefer to have a mellow day rather than going to the FOUR houses we went to! Sheesh! Part of having a big family.. I love 'em.. but I definitely get anxiety/overwhelmed =/

    2001 days ago
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