You guys. I’m not even playing when I say that I am FREAKING out that it’s already almost Thanksgiving — how can it even be here? This year really has flown by so quickly. I’m playing even less when I tell you that I am stoked about hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner at our house, but also TERRIFIED to cook a turkey. I have never even attempted before, so it’s going to be a “learn as you go” kinda thing. I hope everyone is down with that…
Did ya’ll know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday ever? I’m kind of obsessed with it. It’s a time of gathering with family and friends, eat holiday food, and give thanks for all the amazing things I have in my life — because let’s face it, sometimes I need a reminder of all the things I do have. I have A LOT of amazing things to celebrate, you guys! Here are my 5 ingredients for a very happy Turkey Day:
Step 1: The Decorations. First things first, I’ve been gearing up for over a week with decorations and scents that make Super Sweet Husband (Ty) and I feel festive.
Step 2: The Guest List. We figured out who would be in town, and invited them over. We asked that everyone bring a dish to contribute to the meal, potluck style. Surround yourself with people you love and make you feel glad. This year, my family will be away, so Ty’s mom and some family friends will be joining us at our house.
Step 3: The Activity. Since you all know my new goal — to work out for 365 consecutive days — I decided we had to have a plan going into the holiday that would keep us active and burning calories. So, we signed ourselves up for a 5 mile race for Thanksgiving morning: Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. There are a TON of activities all around the US that promote healthy activity on Thanksgiving Day, so get out there and move!
Step 4: The Menu. This is the best but also the hardest part. I tried to keep it relatively healthy, but also want to indulge a little bit. Check out my stack of recipes in the photo below. This year, we’ll be chowing down on:
- 4-ingredient garlic baked brie and veggies, charcuterie meats + homemade crackers
- Turkey (duh) + a fresh cranberry orange relish
- Ty’s mom’s dressing (which is the best ever, and I won’t even ask what’s in it 🙂 )
- THE BEST grain-free green bean casserole from my girl, Cheryl, at 40 aprons
- Some sweet potato casserole, courtesy of our friends at Paleo Leap
- Maple bacon brussels sprouts from the amazing Curious Coconut
- And a gluten free pumpkin pie that I ordered from Elle’s Cafe in my neighborhood
Step 5: The Execution. Best laid plans…and now we execute! I’m hoping for everything to go off without a hitch. Wish me luck!
Don’t forget the most important thing, though, ya’ll. Stay. On. Track. I have worked my tail off to meet my goals this year, and I can not and will not let the holidays derail me. Here are 8 tips on how to stay fit as you head into Thanksgiving. Read it, live it, love it.
Happy Thanksgiving, you guys!
Thanks for reading! Xo.