Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the face of a happy girl!  Happy Thanksgiving Friends...and thanks for the day off!  I have had the most marvelous "stay-cation" and I keep pinching myself because there are still two full days left!

Stay-cation began with dinner at Joel's with my boss and the kiddos on Tuesday night and continued right into Wednesday morning with a little sleep-in.  We then headed over to the Sorenson's for a day of packing and moving.  They are finally out of their "bungalow" and into a beautiful new home!  All in the nick of time since their little one is just getting so big!
That was the only photo I captured during the entire move! And it isn't a very good one of Miss Ava Bug.  But she is a beautiful and sweet baby!

We spent the whole day helping the Sorenson's on Wednesday and it was so fun!  They are some of our best friends.  The type of friends you can just hang out with all day and never get tired of!  But apparently not the type of friends I want to photograph...no pictures of them at all.  They are a beautiful couple I swear.  I need to take more photos of people, and less photos of food, I have decided!

Thursday morning was an early start and I had quite the agenda.  First on the to-do list: tackle the infamous 17-miler.  Here is last week's stats:
That would be a failed attempt at running 17 miles.  Notice how much slower my pace is since my knee injury.

And here is this week's 17-miler attempt:
Success!  Again, my pace is seriously struggling.  I'm not sure that I should have even ran this considering the pain in my knee...but I just had to.  The worst was around mile 4.  We took a short walk break.  When I walk there is no pain.  When I run there is.  We walked and the pain became more of a dull ache and I pushed through.  I ran the first 12 with my good friend Chrissy.  The last six my awesome husband met up and ran with me.  Or should I say run/walked with me.  It was brutal.  It was painful.  It was long.  And it was hard.  But I did it.  We ran 17 miles (walk breaks included) and then walked about 1.5 miles back to the car.  I really wanted to push through 18 miles so I kept us that distance from the end.  However, my legs did not want to achieve the goal.  Technically I covered the mileage, even though we completely walked mile 18.  It is what it is.  I finished.  And I felt successful. 

Eighteen and a half miles check.  Now onto Thanksgiving day activities.  We originally planned to lay low, chill at the house, enjoy one another's company...but plans change.  We decided to drive to Winston-Salem to have dinner with Mr. Kummerow's mom.  NBD (No Big Deal--the phrase of the week!).  What can I bring? Desserts?  NBD!  I was excited to spend some time baking.  And it kept me on my feet after the long run which was good for me!
Dessert #1 check.
Dessert #2 check. (unpictured here)

Drive to Winston-Salem, check.  Arrive at in-laws, check.  Meet fake meat, check.
Did she just say fake meat?  Yes I did.  I was a little hesitant, I know.  I mean, we eat tofu, tempeh, and very rarely we will eat seitan. But just plain old weird fake meat?  We are a little skeptical. 

Alina and Ron cooked up quite the feast:
We started with apps:
Chips and salsa, hummus and pita.

We moved on to a light salad with lots of options:
And finally it was time for the feast!  Check out side-by-side meat v. fake meat:
Sliced up and ready to serve:
Like I said, we found this a little bit odd before diving right in.  Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast EnCroute.  Hmmm, I thought.  Couldn't hurt to try.  Alina went through all the trouble after all.  I sliced a bite and dug in...mmmmm!  So flavorful.  The texture was great.  Perhaps it was trying to imitate meat, but it was really just so delicious.  I can't tell you how great the flavor was.  The texture was great as well.  And I love that it is wrapped in phyllo dough and baked.  So good! I swear.   Like I said, I was skeptical.  But this stuff was good!

Here are the rest of the vegan Thanksgiving dishes Alina and Ron prepared:
Ok, ok, maybe that one came out of a can...an oldie but goodie and always popular: cranberry sauce!
Vegan mashed potatoes made with Earth Balance and soy milk.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with cranberries and walnuts.
Corn for color!

A beautiful spread!
Can't forget about the wine...let me tell you how hard it is to drink wine after a 17 mile run...
Gotta love this stuff:
And for the finale:
The desserts...carefully and lovingly made!
I got raving reviews on both desserts I prepared.  I can't wait to share the recipes with you...but that would make for one long post.  Tomorrow morning, I promise.  You will have these delicious recipes.  And don't worry, they will be just as perfect for a Christmas party!

I was stuffed to the gills.  But in a good...I just ran 17 miles sort of way! 

Guess what we did after dinner with my in-laws in Winston-Salem?  A sleep-over with the Sorenson's of course!  Enter a 3am wake-up call, a trip to Wal-mart, then Belk, 3 pairs of boots and 15 cheap candles later, Melisa and I were back in bed and it was the boys' turn.  They didn't return until nearly 11am, but they didn't come empty handed...a new tv and deep freeze for the Sorenson's new house.  They passed the baton and girls were off once again...this time to Kohl's for some great deals on bathroom decor!  Finally the shopping was complete and Mr. Kummerow and I headed home. 

Since then we have enjoyed some strength training at the gym to clear our heads, showers and a magnificent dinner of leftovers (check tomorrow's post for details). 

We have also enjoyed some wine, some Christmas music and now we are getting ready to enjoy some leftover desserts. 
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I'd love to know how you spent your holiday!

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