Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are all gearing up for friendsgivings, holiday travels, friends, family, and giving thanks. I have prepared a list of Thanksgiving Food ideas to give you all some friendly inspiration!
Main dishes (things besides Turkey!)
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!! I sure did – I went home and had a blast spending time with family in Lodi <3. It was a nice breath of slow paced fresh air. I sort of just didn’t do anything for a week and just forgot about everything. I baked, I cooked, I ate, I shopped, it was glorious! Although Black Friday deals weren’t as good as other years, I still managed to score a cast iron skillet for $20. For a hella good brand. I am so excited to use it when it arrives!!! I also just bought some basic clothes that wasn’t even on sale. However, I have been lurking on the Chinese website Aliexpress every night to find cheap stuff – and I mean really really cheap. I have bought 5 sweaters, 15 pieces of jewelry, boots, and skirts on it and I haven’t even spent $100 yet. It is nuts. And the shipping time isn’t as bad as everyone says – I get my stuff usually within 2-3 weeks. I think you should try it out! You might become obsessed with it like I am. And then laugh at all the US Black Friday deals and be like HAH. I can get it for cheaper directly from the source of where its made: China.
I am now back in SD with some turkey leftovers. I seriously gained 10 pounds over break. And yet I am still making food in my spare time. And it’s the holidays so there really isn’t stopping. Sighhhh! Anyway, a new discovery I made was the deliciousness of cranberry sauce with turkey everything. I have had it before, but for some reason never really became obsessed with it until this Thanksgiving. I slabbed it on everything and I really think it would be delicious slabbed onto this turkey pot pie too.
Today has been a wonderful day. It’s finally a week before Thanksgiving and I am super duper excited to go home and get my holiday on! I even packed yesterday, which is so unlike me because I scramble at the last minute haha. I began today finally logging into my student loan account and found out that I owe a tad bit less than I thought – I mean it’s still an atrocious amount, but it’s not unmanageable either. I learned from my friend that I can peg it to my future income which is exciting!!! All in all, I am just super stoked about my adult life and really planning for the future. In addition, Venmo launched an awesome promotion where you win money by clicking on leaves that is falling off a money tree. And it spread like wildfire and everyone was totally spreading it that probably overwhelmed the servers. It truly is so exciting and fulfilling when you know you will be working for such an awesome, fun company that people love and get excited about. 🙂 I also had Thanksgiving lunch today at the school’s gourmet restaurant – La Gran Terraza. It is totally a hidden gem inside our school and only a walk across the street for me. I have come here several times now and I have loved every bit of it. Their unlimited buffet lunches are only $14 – it’s such a good deal given all the gourmet food and desserts you get – I had pumpkin creme brulee and pecan pie. YUMMY! So feeling festive, I came home having the itch to bake. I don’t like sweet things and I don’t have too many people who live near me I can drop them off to, but I just felt the urge. I came across this recipe a few days ago and became consumed with the thought of making them. I hope you will too 🙂
Recently I have discovered the art of roasting vegetables and how it gives it a subtle smoky, charred flavor to it. It’s SOOOO EASY!!! You just toss the veggies, ANY kind of veggies, with olive oil and some pepper, stick it into a 375-425 deg oven, and let it roast until it’s brown! It is easy for a quick meal and you can store roasted veggies for a few days in the fridge too! Toss the veggies with some garnishes or sauce and you have a fancy side dish! It’s awesome. And I think you should try it out, and maybe make a beautiful roasted veggie side dish for Thanksgiving!
I used to make this all the time, almost twice a month because I would bring it to work! But since I am not working this semester really that much and I don’t have an office to go to, I have delayed making this. I finally was like I’m craving chocolate and my roomies will eat it, so Sunday night baking commenced! This pumpkin bread is super easy. I can’t stress how something so delicious can be so easy to make! You can add the chocolate chips if you want, or not. I was craving chocolate at the moment. Ever since my epic half marathon, I have basically eaten everything in sight. I need to go on a cleanse ASAP. I keep delaying it, but I think I will do one after the holidays. In the meantime, get fat! hehe
Soooo I am going to PORTLAND this weekend!!! SOO excited! Anyone have any good suggestions on places to go/eat?! I am totally guilty of procrastination and have a large 20 page paper looming over me that I haven’t started. Oops. It doesn’t help when Halloween is fast approaching and since this weekend I am celebrating it 2 weekends in a row, ain’t nobody got time for a paper! hahah It started raining today in SD and so I wanted something thick and warm and with pumpkin. Chili sounded like a good idea and so you have it! Delicious and healthy turkey white bean pumpkin chili. Such a mouthful. See my 2 sad lonely corn tortillas? Well they were supposed to be cheese quesadillas but I forgot the cheese…