I had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  Rest, rest and more rest!  Oh, and eating…lots of eating.

On Thanksgiving day, I put the turkey in early to bake for a couple of hours.  I won’t pretend like I stuffed a raw turkey and baked it forever.  I bought a pre-cooked smoked turkey from HEB because they have some delicious turkeys.  Check this beauty out!

Around 11:30 our guests arrived – Jon and Astrid – from Norway.  Yes, they journeyed all the way here, just for my delicious Thanksgiving fare.  Okay, not really.  Jon is traveling around the U.S. for something like 3 months (lucky!) and Astrid is with him on part of the journey.  I will point you to his blog post (Ghost of Goldwater) for pictures and a recap because he summed it up nicely.  I did steal one of his photos of the Thanksgiving spread.

We had a ton of fun and before we knew it something like 11 hours had passed.  Time for bed!  I went to bed stuffed and happy except for the massive headache I had. Luckily it was gone the next morning.

Our Thanksgiving spread consisted of smoked turkey, Loaded Mashed Potatoes (from Taste of Home), my grandmother’s dressing and gravy (I really need to type this up), the good ole standard green bean casserole, cranberry sauce (from the can without chunks because that’s how I roll), rolls, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.  I’ve made so many pumpkin pies this year, and more are to come.  I use condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and oh is it ever so creamy! Recipe here.  A vendor at work gave me the pecan pie from a pie place here in Houston.  It was pretty yum, but the pumpkin pie definitely trumped it.  Let me tell you those loaded mashed potatoes were something else.  We all loved them. I would love to make these again, but I will need guests because I’m afraid Brett and I would finish the whole thing ourselves.  They are THAT good.

More food pictures . . .

Jon was kind enough to bring us some chocolates from Norway.  Brett has polished off lots of it already.

Friday we did absolutely nothing but watch movies all day because we had a free preview weekend with ATT U-Verse.  I didn’t even get out of my pajamas.  It was awesome.  I will do another post to update on the rest of the weekend’s eats.

As for workout updates, I did Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred on Monday, and then had every intention of running on the treadmill Tuesday night, but I received some wonderful news (that I will reveal later) and a celebration was in order, so Brett and I went to Star Pizza instead – our usual celebratory spot.  And, I didn’t work out again until Saturday when I did Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred and I thought it was worse than Level 2.  I really like Level 2.  Level 3 kicked my  butt and I am still sore today (Monday), so I should probably do it more often than the other 2 levels.


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