Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you are having a wonderful morning. Hope that those of you who were celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday enjoyed a memorable holiday surrounded by those you love… and delicious food. 😉
We weren’t able to travel to Tucson since we needed to keep an eye on P’s reflux, so we enjoyed a Thanksgiving here in San Diego with our favorite little turkeys.
When we woke up, Liv said, “HAPPY THANKSGIVING!” and I promptly started gobbling at her. She said, “Only guys that have tattoos on their arms can gobble.” aka my brother Kyle is apparently the only one who is allowed gobbling rights. I taught him how to gobble haha.
We watched the parade in our jammies, and the Jess and her family came over for pancakes, eggs and mimosas.
The Pilot is the Pancake King. (He uses this recipe!)
To go along with the ‘cakes, I made an impromptu egg dish with sautéed zucchini, mushrooms, tomato and spinach,
seasoned with fresh thyme, dried oregano, garlic, salt and pepper,
poured 8 whisked eggs (with a little almond milk, salt and pepper) and topped with paprika before baking at 375 for about 40 minutes. It was really easy, and a savory complement to the rest of our sweet breakfast fare.
Slow cooker with oats (just oats, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla), strawberry compote (frozen strawberries with vanilla and a little bit of sugar), and warmed maple syrup,
we also cooked up some bacon and turkey bacon,
and Jess brought a chili-lime fruit salad and mimosa supplies. It was quite the Thanksgiving breakfast feast. 🙂 The adults (+ P) hung out and chatted in the kitchen, while the girls played with Liv’s toys and ran around shrieking with laughter. In other words, it was absolutely perfect.
Love this girl so much. <3
After cleaning up from breakfast, we took a family walk down to the dog beach.
It was so cool to see the tables set up on the beach, surrounded by families, and topped with Thanksgiving meals and bottles of wine. <— doing Thanksgiving right.
Later that afternoon, we headed to Betsy’s house to enjoy a fantastic dinner with her family. There were a ton of kids running around, so Liv was totally happy, and Betsy made the full spread.
We’re so thankful for our amazing friends here in San Diego. When I called my mom last weekend to tell her that we were likely staying here for Thanksgiving, madre, who has a knack for saying exactly what I need to hear, said that it would be a great chance for us to not only get into a bit of a routine, but also to create some of our own traditions. She said that we’d look back and say, “Remember that one Thanksgiving when it was just the 4 of us? Wasn’t that so nice?” and it’s true. I think this will go down as one of our most memorable turkey days, still crawling through the newborn fog and enjoying some great memories with awesome friends.
This week made me realize something else, too:
I really do love to cook.
While I was pregnant, hardly anything sounded good to me and cooking was hit or miss. I would open the fridge and stare blankly inside, and didn’t feel the least inspired with meals and recipes, unless I was making a Blue Apron meal. I’m so glad some of that mojo is finally back! Wednesday night, I made a gluten-free stuffing and cranberry sauce, and while the aroma of sizzling onion and sage filled the house, I was like YES. I do love to cook! It was refreshing haha. Even though I’m not eating dairy because of P’s milk protein allergy, I feel inspired and excited to cook/eat again, so hopefully that means new recipes coming up on ye ol’ blog.
In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web:
New Erin Condren planner is making me so excited for 2016.
PIECAKEN. I can’t even.
Los Feliz Daycare twitter account. This is always good for a laugh.
Ordering a Snuza. Per many of your suggestions on this post for ways to get a little peace of mind and some sleep, I ordered a Snuza. It’s not here yet, but should be here in the next day or so. I’m grateful that gadgets like this exist.
These teeny boots.
Black Friday Sales are heeeeere!
Some of my faves:
Shopbop: up to 25% off with code “GOBIG15″
Macy’s: 20% off with code “THANKS”
Nordstrom: 40% off shoe brands for Cyber Monday
J Crew: 30% off + 40% off sale with code “HOLIDAY”
Anthropologie: 25% off everything with code “SHOPTOIT”
Tory Burch: 30% off when you spend $250 with code “THANKS”
Satya jewelry: 30% off with code “FRIDAY30″
Madewell: 25% off with code “CALMDOWN”
Old Navy: sweet online deals and 50% off in store. Liv, P and I blitzed through on Wednesday night, and I got them so many cute wintery clothes for a steal.
and fitness gifts — many with Black Friday prices:
So tell me friends: what was the best part about your Thanksgiving? Any crazy/funny holiday stories? Are you Black Friday shopping, or not so much?