I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Where the heck did the time go? Wasn’t it JUST Halloween? I have about an hour to spare this morning before all the madness starts. I thought a recap post would be smart, so my Thanksgiving posts don’t take over. Tonight is the pre-Thanksgiving party. Last year, they made all kinds of stuffed breads, seafood Alfredo, and finger foods. I am going to have to be careful this year becuase I’m pretty sure I gained 100 pounds last year over the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s funny becuase ever since I was a kid, Thanksgiving and St. Patricks day were my least favorite holidays, but after celebrating at the Campo’s house, things have changed. I’ve never had better food. I mean, they even have a special Thanksgiving breakfast!
These are the cupcakes I made for last year’s pre-Thanksgiving party! I’m excited to get tons of photos this weekend!
Ok, back to the recap post! See what I mean about Thanksgiving posts taking over? This post may be even longer than my last one…
Last Thursday, I picked up some ingredients for a sushi caesar salad to make for dinner. I love putting sushi on my salad instead of grilled chicken or steak. It sounds weird, but you have to try it!
This salad has lettuce, light caesar vinaigrette, croutons, onions, avocado, and shrimp sushi. So filling & delicious.
I decided to try the peppermint mocha latte one more time. I ordered it at the Harris Teeter Starbucks. It came out perfect 🙂
I met up with my friend Rachel Friday morning for a girl’s day. We started out with our favorite workout, hiking Crowder’s mountain.
We made it up in 40 minutes and down in 35 minutes. We sat up at the top for a bit! I should have paused the app while we were at the top, but I forgot! It just made our speed/time longer.
We were starving when we got back to Charlotte, so we decided to try the new Chopt restaurant in the Park Road Plaza! I was really impressed with this place, especially for being very new! The staff was so friendly, the menu was creative, and the atmosphere was so inviting. I ordered the kebab cobb. It had local feta, charred red onions, mama lils spicy peppers, pita chips, romaine lettuce, avocado, falafel, chopped and tossed in red wine vinaigrette and Greek yogurt tzatziki. The salad was HUGE, which I love. I also had cucumber lemon infused water.
After lunch, we headed over to a boutique and then grabbed coffee at Caribou.
Friday night, I headed to the Hornet’s game with a group of friends. I love that my Columbia pullover is Hornet’s colors 😉
We all headed over to East Boulevard Bar & Grill to share some appetizers after the game.
I went to breakfast on Saturday morning at the Charlotte Cafe. I love this little place located in the Park Road Plaza. It’s cheap breakfast food that tastes delicious! The Park Road Plaza has changed so much since moving to Charlotte!
I only wanted bacon and an Englsh muffin, but it ended up turning into eggs, english muffin, bacon, hash browns, and a blueberry pancake!
After breakfast, I picked up my friend Becca and we headed to my place so we could bake for Friendsgiving. I decided to pick up some coffee, chocolate hazelnut wafers, and eggnog to have with desserts. By the way, that is my FAVORITE coffee brand as of right now!
I made my oatmeal cream pies! I’m also making more today for tonight’s party!
And they go great with Eggnog! I just have to say that I am so happy about being in the Christmas spirit this year. I mentioned last year about being in “opperation Christmas mode” becuase I couldn’t get in the Christmas mood. But, something has changed becuase I’m all about it! Maybe it’s my brother being home from overseas or my parents being closer, but it really feels great to be back to my normal Christmas spirit self! I don’t have my tree up yet, but you better believe it’ll be up by Sunday!
I’m excited for the day after Thanksgiving too, becuase I spend all day putting up the Christmas decorations.
Whoops getting off track becuase of my excitement!
Back to friends giving baking! Becca made whiskey brownie bites with walnuts!…yum!!
It’s all from scratch…It’s thick, cheesy, creamy, and out of this world! He even grills the chicken before adding it to the Alfredo. That’s one recipe I won’t be able to share with you guys! Since we are all having the traditional Thanksgiving food tomorrow, we decided to have a non traditional friendsgiving. We had alfredo, pork loin, potatoes, and caesar salad. It was totally random, but it totally worked.
Becca and I made a quick trip to Montford to hang out with Rachel and her friends and then headed back to Leo’s for the rest of the night.
We ended the night watching football, eating desserts with coffee, and sitting out by the fire. My oatmeal cream pies were a hit and there were none left…
I had actually been fighting a sickness all weekend and tried to be a trooper through all the things going on. I was on antibiotics and had the “non contagious” clear, so I was good to go. I could hardly eat all weekend, but I still enjoyed bites here and there. I enjoyed coffee while working on some things and catching up on Scream Queens. The dogs stole my donut…:( We would have had a problem if they took my coffee. Oh, and I definitely woke up like that 😉
Around ten, I got up and ready for church. I could hardly talk or breath out of my nose, but no one could tell 😉
I restocked that vest is in my shop:)
Only three left! (SM,MD,LG)
I finally had my appetite back. We all went out for lunch at HoBo’s in downtown Fort Mill. I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time and actually enjoyed their grits! I’m not a huge grit person.
I ordered the cobb salad. It had egg, bacon, tomato, mixed greens, grilled chicken, avocado, candied pecans, and ranch on the side. IT WAS AMAZING AND GIANT!
When we got back from lunch, I had a cup of coffee, Christmas shopped on the computer, walked Grumples for three miles, and then we all went to Mockingjay part 2! I thought the movie was by far the worst of all of them. What did you guys think of the movie?
It was FREEEEEEZING Monday morning. Literally. I had to scrape all the frost off my windshield and crank the heat up. It was the perfect excuse to cuddle up on the couch with my pup and coffee while checking emails.
I put a little eggnog in this one 🙂
It finally warmed up and Grumples and I headed out for a long walk. My lungs aren’t functioning right yet becuase of being sick, so I can’t run right now. I tried and had a horribly hard time breathing. It’s defintley frustrating, but there are so many other things I can do to get active that don’t involve cardio.
For dinner on Monday, I stopped at Chopt again and bought salads. We wanted something quick and healthy before the Hornets game. I grabbed the kebab cobb salad again, but will try something different next time!
It was such a good game on Monday night! It was a nail biter for sure! My friend Anthony was starving at the game becuase he didn’t eat dinner and it went into overtime, so I gave him one of my Gold Emblem Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Nut bars from CVS. If you haven’t checked out their healthy food selection yet, you need to! I’m always looking for healthy snacks when I’m out and about. The Gold Emblem are free of artificial flavors and preservatives. I’ll be posting more about their awesome products next week!
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I got my Christmas mug out Yesterday morning 🙂
Since we don’t get snow here much, I’ve been adding my own to the photos to put me in the winter mood 😉
I finally ran yesterday…for a mile and then my lungs were burning. I switched over to weights and an ab workout.
I hate posting stomach photos and you can stomach shame me all you want, but I thought this photo was adorable. Grumps was happy to see me after leaving him for 45 minutes. 😉 Dogs are so loyal.
I spent the rest of the afternoon packaging items up for the shop and sorting through all the new inventory! I can’t wait to do the shoot this weekend! It’s all things Holiday!
I made steak fajita lettuce wraps for dinner last night and they were so so so so good! I’ll post that recipe soon!
I hope you all have a GREAT Thanksiginvg weekend. I’ll be back with more posts soon and hopefully new pictures from the Simply Taralynn Collection shoot!
I love ending my posts with three questions for you! It helps me get to know my readers and allows me to interact with all of you! I sit here and talk about myself for an hour, so I want you guys to talk about yourselves!
- Tell me your favorite Thanksgiving memory/or tradition.
- What is one dish you’ll be steering clear from this year and why?
- Do you put your Holiday decorations up before or after Thanksgiving?