Hello & Happy Wednesday.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Mine couldn’t have been any more perfect. I had the greatest time in Florida, and I can’t wait to share all of the special moments with you. This will be a crazy few weeks for me, but I will be back to normal posting next week. I have many exciting events going on, and I promise to share everything with you soon. I will chop my recap post in half today because I’m trying to manage my time wisely!?
Kyle and I decided to drive all the way to Venice, Florida, to spend Thanksgiving at his mom’s. We wanted to drive so we could bring the pups along. It’s about an eleven-hour trip, so we broke it up into two days. I decided to pack some snacks for the car. I stopped at Target to grab snack bars, pineapple, bananas, peanut butter packs, goldfish, popcorn, almonds, and apples.
We stopped at Starbucks before officially taking off. I had a skinny peppermint mocha latte with three espresso shots, and Kyle had a hot chocolate. Yum 🙂
We made it to our halfway stop around 10:30 pm. If you are ever looking for a dog-friendly hotel, check out La Quinta. They are reasonably priced, have a great breakfast bar, and accommodate your pets. Grumples has been staying at La Quintas since he was a pup.
We woke up around 6 am so we could shower and get ready for the drive. We were so excited to get to Florida for Thanksgiving.
We were so close to Venice. We stopped in Ocala to get gas, take out the pups, and of course…coffee break. The Ocala square was so cute. They were all ready for Christmas.
I only had two more hours to go!
Afternoon lunch: almonds, Honeycrisp apple, and a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar.
We finally made it to Venice, Florida, around 4 pm! It was beautiful and time to shed some layers!
The pups made themselves right at home. Grumples was begging for the turkey in no time.
I can’t take these two anywhere…
Kyle’s mom cooked up a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for us, and the table was set up beautifully.
The food was perfection. I’m not just saying that either…I truly mean it. We had stuffing, broccoli, homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest, turkey, potatoes, and gravy. I wanted all the recipes.
We took the pups for a walk after dinner. We needed to work off the food and make room for dessert.
It was a beautiful night.
I could get used to a sunset like this.
Kyle’s mom bought some locally roasted pumpkin spice coffee, and it was perfect for dessert.
We had chocolate-covered strawberries, mini pumpkin pies, pumpkin magic cake (to die for), and seven-layer bars. Now that’s how you do Thanksgiving!
We ended our night playing Cards Against Humanity, and it was hilarious. I learned some pretty interesting terms…
I woke up to the most beautiful sunset. I walked Grumples around the block and then headed back for coffee. Imagine having coffee with a view like that every day?
Kyle’s mom made a really cool breakfast for us. She made little egg, cheese, and hash brown cups. They were delicious!
Grumples had so much fun playing with Moe! Look at those floppy ears 🙂
I needed to get out and stretch my legs after two days of driving and all of that Thanksgiving food. I decided to go for a run while Kyle was at the gym. My body was so confused about why I was running in 80-degree weather when I was just running in 45 degrees. I loved the weather and the change of scenery. I ran 7 miles and walked 1.33.
Kyle’s mom is my new cooking inspiration.
Look at this!! Why have I never thought about making a sweet potato crust? I can’t wait to run with this idea. This dish had egg, spinach, and feta.
Thanksgiving leftovers are the best.
After lunch, we all headed to Venice Beach.
It was the perfect beach day. I want to move here. Beach in late November? Yes, please!
I love this photo 🙂
Kyle and I were searching for shark teeth. Did you know that Venice beach is the shark teeth capital of the world?
We took a long walk along the beach and soaked up all the sun we could. Afternoon coffee was a must.
Kyle tried to get Leo to swim in the pool for a little bit, but he didn’t love it. I’m sure some of you saw that on Snapchat.
We made a giant bowl of popcorn with almonds and goldfish for a movie night. We ended up watching one of our favorites, The Visit.
I can’t wait to share more of my trip with you! 🙂 Thank you guys for being so patient with me the past couple of weeks! You rock.
Questions for you!
- Do you add any fun toppings to your popcorn?
- What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving?