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Thanksgiving Re-Cap in Pictures

Happy Cyber Monday!  I’ve never given in to these hyped up shopping days until….today.  I went a little crazy on Amazon but mostly due to the fact that I’ve been freaking out this year on how many Christmas presents I need to get.

Today being Monday along with the fact that I’ve been off for four days, made the day even longer than it normally feels.  What got me through though (besides Cyber Monday) was knowing what a great Thanksgiving long weekend I had!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year.  A time to indulge, see family, spend time with friends, and relax.  And that is exactly what we did!  We stayed in Connecticut the whole weekend, enjoyed some of our favorite spots and also explored some new!

Here is my Thanksgiving Re-Cap in Pictures!

Wednesday night we decided to switch it up and going bowling with a few friends.  I forgot how much fun bowling can be!

 

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And how funny bowling shoes look…but make good Instagram pictures.

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For Thanksgiving we went to my sisters and I made these delicious Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates.  They were a hit!

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It’s always nice to spend time with the family.  The boys watched a lot of football and got their ear talked off by my Gram – she’s the best.

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I helped my Sis out a lot this year.  I even made the mashed potatoes!  I think this is the first time I’ve made them so I had to take a picture of course.

 

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We did buffet style.  Everything was so, so good that I don’t think I skipped anything.  I had a full plate!

 

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Yes, this was Thanksgiving.  My brother-in-laws family has introduced a new tradition…”Pre-Christmas.”  Everyone gets a Pre-Christmas gift…so cute!

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After my Sisters we went to Andy’s brothers for dessert and played with his nephew.  He’s so precious and so much fun to play with!

 

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After stuffing myself on Thursday I needed a good sweaty yoga session.  My yoga studio has these cute little “fortune notes.”  I loved the one I picked.  It says…“If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.”

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Before dinner on Friday night we headed to Jones Farm and Winery in Shelton, CT.  It was the perfect place to feel the Christmas spirit the day after Thanksgiving.  We didn’t end up getting a tree, but we did taste some wine!

 

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For dinner, Joey C’s in Milford was having a Black Friday deal.  Since it’s one of our favorites in the area we jumped on it.  This cocktail consisted of spiced rum, local apple cider, an ginger beer…it was so good!

 

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On Saturday night we ended up cooking dinner in and meeting some friends for a few drinks.  I thought our eyes looked cool in this picture and after a few cocktails decided to Instagram it with the caption #eyes whoa.  I shouldn’t Instagram after midnight.

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On Sunday after an awesome restorative yoga class, I came home and made some home made roasted rosemary almonds from NomNomPaleo.  They came out great and made the apartment smell amazing.

 

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For dinner I made a simple chili with grass-fed beef, mushrooms, peppers, and onions.  The perfect end to my weekend and gave me lunches for the whole week!

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What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Happy post Turkey Day!  I think I still have a food baby in my belly from yesterday.  My sister had the most delicious menu for the day with a TON of amazing food.  I was pretty excited to bring my Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates for an appetizer.  I’ve made these once before and they were a pretty big hit, with most people.  People for some reason are scared of dates.  Either they have never heard of them or they say “Dates? Are those like prunes!?”

Thank goodness they are wrapped in bacon, because pretty much anyone who ever sees anything wrapped in bacon, is going to eat it.  And yes that’s what happened.  The guys ended up loving them!  The recipe is pretty easy too.

Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

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  • Organic Medjool Dates
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese
  • Bacon

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cut the dates vertically so you can open them and take the pit out (don’t cut all the way through).  Once you take the pit out fill the center with a healthy amount of goat cheese.  You can never have too much goat cheese!  Press the dates together so that the cheese is nice and secure in the middle.  Wrap each goat cheese filled date with a piece of bacon (probably about a third or half of a piece).  Make sure the bacon is wrapped tightly.  Place each date on a baking sheet.  Cook for 10 minutes and then flip over and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.

What did you bring to your Thanksgiving Dinner?

And I’m Also Thankful For…

Today I stumbled upon Amber’s blog and loved the idea of her Link Up post, called “And I’m Also Thankful For.”  Of course Thanksgiving is a time that we take a step back and realize all we have to be grateful for.  A lot of times it’s usually lots of sentimental mushy stuff like I’ve already wrote about.

 

photobucketSo here’s a chance to tell about all those things that I just can’t go a day with out!  I’m going to do my best to not make my entire list food items!

Kind Bars Seeing as I eat one pretty much every week-day I’d say it’s pretty much something I can’t live without.

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Starbucks Coffee Even though I have cut down on my daily Starbucks trips,  it’s always such a treat to get a good cup of coffee from Starbucks.  No other coffee chain will ever compare.

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Cottage Cheese See Kind Bars.

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Instagram Instagram feeds my creative side and the part of me that has always loved photography.  When I realized making a career out of it wasn’t for me, along with carrying around a big bulky camera, along came Instagram!

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