I wanted to wait until it was official to blog about it – but today, my step-son Joe and his fiancé Lizz got married!!


They got married at a Justice of the Peace and will be heading up to Chicago next week for a few days to celebrate.  I am very happy for them – they settled in Austin, Texas, bought a house over the summer and have a dog Cinnamon and a cat Jasmine.

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We wish you nothing more than happiness and joy!  Can’t wait to see you guys!

I think yesterday was the most laid back Thanksgiving I’ve ever hosted.  Some years I start baking a week ahead, make everything from scratch.  This year I decided to just keep it simple and enjoy the family time more than the food!

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And I hardly took any pictures!  My Mom got here around 1:00 – she brought yams (which I am going to make ravioli for her with the leftovers) and delicious hummus.

My SIL brought green beans almandine which were delicious, and my nephews girl friend brought an apple crisp that was so good – I need to ask her what kind of apples she used because it wasn’t overly sweet.

We did our turkey on the grill – it took about 2 1/2 hours to cook this 18 pound turkey.

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It was really good – we brined it overnight and I have leftovers for sammies and I think I’ll make this twist on a cuban – with turkey!


I made two loaves of bread – one with chopped black olives and one with cheddar cheese.  I am pretty sure if I had nothing but the bread on the table, my nephew would have been completely fine with it – he loves my bread a lot!

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And it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving to Tony if I didn’t have my pecan pie.  But I really liked Nicole’s crustless pumpkin pie – it was not too sweet, even though I didn’t read the recipe all the way through and didn’t add the crushed graham crackers to the pie – it was still delicious!

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We played a few games of banana grams, while the boys watched football.  It was just a nice, relaxing, stress free holiday!  Although I am looking forward to going to my Mom’s tomorrow night – I’ll be spending the afternoon and evening with Hannah and my twin sister and her kids.  We’ll probably be laughing a lot!!

I am thankful.  To have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and wonderful family.  And I am thankful for my husband, who still makes my heart skip a beat when he comes into the room. Red heart

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That’s his serious pose – ha!  And to have temperatures in the 60’s yesterday was amazing.

I ended up not working out, so I have three 5ks left to do before Sunday – I am so close to hitting my 35:00 minute goal!  Fingers crossed I can get it done.

While my 21 day challenge ends on Sunday, a new challenge starts that day!  My friend Brooke (she’s up to 156 pounds lost!!) is hosting a challenge:

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You can find all the information here, but basically you reward yourself with points for eating fruits and veggies, tracking food, etc.  It’s just the kind of structure I’ll need to get me through the holidays.  Thanks Brooke!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have today off – I slept in until 10:30 this morning – love it!

Have a great day and

Congrats to Joe and Lizz!!

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