food, family and lots of fun

30 Nov


This week has been so crazy!  Since we’ve been back home from visiting family for Thanksgiving, we’ve been so busy.  I haven’t even had a chance to recap our Thanksgiving weekend…better late than never, though.  Right?

I ended up making three different dishes to take to my family’s dinner.  I’m blessed to have grandparents who are healthy eaters, so there were several great options on the table.  I was really excited about cooking up some new recipes I’d been wanting to try, so I decided to take a few things anyway!

First up, I made this Maple Spiced Quinoa dish that Angela had posted awhile back.

This dish was delicious!  Unfortunately the picture doesn’t do it justice.  All I had to put it in was my mom’s Tupperware bowl, but i promise it tasted worlds better than it looks.  The only negative was that I kind of wished I had made a savory quinoa dish for dinner, rather than sweet.  This almost could have been eaten as a dessert!

I also made Angela’s healthy Sweet Potato Casserole. Let’s just go ahead and get something out on the table – I totally had an Angela inspired Thanksgiving dinner!  Why not, right?  Her recipes almost always amaze me, and I didn’t really have time to come up with something on my own.  Plus, I had been drooling over these recipes since she posted them several weeks ago.  What better time to try them out than on Thanksgiving?!

I totally scored big with this casserole…especially when it came to my baby cousin, Caroline.  She was a big fan:)

This casserole was competing big time too because my aunt brought a delicious sweet potato casserole.  I think it competed well, though it may not have won out in the end:(  Except with Caroline that is.

For dessert I made Pumpkin Brownie cupcakes.  Now these were a hit!

Every bit as delicious as they look and sound.  How can you beat the combination of brownie + pumpkin + cupcake?!  Seriously?  I was so happy that everyone enjoyed these, and the recipe has already been sent out to the family.  I could actually really use one of these about right now…

To top it all off, I made up a quick batch of Super Charge Me Cookies from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.  They were awesome, as always.

My plate: vegetarian, mostly vegan and 100% delicious!

After lunch, we spent the rest of the day playing games and just hanging out.  I love holidays at my grandparent’s house – it’s so nice to just spend time together.  It doesn’t happen nearly enough.

And don’t forget family picture time!

And all the grandkids…starting at 1 year and going all the way up to 30!

My sweet grandma on her birthday.  Her actual birthday is today, but we celebrated it with her on Thursday evening after all the Thanksgiving festivities.  Happy Birthday Grandma!

The rest of the weekend was spent shopping, hanging out with my mom, step-dad and sister, decorating our Christmas tree and then celebrating yet another birthday.

We had a surprise party for my sister’s 30th, and I was in charge of lying to her all morning, getting her out of the house and then getting her back to the house in time for the party.  I don’t think she likes to be surprised very much, and she didn’t make it easy on me. I think she ended up being about 1/3 surprised.  Fun was still had by all though:)

We came back home on Saturday just in time to get ready for the Bedlam game.  The husband and I had to work in the suites taking pictures.  It was definitely the most fun game all year – even though we ended up losing in the end.

On Sunday we spent the day catching up on work and the house, and then we decorated for Christmas! One of my favorite activities of the season!  Pictures will be soon to come:)

That’s all for now!  I’m so glad to finally be caught up on everything…now it’s time to get caught up on all of your lovely blogs:)  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are having a great start to the week.  How crazy that it’s already almost December!

I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about getting back and staying on track during this chaotic season – it’s not easy, but it’s so worth it!

16 Responses to “food, family and lots of fun”

  1. Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 1, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    I’m glad you had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

    Lovin’ the sweet potato casserole… they’re always one of my favorite parts of the meal. 🙂

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

      It’s actually kind of funny because I usually don’t even eat SPC…after I made this healthy version I thought to myself “why in the world did I make this? I don’t even love the real thing!” But in the end I loved it, and I’ll definitely be making it again next year.

  2. Rhea December 1, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    Your baby cousin is so CUTE! I love her strawberry bib.
    Also, the glory (and success race!) of Angela’s recipes never ceases to amaze me. The desserts alone turn non-vegans into believers!
    I feel your pain on the surprise party business. I especially like that you said you were “in charge of lying to her all morning”, haha! I was responsible to getting my dad to his 60th surprise birthday last winter and it was so unbelievably stressful. I think I sprouted my first gray hairs that day 😉

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

      Aw, thanks. She is pretty sweet…and spoiled by everyone of course.

      It is for sure amazing what Angela does – I only dream of creating recipes that amazing!

      It can be so stressful to pull off a surprise party. At least it’s usually worth it in the end!

  3. Heather (Where's the Beach) December 1, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    Wow girl, you’ve been busy. But it sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. Everything looks great. Those brownies sound like a major must try!

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

      Busy is good I suppose. And it’s all relative anyway:)

      You definitely should try the pumpkin brownies – definitely one of my favorite pumpkin recipes this year!

  4. amber@SAHM's musings December 1, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    What a happy Thanksgiving! Those brownies look delish.

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

      Absolutely delish:)

  5. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Things have been crazy here too. It’s amazing how busy this time of year is!

    And we played Apples to Apples as a family too. Love that game!

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

      I think everyone is a bit crazy these days – and I don’t think it’s going to get any less crazy anytime soon! I still love it though:)

      And I love Apples to Apples. My family gets quite competitive when playing in and it’s rather entertaining. So fun!

  6. Paige @ Running Around Normal December 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I love almost every recipe I’ve tried of Angela’s – so good!
    Apples to Apples!! Great game:)
    You have a beautiful family.

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

      Thank, girl! so sweet:)

      And I totally agree about Angela’s recipes…how does she do it?

  7. Anna December 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    A busy Thanksgiving but it looks like you had a great time with your family 🙂

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

      Definitely a great time. I’ll take busy and full of family any day over the alternative:)

  8. Dorry December 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Looks like a perfect Thanksgiving! Angela’s recipes are amazing and you picked some delicious ones. I want to make those pumpkin brownie cupcakes. I’m still not sick of pumpkin…wondering if it will become a year-round thing!

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

      I know, right?! I just bought 6 more cans the other night…trying to stock up for the year:)

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