Thanksgiving 2014: Spoiler alert, I ate too many yams.

Thanksgiving 2014 was undoubtedly a huge success. We hardly ever have tons of people over for our turkey dinner, but we often have family in town and it’s always great to spend quality time with people we don’t get to see every day. My grandparents are in town and my aunt came up from Airdrie for the night! Yesterday everyone had the day off and it was awesome. Sleep-ins all around, a great gym sesh that included running 10k and some actual strength training with real dumbbells, coffee, and lots of board games. 

The particular game that we are playing in the above photos is called “Logos” and I DOMINATED. Maybe “dominated” is an over exaggeration, but I won, no matter how close it was! Pumpkin spice Kahlua was the drink of choice for the afternoon board games. I stuck to soy americano mistos to keep me caffeinated for all of the family fun. My grandma brought her dog with her and I am now attempting to convince my parents it is a good idea that we get a dog, preferably one that loves to run as much as I do. 

We had an early dinner because my aunt had to drive home after we ate, and we also like plenty of time to digest before going to bed. We had most of our traditional Thanksgiving dishes for dinner including turkey, gravy, yam and apple casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sausages, Kris-requested brussel sprouts, and a salad. Can you guess which part of the meal I contributed? 

Predictable vegetarian. I made this salad recipe up in my head and I didn’t try any part of it until we sat down and ate dinner. What is life without risk and whimsy? It was a combination of spinach, iceberg lettuce, wild rice, maple roasted butternut squash (rice and squash cooked the night before and stored in the fridge), dried cranberries, goat cheese, and a maple balsamic vinaigrette. A delicious fall salad that I would definitely make again as the main dish of a meal! The maple vinaigrette was equal parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup, with a splash of lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon. 

My brother has been counting down the days until this meal. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are his favourite, probably because eating an inordinate amount of really delicious homemade food is practically a requirement. Apparently the stuffing and mashed potatoes needed a lot of taste testing over the course of the afternoon.

Our dinner was really good and obviously I ate way too many yams as per the title of this post. My dad just makes the best dish with apples and yams and raisins and probably lots of stuff that isn’t good for you. I can’t help but have a second serving of it. I had dark chocolate instead of pumpkin pie for dessert. I tried to make at least one healthy choice yesterday 😉

Today I was convinced it was Monday when I woke up. Holiday Mondays rock because you are constantly surprised when you realize you are one day closer to the weekend than normal! I hopped on the bike this morning to get a little indoor cycling in before school. By the time I wake up on the bike, my workout is almost over! I think I could smell yams mashed potatoes in my sweat this morning… 

Do you have a dog? What is the best type of dog to run with?

Do you have a favourite holiday dish?


  1. Fun! I also ate too much, well, of everything lol! I did go back for seconds. oops.
    We have a border collie, she’s a bit too young to run with yet (they say a year and a half) but she is FAST and loves to run/catch ball, etc. She’s really a great little dog!

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