Sunday, November 27, 2011


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I just love the atmosphere, being with family, and especially the food. Normally we have to cram three huge meals into our Thanksgiving day, but luckily this year, we split it up between two days. Our family time wasn't as rushed and it was so much more relaxing. 

We didn't eat with Luis's family until 7 o'clock on Thursday, so we just hung out at the house all day while I cooked and did some cleaning. I didn't make much this year- just some cornbread, sweet potatoes (my favorite food in the entire world), and Snickerdoodle bars that I found on Pinterest, which were amazing!

This year, only the adults ate in the formal dining room and the kids all ate in the kitchen. There are 21 of us in the immediate family, so sometimes it's just easier that way!

We ended up not going home until 2am. The men and kids were in one living room watching movies and the women stayed in the other, chatting and drinking wine. 

On Friday, we had our Thanksgiving dinner with my mom, stepdad, and my sister. It doesn't matter how old you are, it's always comforting to eat your own family's traditional holiday foods. No one's stuffing compares to my mom's. 

This was my second Thanksgiving spent as a vegetarian. I didn't stress about it much though. I still ate everything I wanted, just minus the meat :)

The whole weekend was pretty great. Friday night we put up our Christmas tree. We listened to Christmas music and drank egg nog and did all those little cutsie things you always picture yourself doing when you're an adult with a family. Anyway, I decided on all silver this year and am very happy with how it turned out. 

Saturday we slept until 11:45! Just so you know, that almost NEVER happens with a two year old. The highlight of the day was going to Pearland to HEB Plus. If only the stores down here had a better organic selection. Ugh.

Today we slept in (again!) and took Olivia to see Puss in Boots. We loved it and Olivia actually managed to stay near her seat for the entire movie.

Perfect weekend. I wish we were always as thankful as we are on Thanksgiving. The world would be a better place is we all took the time every day to appreciate all the good things in our lives. 

Snickerdoodle Bars
  • 2 2/3 cups AP flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch turbinado sugar

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Combine flour baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and set aside.
2.) In a large bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar for 3-5 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, and beat until smooth.
3.) Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and turbinado sugar in a little bowl. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter.
4.) Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool before cutting. Makes 20-24 bars.

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