Monday, November 28, 2011

Our Thanksgiving

This year was really special in our celebration of Thanksgiving for several reasons. First off, I'm not normally very enthused about these winter holidays. This is most-likely due to my growing up without any solid family traditions, but this go around was awesome: J.'s parents planned to come up, my mom was coming up, and at last minute, my grandparents drove down from Virginia! In addition to all of the guests we were to host, my in-laws have been recently eaten mostly-vegan meals so I challenged myself to a full-on vegan dinner. (Not everything turned out 100% without animal product, but most were, and overall everything was absolutely delicious. I will probably make some of these dishes for future years!) It was such a blessing to have our family here and to be able to host them comfortably in our new home. Their stay even motivated us to complete some decorating/painting projects! On top of all that, I had a wonderful and restful five days off in a row (after working Thanksgiving Eve night shift and celebrating with my coworkers!). Let me just say, some serious naps were had.

Main Entree
Butternut Squash with Cornbread-Cranberry Stuffing [Vegan]

Creamy Mashed Potatoes [Vegan]
Green Bean Casserole [Vegan]
Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese [Vegetarian]
Corn on the cob
Sweet Potato Casserole [Vegan]
Fresh Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce


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