Extended Thanksgiving & Now It’s Time for Christmas

Well, hello. How’s everyone holding up after the holiday weekend? I know I’m a little late with checking in as Thanksgiving was officially last Thursday, but many of us continued to celebrate over the weekend so I’m not too far off!

The last time I checked in I was recovering from Thanksgiving food coma #1. I’ll catch you up from there as the celebrations continued over the weekend.

On Friday, I started the morning off right with a slice of homemade gluten-free almond bread with peanut butter and a touch of organic maple syrup.

almond bread with peanut butter

Mid-morning I got a four-mile walk in on the treadmill while watching Gossip Girls, again. πŸ™‚ For lunch, LEFTOVERS of course!

thanksgiving leftovers

After I filled my belly with turkey, Dana and I headed out to find our Christmas tree. Every year we go out to a tree farm and chop our own tree down. This year we went to two different tree farms, trekked around for a good hour and a half, and realized we were much too picky when it came to finding our tree this year and we left with nothing.

We weren’t finding one that was full enough or fat enough, so instead of settling, we moved on….to Costco. After our long hunt all bundled up in winter gear in the tree farms, we ended up buying our tree at Costco this year. It is absolutely perfect and was half the price too! We can’t say we didn’t try.

We set it up on Friday but didn’t decorate it until Sunday because the tree needed to settle, but here is the finished product from Sunday! Da da da da………

christmas tree

Moose was unimpressed but I’m impressed myself. It turned out great!

moose close up

On Saturday we headed over to Dana’s parents to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. They made my favorite cheesy veggie recipe which I go crazy for.

cheesy vegetables

Au gratin sweet and russet potatoes…

au gratin potatoes

I contributed a fruit salad made with whole cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple, grapes, walnuts, and whipped cream. This was so easy and very tasty.

fruit salad thanksgiving plate

I cleaned my plate and loved every bite. Apparently I didn’t snap a photo of dessert but it was a very delicious piece of homemade pumpkin pie! Num num num. I love celebrating Thanksgiving twice!!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially time to think about Christmas. Who am I kidding, I was already listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. But now it is in full swing: music, shopping, treats,Β snow, potlucks, mint mochas, family, friends, parties! I am excited!

Happy day to you all. I hope you had a great weekend!

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  1. Jessie

    Looks like you’ve been having a wonderful Holiday season so far. Your tree came out beautiful. I just checked out your almond bread recipe.. do you think I can sub the yogurt for ricotta?
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    1. Melanie

      It might change the consistency a bit as ricotta isn’t quite as smooth as yogurt, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work? If you give it a shot, let me know how it goes!

    1. Melanie

      Yes 100% full Christmas mode! It goes by way too fast so enjoy every moment!

    1. Melanie

      I was happy to have leftovers for days!

  2. Your tree is beautiful!! We’ve never had a real tree but Kyle and I were just talking about getting a mini one this year πŸ™‚ I just love the smell of them! I make a similar cranberry “fluff” and I’m going to share the recipe on Monday – it is so so good!
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    1. Melanie

      You guys definitely should! The smell of the tree is undeniably worth it. We love it!
      Can’t wait to see your fluff recipe—I noticed yours might have marshmallows in it which I totally contemplated for a while! I could be wrong though. NUMMMM!!

  3. Shawna

    mmm the fruit salad looks delicious. and i should prob start thinking about Christmas pretty soon… hopefully when my semester is over and grad school can take a little backseat, Christmas will push forward. πŸ™‚

  4. Your tree looks gorgeous!! I have never had a real tree before, but I definitely want to get one someday now that I have been seeing how beautiful they look on everybody’s blogs!
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    1. Melanie

      Besides looking beautiful, they smell absolutely amazing!! They are worth the effort for sure. You would love it.

  5. Ashlee@HisnHers

    You’re making me really sad that Thanksgiving is over!!! It all looks sooooo good. Love the idea of sweet potatoes in the au gratins!
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    1. Melanie

      I know I get sad too, which is why I think we should all celebrate it again in 6 months!

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