Thanksgiving 2014

Happy {day after} Thanksgiving!  I hope y’all had a wonderful holiday with your families and friends.

Yesterday morning while I was rocking Evie, I was struck with a strong feeling of thankfulness. Every year there’s something to be thankful for, but this year I feel more thankful than ever…

Ryan – for his devotion.
Evie – our little miracle baby.
Charlie – for his unconditional love.
Family – for their support.
Friends – for their generosity.
My body – for its strength.
My health – for defying the odds.
My career – for giving me a sense of fulfillment.
Travel – for making my life rich.

We celebrated at my momma’s house with a few family friends. I’ve been in charge of cooking the turkey and a few side dishes since high school and despite having 5-week-old, I kept that responsibility going.  I love spending time in the kitchen, especially during the holiday season.

Every year I mean to share a few of our favorite recipes, but for one reason or another, it never happens.  This year I wasn’t able to share any because of computer troubles, also why I haven’t shared Evie’s birth story {part II}.  Thank goodness I married an IT guy…  I think Ryan got everything back up and running.

Last night everyone brought their appetite because there were hardly any leftovers.  I’m not typically a big fan of leftovers, but I make an exception for Thanksgiving leftovers.  I’m hoping to remake a few dishes this weekend while the Thanksgiving ingredients are still in stores so we have some things to munch on and I can share the recipes with y’all.

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Question:  Did you travel for the holiday?  Where do you typically celebrate?

Question:  What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

— Allison

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Baby Szed’s Shower & My 25th Birthday

Good morning, y’all!  Today is a really, really, REALLY good day.  I slept for almost 12 hours, the longest I’ve slept in weeks.  The sun is shining.  Charlie and I shared a bowl of Cheerios {aka he gave me birthday cuddles and stole my Cheerios}.  And I get to spend the day celebrating Baby Szed AND my 25th birthday with some of my most favorite people! I’M SO EXCITED!!!

Today I planned to share our story about our miracle baby, but I still haven’t finished {it’s a lengthy post} and I need to get ready for today’s festivities.  Whoops :P

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— Allison

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Favorite Finds: National Pancake Day

I was planning to share my race recap of the Reston 10 Miler today, but I just finished eating pancakes and heard that today is National Pancake Day.  It’s like I have ESPN or something {name that movie?}.

My love affair with pancakes is no secret, they’re my favorite breakfast food.  Crisp around the edges, light and fluffy in the middle, silver dollar sized or as big as your head, thick as a board or thin as a sheet of paper, they’re the perfect golden brown canvas for all sorts of toppings.  What’s not to love?  Someday I need to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I can’t believe I haven’t done it yet.  Maybe it’ll happen today since we have another snow day…

The majority of the time I try to keep my pancake ingredient list short and light – granted, I typically eat a few stacks a week – but every now and then {hello weekend!} it’s fun to indulge.  Another reason why I love pancakes, they’re so versatile and can be allergy friendly.  Healthy, sinful, savory, sweet.

And if at the end you’re craving pancakes but don’t have time to make them yourself, there’s a rumor floating around the Twittersphere that IHOP is serving free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes until 10PM!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

27 Pancakes Worth Waking Up For via BuzzFeed

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24 Pancakes from Around the World via BuzzFeed

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Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes by Hot Chocolate Hits

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Almond Joy Pancakes {Gluten Free} by The Lemon Bowl

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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes by Iowa Girl Eats

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes by Minimalist Baker

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Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake by Averie Cooks

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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes by Hungry Healthy Girl

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Coffee Pancakes via Eat, Live, Run {recipe from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack}

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Banana Nut Pancakes by Skinnytaste

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Not a recipe, but I love this The Perfect Pancake wall print by visualphilosophy.  It would be perfect in our kitchen/dining area!

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Check out an old Favorite Finds pancake post here.  I know, I know some of the links are busted… I need to do some spring cleaning.

Question:  What’s your favorite flavor combo – apple spice, banana nut, carrot cake, or lemon poppy seed?

Question:  If you had to eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what would it be?

— Allison

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