Category Archives: Thanksgiving

WIAW

Hello hello and here we are for another What I Ate Wednesday thanks to Jenn 🙂 This is a look at what I ate on Tuesday… so let’s just pretend that all of this actually happened today.

My day started off with an awesome early morning workout after I voted! I started off with thirty minutes of cardio intervals and then completed a short but sweet arm workout and then headed home to this for breakfast:

My breakfast, which was eaten around 8:15, included egg beaters with low fat shredded mozzarella cheese along with two mini oatmeal chia seed muffins. I topped my muffins with a little low fat cream cheese and sugar free jelly 🙂

This meal kept me super full and I didn’t eat lunch until 1:30 (and shockingly had no snacks between breakfast or lunch–weird, I know). Lunch included about six ounces of baked chicken along with vegetables and a bag of 100 calorie pop chips.

Around 5:00 I had a handful of un-pictured grapes. After work I had an errand to run and was starving once I got home. Against my judgement, I had a handful of crackers but didn’t want to keep snacking so I ordered sushi:

I ordered a miso soup, sashimi, a roll with brown rice, and two pieces of brown rice sushi but the restaurant I ordered from was kind enough to include a free California roll! Score! I wound up saving half of my California roll and two pieces of my tuna roll along with one piece of sushi which I will eat tomorrow.

I’d say this was a pretty good day of food 🙂 Tryna’ keep it as healthy as possible before Thanksgiving! I know those will be a few days with tons of treats. Can’t wait!

Have a good day everyone 🙂

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A Cape Cod Thanksgiving

Hi there! How’s your Saturday so far? We went into town earlier and brought Spanky to the beach again. He is crazy about it! As promised, I wanted to show you the Thanksgiving feast my family and I enjoyed this past Thursday. Instead of preparing a meal at home, we decided to go out to eat and wound up having a great time. Our Thanksgiving Dinner was eaten at Captain Linnell House in Orleans, MA.

The Outside of Captain Linnell Table

Gill, my mom, and me before eating

Captain Linnell Table is an old home which was owned by a sea captain in the 1800’s. The interior is still incredibly old fashioned and the menu is comprised of good, hearty New England cuisine; seafood, steak, and chowder.

After ordering drinks (a glass of red zinfandel for me) we took a few pictures before deciding what to order:

The Parental Unit

Gill and her Dirty Martini

As an appetizer, my mom and I each ordered a cup of mushroom soup while Gillian and my dad went for the oysters.

Gill's Oysters

Sorry, I didn’t get a shot of the soup!

I was pretty shocked with how many options there were for dinner. There was a choice of turkey (of course!), ham, duck, sea bass, and salmon. I think there were one or two other choices but I was totally set on having my turkey!

Holy Thanksgiving!

The turkey was perfectly moist and the sides were amazing. The stuffing (which you don’t see because it’s underneath the turkey) was definitely my favorite side dish. I ate most of my plate, but not everything, it was just too much and I wanted to make sure I had room for dessert! I chose to order a piece of the pumpkin custard pie which was really good, but not fantastic. The dinner was way better than the dessert.

All in all, a fabulous was to spend Thanksgiving!

Question: Have you ever eaten out for a Holiday? Were you impressed with the food?

Thankful

Hey, all! Well I finally made it through my (2 day) work week and am so very thankful to be able to say that tomorrow I will be on my way to Cape Cod to celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom, dad, sister, and doggies. Speaking of thankful, I wanted this post to be a reflection of what I have been grateful for in 2011. 2011 was a very seriously trying year for myself and my family, especially with the death of my two grandparents. But I want to reflect on what I am happy for, grateful for, and thankful for…

-I am grateful for the support of my family. They are the ones who deal with my up’s, down’s, struggles, and triumphs. I would have no one to turn to if I didn’t have them.
-I am so thankful for the fantastic handful of friends I have. I’m not a girl who has a hundred friends, but I am a girl who has a few good ones, and I cherish each one.
-I am grateful for my dogs, Spanky and Mopsey, who make me so, so happy with how cute and innocent they are.
-I am grateful to have had beautiful, loving, supportive grandparents whom I miss as every day passes.
-I am grateful to live in the most fantastic city in the world with a wonderful, caring room mate.
-I am thankful that I belong to a gym where I can do all the working out I want and is a mere 3 blocks away.
-I am thankful to live in a beautiful neighborhood, chock full of Starbucks, Trader Joes, restaurants and shopping.
-I am incredibly grateful that I started StephSnacks–a blog that challenges me, helps me, and nurtures who I am every day.
-I am thankful for all the StephSnacks readers–you are all amazing and the comments, tweets, and emails I receive are some of the kindest and most wonderful words I have ever received.

Well, that’s all for now. Night guys!

Question of the Night
: What are you grateful/thankful for?

Pinterest Dreams

Hey there. It’s a very lazy Sunday for me — I happen to have caught a pretty bad virus. Yesterday afternoon I was doing a little Christmas shopping when I started feeling sick in Lord & Taylor. Of course I made sure I had enough time to swipe a cute skirt for myself, and then went home to spend the rest of the night on the couch.

I have been so sick this year. Generally speaking, I’ve always been the person who never really gets a virus, flu, etc… but 2011 proved me wrong. Constant virus’ and colds made their appearance at least once every other month. Not cool. I can definitely admit that some of this is due to always being on the run. Work, the gym, blogging, friends, errands, and other commitments have me a bit busier than I would probably like to be. I need to slow down a little, but knowing myself, I likely won’t. This needs to be worked on for 2012.

Anyhow, being sick definitely creates time for one thing… Pinterest. Most of you already know what Pinterest is – but in short, it’s a collection of ideas, images, recipes, and designs that you can save to your own boards. You can also upload your own ‘stuff’ too — I couldn’t think of any other word but ‘stuff’, sorry. Check it out. And if you look to the right, you can follow me on Pinterest, too!

So while perusing Pinterest, I got pretty pumped for Thanksgiving. Generally, my family always gathers at my aunt and uncles house in NJ – but this year, my mom, dad, sister, and I (plus Spanky and Mopsey) are heading to Cape Cod. 2011 proved to be very tough and we all need some quality time. Our house at the Cape is so peaceful.. I can’t wait to be there! Here are some Pinterest images to get you in the festive mood…

A Classic

I’m literally counting down the days (10) until I am on the train with my sister to the Cape. And only 11 until I’m seated on the couch watching the NYC Parade and eating all sorts of Thanksgiving treats.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Question of the Day: What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? What are some things you are grateful for this year?