Thanksgiving Highlights 2016

table centerpieces


I meant to pop in yesterday morning but here’s what happened:

First, I didn’t open my laptop on Wednesday beyond 2:30 pm. My son and I went out in the afternoon after I picked him up from school and once we got home after dinner, I considered myself unplugged from everything other than my television as I was glued to watching MTV’s marathon of The Hills for the rest of the night.

Yesterday I made the mistake of checking my email when I first woke up which meant I spent my time searching the Henri Bendel and Kate Spade websites for Black Friday sales instead of writing a post before heading out for my Thanksgiving morning run.

So hi. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

I love being lazy on Thanksgiving but I guess I am not as lazy as I think. I ran 10 miles instead of my usual Thursday morning run of 7 or 8 since I had the extra time.

While watching the parade in my pajamas with my son, I made my famous oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies (the dairy free version –recipe here ) and since I had the oven on, I also made up a dairy free pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe too. If you like pumpkin, I would say these cookies came out delicious but I didn’t pay attention to my recipe therefore I cannot share it. I apologize!


Oops. We just looked at Thanksgiving dessert first! Let’s back up to the main meal!

My son and I headed over to my parents’ house in the afternoon so that we could drive in with them to the city to go over to my aunt and uncle for the holiday.

My aunt sets the best table. Always.

Thanksgiving table

I say this every year but my aunt’s taste and choice of flowers is the reason why she was in charge of working with my florist for the centerpieces at my wedding way back in the day.

table centerpieces

The food is always amazing too. As a vegetarian, the Thanksgiving side dishes have always made me happy but this year they were extra delicious.

Thanksigiving side dishes

There was broccoli slaw, a kale salad and highly addicting roasted cauliflower. I could have eaten the whole bowl!

I also had asparagus, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mashed parsnips, roasted potatoes and quinoa.


I piled a few plates that looked like this.

Thanksgiving plate

Back to dessert again. I didn’t get a full picture of the dessert table because I was too busy eating chocolate cake and my cookies. Gosh my oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies came out so good! I hadn’t made them in a while so it was nice to know I still had my talent in me.


I was definitely full but not sickly full which means Thanksgiving was a success.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

Previous Thanksgiving Posts:

Thanksgiving Highlights 2015

Thanksgiving Highlights 2014

Thanksgiving Highlights & Black Friday Appetite 2013

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Which foods were your favorites yesterday?

Are you shopping Black Friday sales today?


Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

11 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Highlights 2016”

  1. Everything looks delicious! The table decorations are beautiful. So glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving. My favorite food from yesterday was roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts…Oooh and cranberry sauce too.

  2. Wow. That is a HUGE Spread. I love the beautifully set table. My favorite Thanksgiving dishes this year were the stuffing, the green bean casserole, the sweet potatoes, and the mashed potatoes. Oh, and we have this bing cherry jello. YUM!

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