Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our Primal Thanksgiving Feast

Disclaimer: This is our Primal Thanksgiving feast that follows the 80/20 rule, since a few of our must-haves are not entirely Primal.

While I've always loved Christmastime the most, Thanksgiving is right up there, mostly because I love spending the day in the kitchen making delicious food for my family and friends. This year, Dad and the family came out to celebrate and eat with us. I think it was a success, since I didn't hear any complaining about any of the food. For the most part, I think I did a great job for our first Primal Thanksgiving! Next year, I'll be sure to add in even more delicious (and Primal) food!

Hmm... I wonder how you can tell we're cooking right now?

Our turkey is ready for the oven!
I went with my usual recipe, it hasn't been bad yet!

So there wasn't much time for photo-taking while we cooked.
I was a busy girl!
Here are some of our finished sides!
Brussels sprouts
Cranberry Waldorf Salad
Sweet Potatoes - My favorite!

My plate!
(Non-primal foods were only the little bit of stuffing I had and the marshmallows on top of the potatoes!)

And since we had dog-lovers for guests, 
look who joined us for dinner.

So we relaxed for a bit.
Then it was time for dessert.
I made Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip and we had pumpkin pie!
(Warning - this was so not Primal!)

After digesting for a while, we started to play Monopoly,
on Nate's iPad.
So that was our amazing Thanksgiving feast. All of the recipes are on my Pinterest board - My long-time favorite has always been that sweet potato recipe, but the brussels sprouts with cranberry-pistachio pesto is my new favorite side dish! We had a really great Thanksgiving and enjoyed spending the rest of the weekend together doing some shopping and some relaxing. Here are a few more snapshots from the weekend:
This is what happens when the people eat too much food.
Emma just wanted Uncle Nathan to wake up and play!
After a few minutes of sitting and waiting, 
she started to give up...

We went to Niagara Falls on Saturday 
and enjoyed the beautiful view from the Canadian side!
It was great to be able to cook our first Thanksgiving meal for family and show them around our new home state. We love exploring NY and always enjoy showing it off to anyone who visits! We're glad Dad and the family were able to come out and spend the holiday with us! Next up, another Christmas in Chicago!

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