Friday, November 25, 2016

Obligatory

I am part of a Facebook group that  started as a sort of joke after the election where people were asked to post photos of comfort food they were eating to help them cope.  But now it's already turned into a nice little group where people are sharing favorite family dishes - always nice to see.

On Thanksgiving Eve the moderator asked people to post photos of their traditional holiday foods and share the story around them, if there was one. As this is quite the diverse group it was so much fun to see what other people and cultures eat.

I shared three photos.

Ham, Cheddar, and Scallion Scones
I make some version of these each year for just my family to have as a quick breakfast.

Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole
This is one of the dishes I take to share with my extended family. This is not cooked so it looks a bit weird but I knew I'd forget to take a photo of it cooked - and I did!  That white stuff on top is a brown sugar, flour and butter topping that pretty much turns into a crunchy caramel pecan topping.  This is what my family does in place of the traditional sweet potato-marshmallow dish


And finally, the newest traditional dish, the one I wouldn't be allowed to enter the house without

The 2016 Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake



And these are just a few of the obligatory dishes of our Thanksgiving Holiday, there are many more that I don't think we'll ever change.  In fact, this year we didn't have a single new dish!

I also decided to do something else on Thanksgiving morning while I was out doing my own turkey trot.  Each year Runner's World suggests that runners try their streak, which is to run at least 1 mile per day, every day from Thanksgiving through New Years.  I've never done it before because this time of year is so busy.  But that's the whole point - don't let the seasonal business get in the way of your health and fitness.  I started thinking about it and thought the trick is not to feel obligated to run and run and run but on days when I don't feel like running, just commit to the one mile for 39 days.  Since I ran 3.3 miles yesterday, if I do no more than that one mile, I'll have 41.3 miles on New Year's Day. Not a bad obligation.

Today is black Friday but I'm not a fan.  I will just enjoy having an extra long weekend - now let me get out there for my mile!