Friday, November 25, 2016


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!


  1. That cake looks delish! Yum!

    Enjoy your day!

  2. Mmmm. I like the idea of the savory scones! I will be trying that soon. And the cake...well, your tradition has turned into my tradition! Your cake is prettier than mine, but mine tasted just fine :)

  3. I want those scones! And the cake, of course, but you probably already guessed that.

    I can't commit to the RW challenge because quite frankly, it's just not worth it to struggle into my sports bra for just one mile. Also, lazy. ;)

  4. I need to make that cake. There are just too many good things to eat this time of year and not enough available calories LOL!

  5. Nice idea to do the RW challenge, especially since December is such a busy month and a mile can almost always be done on a day.

    Your dishes look so good. As you know we don't celebrate Thanksgiving but seeing all those yummie foods I'd almost wish we did.

  6. How have I not commented before today?! I am going to make a batch of sweet and savory scones this weekend - they are great to freeze to have with a quick breakfast - making yours above, and I may even be crazy and add the scallions to them!