Hi friends! To all those who celebrated it, how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was a lot of fun and also sort of relaxing since we didn’t travel too far this year. Here are some of the highlights!
Fabio’s dad came into town on Wednesday afternoon, and we all met up for happy hour at Texas Jack’s BBQ in Arlington. Fabio and I had been wanting to check out Texas Jack’s for a while, so I’m glad we finally got the chance!
Their food is a bit on the pricey side – a sandwich costs around $15 – but we went during happy hour when the sandwiches were only $5. Woohoo!
Everything was fantastic and we all enjoyed mixing and matching the different types of BBQ. Delicious!
When we got home, I got busy in the kitchen making this apple pie with crumb topping.
Someone wanted to “help” me in the kitchen!
On Thursday morning I enjoyed all of my usual Thanksgiving traditions, including watching the parade and then the Westminster dog show! While the TV was on, I started prepping some of the food for the day including baking these pumpkin cream cheese muffins, which were SO easy and SO delicious. They were a big hit!
I also made this casserole with greens and artichoke hearts but it turned out pretty boring so I wouldn’t recommend it.
Soon enough, it was time to drive to Diane and Alex’s new house outside of Baltimore!
Like us, Diane and Alex were apartment renters for a long time, so it was exciting to celebrate in their new home. It was absolutely gorgeous too!
Everything looked quite festive for the holiday!
After hanging around with all the family and chatting for a while, it was time to eat!
Turkey time! These boys crack me up. 🙂
Alex’s family is Russian, so in addition to all the traditional Thanksgiving fare we had some wonderful Russian dishes as well.
Plate #1 for me! 🙂
One of the best Russian dishes we had was khachapuri (I think that’s how you spell it) which is basically the most ridiculous cheese bread ever.
Clearly Fabio was thankful for it. 😉
After dinner and going around and saying what we are thankful for, it was time for dessert!
I think my apple pie turned out pretty well, and luckily there were lots of other delicious treats on the table as well. 🙂
We spent the rest of the evening hanging out with Fabio’s parents, Diane, and Alex after Alex’s family headed home, which involved all sort of shenanigans like making the three dogs pose for Christmas pictures.
None of the dogs were really a fan of this – at all. LOL.
But they were rewarded with treats in the end! What a bunch of cuties. 🙂
Before bed, the boys started looking up black Friday deals online. Alex is planning to turn their basement into a home theater, so the guys were comparing the different TVs on sale and deciding which was the best kind to get, all while sipping some drinks. Typical.
Jack was one of the boys too!
Overall we had a really fun time at Diane and Alex’s first Thanksgiving in their new house!
On Friday we spent some time with my side of the family! We drove over to my grandparents’ house on the Eastern Shore, and since we arrived with some time to kill we decided to show Fabio’s dad our wedding venue.
It was as beautiful as we remembered!
Fabio’s dad seemed to like it a lot too! We are going back in a couple of weeks to confirm some of the details, so this got me even more excited to finish planning. 🙂
Then we drove over to my grandparents’ house! The sun was just starting to set, so we headed out for a quick (freezing cold) boat ride. Jack came with us too!
Love my little family. <3
It was great spending time with my sister too! I had missed her (and the rest of my family) on Thanksgiving.
What a beautiful afternoon to spend on the bay!
Eventually we got too cold and headed back in. Brrr!
After our boat ride, we all headed out to dinner at the Ram’s Head on Kent Island. I ordered a delicious shrimp and scallop salad, and devoured every bite.
Meanwhile, Fabio ordered a gigantic bacon cheeseburger topped with mac ‘n cheese!
Eventually it was time for us to head home, and Fabio and his dad did some late-night work around the house. Jack and I were pooped from the holiday!
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday and Sunday were fairly uneventful; we took Jack to the vet, cleaned the house, meal planned, grocery shopped, and relaxed. We also did some wedding planning and got out our Christmas decorations! I’ll take some pictures for you once everything is set up. 🙂 I love this time of year!
And there you have it, the highlights from Thanksgiving 2016! It sure was a good one!
Question of the day: What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
I am all about the stuffing!!