Dec 022014

Hi folks! Today I’m back with another recap of my fun Thanksgiving weekend!

After watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person and then enjoying a tasty Thanksgiving meal with Fabio and his dad, Fabio, Jack and I hopped in the car first thing on Friday morning to make the trip up to my aunt CC’s new house in the Otis, Massachusetts, which is located in the Berkshire Mountains.

Remember when we went there over the summer and sat in the sun by the lake? Well, it looked a little different this time around.


Yep – they got about a foot of snow on Wednesday, which had melted just enough on Friday to make driving up safe (thank goodness) but it still left everything looking like a winter wonderland.


It took us about 2.5 hours to drive up from Fabio’s dad’s house in Queens, and when we arrived Jack took full advantage of all the snow.


He immediately found the-biggest-stick-ever and proceeded to hop around in the snow with it in his mouth, looking more like a bunny than a dog.


He loved that thing.


After watching Jack play for a while, we headed inside to warm up. My aunt’s house was so picturesque and cozy – I just loved seeing all the snow outside and being nice and warm inside.


We then spent the afternoon snacking on delicious appetizers, and sipping on warm apple cider spiked with rum. Yummy!!


These prosciutto-wrapped dates stuffed with cheese were a favorite of mine.


Then we played a few games, including darts. I would like to point out that I am absolutely horrible at darts, and didn’t score a single point during our game, but I did hit the green part around the bull’s eye on my practice round. At least I know I can do it!


Meanwhile, my aunt CC was busy preparing our Thanksgiving feast! She and my uncle Steve wound up deep frying the turkey, which came out so delicious!


So good!


Then it was time to eat!


My plate had a little bit of everything: stuffing, creamed kale, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and turkey. Everything tasted great!


For dessert we had my turkey cupcakes, which looked better than they tasted. I think using a healthier recipe and baking them so many days in advance (I made them last Sunday) probably took a toll on them. Oh well, at least they looked cute.


We spent the rest of the evening playing Cards Against Humanity and Clue, and once CC and I accidentally fell asleep on the world’s comfiest couch at about midnight, Fabio and Steve continued with games of ping pong and pool. Such a fun day!



Saturday morning was nice and relaxing, and upon waking up, I moved upstairs to the comfy couch where I was greeted with this view.


Isn’t that just the coziest thing?

Saturday was pretty similar to Friday and involved lots of snow time for Jack…



more games…

IMG_7874…and lots of yummy food!

CC made homemade butternut squash lasagna with homemade lasagna noodles!


There definitely was no shortage of good food this weekend, that’s for sure. On Saturday evening CC and Steve had a couple friends over, and it was really nice meeting them!




For dessert on Saturday we had this salted caramel apple pie, which I had baked in advance (though I decided to forgo the lattice top since that seemed like way too much work).


The result: it was SOOOO good! I will definitely be making this pie again. That salted caramel sauce is ridiculous! I give this pie two thumbs up!


We wound up driving home from Massachusetts on Saturday night to avoid the crazy Sunday post-Thanksgiving traffic, and although we didn’t get home until 6:00 am (UGH!!) it was worth it to have a quick trip and a full Sunday at home.


Since we got home so late (early?) Fabio and I both slept until almost noon on Sunday. As soon as I finally woke up, I laced up my sneakers and took Jack on a super speedy three mile run. Check out those splits!


The 7:56 mile was actually on the huge hill that always slows me down, so I was really psyched. I would have gone even faster on the second mile, but we were running through downtown Georgetown which was pretty packed at that time of the day, and it was pretty difficult to navigate with Jack through all the people. Still, I was so happy with my pace!!

The rest of the day was spent unpacking/recovering from the weekend, and getting some Christmas decorations up.


Of course, I should have been meal planning and doing laundry, but – hey – it’s all about priorities over here.

Question of the day: Have you decorated for Christmas yet? Has it snowed where you are yet?

 Posted by on December 2, 2014

  10 Responses to “Thanksgiving Weekend in Otis, MA”

  1. Looks like you had a great holiday! Those snow pictures are beautiful. It has not snowed that much in Chicago yet but we have had about an inch stick. I decorated my apartment (not much) the day before I left for Thanksgiving so when I returned it was all decorated 🙂

  2. That house looks so cozy! In Chicago we have only had flurries which are fine by me. The less time I have to spend outside in the snow, the better. I tried waterproofing my boots to no avail, so I think I will invest in some actual rain/snow boots this year!

  3. Wow your amazing celebrations just keep going! I’m so jealous. And seriously amazing work oon the apple pie – it looks incredible! I checked out the recipe and was like “hell no could I make that!”. And well done on your speedy run – you’re definitely getting faster!

  4. Looks like an awesome holiday weekend! Your aunt’s place is so gorgeous!! And that pie! Holy cow! I need to make that ASAP!

  5. It was 50 degree today in Chapel Hill, NC, so no snow for us! Sounds like a great weekend!

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