Hello & happy Monday to you! I had the best and most fun Thanksgiving celebrating with my mom and my Little Bear and I can’t wait to share my pics with you! Let’s backtrack a bit.
After I came home from work Monday, I was greeted by my Little Bear and her husband! I couldn’t park the car and throw down my bags fast enough!
Obviously you can tell from our smiles we were beyond excited to be reunited again! My Little Bear and I actually had a dinner date with a former grad school professor of ours, so we walked four blocks to Matchbox to catch up.
It was so much fun! He was the best professor, and it’s actually really funny because he now works at the same school system I do!
On Tuesday, my Little Bear headed back to Southern Maryland to spend the day with her dad, so I had some alone time with my mom which was nice. The boys were off hunting (but they didn’t get anything booo), so my mom and I enjoyed dinner together and vegging out.
She came back to DC Wednesday, and the three of us ladies spent a majority of the day chopping up veggies and prepping for my favorite holiday! We made the mashed potatoes in advance, chopped up the brussel sprouts and butternut squash, and made the cranberry sauce.
It made for a much easier Thanksgiving morning! We didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn, and the three of us had lots of fun sipping mimosas and getting all of our dishes ready.
Here’s our bird before it went in the oven!
We rubbed truffle butter under the skin and olive oil and herbs on top. OMG it turned out SO GOOD! I channeled my inner Martha Stewart and wrote out our menu on a chalkboard stand (this is honestly probably the most creative thing I’ve ever done, I actually hate arts and crafts).
Everything was a huge hit and I got lots of compliments on hosting our first holiday 🙂
My favorites were the apple and sausage stuffing, carrot souffle, and brussel sprouts! But everything was delicious.
Friday afternoon I dropped Deb off at the airport (sad face), but I quickly cheered up because my Little Bear and I had a fancy girls dinner date at my favorite French restaurant, Montmartre, and the boys went to the Caps game.
We shared a bottle of wine (that we didn’t finish and actually took home, shocker!) and I had an amazing scallops dish.
The boys sent us a really cute picture of them at the game. They had amazing seats and free food/drinks (which they definitely took advantage of, ha!). It’s so nice that our husbands are so close and have their own friendship and same interests.
Needless to say, the boys were feelin a bit rough the next day at brunch, so the ladies decided to do a Little Bear bar crawl before heading back home!
First up, mango mimosas!
We also had some delicious and refreshing grapefruit crushes at Senart’s!
The rest of our Saturday was spent stuffing our bellies with Mexican food and watching stand up comedy!
Sunday morning I woke up and already felt sad that my Little Bear and her husband were leaving–BUT I keep reminding myself we will see them in a few weeks for New Years! After they left for the airport, Brandon and I stopped by to visit our friends Brigid and Keith in D.C. They’re having their first baby (a girl!) Tuesday, so we thought it’d be fun to order some pizza and watch football to spend time with them before the baby comes. We decided what better way to end a week of fat pants eating than to order a Triple Treat Box from Pizza Hut!
Pizza, breadsticks, and a cookie pizza–WIN! I spent the rest of my Sunday catching up on my trashy shows and prepping for the week. As much as I enjoyed indulging, I’m really looking forward to getting back into my workout/healthy eating routine.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and wonderful weekend!
Favorite Thanksgiving dish you ate?
How do you bounce back from holiday indulging?
Share your weekend highlights!