Thanksgiving Feast 2013

Here’s a recap of the dishes I prepared for Thanksgiving.  Please forgive the poorly-lit sometimes blurry iPhone photography.  I didn’t follow a recipe for anything, but I’ll list the ingredients I used.


Cranberry Sauce
Fresh cranberries
Juice and zest of an orange
White sugar


Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts
Olive oil
Salt + pepper


Butternut Squash Chestnut Soup
Red bell pepper
Butternut squash
Chestnut paste
Coconut milk
Salt + pepper
Cayenne pepper
Rubbed sage


Roasted Golden Beets with Cashew Cream
Golden beets
Raw Cashews
Lemon juice


Potato Galette
Red potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Fresh rosemary
Fresh thyme
Salt + pepper

I know it looks awful in the picture but it was amazingly delicious.  Next time, I won’t put any sweet potatoes on the bottom layer because they caramelized a little too much.


Stuffed Acorn Squash
Roasted acorn squash
Dried cranberries
Olive oil
Pomegranate molasses
Salt + pepper


I also baked an apple pie and made a huge batch of whipped coconut cream, but we were all too full to eat any dessert tonight.

What did you eat for Thanksgiving?

Random Photo of the Day

I went to the track a little earlier than usual today and found a huge group of school kids having a Thanksgiving field day thingy. Once the kids races were over, it was time for the parents and teachers to toe the line.  One of the adults was dressed like a turkey and was hauling ass tail around the track and provided an awesome photo op.


This guy is flying!

Happy Thanksgiving!

IMCdA Training Summary: Week 10

This week, I focused on getting back to my regular training routine after the last couple weeks of work insanity forced me to forgo a few workouts.  I’m still feeling very fatigued and was unable to get out of bed before noon on a few days, which is very unusual for me. Instead of relying on coffee to get me through the week, I took some time off from work and  indulged in as much sleep as my body told me to.

After a few weeks confined to the trainer, I finally took my bike out on the road again.  The weather was beautiful in Morgan Hill, but there were quite a few asshole drivers. I’m seriously considering getting a GoPro to record my rides, in case this happens.


On the road again…

On a more pleasant note, I started planning a humble Thanksgiving feast. My BF and I will be hosting my mom and brother this year.  I’ll be preparing butternut squash and chestnut soup, a sweet potato galette, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, stuffed acorn squash, and apple pie. Hopefully, I’ll remember to take pictures of everything before chowing down 🙂

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

90 minutes of strength training

7 miles at the track

Swim: 2,500 yards

Run: 4 miles at the track

Swim: 2,200 yards

Bike: 50 miles

Run: 10 miles