Week 12: Thanksgiving Day 2013


I hope everyone had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving. As you can see, no Friday post this week, instead, a Thanksgiving 2013 🙂

This year we went down to Dallas to celebrate Thanksgiving with Xavier’s family. So, we were close to home. It was a much needed trip, especially for Xavier and the girls. It was great to see everyone.

I started off Thanksgiving like I did last year, with a turkey trot. This year was the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, I ran the 5K. Last year was the Houston Turkey Trot, and it was a 10K. It is a new tradition that I am hoping to do every year on Thanksgiving, no matter how cold. Hopefully, my girls will join me, once they get a little older. It’s a great way to start the day. The weather was awesome, once I started running. Before hand, the cold was a little nippy, it was about 28 degrees. Brr! As usual, there were a ton of people, the course was flat and fast, and I ran ok, definitely not one of my better runs. But, I did get to see a little bit of Dallas, since I had never been downtown before. Dallas is very pretty and view of downtown from the front of city hall, is gorgeous. My lack of photography skills does it no justice 🙂



After the run, everyone pretty much got to relax and hang out, while the elder ladies worked the kitchen with their magic. I have so much to be thankful for this year, it is unbelievable. The kids played with their cousins the whole time, and Aspen was so happy to see everyone, especially, her Mimi, Poppa, and Uncle.

I ate about 3 plates of food, and I could barely move after. The food was sooo good! I feel so bad that we forgot to pack some left overs to bring home. After we ate, we took the kids and the the big kids to the movies. We saw, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. It was great, but I think, no, I am positive, that there will be a part III 🙂 After the movie, we ate some more and just enjoyed the rest of the day with family. Now it’s almost Christmas time! 🙂

Here are a few photos. I am sure that everyone has seen enough food photos the past few days, so I opted for others, instead of food. Ok, maybe a couple of food photos 🙂



Gobble! Gobble!


Well, Thanksgiving is only two days away and I am uber excited to be able to take a few days off, hang out with family, and EAT, EAT, EAT lots and lots of my favorite Thanksgiving food.

With that in mind, what is it that you are looking forward to eating the most? Maybe something that you don’t usually have throughout the year, because only your mom/grandmother is the only one who can make it, “right”.

Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

1. Ham/Turkey: For some strange reason, the only “right” time to eat a ham or a turkey for me is on Thanksgiving. I don’t know how to cook a turkey or ham, but Xavier does(he prefers ham), so we rarely, if ever eat ham/turkey during the year.

2. YAMS: Secret: I never had yams until I met Xavier, true story. And I have loved it since. We eat yams throughout the year, but there is nothing like the smell of yams cooking on Thanksgiving Day.

3. Pancit: Every Filipino needs an excuse to make pancit, and Thanksgiving is no different.

Here are some of my favorites from last year’s feast at home. We had our traditional Filipino-American feast 🙂 When we lived in Houston, we would usually house hop on Thanksgiving until we couldn’t drive anymore. Gotta love having family close by.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!! 🙂