Holidays, Life

Thanksgiving Snapshots

Thanksgiving was almost a week ago and it feels like the time has passed by in a heartbeat! I love the holidays because of the special family time and I wanted to make soak in all the moments. With that being said, I took very few photos myself and anything I do have is basically a quick snapshot of the moment. These moments are still special and should be documented to look back on so here’s a glimpse of my Thanksgiving weekend.

I have a fairly large extended family and we had over 30 people gathered for our family’s Thanksgiving! I feel so blessed to have an amazing Grandma (who happens to be a fantastic cook) as the matriarch of the family to orchestrate everything. There were no turkeys for this vegetarian family but we served 15 of the best homemade pies. Would you believe I only ended up eating 3 slices myself? I had to have the classic pumpkin pie, my grandmas to-die-for vegan lemon cheesecake pie, and a chocolate-mint pudding pie. You’ll have to believe me when I say they were the best pies ever.

Another joy of this holiday was getting to meet this little fella for the first time. I spent at least a couple hours snuggling with the newest family member and it was baby heaven. 

We didn’t get home from my grandma’s until late Thursday night so we quickly packed our bags for our weekend away and went to bed. First thing Friday morning we were out the door to the airport for Thanksgiving part 2 in Massachusetts. 

 

The Chesapeake Bay from the air

 

Brownie points to the first person to guess where this is.

Our trip was only a quick 36 hours up in Massachusetts to have Thanksgiving with my husband’s extended family. Brady and I shared an Airbnb with the siblings in-law on a lake just over the border into New Hampshire so that we wouldn’t be too far away from the festivities. We never had the time to explore around the lake, but I got to soak in the quiet morning air for two mornings which was still peaceful.

Saturday evening was the big Thanksgiving dinner for Brady’s family and I only have one blurry, awkward shot to share of the experience. In this picture, Brady is doing his annual recitation of the poem he learned back in elementary school: I Ate Too Much by Jack Prelutsky.

I ate too much turkey, 
I ate too much corn, 
I ate too much pudding and pie, 
I’m stuffed up with muffins
And much too much stuffin’,
I’m probably going to die.

I piled up my plate
And I ate and I ate, 
But I wish I had known when to stop, 
For I’m so crammed with yams, 
Sauces, gravies, and jams
That my buttons are starting to pop.

I’m full of tomatoes
And French fried potatoes, 
My stomach is swollen and sore, 
But there’s still some dessert, 
So I guess it won’t hurt
If I eat just a little bit more. 

It was a late night with his family before we had to get up with the sun on Sunday morning to make the drive back to Maryland with all the rest of New England on the roads. We played husbands-versus-wives Rook in the backseat before I watched The Holiday – which I’d downloaded from Amazon Prime before the drive. The Holiday is #11 on my Favorite Christmas Movies List if you want to check out my list.

Sunrise in New Hampshire this morning. ❤ <— Instagram: @mrsmeaganknott

 

That’s all I have to share from my Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you all had a beautiful weekend with your friends and loved ones. Next week we’re headed off on our Disney Christmas getaway so if you want to tag along for our adventure, I’m going to be sharing a bunch on Instagram/Stories. I’m so excited!

 

Where do you celebrate Thanksgiving and how many people do you celebrate Thanksgiving with?

Any special family traditions around Thanksgiving? 

 

 

Linking with Amanda from Running with Spoons for this post.

Christmas, Family Time, Holidays

11 of My Favorite Christmas Movies

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I love the holiday season and spending time with my family. My mom always made the holidays so special for us and I know her love for the season has been passed down to me. We just passed the 6th anniversary of her passing and it’s still so hard to pick up the pieces of a broken heart and celebrate the holidays without her but Mom taught me to love the holidays and appreciate the quality family time so Thanksgiving-Christmas time is my favorite time of year.  I look forward to playing Christmas music, setting up the tree, and snuggling up together to watch Christmas movies.

Shadow at Christmas and Christmas Movies

It may seem early, but I know a lot of people start watching Christmas movies around this time and I wanted to make sure to share my favorites! There are so many great Christmas movies to chose from but I’ve narrowed it down to my top 11 favorites. Any of the Christmas movies in the numbers 1-9 slots put me in an instant happy Christmas mood but I have tried to order them anyways to give you a sense of my favorites. Numbers 10-11 are less “classic” to me but nice Christmas movies with romantic and adult centered themes.  Continue Reading

Hiking, Week in Pictures

Hiking at Patapsco State Park

Hello there! Please keep us in your thoughts today as we try to move everything out of our apartment and try to clean it out to turn over the key. It’s amazing how quickly 365 days can fly by. This week has been crazy busy and extremely exhausting but I wanted to share a few photos of the last week, mostly from last Saturday where we spent a few hours hiking a couple of the trails, including the Switchback Trail, at the McKeldin Area of Patapsco State Park.

Fall colors at Centennial Lake. Continue Reading

Disney World, Food

A Day at Epcot – Walt Disney World 2017

Brady and I are currently planning our Christmas vacay to Disney World and it’s just another reminder that I never finished recapping our trip from May. I’m a bit obsessed with Disney vacation planning and it may be even one of my favorite things to do. Yup, I’m weird. I really want to see Disney all dressed up for Christmas and I’m since it’s slightly last minute – as far as Disney planning goes – I’m trying to quickly pull our itinerary together while packing <- we’re moving this week!

We had such a fun trip earlier this year and I’m always so excited to go back to the place where we went on our honeymoon! It brings back special feelings of closeness and joy that we felt during our first week being married. Life has had us down the last few months and I really feel like another break is what we need to lift our spirits. 

Neither of us has ever been to Disney World during the Christmas season and we’re trying to study up/prioritize since this will be a shorter trip. We’re probably going to come back tired with sore feet but full of Disney Christmas magic. If you have any planning tips or anything we just HAVE to see while we’re there – Christmas related! – then please let me know!

A Day at Epcot (5-10-2017)

So on to the recap! On Wednesday we went to Epcot and it was the only day out of our 5 Disney days that we did not use the park hopper option. We knew this was going to be a lighter day and we hadn’t made any plans to be in another park in the evening. With this in mind we really took our time going around each of the pavilions and enjoyed what each area had to offer. Continue Reading

Food, Healthy eating, Recipes

What I Ate Wednesday 11-1-2017

Sometimes things don’t go to plan. It’s how life works and sometimes it just has to be ok. Yesterday was one of those days and honestly I’m ok with that. I try not to buy treats too often but when aunt flo comes to town, indulgent nibbles are in high demand. I woke up yesterday with some of the worst cramps and I didn’t really feel like eating. Ice cream is one of the best foods for cramps so breakfast was mint chocolate ice cream… a great start to the day! I did manage to consume some wholesome calories yesterday with a 3 bean salad (recipe below) and blow-your-mind creamy cauliflower soup. 

What I Ate Wednesday

Breakfast – Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

Lunch – 3 Bean Salad

This 3 bean salad has been my staple recipe for the last couple months. I make it at least once a week because it’s quick and easy to make and it’s so versatile. Here are a few of the ways I’ve had this 3 bean salad: Continue Reading

Friday Faves

October Friday Favorites #7

Happy end of the week to you all! It’s been a month since I last shared a favorites so it’s about time to share some of the things I’ve been loving lately! I’ve been loving all the colors around our neighborhood but I’m not loving waking up in the dark to leave for work. Shorter days are harder and I feel so much sleepier! Just me? We’re moving in 2 weeks which I’m pretty bummed about and man we have so much packing to do… for now I’m going to shirk packing duties and just talk about all these lovely faves. (My favoritist fave is Marrying Mr Darcy because I love a good game <3 )

Friday Favorites October 27, 2017

Food

Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes

If you’re looking for some healthier, energy boosting recipes then you need to check out this cookbook that was co-authored by Olympian Shalane Flanagan. Some recipes inside to check out: Flu-Fighter Chicken and Rice Stew, Curry Lentil Soup with Charred Cauliflower, Pesto Potato Salad, Soba Noodle Salad, On-the-Run Frittata Muffins, and Homemade Hazelnut Milk.  Continue Reading