My mom immigrated to the US from Korea after she married my father. Life certainly wasn't easy for her and my father certainly didn't help. But, you see, my mom is tenacious, strong and hard working. No matter what obstacles stood in her way, she always made sure I didn't miss out on anything - and I never felt like I did.
This year she and I reminisced about Thanksgiving meals from the past - preparing Stove Top stuffing, green bean casseroles a la Campbells after we saw it on a commercial, the first whole turkey she cooked that turned into a soupy consistency... My father made faces and focused on all the negatives. My mom and I did the opposite and enjoyed our time together and our turkey soup. Those are the memories I'm thankful for... All the love, laughs and happiness my mom and I shared. Good trumps bad, and we have far too many good memories to outweigh the negative.
This Thanksgiving we made nothing but new traditions and happy memories in our new home. I even convinced my mom to get out of the kitchen and relax on the couch while I cooked!
It was truly a holiday miracle...
Mom's meal request: traditional stuffing and buttermilk pie. My husband's request: creamy (aka fattening) mashed potatoes. I just wanted brussels sprouts (yeah, I was that kid).
Top L: Traditional Sage Stuffing
Bottom L: Cranberry Sauce
Bottom R: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sherry Mustard Vinaigrette
*We were also lucky enough to receive a pecan pie and chocolate chip pie from our friends at Royer's Round Top - it was truly a time for our tummies to be thankful! So, yes, you did your math correctly - 1 pie per person... and they're all gone.
Quick PSA (Personal Style Assignment) shot since it's been many months since my last outfit post... (bad, bad blogger)
plaid print top: J.Crew (on sale now!) | jorts: Joe's "Ex-Boyfriend" | socks: HUE (I like the little bit of ruffle) | ankle boots: Dolce Vita via T.J.Maxx
Sleepy after all that turkey...
Speaking of new traditions... The husband and I have decided to partake in a post-Thanksgiving cleanse/detox. Well, the husband wanted to do a cleanse and I begrudginly was talked into it. To give him some credit, he lost about 15 lbs last time in 2 weeks, so I know you get results... And the man is awfully charming...
However, while hubby is drinking some powder drink stuff as part of his detox, I decided to substitute my green smoothies. Here's the basic breakdown:
Substitue the powder drink (or green smoothie for me) for 1 meal a day and eat only veggies (preferably raw), fruits except for bananas, whole grains/rice, lean proteins and limited seasonings (S&P and EVOO) for 2 meals a day.
Substitute the powder drink (or green smoothie) for 2 meals a day and eat only raw greens (kale, spinach, chard, etc) for 1 meal a day.
*Overall: No eggs, cheese (dairy in general), nuts, coffee, alcohol, refined sugars, white flour
So, what's motivating me to do this besides feeling like a fatty,gobble-gobble that waddle waddles? The red little number below from Dress Shop Austin.
|Source: Dress Shop Austin|
It was the very last one in the store AND it was my size (minus the turkey weight)! I am determined to wear it for a holiday party. And so, the cleanse/detox begins... I'm on day 2 right now. *Insert frowny/hungry face*