You know what respectable food bloggers do on Thanksgiving? They arrange a bunch of gourds artfully on the table, make trendy takes on all of the Thanksgiving staple foods, and then take beautiful, well-lit photos of their families eating, being thankful, etc. Then they provide meticulous recipes for everything they cooked.
Well, this food blogger woke up really early on Thanksgiving, threw some clean underwear in a backpack, flew from Des Moines to Chicago to Colorado Springs, and rolled into the party just as everything was coming out of the oven. I am a disgrace. Any minute now, the internet will come to repossess my domain name.
My family went to Colorado earlier in the week to celebrate with my brother who lives in Colorado Springs, and I headed out later so I wouldn’t miss any days of work. We stayed in a cabin in Cascade–check out the view from the dinner table:
There was also a shower with TWO SHOWER-HEADS! I really thought those only existed on HGTV. Usually when I’m on vacation I just don’t shower, because it seems like a lot of work, but you better believe I took advantage of that situation.
Other highlights of the trip:
- WHOLE FOODS. We don’t have one in Iowa. I could have wandered in there for hours. I bought hemp seeds and a whole bunch of wheatgrass powder. (Both of those things are perfectly legal in Iowa, in case you’re wondering.)
- I got to meet up with a friend from law school for a pizza-vino-gelato lunch.
- I did not buy anything on Black Friday. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a 100% discount. I also did not make a Christmas list, because now that I have the mixer I don’t need anything else, ever. All I want for Christmas is world peace and jobs for everyone.
- I got to spend lots of time with my hilarious family, including this fellow in the footie pajamas:
Such a deep thinker, that Baby Neph.
Next week I promise a real post, with a recipe and everything. I have a very special holiday cookie recipe on tap–I’ve been sitting on this one since I discovered it last winter, too late for Christmas. I hope you all had a good holiday weekend!
P.S. My mom made this recipe from my friend Katie, and it was the highlight of my Thanksgiving plate. Get yourself some quinoa and go for it.