To all the Canadians who read up on lil space, Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope your belly’s are filled with all kinds of turkey, pie and goodies.
Okay maybe Halloween comes first…but fyi in my world Christmas >>>>> Halloween. Just saying.
I’m linking up with Healthy Diva Life with to share my Marvellous Weekend (hello five days!) with you all. Thanks for the party Katie!
1. Getting to actually enjoy the holiday and the famjam is so Marvelous
It is rare that I get a Thanksgiving weekend that isn’t right in the middle of midterms so I totally took advantage of the fact that this year my two first midterms were right before the long weekend by doing what any tired student would do…
So yes, I actually got to spend time with my family when they came up for dinner on Sunday for Thanksgiving and didn’t have to have my mind elsewhere or have to run away to study. Also, I got to do what I love doing which is cooking a big part of the dinner!
2. Remembering that gelato is amazing too is quite Marvelous.
Due to being home I knew my Friday Ice Cream Challenge Day would take place at my favourite ice cream shop. Unfortunately for me, my favourites (salted caramel and caribous caboose) are apparently seasonal and got the boot September first. After crying on the inside a lil bit I decided to wander over to their homemade gelatos to find Snickers gelato..
Yes Snickers gelato! It had so many mixin’s too which is why I was not going for my beloved gelato because I really have come to love those mixin’s and gelato is generally smooth.
On the top was pralines and creme which is really good (caramel and more caramel) but I’m kinda kickin myself for not getting the Reeses (peanut butter gelato with Reeses and peanut butter…I know I would smack me too) gelato along with my other candy inspired flavour (which was amazing btw!).
Peanut butter and caramel = love in my eyes.
Next time it’s going down!
3. Dem shoes are Marvelous
Got my shoes ladies and gents! Aren’t they purdy. Yes, I’m that girl who wants the loudest colours possible! Went with the Nike Frees and they are super comfy so I’m happy. The flynet 5.0’s were great but unfortunately the smallest size they manufacture was still too big for my child-size feet.
Sometimes being #DollSized is not cute.
Speaking of shopping…
4. Binge-Buying Lululemon after a craving is also Marvelous
Oppps. But hey, I’m content.
Wunder Under Pant iii In the herringbone
Plus my Dad bought me a cute lil hat from Honey, a cute lil boutique that makes me wish I knew about this place when prom hit…
Looks like this but its a rose colour all around…and not a baby hat 😉
5. Food is Marvelous
Turkey on the grill via Dad..
Sides by my Mama and I…
Mom’s new addition was her craving for a sweet mashed potato. It was simply mashed sweet taters with booth, brown sugar, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg.
Plain mashed potatoes with buttah and milk for the gravy dumpers..and my Dad.
Roasted root vegetables by moi….purple sweet taters (thank you Whole Foods for bringing back my favs!), regular sweet pots, brussels and green beans with rosemary, olive oil and thyme
My Mom’s infamous roasted mustard glazed ham with roasted pineapple. Always a crowd pleaser.
Maple roasted carrots that I made for my Mama
Stuffing..not homemade, we will tackle that one at Christmas
My Dinnah plate..
Hit the spot.
Oh and the unpictured peach pie and MY ICE CREAM (the Kawartha Salted Caramel Truffle my Dad bought for me a while ago)…which I haven’t touched yet…Fear Food:1, Chelsea:0, was the dessert for the fam. Yes, peach is not very Thanksgiving like but when it’s made with the last of the in season peaches from the farmers market, you bring that **it out in all it’s glory. The fam really enjoyed it. We did good Mom!
6. Finally making what you meant to make eons ago is Marvelous
Remembering that I had some beautiful ground lean elk in the freezer that I wanted to make up using the grill ended off becoming a foil pan full of freezer ready sliders (X2 servings), meatballs (X1 serving) and burger patties (X2 servings).
Sorry for the horrible pictorial…it was getting dark by the time I snappsied the goods.
I really love the flavour of elk. It’s my new favourite game meat.
For these I simply seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, diced onion, garlic powder, chill flakes, fennel seed, and lots of cracked black pepper and then formed them up and tossed them on the grill.
Easy Peasy and now I got #RedMeatGains for days that I can just pull out of the freezer as I please.
7. Stocking up on your ‘at home goodies’ is always Marvelous
Those things that you can only really get when at home.
So you make sure to get allllll them goods. For me, it’s taking a trip to my Freezer Place (a hidden gem here in Acton with all bulk frozen stuff but that includes organics, my game meats and lotsa local fish for great prices). So I hustled my lil tussle over to there and picked up a few
hundred things essentials
~1 Arctic Char Fillet
~2 4ounce Venison Medallion Steaks
~2 4 Ounce Elk Medallion Steaks
~1 Package of Jumbo Sea Scallops
Thanks Mom and Dad 😉
8. Seeing my new Coach who will lead me to better health the way I want it to be done.
I expressing great gratitude to a family friend, Michael Grayer, for taking my challenging self on as I have finally accepted that I need help in this weight restoration process. The difference between him and a dietician…
Bodybuilder, Torque Barbell Club Owner and very successful Prep Coach.
He will push me to gain weight I need to in the way that is more focused around my goals. Weight that is not just weight but that is strength and beauty. #MoeMusclesPlease
Yes we are working towards the same picture, but I know this process will still be tough. I need to give my control to him and know that he will not steer me wrong and that will be very hard for me. He will bring my physique to new heights which will not only make changes aesthetically, but it will bring me back up to an acceptable health status as well.
I can’t thank him enough. See more about him here.
Well thats it my friends! I have one more day off tomorrow (that is our winter ‘reading break’…one day HA! but hey I will take it) and that is when I trek over to the Barbell Club to chit chat with Michael and plan out how things are gunna be from now on. I’m nervous for the change but more excited then anything to see what he can bring for me.
Have a great week!
Favourite Thanksgiving side dish? I make a mean savoury and spice sweet tater mash that I really enjoy, but roasted veggies are always good.