I started off my Thanksgiving long weekend bright and early on Saturday. I had to go in to work for a quick, 5-hour morning shift before heading out to meet up with my family. I had two slices of cinnamon raisin toast and margarine for breakfast.
After work, we went straight to the campground. Casey picked me up from work and had a delicious surprise waiting for me...sushi for lunch! I gobbled it up in the car on our drive to the campground, which took a couple of hours.
Shortly after we arrived at the campground, set up our tent and got settled in with my relatives, it was time for dinner. I enjoyed a bowl of garden salad with balsamic salad dressing, along with a hotdog roasted over the campfire. There's nothing better than enjoying a smokey-flavoured hotdog in front of a crackling fire!
For dessert, I had one of my grandma's delicious raisin bran muffins and hot mug of earl grey tea to keep me warm. It was a pretty chilly weekend!
I spent some of my night in front of the roaring fire chatting with my family.
However, I did need to get in a bit of studying before bed. Casey, Zeke and I headed in early and did some studying in my parent's trailer in front of the heater. We also munched away on some Smartfood as I studied and Casey read.
After a chilly night in the tent with a very restless dog, it was time for breakfast. I went with a banana theme with a banana chocolate chip muffin and a whole banana on the side.
It felt much colder on Sunday than it did on Saturday, so we broke out Zeke's sweater to keep him warm. He spent a lot of time keeping warm by the fire as well!
Before our big Thanksgiving lunch, the three of us went on a long hike to warm up. Zeke lead the way!
We were out for about an hour of fast-paced walking and got quite warm in the process. We also had the chance to take in the stunning fall scenery around the campground.
We arrived back at the campsite just in time to help set up for lunch. I was starving and very excited to fill my stomach with delicious foods! I grabbed a little bit of everything--turkey, mashed potatoes, turnip, carrots, Greek pasta salad, stuffing, and garden salad. Yum!
I also enjoyed two incredible desserts--cherry cheesecake and pumpkin cheesecake. Drool! These two desserts definitely satisfied my sweet tooth and any cheesecake cravings I had.
We did a little shopping in town, playing boardgames, and hanging around at the campfire in the afternoon. On our way into town, we spotted a deer hanging out at the side of the road. It was surprisingly unafraid of vehicles passing by. It must be used to all the traffic and campers!
On our drive home from the campground in the later afternoon, we stopped by Starbucks for a tasty afternoon treat. I ordered a tall non-fat no-whip half-sweet white mocha to sip on during the drive.
During the very rainy drive, might I add! Luckily, we got everything packed up and left the campground before the worst of the rain hit.
Zeke was pretty tired and ready to sleep the evening away in his own bed at home. Poor guy!
Once we arrived home, got all unpacked, took a much-needed shower, and gave Zeke a bath, we were in no mood to cook dinner...not to mention we didn't have any food left in our kitchen. Instead, we decided to use up an old gift certificate and go out for sushi.
I started off with green tea and a delicious green salad.
Next, I had four pieces of rainbow roll which was a California roll topped with salmon and red snapper.
I also had a small portion of steak teriyaki and half of a bowl of edamame. Casey at the rest of the edamame and a portion of beef udon.
Finally, my delicious sashimi came to the table! I had two portions of crab sashimi...
...three pieces of salmon sashimi, and three pieces of red snapper sashimi. These last two are by far my favourite kind of sushi!
To end the meal, I had a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and a small scoop of green tea ice cream.
Today was my hard-core study day! I woke up bright and early to get down to work. I made two slices of cinnamon raisin toast with margarine, and almond milk on the side.
Halfway through the morning, I had a small bowl of fieldberry Greek yogurt...
...and a caramel rice cake topped with peanut butter.
I made a relatively easy lunch to eat while I studied. First, I had a Buffalo chicken sandwich using one slice of whole wheat bread and a bit of light mayonnaise. We're all out of lettuce, so unfortunately my sandwich had to be lettuce-less.
I also made some sweet potato "chips" by slicing up half a sweet potato very thin, baking them for 20 minutes, and seasoning them with sea salt.
I finally managed to fit in a good, sweaty workout for the first time since getting over that terrible cold. I did a combination of two circuit workouts...one round of Peanut Butter Finger's Saturday Morning Circuit workout and one round of Back on Pointe's Circuit Workout.
Overall, these workouts left me pretty sweaty! I didn't have very heavy dumbells at home, so I wasn't overly challenged by the upper body exercises. Instead, I made sure to keep my form in check, and do each rep slow and controlled in order to make the most out of my workout.
After my two circuit workouts, Casey and I took Zeke on a nice long walk around the neighbourhood.
We didn't have much left in our kitchen by the time dinner rolled around. We had eaten up most of the fresh stuff before we headed away for the weekend and grocery stores were closed today because of the holiday. We scrounged up what we could and ended up having a delicious dinner!
I cooked up some canned brown beans, and added in some sauteed onions and diced low-sodium turkey bacon. I also had a slice of toast with margarine on the side.
The beans turned out incredible and all that added protein really amped up the lack-lustre canned beans!
Alright, now it's time for me to get back to studying. So much to do in such little time!
What did you this Thanksgiving long weekend?
What are you thankful for?