At around lunchtime today, I took a break from work for and headed to the gym.
I really, really wasn’t in the mood to workout and felt kind of blah, but I knew I’d feel 10 times better if I managed to work up a sweat. Plus, three days away from the gym meant I’d feel that much better if I fit a little exercise into my day.
I began my time at the gym with 20 minutes on the elliptical before I headed into the weight room to complete the first workout from phase three of Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp. Today’s workout was burpee-tastic and incorporated lots of burpees into a total body workout. (There were more burpees in this workout than my burpee sandwich workout. It was intense!)
I felt so much more energetic after my workout. Woo!
Once my workout was done, I took my sweaty self to the grocery store to buy some of the food that Ryan and I need to make our contributions to my mother-in-law’s Thanksgiving brunch on Thursday. While shopping, I was hit with the incredible smell of rotisserie chicken and bought one on impulse, figuring I could incorporate into today’s lunch and dinner.
When I arrived home, I fixed myself a plate of chicken, served with carrots, kettle corn and a pear.
Question of the Afternoon
- What special dish are you making for Thanksgiving this year? If you’re not making anything, what are you looking forward to eating?
Ryan and I signed up to bring the sweet potato casserole but have a few extra dishes we’re planning to make, including strawberry bruschetta and my mom’s homemade stuffing. Yum!
Michelle @ Eat Move Balance says
Just posted what I’m bringing to our Thanksgiving dinner at my parent’s house! I’m so excited about it! http://eatmovebalance.com/spiked-cranberry-relish/
Since the addition of my southern husband to our family, we have now added a sweet potato casserole to our typically “Yankee” meal. Sweet potatoes, brown sugar, pecans, crushed rice krispies, coconut . . . how can you go wrong?
Amanda @ Eat More Rabbit Food says
We have already had our Thanksgiving and the food was incredible! I love my grandma’s stuffing!
I just recently learned that I have only been doing ‘half burpees’ when I do them. That was very sad news because I thought they super hard! But just something to work up to! =)
Ellie@Fit for the Soul says
Mmmm strawberry bruschetta sounds so interesting! And I’ve been looooving rotisserie chicken lately, as I haven’t been cooking much due to my first trimester, so it’s easy but tastes homemade 😀 And for Thanksgiving day I’m looking forward to eating mashed potatoes!!!!!
I’m looking forward to baking the pies. This year I’m trying an oatmeal cookie crust for the apple pie!
Tina @ Best Body Fitness says
I know you love those burpees! 😉
Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete says
I’m looking forward to eating my mother’s delicious garlic mashed potatoes. YUM!
As always I am making my version of green bean casserole. It is made with french style green beans, sour cream & swiss cheese and is requested every year at Thanksgiving and Easter.
My mother-in-law is under the weather this year, so also making the rolls and vegetable platter.
Emily R. says
I am making my Mom’s green bean casserole for my boyfriend’s family’s Thanksgiving (that’s a mouth- full)… I am making an appetizer dip for my Dad’s Thanksgiving… and I’m not sure what I am making for my Mom’s yet. The joys of having divorced parents!! Really though, I love having more than one big dinner, thankfully they spread them out throughout the weekend 🙂
We fill ourselves with appetizers more than the turkey dinner. I love to make a baked brie and put it on some french bread slices.
Erica @ For the Sake of Cake says
I’m going to be making sweet potato casserole and pumpkin whoopie pies!
This year I am making a new treat that I created recently, it’s a Pumpkin Crescent Wrap-Up! It’s a combination of Neufchatel cheese, pumpkin, spices, and pecans wrapped in a crescent roll and then topped off with some more pecans, melted butter & brown sugar. I posted the recipe for it on Monday. It’s absolutely delicious!
Taylor @ LiftingRevolution says
I am making ratatouille (my husbands request) and broccoli, and homemade cranberry sauce. I am addicted to cranberry sauce and can load it up on everything from sandwiches to oatmeal.
Meghan @ After the Ivy League says
I’m bringing a dessert! Molasses cookies, they’re incredible and super festive for the season. Can’t wait to bake them!
Fizz @ fizzsbizz says
This is only going to be my second Thanksgiving!
I loved loved loved it last year and I’m looking forward to my mother in law’s sweet potato souffle and corn bread!
One thing I can definitely do without is the sauerkraut…that was a weird one to see on the table!
alyssa - life a la wife says
I am bringing a cheesy broccoli rice casserole, pumpkin whoopie pies & cranberry sangria – Yum!
Kelly @ Femme Fitale says
Cranberry Sangria! What a good idea 🙂
Beckett @ Birchwood Pie says
I’m on pie duty, naturally. Pumpkin with a gingersnap crust and a pecan pie.
I had to miss the weight workouts due to illness last week, so it was good to start bootcamp again yesterday. The burpees rocked!
Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian says
I usually make stuffed peppers and try out a new dessert recipe…but this year is going to be pretty low-key so I am not sure what I am going to make. I did pick up some delicata squash on earlier this week, so maybe something with that.
Natalie @ Free Range Human says
I will also be making sweet potato casserole. Along with that, I’m bringing homemade cranberry sauce and an apple pie!
I’ll be helping with a little bit of everything, but I’m most excited to make a pumpkin cream cheese roll-up thinger. It’s so delicious and looks fun too!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
I’m making my Great Aunt Avis’s cinnamon rolls! She used to make them every year for Christmas, and since she passed away two Christmases ago, I try to make them in her honor.
Alex A says
I’m making dessert!! I’m making a pecan chocolate chip pie and a pumpkin cheesecake.
I really want to buy rotisserie chicken…but none of it is hormone-free …at least the label says nothing. Just the grocery store stuff.
It sucks…it’s the same way with all the meats and stuff where I live. I’m going to have to eventually give in and buy the crap stuff anyway. It’s becoming ridiculous !
Knowing how much better you will feel after a workout if the # 1 motivation for me to get out the door when I am dragging!
What is it about rotisserie chicken that is so darn good?
I haven’t bought a rotisserie chicken in a long time. Sounds good!
I’m making all natural, dairy free, green bean casserole. I hope it works because it’s been a long time since I’ve had this.
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says
It is so funny to me that you do not peel your carrots. I guess I have never seen anyone eat them that way! 😉
For Thanksgiving I will be preparing twice-baked sweet potatoes, the fruit salad, and my vegetarian version of meatloaf!
I JUST figured out my Thanksgiving contributions and now I’m kicking myself for waiting until the day before to do the shopping. What a nightmare it will be.
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
I’m Canadian so I got my Thanksgiving last month, but I have the boy’s company Christmas party on Saturday night to look forward to!
My husband LOVES sweet potato casserole! I make mine with lots of pecans. How about you? I am also making a chess pie that has been passed down for several generations on my Mom’s side of the family. I might break tradition and make it a chocolate chess pie this year! 😉
I just made tamales yesterday with only one helper. Took us 9hrs!!!!! But we made enough to freeze and save for Xmas!
Suzanne @ Fit Minded Mom says
I would actually love to be making something but our family loves to cook and takes care of it all. I am most looking forward to stuffing smothered in cranberry sauce. It is, without a doubt the only thing I MUST have seconds of on Thanksgiving!!
Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill says
I’m making a sweet potato souffle! It turned out so well last year that my family decided to add it to the “permanent Thanksgiving menu.”
Beka @ rebecca roams says
This year I am in charge of desserts!! We got a pumpkin pie that they always bake. But I am making an apple+craisin galette and rocky road fudge 🙂
Karey @ Nutty About Health says
We’re going out to brunch, but I’m really hoping they have some amazing carrot cake there! I love it & am really looking forward to that for dessert. 😉
I’m cooking the meal for our family at my house. My aunt’s bringing the turkey, another aunt’s bringing sweet potatoes, a cousin’s bringing mashed potatoes/cranberry salad & I’m doing:
-Various cheeses & crackers
-Sausage & Mushroom dressing
-Broccoli cheese rice
-Rolls & raspberry jam
-Pecan, apple and pumpkin pies
Kelly @ Femme Fitale says
I’m Canadian and living in Australia…so I’m officially off the Thanksgiving dinner hook this weekend 🙂 I’m enjoying reading all of these amazing ideas though!!
I do want to say that rotisserie chicken is such a great & simple idea. I buy one every couple of weeks (I found an organic, free range kind for $8.99!!) and it’s amazing for everything from fajitas to sandwiches!
This year I am making the pies (pecan and pumpkin) my dad’s famous whole wheat rolls, sweet potato casserole, and sweet potato souffle!! 🙂 I can’t wait!
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie says
LOVE Kettle Corn! I’m making a brussels sprouts, cranberry, and walnut recipe that I got from Daily Garnish that I’m really excited about!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
I’m making everything because Thanksgiving is at my house! I’m so excited! 🙂 I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving for the past few years and I have some new recipes I’m trying out this year. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. Hopefully good!
I’m making your super easy (and super DELISH!) pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips! My whole family is hooked on them! Thanks again for the great recipe! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
Carrie @ Season It Already! says
My husband is allergic to poultry and since Thanksgiving is on his birthday this year, I told him we can skip the 3 1/2 hour drive to see family and dine on Turkey. (We went back to visit a few weeks ago anyway). Instead, I’m letting him lounge around all day watching football and making him some of his favorite non-turkey meals – spaghetti and grilled cheese. 😉