Friday, November 23, 2012

I survived my first Turkey Day away from home

Turkey latte art from last weekend

Welp, I survived my first official holiday without the fam. Yesterday didn't really feel like Thanksgiving to me, though.  Not sure if you've noticed, but casinos are a 24/7, 365 day a year kind of operation - we don't get holidays.  I haven't been here long enough to be able to take vacation, so I woke up, set the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to record and headed my happy ass to work.  Our office was dead since most people I work were on PTO (personal time off), so it was nice to be able to work in silence and not have to run off to a meeting every other hour.

After work, I headed home to make macaroni and cheese and to get ready for Thanksgiving Dinner at my BFF Kristina's house (the one I lived with when I first moved here). I also made a strawberry pretzel dessert per her request.  Shout out to fellow bloggess Brooke from Tales of My Fairytale for sharing this recipe with me.  It was a hit.
If I were to make it again (for my own personal preference), I'd use graham crackers instead of pretzels to make the crust.  If you love a salty, sweet combo than this recipe is for you. If you like all sweet, then I suggest a graham cracker crust.  

The turkey, which was phenom might I add. If I had to made a turkey, I wouldn't even know where to begin.

All the fooooood. 

Get in my belly. 

Me eating (not really):

So that about sums up my Thanksgiving. I came home after dinner and a game of Apples to Apples, finished watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade I recorded and fell asleep.

Thanksgiving was great and all, but what I'm really looking forward to is CHRISTMAS!  My most favorite time of year. I personally don't believe in decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I don't know why I don't, I just don't. I feel like it kinda ruins Thanksgiving. Enjoy Thanksgiving THEN soak up everything Christmas.

Anyway ...

My family (including REESE) is coming to VEGAS FOR CHRISTMAS! Excited does not even begin to describe it. Speaking of Reese, I leave you with this video message from him to me. Melt my heart, why don't you?

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  1. Looks delish! I might have to try that dessert myself!

  2. Such a precious nephew you have there! :) Start a countdown!

  3. Looks like it was a success despite being away from home! Happy thanksgiving!

  4. Christmas in Vegas?! Nice! The perks of being the family member that lives in a fun town lol

  5. love that sweet video! You can tell he LOVES YOU!

  6. so happy the fam will be with you for Christmas! what a fun treat

  7. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! That is a lot of food!
    That is SO AWESOME that your family is coming up to Vegas for Christmas :D Such a sweet video!
    I would love if you checked out my giveaway :)

  8. glad you survived lady - i know that's a hard one to be away from family. i bet you're so excited for Christmas :)

  9. All that food looks SO GOOD.

    We also ate a ton, drank a ton, & played games. And then we went out and got our Christmas tree the very next day (I agree--no Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving is over). So basically, now that I have a beautiful Christmas tree in my living room, I don't ever want to leave my couch.

  10. Happy belated turkey day. Glad your holiday was a hit!

  11. GIRL! Gifs and strawberry pretzel dessert. It's like we are sisters. : ) I'm so glad you survived. It is hard to be away from the fam during the holidays. Hope you get to make it home for Christmas.

  12. I don't decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving either. I hate that!

  13. Happy turkey day! Sorry you were not at home, but sounds like a damn fine time. My midwestern roommates in college were all about that pretzel dessert! I thought it looked crazy, but it was delish.

  14. Happy Thanksgiving girl! Glad you're doing well and get to see your fam in your new digs soon!

  15. Yeah, Reese just melted my heart! I am so happy you get to see him for Christmas!