So Much To Be Thankful For

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend time with your loved ones.

We kept things pretty low-key at my house this year but I will talk more about that at the end of this post. For now, lets jump back to last weekend so I can fill you in about my life lately.

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Last Sunday Barrett said he had a surprise date for me! I would pretty much follow this guy anywhere so I didn’t ask questions and was more than thrilled to be able to spend a whole evening with him. Unfortunately, he thought the event started at 6 and it started at 3! We left Bowling Green around 3:15 in a panic to get to Nashville, but luckily we made it during the intermission. He took me to see Itzhak Perlman, a world famous violinist. This concert was beautiful. Although we only made it for the last hour, it was something I had never experienced and I felt super classy. Itzhak had like 4 standing ovations.

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We then went to Graze for dinner. We started with a cashew cheese patter.

I decided on the Sea and Earth salad (literally the best thing ever) and Barrett got a roasted vegetable burrito. I also downed 2 of the best cups of organic coffee my mouth has ever tasted. They even gave me a little cup of almond milk to add to it. ❤

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After dinner, we walked over to Five Daughter’s Bakery for some vegan/paleo donuts (doughnuts?). We went with Maple, Pumpkin Cheesecake, orange chocolate, and vanilla cranberry. We were both pretty disappointed in the donuts. They looked so good but they didn’t taste good at all. The orange chocolate was the only decent one. We ended up throwing them away. Oh well!

Barrett then said he has one more surprise for me! One of my absolute favorite things to do is look at Christmas lights and Barrett knows how much I love the Gaylord lights, so off we went! Unfortunately, the hotel was jammed packed with 24925702975 middle schoolers on a beta convention. We still had a great time though. We even went back to the bench we sat on when we first started dating to reminisce. Love this kid!

After looking at all the lights, we went to hang out with Barrett’s brother Brian and some of his friends. It was so cool getting to hang out with them because they are also Orthodox!

img_2457Monday morning it was back to reality but at least the day started with a waffle! I have been on a serious waffle kick lately. Here is the recipe I followed:

Serves 1:

-1 egg, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 TBSP coconut flour, 1/4 cup of oats, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp vanilla, a lot of cinnamon, 1 tbsp peanut butter powder, 1/4 cup almond milk

-Mix everything in a blender

-Pour onto greased waffle maker

-top with other half of banana, PB, and maple syrup!

Some of the snacks I ate this week were a pear with some gluten free gingerbread men and a GoMacro bar.

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I also made some pumpkin pie truffles loosely following this recipe from Twist of Lemons.

img_2469The other night for dinner my mom made some mahi mahi with rice and I cooked up some vegetables with a big salad.

Now for the good part…Thanksgiving!

I had such a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. The day included 20 cups (I am not kidding) of mulling cider, cheese and crackers, and a huge feast! I had to work from 3-7 so my sweet family was kind enough to wait until I got home from work.

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I went to bed with a big smile and a full tummy.

I have recently seen a lot of controversy on the internet about why we shouldn’t even celebrate Thanksgiving because Native Americans are still so poorly treated today. While my heart breaks for the cruelty people inflict on such a unique and wonderful culture, I like to take Thanksgiving to appreciate those around me. I also like to pray for those who have suffered, are suffering, and will suffer. I like to thank God for all the blessings He has given me and enjoy this special day with my family.

So, just keep praying! It is all we can do. One day, He will come and save us.

Sorry I got a little emotional at the end of this post…

Have a great day friends!

 

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