Thanksgiving Meals On Wheels

A Quick Thanksgiving Recap

Hello Everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I had a fantastic holiday, eating great food and spending time with my family in Michigan. Thanks to my cousin Dave, we were able to have one of our family’s “old fashioned” Thanksgivings with 19 people there. We had all of the standards – turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, carrots, sweet potatoes, and French fries. Well, fries are a standard at our holiday events – don’t ask ­čśë One of my favorite things about seeing my family is listening to all of the odd things they say. Here is a new classic:

  • Jen: Mom, do you have a tray I can put these cookies on? I think they’d look better on a tray, don’t you?
  • Mom: I have yams.┬á
  • Jen: (Pause and strange look) Okay.
  • Mom: You like yams don’t you?

Meals on Wheels

Earlier in the morning on Thanksgiving, my father, older sister, and I volunteered to deliver meals to the elderly. It was such a fulfilling, yet sad experience. Some of the seniors were very cheerful about the holiday, while others seemed depressed. Yet, all of them seemed very excited and grateful to have us delivering their meals – for many of the seniors, we would be the only people they would see all day. Sad. Seeing them made me very thankful that I still have my youth, health, and all of my family with me.

Back to Normal

Today was back to business as usual – however usual it can be during the holiday season. Because I already ran 5 days this week, today was my day off. It was VERY nice to sleep in a little! Breakfast was a crunchy bowl of Honeynut Cheerios with walnuts…

11.28 Cheerios1

11.28 Cheerios 2

Shortly after breakfast, Scott and I ventured to Costco. We made it there about 45 minutes after they opened so the warehouse crowd had not hit its massive level yet. I was so incredibly tempted by the baked goods today. They had several sweets that I had not seen in the store previously, including little red velvet cupcakes and a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting – you can see why I was so tempted!

For lunch, we ate at Chicago’s own Portillo’s. However, I didn’t exactly eat Portilo’s. I stopped at Corner Bakery ahead of time and grabbed a Mediterranean salad, then ate it with Scott at Portillo’s while he enjoyed his beef sandwich…

11.28 Mediterranean Salad

It is a little strange bringing outside food into a restaurant, but you gotta do what you gotta do when you’re trying to eat healthy.

The afternoon brought more holiday shopping with trips to Hobby Lobby, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Barnes and Noble, and Target. It is amazing how much money we spend around the holidays and not even on gifts!

Dinner was homemade split pea soup, compliments of Scott and the Williams Sonoma Soup cookbook.

11.28 Split Pea Soup 1

Each time we make this, and we’ve made it quite a few times, I am amazed at how easy this recipe is and how awesome the soup tastes! It is seriously as good or better than any split pea soup I’ve ever tasted.

11.28 Split Pea Soup 2

It especially tastes good topped with crunchy croutons or paired with crusty French bread for dipping…

11.28 Fresh bread

For the most part, we follow the recipe in the book. Although instead of bacon, we typically cook the soup with a ham bone. I’ve made it with bacon before and it makes the soup taste very salty. Thankfully, we saved the ham bone from Thanksgiving and drove it back to Chicago with us – hey, anything for split pea soup! And really, can ┬áyou think of a better way to get the most use out of a leftover ham bone than to make soup?

11.28 Split Pea recipe

Another difference is that we add in more chicken or vegetable broth at the end, as needed. For some reason, this time we had to add at least 3 cups of extra broth – the juice just seemed to keep evaporating! At one point, the soup was so extremely thick that it was similar to the consistency of stew. The extra broth definitely helped :-).

11.28 Split Pea Soup Recipe 2

Now, it’s time to get to work making wreath bows for the outside of our house. I have never made a wreath bow (they are typically much larger/wider than gifts bows), so this should be interesting.

Have a great night everyone!

Comments

  1. Good job on bringing healthier food to eat to that restaurant! ­čÖé That for sure takes a lot of will power!