Posted by Lauren
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! Nicole and I absolutely love this holiday – family, friends, Turkey Trot, being thankful, and FOOD!
My week kicked off with sorting/packaging oranges into 25 lb. boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank with my coworkers. You can read more about our time there on my company’s blog :) I was surprised to learn that Second Harvest serves 1 in 10 people in San Mateo/Santa Clara counties. The two hours flew by and a few of us mastered box-folding.
On Thanksgiving morning, most of our family met downtown for the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. This race defines Thanksgiving for us and has been a tradition now for many, many years. The race drew a crowd of 28,000 people this year (rumor has it) and benefits local charities: Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, the Healthier Kids Foundation. This is the 9th year and they’ve raised $3.4 million so far!
Snapchat selfies to other friends running Turkey Trots in their respective cities. Look who decided to run this year for the first time ever. Kyle! My mom signed him up and said “Now that you will live with him you have to do couple activities with your family! Cheers, Mom”
The start line was paaaacked and (I think) this was the first time they used “corrals” to deal with the crowds.
Sometimes running in downtown San Jose can get repetitious because the Turkey Trot and Rock n’ Roll are basically the same, unchanging route. But then you see downtown lit up in a hazy morning sun and it makes you forget all that.
I personally took the race easy, finishing in 49:38 / 8-min miles. Kyle and I ran together most of the race, except I used extra energy during the last mile and increased speed just a lil bit. Also, I wanted to get a photo of him coming in at the end :)
Sarah, me, Kyle, Nicole
Mom, Nicole, David, Sam, me
We hung out after the race with Sarah and her family. Right before Kyle left to play football, Sallie came up and said hi. That was a nice surprise! We all said goodbye and took the Light Rail back to Almaden. We ate some food, showered, and did a little prep work in the kitchen.
Brussels sprouts are a Thanksgiving must in our house. I cut them off the stalk (Nicole helped) and then sliced in half. I carefully rinsed them off and then tossed with olive oil, Nicole’s special veggie sesoning blend, and pumpkin oil.
David just came back from a trip to the Czech Republic, where he visited our other step-bro Nate. He brought us each a bottle of pumpkin oil and said that they use it on everything there. I opened it up and took a big whiff… it was nutty and reminded me so much of peanut butter. I decided to coat the brussels sprouts with it and I think they came out pretty good!
At 1 pm Nicole, Kyle, and I went to Nancy’s house to chill with my dad’s side of the fam. It was good to see everyone there – it’s been a while!!
We left around 3 and went back to my mom’s to help cook. When we got there, everything was basically finished! That was easy :)
People arrived around 4 pm and we had a big group of 20 family & friends this year!
We followed a Williams-Sonoma turkey recipe, which called for 40 mins breast side down at 425 and then 2 hours breast side up at 325. Maybe one year I’ll learn how to prep a turkey. Shirley is such a pro at it though.
Kyle carved the big bird. Miss Vegetarian Nicole helped hold the pan still and was a little freaked out by the process.
My plate… my favorite stuffing ever, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, ham, turkey, salad (?), brussels sprouts, and banana bread.
And Nicole’s plate:
We had a pretty nice dessert spread as well.
Apple crumb pie, berry pie….
…Kersten’s mixed holiday cookie platter, Kathy’s spice cake, and pumpkin pie of course.
We were all so stuffed at the end of the night. I even had to lay down on the carpet so my tummy would feel better. And that’s how Thanksgiving is done!
On Friday I slept in until 11 am (and it felt so so so good) and then made my way back to San Jose to spend the day with family. After lunch, Nicole and I went on a hike around Quicksilver. The 6.5 mile loop gives great views of south San Jose, all the way to downtown!
Nicole and I ran the last 1.5 (downhill) miles.
The rest of my day I folded laundry, ate leftover pie, and caught up on Hulu. Then I met Janae for some late-night froyo and girl talk. Loved every minute of it and now I want to visit in Utah so we can go skiing! :)
How was your Thanksgiving?
Ever done a turkey trot? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?