Time for sweatpants :)

Oh man… what an awesome Thanksgiving! I hope you all had great ones, too :) I’m so thankful for the kindness of friends. My dad is out of town for work, and the rest of our family is scattered about this year, so our friends were nice enough to invite me, my mom, and my brother over to eat with them and their family! We had an absolute blast. :)

Here my mom and I are with two of our hosts — they are twins! I always wanted a twin :)


And here’s me, my mom, and my brother outside their house all decorated for Christmas! :)


My mashed sweet potatoes came out awesome, by the way! Ya’ll have to try making this for Christmas (or just for yourself in a smaller quantity!). It was so simple, delicious, and nutritious! No sickeningly sweet sweet potatoes here!


Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes

(serves about 12)


  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 C skim milk (or dairy substitute)


Peel and boil the sweet potatoes until tender (cut them into smaller pieces to make them cook more quickly), then drain and place in a bowl.


Mash until desired consistency is reached.


Add in cinnamon, cumin, and milk. Mix with a spoon and you are ready to rock! Serve warmed, with a smile :)


It was quite a hit at the party!


Promise me you’ll try it :)

So there were 10 of us at the party, plus their adorable kids, but there was seriously enough food for 50 people. It was insane! Our friends are Lebanese, so it was a really fun mix of traditional Thanksgiving fare plus Lebanese specialties :) I’ll leave you with a photo montage of some of my favorite dishes!


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The hummus was so gorgeous I have to put one more photo up of it 😉


So happy and stuffed :) We were there eating for like 5 hours straight! Good thing I was nice and hungry from my Turkey Trot 😉

How did you spend your Thanksgiving? Are you as full as me right now?? :)


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    Great food photos! It kills me how people love putting marshmallows on sweet potatoes–they’re so great on their own with just a little touch!

    I know, exactly!! – Anne

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    I think hummus should be a staple Thanksgiving food. Yum.

    I think hummus should be a staple… at all times. 😀 – Anne

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    Oh awesome! Yeah I like my sweet potatoes with pretty much nothing on them. I think they are really tasty plain! Mixing them with the cinnamon, cumin and some milk sounds awesome! I love those two spices together. Great idea!

    I am super stuffed still this morning!! Im off to the gym this morning to maybe burn off a little of it. But whoa, I ate so much yesterday! haha. It was a really great thanksgiving.

    Happy holidays!

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    Okay the food looks incredible, but can I just say how cute you are?? I LOVE your outfit!! So adorable! I hate sickeningly sweet sweet potatoes! I love more savory sweet potatoes but those look good! :) I love the different kinds of food you had to try. I love trying cuisine from different cultures! Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving.

    Hehe thank you! :) The shirt was one I just rediscovered in my closet from years ago… love when that happens! – Anne


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