another holiday feast…

My family had another feast today.  Its what we do…we feast.  Actually, we normally only officially feast twice over the holidays, but this year we were lucky enough to fit in three family feasts.  I think this is the last of 2008, although we still have a few days left in the year so we may try to slip another in…!  Before I get to this afternoon’s amazing eats let me recap the day…

Breakfast:  7 Fruit Smoothie a la my stepfather.  It was really tasty, and I can’t even remember the fruits he told me he put in it…


The hubb and I went for a run after our smoothies.  We were a little late getting out the door this morning and it was a bit warmer, a bit more humid and a LOT sunnier!  I forgot how big the sky is in Florida and how brightly the sun shines.  In Charlottesville we have narrow, hilly streets and tall trees that pretty much block the sun on our morning and evening runs.  This morning we were squinting the whole time, our route was straight, flat and boring…it just wasn’t fun.  We were supposed to run 4 miles for the training program and we only did about 3 miles total, with some walking in the middle.  I’ve decided that as nice as it is to not have to bundle up for my Florida runs I do miss the hills, variety and shade of Virginia…

Lunch:  A hodge-podge of green bean casserole, sliced turkey, cranberries, carrots and citrus.  It was just what I needed to hold me over until our 3pm feast.


I also munched on a few crackers with Asiago Cheese spread while my lunch was heating…it was really tasty.


Afternoon Feast #3:  We had a variety of wonderful foods…

Fried Squash Cakes – These are a family favorite that my grandfather makes…they are to-die-for.  I don’t know how to make them and I’m not going to ask because I don’t want to know.  I’d make them ALL the time…



Steaks, for those who like that kind of thing…(not me!!!).


Ribs, for those who like that kind of thing…(me me me!!!).


A huge salad (yay!!!).


Roasted Veggies (double yay!!!).


We also had a yummy Indian dish with potatoes and cauliflower…I can’t remember its proper name but it was so good.  Here’s my plate with two ribs, a pile of salad, potatoes + cauliflower, roasted veggies and a few squash cakes.  Also, a glass of vino.  Sadly I did not get a picture of the fabulous chianti we had after I finished this glass, so so so good.


And my trio of dessertsCoconut Mango White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce, Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Butter Cake [recipe to come – but from Paula Deen] and the blurry glob in the front is Chocolate Mousse [recipe to come].


Oh, and my cousin’s birthday is coming up so of course we had cake…


Aaaahhhhh….I will definitely be running tomorrow.

Finally, here is the hubb, the “kids” and I in our annual holiday photo in front of my momma’s house…I just can’t resist ’cause the kids are so cute!!!  🙂


Alrighty, time for bed.  I can’t wait to catch up with all of your blogs!  I’ve been so absent, my google reader is getting more and more full…scary!  Thanks for continuing to read mine and for putting up with my inconsistent posting this last week!  🙂


17 responses to “another holiday feast…

  1. All of the food looks incredible!

    I felt the same way about Florida when my sister lived there. I loved being away from the cold, but missed the trees and hilly views.

    That family picture is so cute! I’m impressed you made such a long trip with two dogs. 🙂

  2. eek, those fried squash cakes are making my mouth water! mmmm.

    and that ooey gooey pumpkiny thing. such wonderful treats today!

    i love your dogs 🙂 you’re such a cute little family!

  3. Your family is such a foodie family! I love it!

    I thought gooey butter butter cake was just a midwest thing! Most of my friends from out east have no idea what I’m talking about when I tell them how good it is. 🙂

  4. Looks like a great feast! That’s what the holiday is for right? 🙂 Great photo with you and the ‘kids’ too! They are too cute!

    I went to high school in South FL and live in VA now too. FL is pretty but I would miss the seasons here and the beautiful trees, etc….

    Have a great rest of your trip!

  5. Yet another wonderful feast!! Wowza.

    Lovely family photo at the end 🙂

  6. sounds like you had great “feasts” with family! LOVE that!

  7. Gorgeous picture and lovely eats!

  8. You showed your Dad my blog? It was funny becuase we were asking him about yours and he didn’t know what we were talking about. His house was CRAZY when we were there though. They really have their hands full now.

    I know what you mean about Florida weather, sometimes it just gets way too hot here. BUt I’m glad you had a great time in FL anyways. So sad we didn’t get a chance to meet up. Maybe next time.

  9. strongandhealthy

    Delicious eats! Love the pics!

  10. hahaha…oh yes, family feasts. i have another one today too!

    love all the food though…looks gorgeous!

  11. great family photo. those squash cakes look completely amazing.

  12. gorgeous pictures. you really have a talent for that.

    also, LOVE the picture with the kids!

  13. Squash cakes sound awesome! Wow that was a lot of feasting. I don’t know about you but after all the holiday yummies I’m in detox mode.

  14. The food is all beautiful. Wonderful family photo!

  15. What a wonderful feast. Holidays are the best.

  16. wow, that’s some feast you’ve got there! everything looks absolutely delicious. aren’t the holidays the best?

    also, I had a quick question for you- what lens do you have for your camera? your photos are stunning.

  17. Meghann – My dad really enjoyed your blog! We definitely need to catch up next time I’m down, I’m sad too! 😦

    Erica – Thank you! I use a Canon EOS 5D digital SLR with Sigma lenses. The lens I most commonly use is the 24mm-70mm, but I really want to get a macro…

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