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Happy Monday!

Okay, let’s be honest.  That “happy” part is totally fake on my part.  I had a great weekend and I am extremely sad that it went by so quickly.  While I have a shorter day at work today (thinking of the positives), I also have a five hour drive to get there (not so positive).  Leaving home after being back with my family and friends is always so difficult, but at least this time I can leave remembering that I’ll be back for Christmas in just a little over three weeks.  If anything can turn my Monday around for the better, it would be that!

Back to that “great weekend” part.

I spent five glorious days at home resting, relaxing, reading, watching TV/movies, shopping, cooking, and eating LOTS of deeelicious food with my family and friends!  Let’s take a peek now shall we…

thanksgiving weekendMy weekend started out with a rather treacherous five hour drive home.  The last two hours of my drive were filled with dark, snowy skies.  I was almost in an accident with a truck and trailer that was fish-tailing across the road as I was passing him.  I majorly had to pee the whole last hour and a half but did not want to stop.  And I made it home later than my anticipated 6:00 arrival time.  Luckily, I made it safe and sound and had plenty of snacks and drinks to get me through the adventure.  I tried this new-to-me Coca-Cola Life that my boss gave to me (this is what happens when you are known for being a health freak).  It has been forever since I have had a regular Coke (I usually go with the Diet), but I thought this tasted really similar.  I would definitely drink it again when I am in need of a caffeine fix.

thanksgiving weekend 3After my less than stellar drive home, I was majorly in need of a drink.  Jeremy came over after work and we met up with our good friends, Eric and Ashley, at a couple of local bars.

thanksgiving weekend 2The contrast in our choice of drinks is almost laughable.  What can I say, I regularly go back to my tried and true Coors Light.  I did have a couple sips of Jeremy’s beer, and I must say that I enjoyed it.  What is the world coming to when I like dark beer?

thanksgiving weekend 4We are definitely old and didn’t stay out too late.  We were home and in bed by 11:00.  This ended up being a good thing because I was up at 6:30 on Thanksgiving morning, at the grocery store by 7:30, and back in my parents’ kitchen cooking by 8:30.  For the heads up, forgetting to bring your food processor home will inevitably result in the mess pictured above.  I had planned to make my Vegan Pumpkin Pie, but the standard mixer just wasn’t cutting it.  I was super disappointed that this went to waste, but nobody wants a clumpy pumpkin pie!

thanksgiving weekend 5I wasn’t the only one cooking up a storm Thursday morning.  While I stuck with the majority of the side dishes, my dad made pumpkin pies and he worked on a team with my brother to prepare the turkey.  Obviously I left the meat-cooking to them!

doodle dogs thanksgiving collageWhen I was not cooking or looking at Black Friday ads (and somehow convincing myself to spend $600 on a much-needed brand new laptop), I was spending time with these angels.  There is nothing better than doodle dog noses in your face!

thanksgiving weekend 12Thanksgiving dinner was served just a little after 5:00.  This was our spread.

thanksgiving wineSome wine also happened.  I am normally a beer person, but every once in awhile I find a red wine that I like.  Tassel Ridge is an Iowa winery, so I loved it even more for that.

Jeremy Hannah ThanksgivingFriday morning consisted of Black Friday shopping… online.  This was the first time that my mom and I did not go out to the stores, and I honestly did not miss it one bit.  On Friday night, Jeremy and I went out to eat with his mom’s side of the family and then drank beer while playing cards.  It was a lot of fun, and I am already looking forward to spending time with them during Christmas.

thanksgiving candyMy Saturday was filled with relaxation and chocolate.  Both of these things are definitely two of my favorites!

thanksgiving christmas treeI also took some time out of the day to partake in one of my favorite after Thanksgiving activities: decorating the Christmas tree!

thanksgiving jeremy hannahOn Saturday night, Jeremy and I headed to our favorite restaurant back home: Motos Public House.

thanksgiving motosMotos is pretty  much the only local place that you can go to and find all vegetarian food (with amazing pizza), a decent selection of craft beer, and delicious bar popcorn.  I think it is pretty obvious why it is one of our favorite places.

thanksgiving motos pizzaAside from the beer and popcorn, we also ordered two pizzas.  We went with the staple pizza that we always order: the Cajun.  It has a garlic/butter sauce, Cajun seasonings (it is spicy!), potatoes, cheese, and two fried eggs.  Basically, it is truly awesome.  We both agreed that it is our favorite pizza… ever!

thanksgiving motos pizza 2We also tried a new-to-us pizza with portabello mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and cheese.  It was really good.  Also, can you tell I was in a hurry to eat?  I think half of my hand ended up in this picture.

That is all I have for ya!  Nothing much exciting happened on Sunday unless you count watching TV, napping, being lazy, and eating.  Trust me, I’m not complaining, but I’m thinking you don’t care to see pictures of that!  All in all it was a truly fantastic Thanksgiving weekend that I did not want to end.

I am now off for my five hour adventure across the state of Iowa to get back to Omaha.  Wish me luck!

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  • Jessie December 1, 2014, 1:27 am
    Oh no! I'm so glad you were able to avoid the accident. Lucky you! Sounds like the truck driver wasn't paying attention :X What a complete bummer about the pumpkin pie. Maybe it can a reason to make one at home.. unless your all about the peppermint now. Ha! I don't know if you've ever mentioned it before, but will your boyfriend ever be joining you out west, or no? Sorry if that's too personal.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:03 pm
      Yes, hopefully he will be!! We both have our eyes peeled for jobs... just waiting for the right one! And I am definitely still ALL about pumpkin! In fact, I am not a peppermint person at all. I am thinking about making a chocolate pie for Christmas!
  • CARLA December 1, 2014, 6:18 am
    LUCK! Be safe! and it made me SMILE you didnt want it to end. I didnt either---but thats definitely not every year ;-) CARLA recently posted...Venus and I are decluttering.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:05 pm
      HAH! You crack me up! I'm glad this year was a good one for ya ;)
  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie December 1, 2014, 6:33 am
    Have a safe trip! I'm not quite on the "happy" Monday train myself either. Can we just go back to last Wednesday? Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Thanksgiving Recap + Turkey Trot 10kMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:09 pm
      That would be ideal! I just keep telling myself that Christmas vacation is only THREE weeks away :)
  • Joanna @Makingmine December 1, 2014, 6:38 am
    I'm so happy you arrived safe - and safe travels today too! Like usual, all of your food looks amazing, but your sweet puppies total win this post :) Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...weekend snaps: thanksgivingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:19 pm
      Yes, they definitely do! I miss them already :(
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 1, 2014, 6:38 am
    Have a safe trip home! I can't wait to go home in two weeks to see my family! It was hard having to stay in DC for T-Day!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:19 pm
      Aww, I bet! But Christmas is literally RIGHT around the corner!!
  • Heather @Fit n Cookies December 1, 2014, 6:58 am
    Oh my gosh, so glad you made it safe! I am too familiar with the almost accidents. Totally awful. What a fun weekend trip you had home though!! Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted...A weekend with all my favorite things + Our Christmas Tree!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:20 pm
      Yes, they are SO scary!! My heart was beating a mile a minute!
  • jennifer f December 1, 2014, 7:08 am
    those puppies need some TURKEY jennifer f recently posted...Ways to Stay Active This Holiday Season (Rope Climb, Anyone?)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:23 pm
      No turkey for them! The only people food they ever get are random crumbs/chips that fall on the floor and sometimes I give them carrots or apples ;)
  • Molly December 1, 2014, 8:56 am
    Drive safe! I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving weekend. Your puppies are adorable - as you know, I am partial to white fluffy ones ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:24 pm
      As am I! The white fluffy ones are the BEST! The more they look like polar bears, the better ;)
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine December 1, 2014, 9:20 am
    Safe travels back to Nebraska!! And your weekend sounds fab - delicious food, tasty beer and pizza. What more could you want?! Oh and a Christmas tree plus shopping. My kinda weekend! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...WeekendingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:24 pm
      Seriously... nothing more! It was a wonderful weekend :)
  • Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures December 1, 2014, 10:13 am
    Glad you had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving with your family. Have a safe drive back to Omaha! Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures recently posted...Target 2014 Cyber MondayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:25 pm
      Thank you, Joyce! It was wonderful!
  • Ashley December 1, 2014, 1:31 pm
    Oh my gosh! I'm glad you made it there safely! That is so scary! But at least it sounds like you had a fantastic weekend. And those doggies - I want to give them all a hug! hahaha And I feel the same way about today - sad that the weekend is over!! Ashley recently posted...Cranberry Bliss Cinnamon RollsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:26 pm
      ME TOO! I love looking at pictures of them, but it also makes me sad not having them laying next to me anymore! :(
  • Dana | fresh simple five December 1, 2014, 2:52 pm
    Sounds like an awesome weekend! I did a lot of the same things -- hanging out with family/friends, eating and drinking lots of delicious things and Black Friday shopping online. You couldn't have paid me to go to the stores! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...{Lately} + Meal Plan MondayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:27 pm
      It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, too! Normally my mom and I go out for Black Friday... but now that it is SO early on Thursday we decided to skip it. I didn't miss it one bit!
  • Ericka Cooper December 1, 2014, 3:20 pm
    I am glad that you arrived home safe. I love you posts as usual and I just love seeing pics of you and your boyfriend. You guys are so adorable together.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:29 pm
      Thanks so much! We love being together ;)
  • Cynthia Cover December 1, 2014, 6:25 pm
    Glad to hear you are safe and sound! Sorry to see your vegan pumpkin pie go to waste.....what would we do without our food processors? Cynthia Cover recently posted...80 Giveaways/Check Out My Giveaway Linky – Prize Packs for Mom, Dad, the kids, and your extended familyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:30 pm
      I know, right? I have no clue how I survived back when I did not have one! :(
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul December 1, 2014, 7:05 pm
    What a fun Thanksgiving! I love your Christmas trees! And those adorable puppies! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Weekend Snapshots Link-UpMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:31 pm
      Aren't they the best? They stole the show of the post... that and the pizza ;)
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt December 1, 2014, 7:24 pm
    oh goodness! I hate driving in snow so much. I'm so glad you made it home safe and had a nice weekend. Coming home is always tough.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2014, 9:31 pm
      It definitely is... but Christmas is only THREE weeks away so that is definitely helping! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend :)
  • Lisa Trudell December 2, 2014, 9:45 pm
    Glad that you made it safe back home and that the rest of the weekend looked great! Lots of treats. That pizza looked delish! YUM~ Lisa Trudell recently posted...Verizon connects you to your lifeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 3, 2014, 9:23 pm
      It was SO good! It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants of all time!
  • Alissa Apel December 4, 2014, 2:13 pm
    All the food looks great! I like the taste of light beer better, but my allergies like the dark beer better. I think it has something to do with the hops. Alissa Apel recently posted...Never in a Million Years Did I Think I'd Win Something This Big!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 6, 2014, 10:02 pm
      Yes, that makes sense! I used to be a light beer only girl, but the more I try the more I am liking the darker beers. They are definitely an acquired taste.

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