Eating and Drinking and Eating and Drinking (11.22.2008 and 11.23.2008)

First - everyone should head over to Grounded Fitness for the weekly giveaway! Second, my google reader had 203 unread posts, so I am trying to make my way through all your delicious and healthy weekends.

And now back to my weekend of OVER indulgence. I feel like I never stopped eating and drinking. To the point where I don't feel like eating a bite of any leftovers. So if you want to make yourself feel better about your weekend and how healthy you were, please read on.

Turkey Bowl - Saturday, November 22, 2008

I was able to cook two of the four planned dishes for Saturday's Turkey Bowl. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Corn Casserole. I baked both of these on Friday night, thinking I would have time on Saturday to make my pumpkin bars and Cauliflower Gratin. Kevin was in charge of the Turkey and Gravy and both of those things took longer than expected on Saturday morning. I knew we would have enough food, so I figured I would make them on Sunday AM for friendsgiving.

The football game was fun, but FREEZING. I was able to play and my hamstring didn't give me any problems. (YAY!) There was a smaller turn out than last year, which we attributed to the weather and most people being wimps in the cold.

To give you an example of how frozen I really was - when we came back inside, I was moving the turkey to the counter for carving and about a gallon of hot, turkey juices somehow poured out on me. Everyone started coming up to me, asking if I was alright and I had no idea what they were talking about. Here is a picture of some friends and I after the spillage.
I was trying to get all the food ready and not taking photos like I should have, but here is a picture of the table FULL of food. Turkey bowl is not about being martha stewart, as you can see. There was 50 pounds of mashed potatoes and the gravy is being served in a pitcher. Gotta love it.
The corn casserole that I made was a hit and no one had any idea I substituted 0% greek yogurt for the sour cream. There was still a stick of butter in there, but I tried. :)

Some friends brought a huge tray of mac and cheese that was the best any of us have ever tasted. No lie. I am going to get the recipe and post it because it was completely incredible. Someone did manage to snap a picture of this!
The amount of beer consumed by me is unfathomable, but I blame it on playing so many games of beirut (a.k.a. beer pong). This was the main table and there was some intense competition.
I tend to make weird faces when I drink.
We had a blast and didn't get to bed until after 3am - definitely worth the splurge for a yearly event!

Friendsgiving - Sunday, November 23, 2008

After a loooong day/night on Saturday - getting up and making pumpkin bars and the cauliflower gratin was NOT happening. Around 1am, I noticed that one of the pecan pies my sister brought to Turkey Bowl had not been eaten yet. I decided to hide it in the back of the fridge so I could take it to Friendsgiving. I know - "Slacker Suzie" alert.
I headed to Friendsgiving with my sister's pecan pie, a bottle of wine, and a nasty headache. Kevin wasn't up to coming. He just isn't as hard-core as me. What is the solution to a hangover? Just start drinking again. I had a few of these apple cider/champagne "mimosa-type" of drinks. They were great!
Oh and my friend Laura brought a HUGE bottle of wine. See how it is almost empty? She drank it all.
(HAHA - j/k, Laura!)
The appetizer spread included carrots/celery with hummus, cheese/crackers, deviled eggs, peanuts, and bacon pinwheel bites. Of course I sampled them all. A few times.
The Friendsgiving menu was incredible. Perfectly cooked turkey, pan gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, corn pudding, broccoli/cheese casserole, sweet potatoes w/brown sugar/cinnamon sauce, and rolls w/ butter. What did I decide to eat? A little of all of them. The broccoli/cheese casserole and the sweet potatoes were probably my favs.
After this filling meal, I figured I was already so far over the edge, that I might as well sample one of each of the desserts. Small slice of pecan pie, apple crumb, and pumpkin cheesecake. At this point, I was in a food coma and had lost all brain power. Taking pictures would have been too much work.

My weekend of overindulging caught up with me and the drive home was a difficult one. I had a headache and my pants had to be unbuttoned. Why did I do this to myself!?!

Tonight, I am planning an easy run to warm up my hamstring and try to burn off some of the 100,000 calories I ate and drank this weekend.

I am heading to Cincinnati with my boyfriend's family for Thanksgiving and I know they will have a ton of amazing food, but I don't want to ever feel that full again. Should I take a super-small serving of things and try to eat really slow. I do plan to bring some healthy snacks with me. Help - what do you do to ensure your healthy habits stay consistent through the holidays?


Anonymous November 24, 2008 at 12:28 PM  

No advice here, your run sounds like a great idea!! I LOVE the drunk, stealth move of taking the pie...haha so my style. Have a good day!

Erica November 24, 2008 at 12:35 PM  

LOVE this post- the pictures are great! The food looks just incredible! How do I stay healthy? Hmm I do try to think about how I will feel after I eat each item (that usually causes me to hold back a bit) but also I do enjoy myself- Its a great one time a year meal! I try to keep my workouts consistent as well (no missing workouts for the holidays!)

VeggieGirl November 24, 2008 at 12:36 PM  

Looks like you had fun!! Oooh, look at that pie - sensational.

I just eat, drink, and stay active as always/

tfh November 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM  

Now I'm sooooo excited for Thanksgiving. We have Thanksgiving with my aunt, who luckily always tries to emphasize enjoying being together as a family over just gorging ourselves. I think your plan to eat slowly and just take a little of everything sounds like a good one! You'll be fine. :)

Zesty Cook November 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM  

Great pictures... as for advice on healthy eating... my motto is eat to enjoy and don't over indulge and stay on your normal routine.
thanks for sharing


timourma November 24, 2008 at 1:26 PM  

don't worry about it laur! you know you will work it all off. thanksgiving and the holidays only roll around once every year, so just enjoy. but, what i do sometimes is not even go near some things i know i can have anytime, or make on my own...like crackers and cheese? yeah, its great, never can tire of crackers and cheese, but i can do them anytime...whatev. thanks for hosting, it was a blast! and i am pretty sure that my sunday full of mac n cheese, potatoes au gratin, half a foot long cheesesteak, cheeseburger and fries AND chicken nuggets from mcdonalds and late night piece of pizza topped ur bad eating yesterday!!! i blame dan.

Anonymous November 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM  

You're very cute! I love that you had a blast. I have no advice because I fall off the wagon all the time. ;) Maybe that's part of being healthy for me, I don't know.

Meghann November 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM  

Wow! You had quite the weekend of food! I know what you mean about never wanting to be full again, I used to always get that feeling when I went out to resteruants and would eat to my heart's content and do the same thing on Holidays. I amgoing to try everything in my power not to get that way this year. I feel for you and your multiple Thanksgiving, I think I'm lucky to only have one to enjoy this year. I say throughout the holidays remember that bloated feeling you had this weekend when you're filling your plate up adn that will help tone it down.

The waiter never called :( Oh well... I'm to busy to have a boy call me now anyways. :) Maybe the next waiter I give my number too will be better...lol

runjen November 24, 2008 at 2:56 PM  

I have no advice. I did the same thing yesterday. Ugh!

I will say that I'm cracking up over the stolen pecan pie. :) Go girl! Sounds exactly like something I would do!

lauren November 24, 2008 at 3:06 PM  

carolinebee/we have good style. ;)

erica/no missing workouts is a good one! I plan on taking my running gear with me!

veggiegirl/good advice to just stay active!

tfh/that sounds like a great thing!

zestycook/definitely - enjoy, but not too too much!

mara/good point about crackers and cheese. you guys ate alot! how did you like John's cheesesteaks? and we polished off the mac&cheese after you left - did I mention that?

erin/very true. I think it is normal/healthy to just splurge every now and then.

meghann/yes, I know the full feeling I had this weekend will help me on the actually thanksgiving day! and that waiter was obviously not very smart anyways to not call you. :)

runjen/nice! I did call my sister to tell her that she was getting full credit for supplying my friendsgiving dish. :)

Anonymous November 24, 2008 at 3:35 PM  

What a fantastice weekend! Glad you had lots of fun. Beer pong, haven't played that one in a long time.

As for eating over the holidays, I am better at dishing advice than actually taking it. Stop when you get full!

Caitlin November 24, 2008 at 4:32 PM  

That looks like the MOST fun weekend...maybe too much fun but you have to indulge sometimes:) To stay healthy during the holidays I let myself indulge but make sure to stay active. The best thing for me is to remember that one weekend/day etc is ok since I'm otherwise health conscious, and then go back to normal the next day. And I also try to peel myself away from the bread and cheese (my weakness) so I don't get too full to enjoy the main course!

Anonymous November 24, 2008 at 8:54 PM  

Sounds like such a fantastic weekend! I would so be in for Turkey Bowl - I bet that was a BLAST!!

I would love the pumpkin/cheesecake recipe - if not for this year, then definitely for another time! Such a fab combo!! Let me know if you need my email address ...

Your plan for turkey day eating sounds like a winner to me! A bunch of water would also be a good thing!! :)

I Run for Fun November 24, 2008 at 9:11 PM  

What a weekend! You go, girl...you are allowed to splurge a few days (weeks?) after the marathon, right? Love the pic of you and your friends...very nice.

I am so glad your hamstring is back to normal again. Just keep running and gorging...that's one of the reasons we run, no?

Nikemom November 24, 2008 at 10:46 PM  

Great food pics and lots of fun!

I'm having a wine party this weekend, any food advice? nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Anonymous November 24, 2008 at 10:52 PM  

Haha I love your drinking face :o) What a fun weekend! All of the food looks great. Unfortunately, I don't have any advice for staying healthy during the holidays. I am a total glutton for all the food. But I do make myself exercise as normal!

Juliet November 25, 2008 at 1:26 AM  

That is the biggest mac and cheese I've ever seen. I'm glad you had such a nice weekend. Indulging every now and then is fine (and fun)!. :)

Anonymous November 25, 2008 at 8:10 AM  

Google reader can be so overwhelming!

Turkeybowl and Friendsgiving looks like successes! I am ALL over that huge bottle of wine.

I don't have much advice - I just try to remember that it's only one or two days and try to eat bigger portions of the healthy stuff and just taste the not so healthy things.

Bridget November 25, 2008 at 8:58 AM  

Holy MASHED POTATOES!!! WOW! This is the first year we ended up with NO leftoever potatoes...but thats probably a good thing. It's so funny the differences in your Turkey Bowl vs Friendsgiving...its almost like a boys dinner then girls dinner haha! I can't wait to see this mac and cheese recipe!

The only advice I use is to excersize more haha...its just too hard not to over eat...well for me at least. Although I always find it easier to restrain on actual Thanksgiving because I have my own thanksgiving first!

Anonymous November 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM  

I am a huge mac and cheese fan so that big dish of cheese-y pasta goodness has me nearly drooling right now.
EVERYTHING looks amazing. I hear you on feeling so disgustingly full over holidays though. Holidays always have the best of foods, it's hard not to want to try everything. And keep trying it over and over...
I'm usually decent at avoiding overeating during family holiday get togethers because I hate looking like a huge pig, but it's when I get to the leftovers at home that the trouble really begins. Stupid leftovers.

Glad you had an awesome time though!

Kevin November 30, 2008 at 1:35 PM  

Man babe, you are the breast! You are not only the best female athleat's but you really know how to get down and party. I am so Thankful to have met you and share in so many things with you including fun events as the Turkey Bowl! Keep on bloggin

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