Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!!

I thought I would do a fun post for today about what we're up to here at our home for Thanksgiving! 

See that up there? That is our "turkey" of choice. It's delicious. It's nutritious. It's vegetarian. Not sure if I've mentioned this before but I've been a vegetarian since 1996 and my husband has been since 1995. So it's pretty much a standard way of life for us now. The only time I've had meat was when I was pregnant with my daughter. I craved sweet & sour chicken, so I ate that routinely for a bit during that time. But other than that, we're pretty much a "no meat" kinda family. We are not vegans, so we do eat fish, dairy and eggs. But if you ever asked me how to cook anything with meat, I wouldn't have the first clue.

My faves for Thanksgiving?
I love home-made Chex Mix, roasted fingerling potatoes, roasted beets with goat cheese and walnuts, stuffing/dressing (of course!), homemade cheese ball, and peanut butter pie!! YUM!
Here's what we're having for breakfast:

Cinnamon rolls, and that monstrosity on the left, is some kind of rolls that my mom made and left out over night to rise . . . I'd say they rose!

Kiddo crafts

 These are a set of placecards that my daughter made for all of us, 5 in all and all adorable.

This year with my mom here the Thanksgiving crafts have been on overdrive. Here's a project she's spent that past few days working on, with the kids. Each kid painted these adorable papier mache turkeys and decorate them themselves.

And then there's this extra little guy on the right that my son made at school. I just love him. He's so cute!

What am I wearing this year?

I just bought a sweater that is almost identical to this at TJmaxx (this one is Anthropologie) so I'll probably be wearing this, jeans and some cute clogs I recently got at Clarks. Pretty casual for us here. :)

My daughter "promised" me she'd wear her adorable dress I bought last year (was too big) from Hanna Andersson which has been hanging in her closet all year. I LOVE it for Thanksgiving, and I'm REALLY hoping she indulges me, at least for a few photos! Here's the dress . . .

What are we doing today?
1) Cooking
2) Starting our first annual Heller Family Turkey Bowl Football Game
3) Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade
4) Drinking Pomegranate Martini's (Thanks Kathy for that tip!)
5) Playing board games
6) Listening to Christmas music (yep, it's on the radio already)
7) Taking the dog for a family walk
8) Saying our "speaches of thanks" as my daughter calls it
9) Enjoying each other's company
10) Reflecting on what a great year it's been, and it has been great!
And who am I thankful for? These guys . . .
My Mom brought this headlamp from a recent white water rafting trip she went on and the kids loved wearing it when they'd have their special "sleepovers" with her in the basement while she's been here. My little guy fell asleep with it on the other night and I couldn't resist but take a picture. 
Then there's my Mom - she's a super gramma -aka Dada- as she's affectionately known in our house! We recently took a ride on the "Polar Express" train and we were all singing caroles- going a little overboard trying to get my growing daughter in the festive mood. I'm thinking she might be "over" the whole Santa thing this year though . . . sadly.
Earlier in the night she was much happier. And she and my husband are the two other loves in my life. We are a very happy and blessed family - yep! These four people are the center of my life and I am so blessed to have them all here with us today!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating, and if not, I hope you have a wonderful, and thankful day! Thank YOU so much for stopping by today!

Oh, and as a little sneak peak, this weekend, I"m going to be working on some of this:

and hopefully attacking a monster mess in my refrigerator-sized closet. :D