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Thanksgiving Eve - Lots of Baking

Rest Day and Baking
Today is my rest day for the week. It's been weird weather all day. It started out with an incredibly dense fog that made if it feel chilly and damp. Then as the cold front started pushing to the warm front, the wind kicked into high gear. It's been 77 degrees, windy as hell, humid, rain then sun then showers, then sun and more wind. Trust me, this was not a run-inviting kind of day. Glad I went ahead and did legs yesterday. I wasn't tempted to run in the least today.

It really worked out well again for me, this being my rest day. My boss let me leave early today (thank you Kelly). This allowed me extra time for errands. I have been putting off Target for a while now, so that was my first stop. Jason was nice enough to hit Whole Foods during his lunch break so I snuck over to DSW to try and use a $5 coupon for my bday. I did find some cute black booties, but am still a little unsure of them. I love how they look on other people though...

Anyway, I usually bring homemade wheat rolls to my family's home for Thanksgiving. Since my sister has had to go gluten-free, I thought I would bring a special treat just for her - a gluten-free bread. I'm such a good sis like that ;-) My sweet friend Sarena sent me her recipe, and I am really excited to try it out. If any of you are looking for unbelievable gluten- and dairy-free recipes, you must check out her blog, that and she's an absolute sweetheart.

In addition to the gluten-free bread, I am making the wheat rolls and a Vegan Crustless (and gluten-free) Pumpkin Pie courtesy of the Happy Herbivore. I made it gluten-free by substituting rice flour for the whole-wheat flour. Also, instead of corn starch (which Jason's mom cannot have) I used equal amounts of rice flour. I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out - but the "batter" was delish!

Other than this baking, we don't have too much cooking to do. My dad will be making spaghetti as is traditional for us. I'll be bringing the bread, dessert, and also bring a green bean side dish (sauteed green beans with onions, bell peppers, garlic and almonds). I think my sister might be bringing a big salad as well.

I will say that Jason and I will make our own vegetarian (possibly vegan) Thanksgiving Meal either Friday or Saturday. This is where we can get really creative with a fancy schmancy meal ;-) Do you ever make a special holiday meal just you and your significant other?

Tonight feels like it should be Pizza Friday. With the temps steadily going down and all the other goodies in the oven, we decided on tempeh chili. It'll give us leftovers other than Thanksgiving leftovers as well.

I feel like this is a bit of a rambling post. Hopefully tomorrow's will be more cohesive with lots of pictures. Also, I hope to be reporting that the new recipes were a huge hit!

Safe travels if you're hitting the road and for those lucky enough to not have to travel, enjoy your day with family and friends!

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