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Happy Thanksgiving!

  • November 30, 2015
  • By Brittany
Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello hello!  After 17 hours I’ve landed back in Sao Paulo and while I had a great time in Oz, it is always good to be home in your own bed.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to spend much time in my bed.  I was going to do a whole post about how to travel with a baby and adjusting to time zones with a baby but after doing this trip for the second time, all I can say is…drugs… for both of you.  Seriously, dealing with a jet lagged baby is so much harder than dealing with a newborn baby.  There is way less sleep!  Cooper went to sleep easy enough last night but just two hours after I went to bed at 10pm, he was up crying.  Two hours later at 2pm, I finally went back to bed only to be awoken again at 4:40am and that was it for sleep.  Oy vey!

We celebrate Cooper’s second Thanksgiving in Australia this year!  I still remember all the funny photos from his first Thanksgiving.  This year there was way less crying and he managed to not wet through his clothes.  He also enjoyed  bit of turkey but spat out the sweet potatoes!

Since Australia doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we had to pre-order our turkey well in advance and a 4.8 kg bird (10 1/2 lbs) cost $70!!!!  It was a ton of pressure to cook Thanksgiving by myself this year.  I’ve only done this once before and my mom makes the best Thanksgiving ever.  But, after spending $70, there was no turning back.

bendall family

Luckily I enlisted the help of the Hubs (who touched the raw bird for me!) and my MIL and we were able to get everything on the table on time.  I served the first Thanksgiving to my in-laws and I think they really enjoyed it!


carving the turkey

The menu:

Roasted Turkey with Garlic-Rosemary Butter and Pan Gravy

Kale, Apple and Pomegranate Salad

Butter-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Hazelnut and Cranberry Green Beans

Bacon and Apple Cider Brussel Sprouts

I ended up buying some store-bought gravy and cranberry sauce since I couldn’t find fresh cranberries and I wasn’t sure I would get the parts of the bird needed for fresh gravy.  Smart move on both counts!  I literally spent all day in the kitchen but the end product was totally worth it!

Food scape

food scape 2

And of course, the apple pie (which we visited three bakeries to find!) was a delicious finish to the meal!

apple pie

I’m only sad that I didn’t get to see the parade but happy that I wasn’t forced to watch football.  Although, substituting cricket was quite possibly even more painful!

delicious food

I’m so thankful this year for a healthy family with whom I have the ability to spend time with in both the states and Australia, my little guy, the bigger guy and our health.  Here’s to another year!

me and hubs

Readers, how was your Thanksgiving?  What are you thankful for this year?  What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?


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  • Holly
    November 30, 2015

    Way to go, Brittany! That Thanksgiving Day feast looks PERFECT!! Lucky those folks down under to have you! And, nice you have them to share with!

  • Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    November 30, 2015

    That looks delicious – sometimes I think having a little pressure to perform under makes great results! That kale, apple salad looks amazing.

  • Allie
    November 30, 2015

    You are amazing!!!! I cannot believe you cooked an entire Thanksgiving meal, in Australia, and mostly by yourself. That my friend, is super fantastic! Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves and so sorry about your hard re-entry into “normalcy.” I cannot fathom traveling with a toddler for that long and that far…and then not being able to sleep. Here’s hoping you get a nap!!

    • FitBritt
      December 1, 2015

      Thanks Allie! It is so much easier going west than east. I’m in the throws of terrible jet lag but I’ll get over it! 🙂

  • Shawna
    November 30, 2015

    nicely done!! so glad the visit and Thanksgiving went so well. you’re awesome to tackle that all on your own and it looks fantastic. i don’t know how you function on such little sleep — i’d be a dead girl!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    November 30, 2015

    Happy belated Thanksgiving! It sounds like you were a great host. I know it’s a lot of work in the kitchen!

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