Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope anyone who’s celebrating is having a most excellent time. And if not, at least excellent food 😉
What am I grateful for this year? For starters, for taking the year off from being Head Biyatch in Charge in the Kitchen. That’s right, I’m putting up my mitts and saving the cute Anthropologie apron for some other holiday, because I’m officially not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. I think the technical term for how I feel about this is: “Wooo hooo!”
To put this into context, this is a major departure for me. I’ve been in charge of Thanksgiving for several years now. Don’t get me wrong; typically, I loved every second of it. Sure, there were stressful moments. (Sourcing organic, free range turkeys can be a bit of a hunt, and prepping and cooking everything takes some planning and coordination). Yet overall, I was totally into it. Fast forward to this year. For many reasons, both big and small, I strongly felt that I needed a rest from Hostess With the Mostess duties. When I expressed this sentiment to my friend Khat, she promptly invited me to celebrate the holiday with her family in Long Island. Score!
Yes, this is the same sweet friend who invites me to dinner on random nights, and whose brother’s traditional Afghan wedding I attended earlier this year.
Speaking of tradition, there will be traditional Thanksgiving foods, including a turkey. But there will also be delicacies prepared in the Afghan manner, such as leg of lamb, many rice dishes, and elaborate desserts. I can’t freakin’ wait! I’m contributing a dish of Brussels Sprouts with pomegranate molasses, vanilla almond butter, and a garnish of pomegranate seeds. It’s based on this Bobby Flay recipe. I think it will be a nice little pop of green and red to add to the table, and it will meld well with the other flavors.
So I’m off for a pre-dinner power walk, then ramping up to roll out.
Everyone have a great holiday. I’ll leave you with a (partial) list of some of the many people, places, and things I’m extremely thankful for:
- My health
- Family and friends (a truly amazing assortment of people are in my life)
- My readers/bloggies/Twitter friends (you guys rock and are just so fun, talented, and amazing)
- My Yoga students (the best, seriously!)
- My Yoga teachers, past and present
- Being an omnivore with no serious food allergies
- Books, magazines, etc
- Hot chocolate (Actually, chocolate of ANY kind)
- My cat (he’s on my lap now. What a sweet and funny boy he is)
- Having a roof over my head
- Thanksgiving (one of my fave holidays; it’s not religious; anyone can “play”)
- Food, especially veggies
- Green smoothies
- My naturopathic/Ayurvedic doctor (a Godsend!)
- That I got to go to the U.S. Open (tennis) again this year
- That both of the Yoga retreats I hosted this year went well
- That I got to teach a class at Lululemon this year
- Some fun travel this year to places I’d never been
- Inner peace and serenity, when I find it. It’s always there. We just have to be open to tapping into it.
Much light, peace, and happiness to you all this Thanksgiving,