Phew! What a week it was. How is it already Sunday evening? I bet a few of you are feeling the same way after a Holiday Weekend.
We had a great time having family in town the past week. It is always nice to see everyone.
Last Saturday, I went on a 9-mile run and made 2 batches of biscotti in preparation for family to come in town! I love baking. It had been so long since I had baked anything. More to come on the biscotti making process later on…
On Sunday, I volunteered all day at the Junior League Holiday Market! It was so much fun to see all of the families coming to shop together. I worked the pictures with Santa station and it was hilarious. All of the kids were so cute and some of them were not so happy to see Santa – lol. Anyways, I managed to sneak a Selfie with Santa at one point.
On Monday I worked, and then went to happy hour at Kona with Alex and my mom and dad. Then, we had to head to the airport to pick-up Alex’s family at 11:00 PM!
On Tuesday, I worked again. Then, we went to lunch at the Black Walnut with Alex’s family. I love that place. After that, we walked around Market Street and did a little shopping. I love walking around all of those stores – it was a beautiful day. We even made time to stop in at Tommy Bahama’s for a mojito. Their mojitos are the absolute best.
We rounded out our Tuesday with some live music, tacos and margaritas at the Taco Stand! So much fun. The weather was just way too perfect all week.
On Wednesday, I worked again (boring I know). I also went to the store to get all of the food we needed to make on Thanksgiving Day.
Wednesday evening, we went to Cru Wine Bar in Market Street. This place is one of our favorites. Both mine and Alex’s families were all together which was so great. We even managed to take a few photos together by the pretty tree in Market Street! (My dress is from Vineyard Vines if you are curious).
Our dinner at Cru was fantastic as always. I got the Sea Scallops with risotto – one of my favorite dishes!
On Thursday morning, I ran in a 5-mile race! It was so much fun, and I had a personal best time. My sister really pushed me, and I am so happy she was there to run with me. It was a great way to start our Thanksgiving Day! I am so incredibly thankful for my health!
When we got back home, I immediately started breakfast. I made the egg casserole I wrote about the other day on the blog. We also made cinnamon rolls! For drinks, we had mimosas – after all, it was Thanksgiving. We caught the end of the Macy’s parade during breakfast and then we watched the dog show! Some of those dogs crack me up!
Later that day, I put together a charcuterie board. It was so much fun to make, and I think everyone enjoyed it as an afternoon snack. Also, my sweet mother-in-law gifted us that cute tea towel! I love anything with a monogram!
Believe it or not, we still had room in our bellies after all of this food!
For our main dinner meal we made steaks, baked potatoes, salad and green beans. We paired it all with an amazing Napa Cabernet from V. Sattui. We kept it super simple and everyone loved it.
Also, if you missed my Thanksgiving Tablescape post, you can check that out here.
The green beans were my favorite part of the meal. We got fresh beans from Trader Joes, boiled them in water and then coated them with garlic olive oil and pink salt! Super delicious – no butter needed!
On Friday, we relaxed a bit in the morning. We needed some rest and sleeping in after the big day on Thursday!
The girls finally decided to head out to do some window shopping. We went a home furnishings store and walked around Old Town Tomball. It was fun to do something different for Black Friday instead of the usual mall shopping. I will be honest, I do not enjoy shopping. Black Friday just isn’t a big deal for me.
After a little bit of shopping, we headed back home to prep for another family gathering. This time, we were having our entire family come over including my mom’s side of the family. We picked up Rudy’s BBQ and I made my famous guacamole – it was a hit per usual! It was fun to see everyone.
Saturday morning, I was up at 5:15 AM because I had to run 9-miles at 6 AM. I WAS NOT excited for this, but I did it anyway. It was so much harder to get motivated after the holidays. However, when I was done, I was so happy I went.
We had to drop Alex’s family off at the airport Saturday around lunch-time. So, we didn’t do much Saturday morning. We picked up a little and said our good-byes.
We watched football the remainder of the day Saturday and made Shrimp Creole for dinner! It was so yummy. My family came over to hang out all day and it was so great to have one more day with them. We also got to enjoy the beautiful weather on our outdoor patio while watching football – the day couldn’t have been better!
That takes us to today. My family headed out today, and Alex and I have been trying to relax a little. We started putting up our Christmas decor, so that was exciting.
Currently, we are doing a “Christmas Movie and Chill” night on the couch with wine. It is the perfect way to end a long, but fun week!
How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do anything fun with family? Go on a fun trip?
Anyways, that is all for now – time to get rested for a longggggg week of work.