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Thanksgiving in the Mid-West December 11, 2011

I know, I know, Thanksgiving was weeks ago. But we had a fantastic trip to Indiana and Illinois so I had to share some of our photos. On Thanksgiving Day, we flew from LA to Indianapolis where Irving’s sister picked us up and brought us to their gorgeous new house. We arrived just an hour before dinner was served (good timing, right?!) We all got straight to work preparing the remaining side dishes. It was so fun to chat, cook and catch up since we don’t get to see them often!

They went all out with the most amazing, unique dishes. My favorite was the corn bread stuffing (amazing)! Per usual, there was not enough room on our plates for everything. They even had homemade pies with matching homemade whipped cream on top. I die.

We dined in their new formal dining room that was so welcoming, homey and filled with family. It was the perfect setting for a Thanksgiving celebration.

We spent the night cleaning up, hanging out and relaxing all together. And there was LOTS of playing with the kitties involved too. This little one slept with us each night all cuddled up close. It was adorable. We miss her!

The next day, forget Black Friday,  we spent our time sightseeing around Indianapolis instead. We stopped at the Lily Estate, which is an Americana mansion built in the 1920s. We visited the Newport Mansions over the summer and were excited to see some more.

There were a lot of similarities, but the Lily estate seemed more like a home rather than an entertaining venue, which was nice.

Then we hopped over to the Indianapolis Museum of Art right next door.

We were so impressed by the exhibits they had inside. It was mostly contemporary art, but some really cool stuff. Lots of interactive displays and art that utilized unique mediums. Afterwards, we stopped to enjoy some beer, hot cocoa (for me!) and some hot pretzels in the museum café. And then we were just in time to see a gorgeous sunset off the balcony.


As we walked back to the car, we stopped to look at some outdoor displays as well. This one was meant to represent a basketball court and the motion of the ball when it bounces. So creative!

We ended the night at a craft beer bar. Everyone else had a flight of their signature brews while we played a bunch of games at the table.
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I might be getting my days mixed up now, but I think we then stopped at a fro-yo place right after this too. We had excellent hosts while we were there!

Saturday morning, we woke up to do a tour of the downtown area. Starting with a stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (home of the Indy 500).

We didn’t stop in the museum, but it’s definitely a place I’d like to visit next time!


From there, we parked the car and took a long walk along the canals. So pretty! I bet it’s really hopping in the summer time too.

We ended our day at the Soldiers and Sailors monument, which was decked out for the holidays.


We could have taken the elevator up to the top…. but instead, being the bunch of athletes that we are, we hoofed it to the top!

Great views of the city, and good exercise too. So fun.

For the last part of our trip, we drove a couple of hours to Chicago to see my sister.

It was fun to have everyone together! We played games all afternoon. Loved it!

We did explore downtown Chicago for an afternoon, but it was cooold!

Baby’s first trip to the bean. =)

Thanks EJ and Sarah for the wonderful time in Indy!

And to Laurie and Jim for entertaining us too!


The Anti-Black Friday… November 29, 2010

Filed under: Family,Food,Thanksgiving — Kelocity @ 10:25 pm
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We didn’t head out to the stores like the rest of America on Black Friday… But we did relax during the day and then ventured to Costco in the afternoon. (We joked that we are a family of Costco Lovers!)

Irving tried out the new 3D TVs (candid shot!)

After, we went to Sports Basement and scored an AMAZING deal on sneakers! The exact shoes I run in were $130 marked down to $75! I tried to buy two pairs, but sadly, they only had one left in my size.

Dinner was another fantastic (and slightly healthier) meal! Roasted Veggies, Salad and Beef.



With Wine of Course!


Saturday, EJ, Sarah and Mona went down to Monterey and Irving, Julie and I went into a vey rainy San Francisco to see the De Young Museum. It’s such a great museum.

Check out this Church that was built out of guns and bullets!

So Interesting!


We really enjoyed the traveling Post-Impressionist exhibit, but you couldn’t take pictures in there. We saw lots of Van Gogh, Cezzane and Renoir paintings including Van Gogh’s The Bedroom. He actually made three of these paintings and I saw one of them in Amsterdam in 2003!

When we got out of the Museum, the rain had cleared and the city was gorgeous!

We stopped for lunch at Picante in Berkeley! It was SO yummy! The Watermelon juice was the highlight for sure!

Northern California is so pretty. It really reminds me of New England!


Stay Tuned for more later as we take a side trip to Point Reyes!


A Year to be Thankful for…

Thanksgiving was a blast this year. It’s always fun when families from all over the country can get together to celebrate family. This time around, we headed up to San Francisco to Irving’s mom’s house.

We left late on Wednesday night to ‘beat’ the traffic rush. We hit a little bit on the grapevine heading out of Los Angeles…

But after that, it opened up and it was actually a really nice drive. Per usual, we stopped at Harris Ranch for dinner. I love that place. One of these days, we’re going to spend the night there, it’s just so cute.


On Thanksgiving Day, we woke up, and the cooking began!

I made my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole (the recipe from my Aunt Donna that I make for Thanksgiving every year). It’s so good!


Before we knew it, EJ (Irving’s sister) and  her wife Sarah had arrived…and jumped straight into the kitchen!

Sarah’s mom Mona and Nini struck up a conversation and entertained the cooks.IMG_2088


Irving also helped prepare our Thanksgiving meal…

Don’t worry…we woke him up to carve the Turkey!

Sarah made a fantastic Pecan Pie!


All the siblings-in-laws (is that a word?)

Our Turkey was AWESOME! I am not a huge turkey eater, but I really enjoyed this one.

Ok.. ready for the menu?

Wine & Rolls

Cranberry Sauce with Cream Cheese and Pecans

Sweet Potato Casserole

Peas with Pearl Onions


Green Bean Casserole

Pineapple and Cheese (I need to get this recipe, it was sugary goodness!)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Happy Thanksgiving!!

My Plate:

Cheers to a great family, all together!

And if that wasn’t enough food… perhaps we should have dessert? We had a whole bunch of treats including the Peacn Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake and these chocolate covered dates we brought back from Dubai!

We finished off the night with a fun game of ‘Apples to Apples’. Even Nini played, it was so fun!

And then I think we all fell asleep with food comas. What a fun day!


A Year to be Thankful for… November 25, 2010

Filed under: Happy,Thanksgiving — Kelocity @ 4:00 am
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As I get older, I am trying to live more in the present and appreciate all the little gifts life has to offer. But Thanksgiving is the time to be especially appreciative of all the good things there are in the world.


In no particular order, here’s a list of things I’m thankful for this year:


  • My Husband! I fall more and more in love with him everyday. We’ve been married for 1.5 years and I still feel like a newlywed around him. I love giggling, exploring and thinking with him. He’s smart, handsome and fun.
  • My Knees! As they say in the “Everybody should wear sunscreen” song: Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone! I had a year of uninjured running, and for that, I’m extremely grateful. My knees carried me across the Boston Marathon finish line this year. One of the proudest moments of my life. Thank you knees!
  • Babies! All three of my bridesmaids had babies or got pregnant this year! It’s the most amazing thing to see your childhood friends become parents. I love my little Harper and baby boy Hudson! (And Baby Cheerio on the way!)
  • Family! Living 3,000 miles away from your family is tough! But I was so thankful that I got to go home four times this year!
  • Travel! We will never take our ability to travel for granted. We are so lucky that we both enjoy seeing new places and exploring new cities together. Half the fun is planning our adventures, I don’t think it will ever get old.
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  • My Health! Enough said!


And some not so serious things I’m thankful for!!

  • Keurig Coffee Machines
  • Dunkin Donuts Coffee from Target
  • Netflix
  • Tetris
  • Rain in Los Angeles
  • Skype
  • Having my friends live so close!


What are YOU thankful for?


Gobble, Gobble! December 1, 2009

Filed under: Dinner,Family — Kelocity @ 7:52 pm

We had such a nice Thanksgiving day. Everything was perfect. Irving’s my mom worked so hard making sure everything was perfect! 

Before we ate, we showed his family our wedding album (my east coast family: You’ll see it soon at Christmas!)

We set the table, complete with a bottle of Sparkling Wine  we bought in St. Petersburg, Russia. 


Let the Feasting Begin!

The spread! 

That’s my sweet potato pie in the background! OMG SOOO Good!!! It’s my aunt Donna’s recipe and it is just SO good. 

My plate…. and then I went back for some seconds on the veggies! (I even tried stuffing and cranberry sauce for the first time! I thought I didn’t like either…. but they were fantastic!)

Our first Married Thanksgiving!!

Then it was dessert time! 

My favorites: Coconut Macaroons and Fudge Brownies!

Happy Thanksgiving!!


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