On your marks…
For the last few Thanksgivings I’ve had my heart set on running a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot of some sort. In 2008 I spent Thanksgiving morning running my last long run before my my first half marathon (an 11 miler) and in 2009 my sister and I created our own Thanksgiving Day 10k around my parents’ neighborhood.
You see, my family comes from a small town and sadly the closest official Turkey Trot is an hour or so away. Not cool when you have a full day of Thanksgiving activities to prepare for. So, instead of driving an hour, I decided this Thanksgiving my family would create our own Turkey Trot.
This is a dog friendly event which the whole family can enjoy.
I had my entire family up at 7:00am this morning ready to run.
Every great race needs a great location and we choose Chain of Lakes Parks for ours.
The First Anderson Family Turkey Trot was more of a fun run than anything. My Mom played race officiator as my dad, two brothers, sister, Scooby, Maddie, Oliver and I make the 3.1 mile loop around the park.
A beautiful day for a run.
It was great having the time to chat with my family and all the pups made sure we were keeping good pace. We were able to all stick together until mile 1.5 when my Dad and Scooby decided half a 5k was about all they could handle.
Maddie and Oliver were still able to hold their own and at 3.1 we were crossing the ‘finish line’ of our family Turkey Trot.
Maddie won by a nose.
Official Finish time: 31:11 – Not a bad time with dogs.
Next up: A post-race celebration with our First Annual Anderson Family Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Picnic.
Thanksgiving Day is all about family and this morning I was thankful to spend just a couple hours with my immediate family. No aunts, no uncles, no significant others – just the original 6 coming together for a Thanksgiving Breakfast picnic. It’s rare that it’s just us 6, so when those moments come along I seize it and treasure it.
Our Thanksgiving Picnic took a little preparation and was worth every extra bit of effort.
Kelly and I prepped the Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls yesterday afternoon. We made the dough, rolled the rolls, and let them rise until they took up the entire pan. Then this morning I woke up extra early and popped them into the oven. They were a warm, beautiful cinnamon rolls ready to be dug into.
My special Frittata Muffins were an easy early morning preparation.
- 10 Eggs
- 1/2 bunch Fresh Sage
- 1/2 bunch Fresh Parsley
- 3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl and fill a greased mini muffin pan with the egg mix. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve hot.
The sage was seriously the best part of the frittata. It gave the muffins a rich sausage flavor that reminded me of Thanksgiving stuffing.
To round the picnic out I heated fresh slices pears in a small pot with cinnamon this morning.
And paired the pears with vanilla yogurt.
All part of a complete breakfast .
Now, time to dig in!
I filled my plate with a little of everything. It was all delicious.
Especially the cinnamon rolls.
It was a Thanksgiving breakfast I’m sure we will be remembering for years to come.
Now, that’s the way to start a Thanksgiving off right!
A Big Thanks to Foodbuzz for making my family Turkey Trot dreams come true!