After feasting at Auntie Lori’s house in Minnesota, we are stuffed to the brim.
Baked Corn with Bacon is one of my mom’s classic holiday recipes that I scribbled down on Post-It notes a few years ago and make annually. It is holiday comfort food.
Lori’s homemade stuffing with chicken apple sausage is a new holiday comfort food that we discovered.
Between all of our eating and drinking (it’s sparkling apple juice…Grandma…don’t worry yourself silly) we are filled to the gills.
Even Hunter’s hollow leg is full of food.
I will blog more about the fabulous discovery via Twitter of the Pioneer Woman’s Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce. But let’s just say that drenching it over Grandma’s recipe for Pecan Pie has added plenty to my hips this weekend but every bite has been joyfully enjoyed.
So what is our method to burn off these extra Thanksgiving feasting calories?
The family fun, calorie-burning method started with Nathan making a key purchase of a purple plastic sled on Thanksgiving Day morning.
For three straight afternoons we haven’t been fighting the shopping lines or watching football.
Instead we have been flying down the hill in Lori’s backyard amidst the Minnesota woods.
Then to burn off all those comfort calories, we have running up the hill,
only to take turns on who gets to go down again on the purple plastic sled.
Hunter has pulled Miss E, raced Nathan and me and bear crawled up the hill.
I am not sure I have fully burned off all the baked corn with bacon, chicken apple stuffing or pecan pie with cream sauce but…
I certainly have had loads of fun.
To prevent from sledding onto the thin layer of ice on the lake, our legs are the sled brakes.
Not everyone has needed to use their legs to brake.
Hunter mastered gracefully falling.
Regardless, family fun and plenty of calorie burning has been done.
We are certainly better for it.
It is a time to be thankful for family, for fun…calorie burning and all.