Belated Thanksgiving 2013

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Happy Thanksgiving!   Because of the stomach flu, we had to push back our celebration a day.  Side note:  getting the stomach flu is always terrible, but to get it on Thanksgiving feels like a cruel, cruel joke.  I couldn’t even eat pie!  But we still had a nice time.


My family really pitched in and brought a lot of the food.  I was thankful because that meant that I only had to spend an hour or so in the kitchen, which was just about all I could rally… especially after I spent thirty minutes disinfecting every surface in my home.




The only dish that I actually made using a recipe was the cranberries.  And by “recipe,” I mean that I just eyeballed measurements and threw ingredients in a saucepan.  But I thought I’d write down my eyeball measurements for next year – because it was really good!


Two 1-pound bags of cranberries

1 3/4 cup sugar

1 cup orange juice

1/2 peel of an orange, sliced into thin strips


Everything went into a large pot and simmered on medium for about an hour.  Towards the end, I poured off the extra liquid and then put it back on the burner for a bit.  I timed the dish horribly and realized that I would have steaming hot cranberry relish if I didn’t do something creative, so then I put it in the freezer to cool it off.  It worked. Smile 


Henry last year:



Henry this year!

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He didn’t even eat solids this time last year.


Afterwards, we decorated the tree.  Kristien picked up a ten footer.



… This morning, I woke up to find the tree leaning against the wall.  Whoops.  Apparently, we didn’t secure it in the base tightly enough.  A task for later, I suppose!  And I’m hoping that MUCH later, I’ll be ready for a workout.  I’ve pretty much be glued to the couch (minus a brief kitchen stint) since Tuesday night… my muscles would enjoy a workout.


I hope your holiday was filled with brightness and love!



  • Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life November 30, 2013, 11:24 am

    Your house is gorgeous! I love how tall the ceilings are and all the natural lighting! Henry is adorable… love his bright blue eyes! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2013, 11:56 am

      Thank you!

  • Laura November 30, 2013, 12:58 pm

    We had our Thanksgiving a day late too. Looks like a wonderful spread!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 30, 2013, 1:18 pm

    Henry looks so grown up! What a difference from last year!

    Glad you were feeling well enough to enjoy your Thanksgiving — even if it was a day late 🙂

  • Trisha Johnson November 30, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Can’t believe how grown up Henry looks! My little boy was born June 12 of this year, so he’s exactly a year younger than Henry. I look at your little guy and think, that’s going to be Jack a year from now; so crazy how fast they grow and develop. I’m doing my best to enjoy and appreciate every day. Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 30, 2013, 2:09 pm

    What a difference a year can make! At least he can now enjoy some Thanksgiving treats 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend! Hope you feel better soon!

  • mary @ minutes per mile November 30, 2013, 2:59 pm

    beautiful food! feel better!

  • Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective November 30, 2013, 4:22 pm

    My husband had the flu last Thanksgiving… it really is cruel! I’m glad you were still able to celebrate a belated meal though!

  • Amber K November 30, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Such a difference in Henry from last year. So cute!

  • Maria November 30, 2013, 10:42 pm

    Being sick during the holidays, especially one that revolves around food is HORRIBLE! Hope you’re feeling better this weekend 🙂

  • Melissa December 1, 2013, 10:02 pm

    Great photos! Henry looks absolutely adorable and as though he enjoyed himself! Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Lea December 1, 2013, 11:28 pm

    Glad you are feeling better, I had a stomach bug on Christmas last year lol it was a nightmare!

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change December 2, 2013, 9:23 am

    Your meal looks so good! I love how you do the veggie/regular meal! Henry has grown up so much!

  • Ali December 2, 2013, 10:10 am

    I’m sorry you had the stomach flu! Bummer… We had our Thanksgiving dinner late too. I can’t believe what a difference a year makes in babies! This year Aiden was about like Henry last year.

  • Mary December 2, 2013, 7:15 pm

    I feel ya on the stomach flu…I started feeling sick in the middle of dinner:(. It is a cruel joke on Thanksgiving!

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