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My name is Kristi.

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A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has come and gone already, can you believe it? I can't! It went by too quickly, but Josh and I really enjoyed ourselves while it lasted. 

We spent time with family and we shared an enormous vegan feast! Our family was really good about serving vegan dishes this year. There was only one non-vegan dish all day! (A very big switch from the last few years.) It was so, so nice to hear things like, “It’s so easy to make things vegan!” and “I couldn’t tell the difference.” Josh and I were so proud of everyone for putting in the extra effort. It meant a lot to us and it helped make an already wonderful day even better.

Image by Kristi Blackmer. Made with stock files from Death to the Stock Photo

This year, my contribution (aside from helping chop veggies) was a big ol’ lentil walnut loaf. I used a recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook, and it was a big hit. I got a lot of comments about how delicious, moist, and flavorful the loaf was and I couldn't have been happier. Not only was it great right out of the oven, but it made some delicious sandwiches the next day, too.

(Speaking of Oh She Glows, if you haven’t already, you should definitely check out this cookbook. Everything I’ve tried from it has been a home run.)

Aside from the lentil loaf, we ate mashed potatoes with celery root topped with mushroom gravy, sweet potato casserole with pecans, mashed turnip, classic stuffing with apples, julienned carrots with green beans, onion casserole, and a few other things I can’t think of at the moment. (There was a lot of food!)

Oh! Josh's dad made his famous sausage corn chowder for us...veganized! It was absolutely scrumptious! He used vegan sausage from Trader Joe's, and it was perfect in this soup. With bits of kale and a hint of hot sauce, this stuff was out of this world. Maybe one of these days we can get him to share his recipe here on the blog! (Fingers crossed!)

For dessert, we had raspberry chocolate chip sorbet pie (an off the cuff creation by Josh's ever creative mama!), peanut butter cup pie (recipe from the Minimalist Baker), chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes (also from the Oh She Glows cookbook - I just added chocolate chips to Angela's chocolate cake recipe. SO. GOOD.), and pumpkin apple crisp with whipped coconut cream.

Everything was absolutely delicious, and everything listed here was completely cruelty-free, and vegan. Woohoo! And, my favorite part, there was a ton of leftovers, which we have eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all week.

After dinner we all watched Shrek The Musical on Netflix. We laughed, cried, and laughed so hard that we cried. We all loved it. (Especially me!)

Overall, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We got to laugh, eat, relax, and most importantly, spend time with family. It was a great day, and an excellent start to the holiday season.

 So, friends, how was your Thanksgiving? What did you do? What did you eat? Leave a comment and share your experiences. I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Holidays! 

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for some very exciting news, coming soon! I'm going to let you know why I've had so little time to update the blog lately. I think you're going to like it, so stay tuned! 

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