Hello again! I tried to get a post together by Monday morning, but it just didn’t happen. I was traveling and trying to deconnect because I was at the beach! There’s just something about being at the beach that equates to not thinking, just relaxing. And eating. Always eating.
I love to eat. I’m always snacking. But I’ll be the first to admit that the majority of my meals are eaten alone or in a rush. I’ll throw down my breakfast oatmeal before I even realize what I’ve mixed in there (after I take a picture of course), often snack and eat lunch in front of the computer, and if we’re lucky, my husband and I will eat dinner together on the couch in front of the TV.
This just comes so easy to us as humans. Why don’t we make more of an effort to actually “enjoy” a meal with others, or even eat at the dinner table? I’m holding myself accountable and want to do a much better job of experiencing the pleasure of eating with other people, and having good conversation while doing so. I can do better at mindfully tasting my food. Rather than squeezing eating into our busy schedules, we should carve out special time to enjoy meals we graciously prepare.
So, on Friday night, we played mini hosts for a little dinner party with some of our close friends, where we didn’t even turn the tv on once. We enjoyed the pleasure of company and didn’t give a thought to the future. We just hung out in the kitchen chatting, drinking wine, and making some good food. It’s always fun to cook at home, but when you have foodie guests over who bring wine, it’s even more enjoyable.
On the menu were goat-cheese stuffed turkey burgers, which turned out fantastic. We added some breadcrumbs and spices to the mix, and then topped the burgers with onions, tomato, and barbeque sauce. Have you put bbq sauce on a burger? Life changing. Do it.
For sides, I roasted up some butternut squash at 400 degrees for an hour, seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, as well as some roasted asparagus and leftover parsnips. We also had a lovely kale, spinach and artichoke dip.
It’s so nice to get out of a normal routine and relax, let go, and live in the moment.
Before getting on the road on Saturday, I got a nice 10 mile long run in. I’m telling ya – my long runs fly by when listening to podcasts. This time, it was the Healthynomics podcast, full of tips about running, fitness and nutrition. Highly recommend!
Saturday, we traveled to Oak Island for a mini weekend getaway before we will meet up with the rest of the family for Thanksgiving. My husband’s mom always spoils us with meals while we are here, which is a huge plus. She made us a delicious peanut sesame noodle dish upon arriving with a beautiful salad.
Then, for breakfast, some bacon and eggs with an English muffin and some fruit before heading to downtown Wilmington for the day.
We headed to Island Way for dinner, which is one of my favorite places. Not only do we always enjoy a fabulous meal here when we visit, but this is where we headed to celebrate our engagement a year and a half ago.
We started with some cheesy oysters and tenderloin-goat cheese crisps. The tenderloin, goat cheese and salsa mixture was divine.
I had the mahi-mahi with a honey barbeque sauce with some pretty flippin good Brussel sprouts (brown sugar & caramelized).
We all left dinner with full and happy bellies. It was so nice to just get away, have no schedule and destress before the busy holiday season. It was just what I needed.
So this Thanksgiving, try to enjoy the company you share, take part in the conversation, and live in the moment. Take the time to enjoy your food with the people around you and be mindful of all the wonderful tastes, flavors, and dishes you can experience and share.
I have a post for you all tomorrow about healthy tips for the holiday season that I think are very helpful so check back!
Do you find that meals are more enjoyable with others?
How do you take the time to be present?