I didn't want to prepare a big Thanksgiving dinner while we were trying to enjoy our vacation so we had ours the weekend before at home.
I made a very simple raw menu in addition to the cooked foods that the rest of the family likes to have alongside my raw dishes. This year I made a raw cranberry relish, see last post, and also some raw doughnut holes and a raw brussel sprout salad. The children loved these doughnut holes so much. I stayed away from them, as I try to limit my nut consumption when eating other overt fats and the brussel sprout salad has avocado and a few pecans. I really prefer that salad over the sweets.
Raw Doughnut Holes
Raw Brussel Sprout Salad
1 pound organic Brussels sprouts, trimmed, cut into fourths
1 small Haas avocado, mashed
2 Tablespoons of date paste
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (not considered raw)
Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup dried organic cranberries
2 Tablespoons soaked, raw pecans, rough chop
Whisk the mashed avocado, date paste, lemon zest, lemon juice and mustard together in a small mixing bowl.
Toss the dressing with the Brussels sprout leaves and season to taste with pepper.
Sprinkle in the cranberries and the chopped pecans and gently toss.
We packed up the Flex. The fifth suitcase and food bin were on the floor of the second row of seats!! Laptop and big bag of ripe bananas were at my feet on the passenger side.
We drove through the night (12 hours total) only to arrive to this glorious sight.
A soft, gentle snowfall. The children were so excited. You'd think they would have been exhausted from the drive, but oh no, they were begging to get outside and play. So after hubby took a quick cat nap, they put on their warm gear and enjoyed their time in the snow.
We also wanted to hike, so the next day we planned for a morning of hiking around Fire's Creek and then back to Franklin to look at more shops. Fire's Creek was amazing. We plan on going back several times so we can hike all of the trails eventually. They even have primitive camping sites right along the river. That is something we would love to do as well. No snow was to be seen as the last 3 days had been filled with sunshine and hit 50 degrees most days.
After we closed down the antique mall we found a cute little diner and had some dinner before heading back to the cabin.
But look at the sunset we enjoyed from our upper deck. From icy mountains to palm trees in a matter of 12 hours. Life is good and we have many, many things to be truly thankful for. We are excited that Advent has begun and we look forward to the coming of Christ.