Black Friday Breakfast

Our plans changed last minute for Thanksgiving so we ended up staying home. Thankfully we had a chicken in the freezer and enough fixings to make a couple sides. We ran to the store for drinks and dessert, then spent the day FaceTiming with family, cooking, eating, listening to music, dancing, and watching movies. It was definitely an adjustment not being surrounded by dozens of extended family members, but it turned out to be a perfect, low-key day for our little family.

First Thanksgiving as a family of three - first Thanksgiving in Nashville

First Thanksgiving as a family of three!

Rue ate a bit of everything we ate yesterday: pancakes, eggs, French bread, chicken, asparagus, carrots, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. She liked the chicken and carrots the most. She’s such a good eater and she knows how to drink out of her own cup now…she loves water! It’s so adorable watching her open her mouth wide for another bite. It just melts my heart.

Rue eating pancakes & eggs

Noshing on a piece of French bread in the grocery store 🙂

For the past five years, we’ve put up a Christmas tree on Black Friday. Marty works today, so we’re going to go to a tree farm on Sunday to cut down our own tree! I’m beyond excited for this new tradition. We’re going to Rhonda & Chris’ Tree Land.

The best thing about Thanksgiving is that when it’s over, you can start celebrating Christmas! The second best is all the left overs you have for the rest of the week.

If you have left over cranberry sauce, try these whole wheat oatmeal pancakes we made yesterday. They were so yummy! We even made one turkey shaped pancake for Rue’s first Thanksgiving 🙂

(c=cup; t=teaspoon; T=tablespoon)
Serves 4

1 c left over cranberry sauce
1/4 c water
1/4 c maple syrup
1 t brown sugar

3/4 c quick cooking oats
1.5 c milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 c whole wheat flour
1 T brown sugar
1.5 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

1.) Combine all ingredients for cranberry compote in a small sauce pan and heat on high until comes to a slight boil.
2.) Turn heat down to low and warm through (stir occasionally) until ready to serve.
3.) Soak the oats in milk for 10 minutes.
4.) Add one egg to your milk/oat mixture and whisk to combine.
5.) Measure all of your dry ingredients in one big bowl and whisk to combine.
6.) Pour wet ingredients into the dry, add the melted butter, and mix batter.

Serve with butter & maple syrup 🙂

For my visual learners out there:

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying yourself on this long weekend full of food, fun, and family!!

Happy Holidays!


L, M, & R