A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Hi peeps! Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and Black Friday (if you live in the U.S.)! I am so sad that it’s over, mostly because I’m headed back up to campus tomorrow 😦 I’ve had such an amazing time this past week that I can’t believe break’s almost over. However, in less than 3 weeks, I’ll be back home for a whole MONTH! I ❤ college 😀

I decorated my little Christmas tree, even though I won't get to see it again for a couple of weeks. Ignore the toilet in the background, I am so classy 😉

Let’s back up to the day before Thanksgiving. I’ve never gone shopping on Black Friday before–I love shopping, but can’t handle the crowds and possibility of being attacked viciously by desperate shoppers 😯 My family decided to head up to Denver’s 16th Street Mall the day before Thanksgiving to try to avoid the crowds. We hit up the brand new H&M store first…where apparently a million other people also decided to go! So yeah, we did not end up avoiding the crowds. And unfortunately, the store was underwhelming. I mean, it looked cool inside, but it was packed and the clothes were kinda eh. I was definitely expecting more. I was considering buying a cute gold clutch, but I didn’t really think it was practical, so I passed. The only things I really wanted, a pair of cream knit legwarmers and a sequin skirt weren’t there or in my size so I left empty-handed. My sister and I also left Forever 21 without buying anything. They had more cute things than H&M, but I wasn’t really feeling it.

The lovely boots I was telling you about in my last post. I've already worn them out a few times!

What didn’t end up being a disappointment was Pinkberry. But then again, is froyo ever disappointing? Especially peppermint froyo? My mom and sister really wanted to try their seasonal peppermint flavor, so both of them got a cup topped with peppermint bark. I also got peppermint, but topped mine with just pomegranate seeds. Weird? Yes. But also really good. Don’t knock it til ya try it 😉

Another way I've been avoiding my homework--reading my fave magazine, People StyleWatch.

After walking around the pedestrian mall to kill some time, we drove across town to our favorite mall. We seriously go there quite a few times throughout the year, even though it’s probably 60 miles from our house. Dedicated shoppers right thurrrr 😛 But it is such a nice mall, and pretty huge. I just realized that it has an Anthropologie store–I may have to check that out next time we go there! Anyways, my sister and I were on a mission so we ditched our parents and headed straight for Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. As I’ve said before, those are two of our favorite stores. I know they’re totally cliché or whatever, but we truly love them and don’t just shop there because it’s the ‘cool kid’ thing to do. We both ended up getting one thing at each store and with all the discounts we used, we ended up saving a ton of money. Love when that happens! Afterwards, we met up with our parents at the T-Mobile store. Our cell phone contract expires soon with them, so we wanted to play around with the phones and see what we might end up buying. A lot of them were really neat, but my mom ended up deciding later that we’re probably going to switch to AT&T. Fine with me, as long as they have awesome phones!

Navy striped pullover sweater from Hollister, red/navy plaid shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch, both for less than $50 total!

Can I have this sexy man for Christmas? Kthx.

Thursday was, of course, Thanksgiving. The food of T-Day is never my favorite part–I just love being with my family. The Macy’s parade was fun to watch and it was so nice to just spend the morning and afternoon relaxing while my mom slaved away in the kitchen. One of our traditions is to have snacks in the early afternoon instead of lunch and I was looking forward to that. I filled up a turkey-decorated paper plate with some of my fave snacks and then just chilled out on the deck with my madre and padre. It was so weird that it was warm enough to sit outside on Thanksgiving–usually it’s pretty cold and sometimes snows. But Colorado is so random weather-wise, I love it. After snacks, my dad and I went on a long walk and then came back and started prepping the brussels sprouts we were going to grill for dinner.

My T-Day outfit: grey wool duster cardi (A&F), grey floral tank (HCo.), coral culotte shorts (A&F), grey polka dot tights (Target). Sorry about my weird stance, I was trying unsuccessfully to show off the tights.

Snack plate lunch: Whole Foods kettle corn, jalapeno-stuffed green olives, local salsa, Whole Foods guac, bell pepper strips, green mojo multigrain chips, artichoke hummus. I went back for more kettle corn and chips latah!

Thanksgiving dinner was pretty quiet with just the four of us, but it was nice. My dinner ended up being all vegan, but it was kinda disappointing. I tried this field grain celebration roast that tastes exactly like stuffing. Unfortunately, I hate stuffing, but the roast wasn’t awful. The best part of my dinner by far was the baked sweet potato topped with a little maple syrup and some peanut flour sauce. Mmmmm, so darn tasty! What is it about sweet potatoes that’s so addicting? The sprouts turned out way too hard and dry, which was sad because I usually love ’em. You win some, you lose some. I tried a little of my mom’s stuffing, which she made vegan, but honestly, I still hate it. Sorry stuffing lovers! I might like a cornbread stuffing though so that may be tested out at next year’s feast. However, dessert is always the best part, hands-down. I had another piece of the festive garland bars I made (I’ve seriously had a piece of it every night since I made it on Monday–can you say obsessed?) and a slice of the pumpkin pie bars my mommy made. She also made these vegan especially for me, and they were super delicious, even better than a pumpkin pie. They were a little cakey and pretty sweet but so good.

My breakfast on T-Day: banana softserve topped with chocolate & PB Puffins and peanut flour sauce.

Friday I woke up later than I have in awhile (9 am!), had breakfast and just hung out for awhile. Lunch was a strange but yummy creation I’ve been enjoying this week. I cook up some butternut squash cubes, top them with black beans and some plain Greek yogurt mixed with a little guacamole. Then I pour on some really good salsa and crush some Late July mild green mojo chips on top. It seems so weird, but it’s actually good and kinda Mexican-y. I made something similar to it over summer break, but it was on top of lettuce instead. We ran out of lettuce this week, so I decided to use squash as the veggie base and it turns out just as good. Plus I’m obviously obsessed with anything orange.

I'm not even sure what to call this, except amazingly delicious!

Later on, my sister and I drove out to brave the Black Friday crowds get our Starbucks fix. The ‘bucks we went to was crowded as usual, but we actually ended up getting to sit in the leather chairs in the corner, so that was a win. I got the tall skinny peppermint mocha with soy, and it was even better with the soy versus the skim. A lot creamier without being sickening. I think this will be my holiday drink go-to. Afterwards, we walked over to Ulta to goof around and try on sunglasses and smell all the lotions and stuff. I love that girl; we always have so much fun together, especially when it’s just the two of us. Surprisingly, most of the stores weren’t that crowded (except the Apple store) but then again it was almost 5 at night. I guess most Black Friday shoppers head out early.

I'm a sucker for the red cups!

Friday night my dad had another performance of his play, so the rest of us just stayed home and had a nice dinner of leftovers (I had a slice of the celebration roast topped with yellow mustard, which made it so much better, and some sweet tater fries) and then spent the rest of the night watching The Devil Wears Prada (my favorite movie ever!) and playing games.

How sad is this--packing up to go back to school 😦 The countdown til Christmas break officially begins Monday!

What have you been up to the last few days? Have you ever shopped at H&M?

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27 thoughts on “A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

  1. I love H&M! My boyfriend and I went when we were in New York and got a bunch of cute stuff, then again, that was two years ago so their clothing might of changed. I can not wait until winter break!! I am counting down the days too girl! 🙂 Glad you had a good Thanksgiving though 🙂

  2. Alexandra says:

    What a fabulous break! I don’t wanna go back either haha But we can do it, just gotta push through this last rough patch!! 😀
    Ps I want that hunky hollister man too heehee

  3. I love H&M! It’s too bad the new one wasn’t too great. Hopefully it’s just because it’s new or something? I like hollister and abercrombie clothes, but I can’t stand going in either one because they are dark and leave me smelling like their fragrances for days. I’ll stick to online shopping!
    Sounds like you’re having an awesome time at home – soon it’ll be winter break and you’ll get that entire month! Just keep on truckin’!

    • I think you’re probably right about the new store. I think I just didn’t like it because so many people were there and buying everything up. And I agree about Abercrombie and Hollister–I never know what color the things are that I buy there and it’s so loud and strong-smelling! Online shopping is much smarter!

  4. Yay,I’m so glad you had a great time at home! 😀
    Your christmas tree looks fabulous,and by the way… When I finally come to the USA sometimes,the first thing I will do is grabbing you and dragging you to Starbucks! 😛

  5. I am loving your Turkey Day outfit… stunning girl 🙂 And I am glad you had a good time at home… you sure as heck deserve to, that is for sure! I have shopped at H&M, great store, just have to be ready to look

  6. Just read your recent blogger post. I didn’t realise you had another blog….I am very happy to find it and will enjoy reading your posts again:) And I wish we had thanksgiving in the uk…

  7. I’m glad you enjoyed your time home for Thanksgiving! I did too. I can’t wait to go home again for Christmas. 🙂
    Your outfit is sooo cute! I went shopping on Black Friday and actually found quite a bit of stuff which surprised me. I usually avoid the crowds too- they can make shopping so miserable. I never seem to find anything in H&M or Forever 21- I don’t know why! My friends always find cute stuff but I never do. Oh well.
    Your boots are awesome, by the way!

    • I really need to try shopping on Black Friday sometime–there’s always great deals.

      I have the exact same problem with Forever 21 and H&M. They both have so many things but nothing ever really appeals to me. The only thing I’ve ever gotten from Forever 21 was a ring!

  8. survivingcandyland says:

    H&M is my obsession. It was really depressing moving back to Texas where the only one is about 4 hours away from where I live. Unlike in Boston where there was one on like every corner. Those boots are so freaking cute though. I went to F21 on Black Friday and got nothing. I probably did that because I am saving all my money for my trip to NYC, but heck I usually always find at least one thing. Major disappointment and exhausting trip due to the insanity of black friday.

    I always hate packing for school. It reminds me that there is actual work needing to be done. Not fun.

    • Forever 21 was a disappointment for me too 😦 I’ve only been a few times but usually they have some more decent things. I was also trying to save some of my money though so that might be why I didn’t get anything either.

      Oh and I’ve been meaning to send you my guest post, I’ve just been so busy but I will get it to you soon!

  9. So THIS is where you have been hiding….I remember the switch but never updated my feed …glad you linked here today form your old blog.

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