San Diego Thanksgiving Adventure and Our First Turkey Meal Attempt

Weeeeeeeee road trip again. Ben, Echo, and I packed up the car and took off to San Diego for Thanksgiving. This dog is only 4.5 months old and has been in California more than I have …slight over exaggeration… but he has been adventuring a lot since he entered our little family which I am very excited about…he better get used to it 😀

Look at his little nose and mouth…so adorable

Wednesday night we had puppy class, so we couldn’t get on the road until 7 pm. The trip took us almost 8 hours, so we were a little tired by the time we got to Pierre’s (Ben’s best friend) house…The driving part wasn’t too bad, we helped each other out, when Ben was driving I took a nap and then he took one when it was my turn to drive…Echo’s contribution to the trip was that he did not get car sick which was huge!

We saw this sign on the highway. I am glad I got such a “good” picture of it so I can share it with you all 😀

“Drinking and driving go together like peas and guac”

Thought it was a very clever sign…sorry about the terrible quality…:)

It was nice to arrive to San Diego and give Pierre a big hug! We talked for a little bit but then passed out…we had a pretty challenging day ahead of us!

THURSDAY: Turkey Day/Thanksgiving!


Let’s just start with the fact that none of us has prepared Thanksgiving meals before so we were expecting some major kitchen crisis, burnt turkey and unrecognizable stuffing outcome…

We started the morning by writing a grocery list. Pierre was looking up recipes and Ben was writing down the necessary ingredients that we had to get at the grocery store.

Apple Pie backup, if the apple pie doesn’t turn out well?? 😀 (Later we realized we had a pro pie maker in the team)

Pierre got a 14 lbs ( 6.35kg) turkey earlier that week so we just had to buy stuff for the side dishes…


Here is the list of what we were planning on preparing with lots of confidence:

  • Turkey (Chef Pierre took care of this like a boss)
  • Mashed and sweet potatoes
  • Stuffing ( We cheated a little with this one and got a boxed version…muaha…but I still had to add water, onions, and butter to the mix so there was a chance that something was gonna go wrong)
  • Biscuits
  • Corn bread
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Green bean Casserole
  • Gravy
  • Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream

Pretty solid list, especially going into it not having the slightest clue what we were doing … Pierre’s friend, Perla, joined us later during the day, luckily she is a pro green bean casserole and pie (!!!) maker so we were set for at least one good meal and dessert…

We put everything out on the table and tried to organize the ingredients and what order we were going to with…

Organized chaos

Pierre prepared the turkey! Let’s be honest he had the most pressure of us all, but he did great!


The turkey hat power helped him out


Ben took care of the cranberry sauce…


I took care of the stuffing…


And Echo was wondering what the heck was going on…plus he took care of the backyard digging some holes just for fun…:/


This stove has never worked this hard in its entire life before…


Cooking together was so much fun and we did better than we expected. There were no major crisis situations and the fire alarm only went on once!! 😀 We were pretty busy though for a couple hours, I can’t even imagine how can anyone do this alone. All my respect!

And a quick 5 and a half hours later we had:

A beautiful turkey


Some delicious cranberry sauce


Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, biscuits, corn bread, and gravy…


And some amazing company!

I tried to eat a little but it turned out to be a little more…

Very proper way of sitting

No need to mention the food-coma we were in for the rest of the day, had a hard time functioning, breathing and getting off the couch but it was so worth it…


Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving time with family and friends!!! 

Now it is time to get back into the gym 😀


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