Thanksgiving has come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye. I was woken yesterday by a text message at 6 am (sad to realize I used to think 6 am was sleeping in!) In that message was a photo of my younger siblings dressed in workout gear, equipped with a running bib. I immediately felt bummed I was not partaking in a Turkey Trot of some sort. I let it go, and fell back asleep for a while.
When I woke later on, I discovered my wonderful mother in the kitchen about to prepare some vegan rolls for her crazy vegan daughter. We were low on flour thanks to my adventure the night before making pumpkin pie, and this meant it was my turn to go get flour. That’s when I was given the genius idea to run to the store to get the flour. It’s a little over 4miles round trip, so it was nothing I couldn’t handle.
While running to the store I had another genius idea: Use the store bag to make my own running bib. I told this idea to the lady who rang me up for my flour and she looked at me like I was insane. Perhaps I was, I ended up having to run the two miles home with a 5lb bag of flour under my arm. I channeled my inner quarter back and alternated between arms. SO long story short I got a run in, and I played some traditional turkey day football.
Uh yeah, so that looks more like a mug shot than a proud running photo. I’ll just stash that on in the “do not open” folder. 4 miles done with a 9:44 pace, yay. Moral of the story: If you miss out on a race, make your own! Moving on..
Dinner couldn’t come fast enough. In case you’re curious what a vegan eats on T-day here’s my plate. It’s very similar to last years vegetarian T-day. The only difference this year was dessert. Pumpkin pie isn’t vegan friendly, so I ended up making my own.
My plate looks a little lacking in the protein department, but fear not my pie was full of protein. I’d be lying if I said I waited until after dinner to eat my pie. In fact I had a slice the night before, and that morning to fuel my run.
The secret ingredient in this delicious masterpiece? Tofu.
There is nothing more satisfying than a skeptical outsider eating a vegan dessert and swooning more than you did.
This pie definitely stole the show, and my heart. An entire 15 oz of tofu in this beast and you’d have no idea unless I told you. Spices are an amazing thing.
This was my first time making a pie completely from scratch (including the crust!) and it turned out amazingly. I may just have to find another excuse for pumpkin pie when this one is gone!
So that was my day. I had satisfaction from running, and creating new foods, and I got sweaty while eating. Or maybe it was the other way around. Or maybe a combination of everything! To end this post right, I must share what I am thankful for. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my health, my body, my mind, and my motivation to create new foods and try new adventures! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Candy Cane Joe Joe’s calling my name..time to prepare for Christmas! 😉
Q: What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving? If you didn’t celebrate, or you celebrated earlier in the year, what was the highlights of your week!?
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Sounds like a wonderful day! The highlight of mine was definitely the hike. I can’t imagine being vegan when you’re celebrating with family- it must be really hard! Joe Joe’s are the BEST!!! And I love the idea for the running bib. I was bummed that I didn’t get to race on turkey day too but you definitely made the best of it 🙂
yup I the mom, bought a cheese cake just in case I did not like the pumpkin pie. OMG that was the best pumpkin pie I can remember eating. It was sooooooo creamy and spicy. I was hooked. I can’t eat soy or too much anything with soy but once in a while I will do this. She has to give you that recipe for you vegans out there. Her sister and I however, did put REAL whip cream on top, YUM.
Murika @ shinytimes
That all looks delicious! Mmmm that pie. Highlights of my Thanksgiving were sister-bonding and decadant feasting. Way to go for running solo!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Ahaha! Love the idea of making your own running bib – looks super good 😉 And speaking of which, holy.wow does that pie look good. I’m not even the biggest fan of pumpkin pie, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to a slice of that. Sadly, it wasn’t Thanksgiving for us up here in Canada, so this week has just been another week. BUT! now that Thanksgiving’s all done and over with for everyone, I’m starting to get super excited about busting out the Christmas decor and music. I usually try and hold out until December to go all wild, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be happening this year. Bring on the reindeer and snowmen!
I love tofu in desserts – random I am just this minute eating a mango-coconut-tofu pudding – SO YUM!!
Brennan @ Yum Run
Amazing pie! I want to eat it allllll. All the pies!!!!
Luv What You Do
The highlight was my being with my family celebrating a laid back fun day! My throat is sore today from all of the talking : ) You rmom looks so good! I have some leftover sweet potato pie that I might just have to heat up right now!
An Unrefined Vegan
The Amazing Tofu! The stuff is dang versatile! Hanging out in a stir-fry one minute and the next, getting all silky and smooth for a pumpkin pie. Love your running bib – and you get extra points for juggling flour while jogging (I almost wrote joggling). New workout sensation??
Love how you ran your own race despite not doing a Turkey Trot or anything like that. Too bad the cashier didn’t understand about the bib…I guess it’s a runners thing!
I love your homemade running bib. Very cute! 😉
Vegan pumpkin pie with tofu?? That is awesome. What is even more awesome is amazing people with the tastiness of food that they never thought could be “good.” Silly people. I bet you convinced some people of tofu’s amazingness!
That bib is awesome! haha better than the last 10 mile race?
That pumpkin pie looks so good. 🙂
Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
Heck yeah for the run!!! Omg… that pie.. looks to die for!
Looks great! The highlight of my Thanksgiving was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie. and yes there was tofu in it:)
Oh my I didn’t know the Candy Cane Joe Joe’s were out. Must get to TJ’s immediately! Also, we need the recipe for your pie. 🙂 I relented and made the traditional egg-laden version. It sucked. I did make a test vegan pumpkin pie and it was horrible. Thanks for sharing!
oh my gosh, you’re beyond cute. hahaha I LOOOOVED that idea. I really did imagine you with the 5pd of flour under one arm, while extending the other like a football player. ha!
It was a regular long week for us so I’m jealous of all that good food everyone’s eating!
It really looks great! wanna have some pie too!
I love the paper bag running bib! The highlight of my thanksgiving was being at a vegan potluck where I could eat everything! I made pumpkin pie but the crust was store-bought. It didn’t have tofu though–it had a tub of Tofutti’s Better Than Cream Cheese in it! Yum! I do love tofu though. So versatile.
Ha Ha Ha, girl I love your creative idea on making your own bib!! && um, please share this recipe with me, or all of us. It looks delicious.
Holy texture, that pie looks legit!! And I love that it’s high in protein without being full of protein powder! As for your turkey trot (or more like flour trot), I think it’s a great idea…iif anything it’s efficient: save some moolah from not paying registration fee AND stocking up on essentials!
Choc Chip Uru
Awww cutie in a bib 😀
And omg I do not know where to start looking first! So much deliciousness!
Everything looks delish!! I absolutely love the pumpkin pie! Tofu is something I haven’t eaten in awhile. And should : )
Oh man, you are the best! hahhaha Amazing that you made a bib at Safeway! So awesome. Erm, so do you have an amazing recipe for that pumpkin pie, cause I would love to make it! (and trick my brother into eating it come January!) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Glad you got your run in! Go you in your Safeway race bib, haha! I love that. The leaves are a nice touch. Your plate looks delish – vegan does not equal deprivation that’s for sure. Mashed taters and cranberry ON the bread? Where were you on Thursday to tell me to do that?! 😛 I’ve had vegan pumpkin cheesecake before made with tofu so I imagine your pie was quite similar – as in similarly fabulous.
Did you create the tofu pumpkin pie on your or did you use a recipe? It looks great, I’d love to try it!!
Just kidding…..everybody else already asked, haha
I used a recipe, but of course altered it to make it my own! I’ll make a post for the recipe!
I love your “mug shot”! You look too cute to call it a mug shot 🙂
di @ life of di.
I love that you made your own race bib 🙂 Great idea! Also – do you have the recipe for your tofu pumpkin pie? I’d love to try it sometime!
Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift
Love your makeshift running bib! Too funny. I did some hiking on Thanksgiving followed by eating Thai food, watching the Blind Side, and munching on a glorious piece of pumpkin pie. I also had pumpkin pie for breakfast this morning. It’s a judgement free zone around here! 😉
Ha I love it the traditional Safeway 4M… I think you are on to something…you should make it a traditional thing!
GiGi Eats Celebrities
While everyone else was celebrating TURKEY DAY (oh excuse me, toferky day, LOL)… I was, having just another normal day! That’s because I celebrated it last Tuesday… Is it weird to admit that I already miss it and want to celebrate AGAIN tomorrow! I don’t think anyone else in my family would go for that, but Thanksgiving is my favorite FOOD DAY of the freaking year!!! I am stoked for XMAS & NEW YEARS THOUGH because I will actually celebrate on the same day as EVERYONE ELSE (well, I guess except those in AUSTRALIA and ASIA, ETC).
Okay, so don’t hate me but… I failed to read why you stopped running?!?!?! So uh, fill me in RIGHT HERE! I also want to let you know, that I work out enough for the both of us, and probably your mom and man friend too! 😉
I haven’t stopped running like..permanently. I’ve just FAILED to get out and DO IT!! I have been enjoying my spin classes WAY too much and slacked on running GAH!! I enjoyed the run with my flour though, perhaps it sparked a small running demon back inside me. Or perhaps not because I was back to spin class the next day! HA!
MMMM CHRISTMAS FOOOOD!
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Okay, I took a spin class and it killed my EAR DRUMS! Please tell me not ALL spin classes are CLUB MUSIC loud! lol.
HAHAHA no they aren’t ALL club music loud, HOWEVER I do prefer those. I don’t want to hear myself breathing!! I go to three different teachers classes, and they are all a bit different. One teacher has this man sub for her on occasion and I CAN’T STAND HIS CLASS! His music is all old school rock and it’s SO quiet..I HATE IT. You might like it haha.
This post had me rolling. I could def see myself running down the street with a sack in hand. Glad you got some sort of run in and sounds like an awesome Thanksgiving!
Mmm your Thanksgiving dinner sounds great! I made a raw pumpkin pie this year- I think healthy is actually better than regular! Love your blog:)
That pie looks awesome! Pumpkin pie is always my favourite food at Thanksgiving. 😀 I’ve never tried making it with tofu before but that sounds like such a neat idea!
Haha I love that you made your own turkey trot!
I love what you did by making your own “race bib.” Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!
Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
You are a crazy lady running all that way!! With a bag of flour no less, I can hardly make it to my car, lol!
I am totally picturing you running with that bag of flour under your arm. So awesome! Nice work finding a way to get in that run. 🙂 I’m up in Canada so no Thanksgiving for me this week. But we had an awesome family day starting our Christmas traditions (a little early this year) setting up the Christmas tree and just enjoying our little fam.
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Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel
hahaha I loved your story! and I think it was super cute making your own bib. 🙂 🙂 smart idea. I can see you running with that flour under your arms hahahaha
You are too cute! It’s a good idea… and you saved money in the process. All I picture is you running along the road with a bag of flour–good entertainment for the innocent bystanders 😉
Best part of Thanksgiving was simply being with friends and family. Lately I’ve been feeling pretty lonely since all my friends from college have moved on so it was so nice to be surrounded by loved ones. Now time to get back to eating healthy and working out though!!
Now I feel bad for not running my Turkey Trot with flour…. Maybe next year I’ll run with a bag of potatoes.
Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
Hahaha! I LOVE how you made a running bib. Own it, girl!!
ahahahah LOVE The running bib! Too clever. Glad you had a happy thanksgiving!
Happiness to you and yours 🙂 xo!
Sandra - The Foodie Affair
Love that you made your own bib, and a cute one too! I think my local races could use your talent!
Your Safeway Bib is eleventy percent more awesome than the last bib you got at a race. For so many reasons.
And girl? You come sososo correct with the cranberry skills. Cranberry on ALL the things!
Christina Does It All
BAAHAHAHA. I am late in reading this, but I love that you made your own running bib. I adore you.
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