A Thanksgiving Day FAIL

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I spent the holiday enjoying the company of my lovely family. I headed up to my sister’s house on Wednesday after work where we celebrated my birthday with some gifts and my favorite ice cream cake!

With my birthday finally out of the way, the entire day on Thursday was dedicated to cooking. My family always spends the whole day in the kitchen. I usually just watch football since I don’t actually know how to cook (hey, it’s a learning process right). I thought about going into the kitchen to help out this year, but I decided that my place on the couch was just a little bit too warm for me to leave. There’s always next year, right?

We always have a TON of food on Thanksgiving, we are Italian after all. There is turkey, cranberries, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, homemade bread…the list goes on and on. In the past, all I’ve ever eaten on Thanksgiving was pizza. Weird, but true.

So many new foods to try! I’ve never had turkey, I’ve never had green beans, I’ve never had sweet potato casserole. With all those new food possibilities just sprawled out on the table ready for me to sink my teeth into, I’m sure you’re just dying to know what I ate (if you didn’t already guess it from this post’s title):

If you guessed pizza, someone should give you a cookie right now.

I know, I know, I had big time expectations for this holiday. After all, it is a holiday based around food. I thought for sure, I’d be striding for that green bean casserole, taking a huge bite of turkey, and filling my plate with mile high heaps of mashed potatoes and gravy. But then reality sunk in: I don’t eat any of these foods, and I’m not quite ready to make that leap just yet.

My family was giving me a hard time about trying “just one green bean”, citing that I “had” to do it because of my blog. Which, yes, I will admit, I felt mildly guilty after that pizza went into the oven thinking that I was letting myself down. But, then I remembered the tagline of my blog: Tackling life at a different pace. Trying turkey may not seem like a huge deal to everyone. Some people may not be able to understand why it is so hard for me to try new foods. But it is. And for me, trying turkey would be a huge deal. I need to take this thing at my own pace. This year I just wasn’t quite ready to dig into those green beans, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I added mashed potatoes and corn to my plate which have been left out in previous years.

Even though I didn’t try any new foods this year, I’m not giving up hope that maybe in the future you will see some turkey on my plate. Thursday may have been a small step back for me, a small reversion to my ways of the past; but hey, if my life is going to be one step back followed by two giant leaps forward, then I’LL TAKE IT!

Don’t even worry though, I made up for my lack of turkey consumption by eating a cornucopia of pumpkin pie. I’m definitely not afraid of dessert!

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