My First Cornbread Stuffing

Happy Thanksgiving!IMG_4346

I have a big confession to make:

I didn’t end up doing the Turkey Trot this morning Sad smile

I’m hoping Bobbi will forgive me for ranking out on her (she ran the race with her fam). But, last night as I was supposed to be looking up directions and getting my gear ready I was super unmotivated. I really didn’t want to do it for some reason. I considered just making myself do it, but why? Running is supposed to be fun. I don’t know if you’re aware, but I’m not a professional runner (shocker). Adidas doesn’t pay me to show up and wear their shoes (even though I really really wish they did). So I didn’t go.

I feel like a flake, but at the same time I love running and just didn’t want to deal with the nervous energy of a race today.

I did end up doing 9 easy miles on my own time. I was happy to have that alone time with my thoughts on this Thanksgiving morning Smile

Post-run breakfast: Pumpkin oatmeal with chia seeds and peanut butter.


Then it was time to finish up my first attempt at corn bread stuffing! Last night I made a double batch of corn bread.IMG_4313

This morning I chopped it up and toasted the pieces.

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While they were toasting, I sautéed celery and onions. Finally I added the cornbread “croutons” to the celery and onions and added vegetable broth, golden raisins and seasonings. It was super simple.


In other, more tasty news… I made Mamapea’s Doughballs last night. I used all chocolate chips because I don’t feel the need to purchase PB chips when chocolate ones exist.

These are amazing. Amazing. Like, I would rather eat these than a bakery chocolate chip cookie – and those are my fave!IMG_4316

I don’t have a small ice cream scoop (have you seen the amount of ice cream I use? small scoops are not welcome around here). So, I used a big measuring spoon and it worked perfectly after a spray of non-stick. IMG_4310

I ate about 3 too many of these and felt sick for the rest of the night. But, I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t do that again. IMG_4315

My cat is standing on a ladder. IMG_4319

Happy happy Thanksgiving!

Fun fact: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Hello, a day all about family,  food and cooking?! Love it.

Sure, everyone gets together for Christmas too, but I dislike the stress of gift giving. I think the reason for the season is lost Smile


  1. says

    Happy Thanksgiving, Monica!
    I think Bobbi will forgive you for not showing up for the turkey trot.

    I just finished making my cornbread stuffing, but I add regular bread to mine, as well. And no onions because my husband doesn’t like them. I agree with you about Christmas. I love the Christmas season, all the scents and sights and sounds, but the actual Christmas day stresses me out. I much prefer Thanksgiving.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  2. says

    Happy Thanksgiving, Monica :)

    I think you made the right choice with the race, and I’m glad you decided to write about it. I LOVE to run, but racing makes me nervous too. Sometimes I feel like I’m not a “real” runner if I don’t race, but I hate the stress of race morning and feel a lot of pressure. I need to remember that no one is paying me to race and if I don’t want to, I don’t have to! I can, like you did this morning, run on my own and be perfectly happy.

    Your stuffing looks awesome!

  3. says

    I did not run my Turkey Trot this morning either!! I totally understand where you are coming from in regards to running for fun and not for stress!! I have been having some issues lately with this and I actually chose not to run this morning because I knew that I would be depressed all day if I did bad – and when running starts crossing this line I think we need to take a step back and re-evaluate why we choose and want to run!! And it should be for ourselves, not for anyone else!

  4. Orla says

    Did you make yours with vegan margarine, or regular butter? All the flops in the blogworld when using regular butter have put me off indulging in some balls…

  5. says

    I almost dropped out of my Turkey Trot today too. For some reason I was feeling super unmotivated as well, but I couldn’t break a tradition. Once I got there and it started to sleet and snow, I definitely kicked myself for getting myself out of bed for this. But after I finished, I was happy. Even as I was running and completely soaked and numb, I was like “what were you thinking.”

  6. Ella says

    Hahaha, I love the “my cat is standing on a ladder” random insert. And I feel exactly the same way about both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas has that gift-giving pressure and the reason for the season definitely gets lost. Thanksgiving is just pure awesomeness!

  7. says

    The weather was nasty here in Cleveland, so I decided to skip my Turkey Trot. Less than 40 degrees and hard rain – not my cup of tea. I went to practice yoga in a nice hot studio instead. I figured I can run my post-turkey trot today!

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