Thanksgiving in NYC, NJ, and PA

Hi friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures this weekend (#bloggerfail), but it was so nice to spend a few days catching up with family and leaving my email and phone behind.

AJ and I were busy going back and forth between our families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which is fun, but always makes the time off go so quickly! I need another day off to get my life back in order 😉

New York City

I’ll give you an overview of our holiday starting with Wednesday afternoon, since that’s when I started our official Thanksgiving prep! I made my Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheddar Salad again for Thursday dinner. This time I decided to try baking the bacon in the oven since frying 4 slices at a time took forever. It was a success!

bacon in the oven

If you’re going to do this, definitely line your baking sheet with foil, it made clean up a breeze! Simply lay out your bacon, set your oven to 400 degrees and place the baking sheet in the cold oven. I let it cook for about 15 minutes and it was perfectly crispy and crumbly. You could also put down a wire rack to get your bacon even crisper, but I didn’t have one and this way worked fine.

After my cooking was done, we decided to walk to the Museum of Natural History where Macy’s was inflating all of the balloons for Thursday.

Macy's thanksgiving Day Parade

As we got closer, the crowds got more intense and we both nixed the idea of waiting in crazy lines to see the balloons when we would see them the next morning during the parade.

We made our way to dinner at Jin Ramen instead before heading back home for the night.

Green Coconut Thai Curry Ramen in pork broth

Thursday morning started early when we headed down to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Of course there were massive crowds, and we probably should have gotten there earlier than we did, but we were able to find a spot along 73rd street and watched the whole event.

macy's thanksgiving day parade

New Jersey

Afterwards we literally ran to Penn Station to catch our train to NJ to spend the rest of the day at AJ’s parents for our Thanksgiving feast!

I spent Friday morning with my mother and sister-in-law doing a little outlet shopping. J.Crew was having some amazing Black Friday sales and I was able to stock up on some basics like black leggings and the most comfortable flannel shirt ever. I’ll share it on the blog soon! I don’t even wear flannel, but I think it’s going to be a winter staple this year.


Friday night we drove to PA and arrived in time for a pizza dinner with my family topped off with some Home Alone watching. My first Christmas movie of the season!

Home Alone

Saturday was spent getting manicures with my sister and just lounging around the house. It was a cold and rainy day, so it was perfect excuse to stay inside with some Netflix and cozy candles burning.

That night my mom served us Thanksgiving Dinner #2, which was so delicious, particularly her stuffing! Afterwards, I still made sure to “force” down a piece of pumpkin pie and ice cream while watching our second holiday movie of the weekend, Christmas with the Kranks.

PA to NJ to NYC (and bed)

Sunday began with church then home for lunch and the first half of the Jets game before starting our trip back to NYC. I’m always in denial that traffic is going to be horrendous after a holiday weekend, but the Poconos get ya every time!

thanksgiving traffic

We stopped at AJ’s parents house again for dinner before hopping on the train back to the city. We got home at exactly 10pm, which meant I went straight to bed.

Whew! I’m still tired but AJ was good enough to pull down all our Christmas decorations last night, so that means after work I’m going to start decorating and prepping for our tree tomorrow!!

I hope you’re all off to a great start to the week 🙂

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