November 30, 2019
Happy 1 month til 2020!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Before we get into the December workout calendar, let’s recap Thanksgiving real quick shall we?
Sam and I hosted our first Thanksgiving at our new house for over 20 people! It was a really intense few days leading up to the dinner because I tend to make everything a huge deal, even though Sam said to “keep it casual.” Honestly guys, I don’t know the meaning of casual. Everything must be wedding status, or else, did it even happen!????
The morning started with me working out at 7am and then coming home and cooking from 8:15am to 2:30pm. I pushed myself to make 5 dishes:
- Coconut sunflower dessert balls
- Green beans with sautéed mushrooms and onions
- Cauliflower mash
- Classic stuffing
- Paleo pumpkin pie
Sam asked me why I was so agitated in the morning. Not agitated I told him, just HYPER FOCUSED CASSEY IN THE KITCHEN.
Thank goodness Jackelyn offered to handle the turkey.
Before guests started arriving Jackelyn and I set up candles and centerpieces and yes I know it sounds super extra but YOU GUYS you saw my wedding right? I AM EXTRA.
Here’s a look at the dessert table that I set up!
I AM OBSESSED with how this table looks. I was so happy to bring out some of the wedding gifts Sam and I received – like the beautiful rose gold silverware and the pink ceramic serving trays. Putting food on a pretty plates elevates the whole eating experience exponentially. If you can afford it, I would highly suggest investing in some dinnerware you’re really into. It makes eating at home feel like eating in a restaurant. Plus, it makes you appreciate your food more, which will help you be more conscious of what you’re eating!
Here are my Coconut Sunflower Dessert Balls! I kind of “made this up” as I went, so I cannot tell you the exact measurements, but I can tell you what’s in it!
- Sunflower seed butter (you can use any nut butter though)
- Coconut flour (I mixed it in until the dough felt more cookie dough like – not too try, not too wet)
- Dried apricot pieces, diced (optional)
- Raw cane sugar to taste
- Coconut flakes for outside (optional)
I wasn’t sure if people would dig them, but they were a hit!!! The only constructive criticism I got back was to make my balls a little smaller! But otherwise, people loved em!!!
My new Paleo Pumpkin Pie passed the Sam test this time. He fully approved, and so did the guests! They didn’t know it was paleo. I used this recipe from Elana’s Pantry.
I kind of overfilled my pie, so that’s why you don’t see a crust, but the crust was SPECTACULAR!!!
Instead of traditional green bean casserole, I made steamed green beans topped with sauteéd onions and mushrooms. I seasoned with a little salt and pepper. This super simple dish was almost gone by the end of the night.
Here’s the masterpiece of a turkey that Jackelyn prepared! The meat was moist and the skin was crispy. The best turkey I’ve ever had! She used the Butterflied Big Bird recipe from our friend Michelle over at Nom Nom Paleo!
Interrupting the recipes for a moment of appreciation for the table settings 🙂
I TOTALLY forgot to take a pic of the stuffing and the cauli mash! The stuffing was standard so not much to say here, but BOY OH BOY the cauli mash fooled people! They thought it was real potatoes!!!! The consistency, the texture and the taste were like real mashed potatoes!
The cauli mash had only 3 ingredients. I used this recipe from Elana’s Pantry. It’s the first time I’ve ever used her recipes, but I like them cuz they’re super simple. For me, the less ingredients, the better.
My plate above features some zucchini noodles in avocado sauce, cabbage salad, spaghetti squash, cauli mash, turkey, green beans with mushrooms and onions, and a cauliflower egg casserole. Oh and I threw sriracha ALL OVER IT after I took this pic 🙂
The fam after everyone left. I made Jackelyn, Nick, and Sam do a Tik Tok with me and guys – I think they’re hooked.
The next morning, Jackelyn and I went Black Friday shopping. On my computer. We asked George what he thought of these new skinny jeans I wanted to get from Reformation.
He said they looked ok. I bought em anyway 😛
SPEAKING of buying things, have you guys gotten your POPFLEX YET!!?? Remember, the entire site is 40% OFF minus the 2020 stationery. So like, this outfit right here that I wore to hot yoga last night – 40% OFF!!!! Use code “gimme40” on popflexactive.com.
OKAY. NOWWWWWW are you ready for your December Workout Calendar!!??? Look how cute it is!!!
What’s new this time around is that I am providing the LINKED PDF for you! So that means you can download it and click on the videos and it will take you to the YouTube video of the day.
I got rid of the check off feature on the blog because it was making the site run slow, so I hope you don’t miss it too much!
Here’s what you week will look like:
SUNDAY: Unlimited Upper Body
MONDAY: Brilliant Booty
TUESDAY: PIIT Stop!
WEDNESDAY: Absolutely Abs
THURSDAY: Toned Total Body
FRIDAY: Take it Easy!
SATURDAY: Luminous Legs
If you’re new to the monthly calendars, this is how it works!
- Click on the hi res link to download the calendar and print it out for your wall or save the PDF so you can click on the videos of the day. It’ll take you directly to the YouTube video!
- Do each video once (unless otherwise stated)
If you’re looking for a plan to jumpstart your own 90 day journey, start with this month’s workout calendar! Or if you want to ease into working out, check out my Beginner’s Calendar. It’s a free 4 week program to get you stronger, so that you can join in on the monthlies!
There you have it guys. The FINAL calendar of 2019.
Who’s ready to CRUSH December!!?????