Fall festivities in the MIA

28 Nov

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing, and filling, Thanksgiving.

Now that Christmas is right around the corner I thought that it was finally time to update everyone on my fall festivities. I’ve been really busy with work, so I hope you’ll forgive me for being a little behind.

Miami Today had its annual Halloween party last month, and Jean went all out this year. She covered all our break room windows in black garbage bags, set up flashing white lights and drowned the place in cobwebs.

Since our party fell on Halloween day a few people dressed up for the occasion. We had a couple of witches, a doctor, an inmate, a hippie, a knight and a ghost – all of which looked absolutely fabulous. I couldn’t get a costume together with enough time to dress up, but I did get to rock one of my old Rocky Horror Picture Show shirts, and that’s always fun.

As fabulous as the decor was, the food was even better. Jean always takes care of me and made sure that there were plenty of vegan-friendly dishes to choose from. Between the baked potatoes, the baked beans, the chips and the hummus I was practically set for the entire day.




As fun as Halloween was, Thanksgiving was even better. The office party was moved to the upstairs conference room so we’d have enough space to accommodate the massive amounts of food everyone brought in. I made Red Lobster’s famous cheddar bay biscuits, which I obviously couldn’t eat. Fortunately, there were plenty of veggies for me to pick from. The party was on Monday, giving me plenty of time to prepare for the feast Addam and I cooked up the following Thursday.

I had the day off, but I lounged around for most of the day. After taking the puppy for a quick run in the park, Addam and I rolled up our sleeves and hit the kitchen.


We made (vegan) stuffing, green bean casserole, seasoned corn, garlic mashed potatoes and biscuits. Addam didn’t feel like spending the day on a turkey, so he grilled up a steak, and we called it a dinner. I was worried how everything would turn out, as it was my first holiday without cheese, milk and eggs – Thanksgiving strongholds. Fortunately, everything came out even better than I imagined. I may even sneak in some vegan options over Christmas, when Addam and I will be cooking for the entire Evans clan. (Addam absolutely abhors green bean casserole, and even he had to admit that it was the best I’ve made – a huge compliment given the source.)


As festivities come to an end and as Christmas approaches, I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday with good food and better friends.

I had to work on Black Friday, but I hope everyone found all the sales they were looking for. With less than 30 shopping days until Christmas, I know one Miami reporter who has to get on the ball!

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, everyone! And Merry Christmas!

Charlie Brown: “I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner! All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.”
Linus van Pelt: “That’s right. I’ve seen you make toast. You can’t butter it, but maybe we can help you.”
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, (1973).


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One Response to “Fall festivities in the MIA”

  1. judy evans November 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    YUM!!!!! (can’t wait!!)

    I love THE NOVITIATE!!

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