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Happy Friendsgiving

November 23, 2011

When you’re lucky enough to have friends you consider family — and you’re fortune that they live in the same city — it’s only appropriate to have a Friendsgiving before the actual holiday.

A few friends came over last night for a fall meal of stuffed squash (minus sausage, plus garbanzo beans), sauteed cabbage, homemade rosemary bread, vanilla-caramel pudding and pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins (based on this recipe).

The results?

The squash wasn’t the only thing stuffed last night; I think I ate my body weight in dinner and dessert. So worth it.

Along with always classy Charles Shaw (‘two three-buck Chuck’), the drink of the night was Harry Potter-esque Flying Cauldron butterscotch beer (sent as a sample). Very fall, very sweet. A sip was fine but an entire bottle might put you in a sugar coma.

Before Thanksgiving even happens, it seems like we’re rushing it out the door to make room for Christmas. While my Christmas decorations and music are ready to appear on Friday, the start of the Christmas season also means the unofficial start of winter,  and I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to fall just yet.

Before dinner, we went around the table saying what we were thankful for. Good food. Great friends. A warm meal and home. Health. For all the critics who stereotype our generation as shallow, lazy and incompetent, post-emotional and entitled, how about spending some time with millennials who aren’t on Jersey Shore and who recognize that there’s more to be thankful for than an iPhone 4S and a new car?

How will you celebrate Thanksgiving this year?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2011 8:11 am

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of having a Friendsgiving! What a special way to celebrate the people who are the family we choose. So glad you had a wonderful time.

    Thanksgiving’s going to be really tough for my family this year, but I’m determined to somehow make the best of it and try to look on the bright side.

    Enjoy your holiday!!

    • November 23, 2011 9:37 am

      The holidays can be difficult when you’ve lost someone you love but it’s also a great chance to bring the family together and remember the memory of that person, who would have wanted you to have a happy holiday season.

  2. November 23, 2011 8:26 am

    The food looks good!!! haha…

  3. November 23, 2011 10:36 am

    Damn straight! (re:closing paragraph)

    Those pumpkin muffins were to.die.for. I am for sure making them myself 🙂

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