Friendsgiving 2016

Happy Monday to you all. How are you? How was your weekend? Our weekend was absolutely fantastic and all because of our inaugural Friendsgiving. We are so lucky to have met some fantastic people since moving here and two of those people happen to be Americans and their husbands are German. It is so nice to have people going through a similar phase of life as us and we can share in these experiences together.

We all started talking about Thanksgiving about a month ago and about how much we were going to miss the holiday back home and decided to have a Thanksgiving of our own. So, on Saturday, we went over to one of the couple’s apartments, and had all the typical American fixings with a German twist.

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Here are all the American girls enjoying some prosecco and white wine. A note about our shoes, they are German house shoes and are actually thin slippers. It’s so nice to wear something inside when you’re not wearing socks and is something most German homes have as a welcome to their guests. It’s kind of like when you have a bag of flip flops at a wedding for dancing. And I love that they match my shirt!

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We arrived around 7 and immediately started eating and drinking. Just like every other Thanksgiving, I ate way too many appetizers! We had a (Michigan) cheese plate, German meatballs and some veggies.

appetizers

We chatted about work, upcoming travels and our Thanksgiving traditions while the turkey cooked. Our friends actually found a cheese cloth after quite a long search and it definitely made a difference. The turkey was cooked to perfection. Look at how gorgeous this turkey is!!! It was a fresh, organic turkey that they got directly from the farmer. How cool?

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Then it was time to eat! Look at this delicious spread:

thanksgiving menu

We had mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, stuffing, gravy, spätzle (a German noodle dish) and a salad. I made the potatoes and green beans that were quite good if I do say so myself. I followed a Pioneer Woman recipe for the taters and this recipe for the green beans. The turkey was the stand out star of the meal taste wise, but experience wise I think the homemade spätzle. It was so cool to watch it being made and was quite a treat!

We toasted to Friendsgiving and went around the table saying what we were thankful for this year. We did some serious and some fun, like I said I was thankful that iTunes was worldwide! Being all married couples, we all were thankful for our spouses and the great opportunities we all have by living in Germany and exploring the world. It was so nice to share something like this with some amazing people.

And then it was time for dessert, which was my area. I baked all day on Friday, which made Saturday a lot less stressful.

desserts

We had pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, chocolate chip cookies (they are in the penguin) and some peanut butter bars. We were all so full that we didn’t really touch the desserts, but everyone went home with some leftovers.

After attempting to finish dessert, we played an amazing round of Cards Against Humanity. I have not laughed so hard in a long time! I must say, our first German Thanksgiving was quite a hit and will certainly set the bar for the remainder of our years here. Thank you to our friends for being amazing hosts and for being such good friends to us!

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How was your Thanksgiving? 

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