That’s right, I’m thankful for Thanksgiving! Being an American while living in other countries and cultures can quite often lead to loosing some of your own culture and traditions and adopting others. I’ve actually done this a lot in the various places I’ve lived, but the one thing that does not change or alter one bit is Thanksgiving!
No matter where you are in the world, or who you are with, on Thanksgiving there is probably a 99.9% chance that you are thinking/dreaming/longing for Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, Yams, and that oh-so-coveted PUMPKIN PIE!
It’s the one day of the year that all Americans come together, near and far, and celebrate our Thankfulness via a huge FEAST. Everything about Thanksgiving day makes me happy (and run to put on some sweat-pants), and if you’re like me and from Michigan, then there’s the bonus delight of watching our beloved Lions loose yet again 🙂
Ode to Thanksgiving…. the only holiday that makes me remember I am actually an American (which I tend to overlook 364 days of the year), and reminds me that I have SO MUCH in life to be truly thankful for!
NOW GO STUFF YOURSELF SILLY…. and remember not to wear jeans to the dinner table!
What began as a Freak-Out Thanksgiving, ended up a Fantastic one! While there were a couple moments of doubt, skepticism and “There’s a bubble!” the moments of eating delicious turkey, stuffing (from scratch) mashed taters, sweet potatoes, cranberries (we actually had some, and fresh ones at that), and both pumpkin pie and apple crisp for desert erased all else.
I honestly think that getting the turkey fresh from the market is the key, cuz it was the best turkey I’ve ever had!!! (and I’m not just saying that because I cooked it).
Turns out that Becca makes the most amazing, incredible, mouth savoring Apple Crisp IN THE WORLD! We taught our friends from Finland/Holland/Israel all about Thanksgiving Day Traditions (including American Football, Chia Pets, and Aluminum Trees w/rotating light discs….don’t ask!) We played a bit of Texas Hold-Um using 10 Cent Shekels, and all in all, it was a wonderful day! You wanted to see some pics, so here you go….
The infamous “tweezing” of the quills and feathers left on the turkey (I finally got smart and starting using my tweezer instead of killing my fingers):
Our guy Before and After:
(To see the entire Thanksgiving collection, click here)
Hope Everyone had as wonderful a day as I did!!! Now….on to Christmas/Chanukah!
I just wanted everyone to know that I’m freaking out a little on the inside about Thanksgiving this year (which we are celebrating on Fri. instead of Thurs… we don’t have Thurs. off here)
This is my 1st time EVER hosting and cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and I’m nervous. Add to that my turkey-experience today, and I’m almost at full-blown freak-out mode.
We bought our turkey at the shuk (Israeli market), which does not normally sell whole turkey, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out we were able to get it.
The good news is that they DID de-feather and be-head him….the bad news is they did NOT do a good job. After my bloody bus ride home, lugging him with me across the city, and leaving a blood trail on the floor, I put him in the sink to wash him off. This is when I noticed that the neck was indeed included in the deal (stuffed inside) and there were remnants of feathers all over.
AHHHH! Let the freak-out begin. My first Thanksgiving cooking, and I have to begin by pulling out feather pieces. I will update you with pictures and details on how it went…. until then
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
There will be no turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing or pumpkin pie. There will be no Thanksgiving Day parades or watching the Lions (probably) loose. No leftover turkey sandwiches or soup….
…but there’s one thing I have, and thats THANKS.
Thankful for my family, my friends, and my supporters. Thankful that God protects me everywhere I travel. Thankful for the pillow under my head at night and the blankets that cover me. Thankful for internet (when its working) to keep in contact with those whom I love. I am thankful to be alive and healthy and living the life I was created for. Thanksgiving from afar!
Thanksgiving Day is now over, but as usual I am still stuffed! We celebrated on Friday, which technically was still Thursday in the states. All the missionaries came together to eat, and eat, and eat some more. It was joyous. It was also my very first Thanksgiving of actually doing some of the cooking…I made the mashed potatoes and green beans (Which in stifling temperatures and no air conditioning is a feat in and of itself).
The other added bonus is that we got to watch my ASU Sun Devils play USC in a Thanksgiving Day football game on ESPN….(even though we got our butts kicked)…. it was still just like being home. We played games and watched “So you think u can Dance” finale.
Even though I wasn’t at home with my family to celebrate Thanksgiving, I was thankful to celebrate it with my “family away from home.”
…..on to Christmas!!!!