Friendsgiving dinner at our new apartment – 2013. New tradition has been born!
Friday, November 22 2013. This is the date the first Friendsgiving was experienced by me. This was also the first “real” Thanksgiving dinner I ever had. The true American way.
Check out how Polish people spend their Thanksgiving (aka my parents and I, recap 2012) and while we try to do it at least kind of Thanksgiving, we are Polish and we did not grow up with this holiday so it is new to our repertoire even though I have lived in the US for 10 years now.
So Friday is a short day at the office and we only work until 3pm. It was a nice and relaxing day, I got a lot of stuff done and was just relaxed by the end of the day awaiting the time to go to the grocery store to get some ingredients for the two things I volunteered to make: cranberry sauce and cookies.
I arrived at home around the same time that Meredith and Jane came with their groceries and Meredith started on preparing the chicken right away since it would have to roast for 3 hours or so. Oh yeah, we decided to do chicken instead of turkey because it’s smaller and cheaper. No one
(I can but it’s okay) can tell the difference anyway. Both are good and similar.
Then I went ahead to make the cranberry sauce so we didn’t have to worry about it later. It was SO good and I cannot wait to share the recipe with you guys on Wednesday. You will love it. Everyone enjoyed it and I was especially satisfied because it contained no sugar and was still sweet enough to be great.
We were all starving at 5pm but we had to wait till 8pm to start eating when most of the food was all prepared.
Jane was making cornbread stuffing. Doesn’t she look so cute cooking?
Jenni and her boyfriend brought a lovely salad with homemade dressing and green bean casserole. I’ve never tried the casserole before and it was really good. Everyone kept being surprised at how many Thanksgiving staples I haven’t tried before, haha.
Here’s the stuffing all done and ready to be served.
Rolls about to get warmed up slightly in the oven…
We were all SO hungry we just had to sit and start eating before the chicken was even done. The table in the pic above is not filled with all the foods yet but yeah. We were all starving!
After the amazing feast, the brownies were ready and were sitting to get cooled. As soon as they were done, I put the cookie dough I made earlier onto cookie sheet and into the oven.
My cookies were the healthier alternative for dessert. I mean, not alternative. More like addition. It wasn’t a this or that choice. You had to have both. Haha. I made these great Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies which were healthier and Jane was super excited for them since she is obsessed with pumpkin.
Here’s a picture of Jenni and I…
And no idea what happened in this one.. haha.Then we all sat down with a food baby and started watching The Hunger Games since we all (except Jane) want to go see the second part soon. Jenni and her boyfriend, Abe, almost left to go see it that same night but we held them successfully and had them to ourselves for the rest of the night.
I am so grateful for my wonderful friends. They are amazing and full of positive energy and kindness in their hearts. Truly great people.
Questions for you:
- Do you have a friendsgiving or have you ever had it?
- What is your favorite traditional Thanksgiving dish?
Let me know in the comments!