Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving in Germany

This was first year…. EVER that I haven’t been with my family for Thanksgiving. The night before I had a small, wine-induced, mascara-face-stained, homesick sob-fest about being around the world instead of at home, drinking mimosas, watching football, teasing my mother about gravy EVERYWHERE, and being reminded by my sister of “that one time you ate too much thanksgiving dinner and puked it up outside.”

It lasted only a few minutes until I remembered that I’m here in a new home that I like very much with a person I like very much. And so, it was time to make our own holiday traditions.

We woke up early Thanksgiving morning to complete the Turkey Trot 5k. It was a few villages away from us and through the woods. It was nice, and I’m glad we did it, but it was freezing!

We came home and I started cooking.

Not before pouring myself a mimosa first! 
We went back and forth about what we should do for Thanksgiving. Should we do something traditional? Or get takeout? Or make tacos? Or pizzas? Or steaks?

When it came down to it, I needed it to be traditional. So the recipe gathering started as I prepared to host (for Dan and I anyway) my very first Thanksgiving. 

Festive Decorations: check 

Mood Lighting: check 

Wine: check 

Selfie that sort of shows off my DIY Thanksgiving Feather Crown: check

Food: check (please notice how everything is in toaster oven sized dishes.)

Twice baked potatoes 
Cheesy bread puffs (minus the puff)
Bacon Burbon Stuffing (definitely the hit of the meal!)
Green Bean Casserole (definitely the miss of the meal... just couldn't measure up to my moms)
Homemade pumpkin pie with a homemade crust, used with my homemade pumpkin puree.

After we ate and were sufficiently stuffed, we headed downtown Kaiserslautern to check out the Christmas market and drink glühwein to seriously get in the holiday spirit. 

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This year I am thankful for this amazing adventure I'm on. I'm thankful for Dan, helping me through this adventure and supporting me 100% through all my ups and downs. I'm thankful for my amazing friends around the world that constantly inspire me. I'm thankful for my hilarious and supportive family. And I'm thankful for technology keeping me connected to all of these people. I'm also thankful for pumpkins, because I #killedit with that pumpkin pie. 

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