Thanksgiving with Friends│In our seven years together, we have only really celebrated Thanksgiving – in a true American sense – ONCE! And of course, that was the one fall that we spent in Texas. Last year we didn’t make any plans for Thanksgiving, but this year we were invited to share in this American tradition with friends. These are not old friends, but not new friends either. We have seen each other at various events, charities, and playgroups, but this was the first time that Justin and I met with them for a dinner. It has been a while since we have felt like we fit in with a group. Since our closest friends all left Qingdao, things have just not been the same, however on Saturday evening we both felt like we were in such good company. Sometimes it is hard to find friends who you can really “be you” around, so we are thankful for this evening, and this sweet group of people.
It was surprisingly warm this weekend. On Friday and Saturday we were sweating when we wore our coats outside. This weather is wacky lately! It was nice to go out and not have to bundle up to the max.
Each family attending this dinner brought a side dish or dessert. Justin and I took no-bake peanut butter cookies (RECIPE HERE), deviled eggs, and a couple of bottles of wine. As a group, we ordered the Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the Shangri-La Hotel. For 799rmb we got a roasted turkey, homemade bread and raisin stuffing, brussel sprouts, roasted honey pumpkin, roasted sweet potato with maple syrup, glazed chestnuts, maple glazed baby carrots, turkey giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
We all arrived at Jacqueline’s apartment around 4pm, and at 5pm the Shangri-La delivered our turkey dinner. How amazing is that??
None of us wanted to slave away in the kitchen, and even if we wanted to, none of us have ovens big enough for a turkey. So this was a perfect solution for all of us!
I have to admit that when the food arrived, I wondered if there was enough for all of us. However, once we put all of our homemade sides onto the table – we had MORE THAN enough. In fact, we all took leftovers home!
If you haven’t had lunch/ dinner yet, prepare yourself…
The next few pictures are bound to get you hungry!
Above, Vegetable spiral tart with boursin cheese.
Below, Beet goat cheeese walnut tart.
Jacqueline made both of these. DON’T THEY LOOK AMAZING?! They were SO TASTY!
Above, Look at all of that deliciousness!
The kids sat in the living room together, and the adults all sat around an extended dining room table… sipping on wine and feasting on a wonderful spread of food. We laughed so much, and it was the perfect Thanksgiving experience.
The joke of the evening: THIS was the pumpkin pie!
Someone was going to make a pumpkin pie, but they didn’t because our turkey was supposed to come with one. hahaha, this little thing looked more like an large egg tart.
Our beautiful host, Jacqueline! This lady cracks me up… I love how loud she laughs, her genuine kindness, and her honesty.
Thank you for having us all over to your apartment for a home-away-from-home type of Thanksgiving! Jacqueline and her husband were wonderful hosts!
We (ie. the wives) are already trying to figure when our next gathering will be.
What a great group of people. We felt like we were at home… for the first time in a long time!