Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend


Thanksgiving weekend was bittersweet.  It was the first time I celebrated Thanksgiving without my family and also the first Thanksgiving that was celebrated in a country that does not recognize the holiday.  As my Dad said 'The Pilgrims didn't land in Paris!' :)  No football in the front yard, Black Friday shopping, movie theater matinees, and the Aggie vs. UT football game.  

BUT we did celebrate French style on Friday evening.  I made corn casserole (which was challenging without any creamed corn or Jiffy cornbread sold here) and jello salad- yum! (They also don't sell jello over here, but Sheri always stocks up when she visits the states, so we dipped into her stash.)  Kristin prepared the meat, homemade stuffing, green bean casserole (without cream of mushroom soup, no less!), and pumpkin pie (from a real pumpkin- no canned pumpkin found here!)  SO basically... with a lot of effort, substitutions, and experiments, we had an American style Thanksgiving dinner and it was delicious! 

The next morning, we woke up and decorated the dining hall for Christmas with a big tree, wreaths, and garland.  Later that day, Logan and I started decorating our little place.  It looks SO cute! I will share pictures with you once I finish :) What is it about Christmas and me not wanting any spare counter space or corner un-decorated? I think I have a problem ha!

4 comments:

  1. that Christmas tree is gorgeous!

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  2. And we missed you as well! Not long til I see you! Can't wait! XOXO, Mom

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  3. It is the most depressing holiday for expats and this year was the first year in eight years (8 years!) that it felt like Thanksgiving at all. Here are my tips... 1) if you can't find a turkey at the supermarket, order one from the butcher, but you need to order a few weeks in advance 2) surround yourself with as many Americans as possible 3) pre-record the Aggie/ Longhorn game (but first you need ESPN on cable box) 4) bribe relatives back home to start sending you Thanksgiving supplies months in advance.
    Sending you big holiday wishes and kisses Texas girl!

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  4. Hi. This is Aidan from Sara's Thanksgiving. I found my baby turkeys at a grocery store called Auchan. We bought two cause they were kinda small. I stuck the second one in the oven while we were eating the first one so we could have leftovers.
    I look forward to reading your blog.
    Aidan

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