This past Saturday I hosted my fourth annual Thanksgiving extravaganza (for all of last year’s festivities, click here…. the first two years were pre-blog, sorry)! This year was particularly special for a few different reasons – first and foremost, both my sister and my best friend for all eternity were both in London for all the fun (and cooking… sorry, ladies). Secondly, my Thanksgiving was also my housewarming party for my new place in Wimbledon. Finally, this Thanksgiving was particularly important to me because it has been a hard year – lots has happened since last Thanksgiving but there is so much that I am thankful for…. and Thanksgiving is such a good reminder of that.
As usual, I charted out my menu about ten days in advance, had the turkey ordered with my most favourite caterer (Fait Maison – thank you!), mapped out the grocery list and arranged for the groceries to be delivered two days before. This year’s menu contained the following delicacies:
- Goat Cheese Spread
- Chilled Pineapple-Cranberry Relish
- Spinach and Gruyere Gratin
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Coconut Crumble
- Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots
- Jalapeno Spoonbread
- Buttermilk Boursin Mashed Potatoes
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Maple Hickory Nuts
- Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- Stove Top Stuffing (courtesy of my little sis)
- Pumpkin Pecan Pie with Bourbon Butter Sauce (Gram’s secret recipe)
- Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle
- Oreo Cream Pie
This was my finest menu to date… have to say, I am pretty proud of my little team of worker bees – a very special Thanksgiving thank you to my sister and my shoosher for helping me clean, cook, chop, shred, bake and clean again – wouldn’t have been able to do it without you two.
Here’s some of the food pics to make you drool:
Not only did my helpers assist with the cooking and cleaning – my sis also constructed my new fire pit for the backyard!
While it was raaaaawther cold out that night, we still managed to keep the fire alive for the duration of the party.
As with any good Thanksgiving, the food was fab, the drinks were flowing all night and the company was divine. I couldn’t have been happier. As always – proof in the pics:
When the party started to die down, my gorgeous little worker bees buzzed around wrapping up food and cleaning while we skyped my brother… then we got some cuddling in
I woke up slightly hungover but happy as a clam on Sunday morning (at noon). Best Thanksgiving ever… made me oh-so-thankful for all of the amazing people in my life.