It’s been a really tough time for me these last few weeks. This is the very first Thanksgiving I had to spend away from my family. And as much as I absolutely love living in the UK, spending Thanksgiving at work when my family was getting together to have extremely yummy food and spend the day with each other was not fun.
However, I couldn’t let myself miss out on the food. I did a bit of research to make sure I could get all the ingredients to make the classic Thanksgiving dishes here in the UK. Then I set up a weekend for my closest friends to come over to enjoy their first Thanksgiving.
Of course I had to make sure the flat was all decorated for Christmas, just like my mom does it. We went out to get the Christmas tree a bit earlier this year. And we even went to HomeSense to get a few new Christmas decorations.
I love seeing our flat in pictures once it’s all be tidied up. It really makes me appreciate it. I spend way too much time on Instagram and Pinterest thinking of new things to buy to get it to look like other photos and not enough time appreciating what we’ve put together.
Anyway, I spent days prepping for this. I prepped a lot of food the day beforehand so all I had to do was put it in the oven. And even so, we still were rushing around getting everything ready in time.
I had put together a veggie tray with red pepper hummus and pigs in blankets. Then I made pumpkin bread, cranberry butter, and gingerbread cookies. We prepared some camembert and bread to dip it in as well for the hors d’oeuvres.
Everyone gathered around the food, as I had hoped for. This is exactly what Thanksgiving is about. Gathering around the table of food, nibbling and prepping your stomach for the main meal. My friends even showed up in sweatpants, just like Joey from Friends. I loved it.
Alright so for the main meal, I obviously prepared a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls with butter, turkey gravy, and brussel sprouts wrapped in bacon.
Fun bit of knowledge: First time cooking a turkey, and I ended up cooking it upside down….hahahahaha
Thankfully, it didn’t ruin it at all. It seems that all the food turned out rather well. I will say that the stuffing was not nearly as good as my moms, but it was okay. And the green bean casserole was also definitely a different recipe.
However, I am still incredibly proud of myself for pulling this off without any catastrophes. It was my first time cooking a Thanksgiving meal all on my own so I am proud of that fact alone. I didn’t have any mental breakdowns.
As our “kitchen table” is actually an island with a breakfast bar attached to it, we had to get some throw pillows and sit on the floor and eat off our coffee table which worked out just fine. It was a bit Japanese style but really added to the ambiance of our special Thanksgiving.
Honestly, it was an amazing day. Surrounded by some of my absolute favourite people, eating great food. I couldn’t have asked for a better Thanksgiving substitute. As we have figured out we may not be able to make Thanksgiving the next few years because of conflicting travel dates to the States, I’m hoping this can become a yearly thing. That is, if they’ll show up again. I guess we’ll have to see….
However, next year someone else is doing the washing up because oh my god. What a crazy mess. It took me ages to clean all this up. All of my gel nail polish had come off.
And on the last note, every Thanksgiving we say what we’re thankful for before we eat. This year, I am truly thankful for the beautiful souls in my life. From all of my family whom I miss so much back home, to the people in the picture above, I am so incredibly lucky to have people I can’t wait to see and who can’t wait to see me. I’ve waited a very long time to feel like I had people I belonged to. I think I’ve finally found them.
And I don’t know what they’d do without me…
Happy First Annual Future Moyes’ Thanksgiving! (pahaha what a mouthful)