International Thanksgiving- Take 2!

Hi everyone!

I’m flying to the US in about 34 hours, so while I prepare myself for some reverse culture shock and people who can’t understand my Denglish, I thought I’d also throw in a post about my Thanksgiving 🙂

A lot has changed in the past year or so since my last international Thanksgiving. The most obvious being that I moved and was able to prep everything in my own kitchen- a huge improvement from my toaster oven days!

Last year, 5 other people joined me, but this year, there were 17 of us total (a bunch from ICEUS and some AFSers)! And no, my apartment isn’t really that big… Some day I hope to be able to actually sit that many people at a table, but since we’re still students, we just sat in a circle, we’re classy like that 😉

This year I was a bit better about taking pictures (and making others take them- thanks Lili and Sandy!), so here’s a glimpse into our evening (oh and apparently AFSers are good at hiding from the camera):

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Leftovers

Hi Everyone,

I know Thanksgiving is long over, but I thought I’d share a recipe I found for leftovers anyway. I’m not actually a huge fan of Thanksgiving leftovers (except the Turkey), and I especially hate leftover mashed potatoes. I swear they have a different taste when reheated…However, I found a new favorite recipe for leftover mashed potatoes!

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An International Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. What could be better than a holiday centered around family, friends, and delicious food?

Since I couldn’t go home for the holiday, I decided to bring it to Germany 🙂
I invited six friends, and they all helped me throughout the entire process- with the shopping, baking, and cooking. One of them even let me use her oven to bake the turkeys (yes turkeys) and babysat them while I prepared everything else at my apartment. There are some things my little toaster isn’t capable of…
My Taiwanese friend came over Wednesday to help me prep the desserts. I decided on homemade apple pie pockets and a pumpkin pecan brownie “pie” because I don’t really like real pie and neither does my other american friend who was going to be there.

Birthdays galore

Earlier in the year, we figured out that two of my friends had back to back birthdays, so it was obviously the perfect occasion to throw a big party 🙂 A bunch of people in my program are commuters and don’t go out with us on the weekends, but who can say no to two birthdays? It was fun to have everyone there for a change.

It was also the perfect occasion to try out some new recipes. I love baking, but I love sharing my baked goods even more. During class the other day, I was skimming through some blogs and found the perfect inspiration. One of my friends absolutely loves bounty bars (similar to mounds), and I just so happened to stumble upon a recipe for Bounty Cupcakes.