Thanksgiving in Germany

We are lucky to work with a fun couple, Kate and Brian, who invited a few people from the office over for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner.  During the holidays we miss our families the most.  We wanted to have a traditional American Thanksgiving because we have a lot to be thankful for, including friends who were also missing their families.  It was nice to spend the day with people who know exactly how we feel and share traditions from their families as well.

Brian is an amazing chef.  He spent two days making everything from scratch and with fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market.  We couldn’t believe the amount of food!  Brian made at least two types of bread, carrots in two different sauces, a green bean casserole, two types of fresh cranberry sauce, delicious mashed potatoes and two types of stuffing.  Just thinking about the rosemary stuffing is making me hungry.  Of course, he also made an amazing turkey.  It was actually two turkey breasts due to the size of our tiny German ovens.  Everyone brought a yummy dish too.  Clint and Chase brought chicken pot pie and cheese cake.  John brought wine and Jeff and his friend brought a beautiful cake from a German bakery.  We brought maple butternut squash and Ryan made delicious autumn cocktails garnished with dried apple slices. He also made an amazing digestif with coffee, Baily’s, Kahlua, peppermint and homemade vanilla whipped cream to go with the mouthwatering, homemade apple, pecan and pumpkin pies that Brain made.

Following dinner and long period of digestion, we played girls vs. guys in a game of Cranium because Clint said he couldn’t have Thanksgiving without board games.  It was a great way to spend the evening and get to know a few of our co-workers better. Although, we’re pretty sure that the guys cheated so the girls are ready for a re-match any time.

If we couldn’t spend the holiday with family, I’m glad we got to spend it with great friends and made some new ones.

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