Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Today, my friend Melissa and I prepared a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 25 of our Japanese students friends.  Neither one of us has ever cooked an entire meal for such a large crowd but we pulled it off beautifully.  Aside from the issue I had making the gravy {sorry ladies, that's why lunch was delayed today!} everything turned out perfectly.  Our menu included

Stuffing {my family recipe}
Angel Biscuits {Melissa's family recipe}
Green Bean Casserole
{my family uses the French's recipe, hers uses the Campbell's so we made a small dish of each}
Broccoli Casserole
{again, different family recipe's so we made 2 dishes, mine is similar to this one}
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Pumpkin Pie & Pecan Pie

Each of the ladies also had a small bag of my homemade chex mix to take home with them.

I'm still in shock that we fit all 27 of us into my house, but after a little living room furniture tetris, we made it work

After we ate, we played Pictionary for a while.  Melissa and I drew while the ladies guessed.  Here are the words we went through.  They did AWESOME considering Melissa and I are NOT artists!

Melissa and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves today and I hope think the ladies did too!  Miraculously, my house was clean and back in order by 430 which made me really happy, I expected it to take me days to clean up!

I am so grateful to know these women and be able to share our American traditions with them!

{I cannot believe they got Buster to sit for a photo!  He never does that for Jason and me}

Speaking of Buster, he was so well behaved today...well almost.  He was great while the ladies were here.  After they left and we cleaned up a bit we had to return the tables and chairs we borrowed so we loaded up Melissa's van and headed out.  When we returned, I found the dog INSIDE the trash bag eating the food scraps...apparently I had forgotten to take the giant trash bag we used outside before we left!  I couldn't be too mad at him, it was funny and totally my fault!


Fash Boulevard said...

oh my goodness, so fun. love to take home chex mix. super cute. thanks for sharing, love. I've got a new post all about pushing your style to the edge. Love to hear what you think. xo

Lindsey said...

I love that Buster got in the garbage! I'm sure there was something delicious stuff in there. You can't really blame the guy!

We will have Cooper and Mr. LeRoy Brown at our house for Thanksgiving. We're all hoping for the best but expecting the worst!