Happy (Early) Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of the things I miss most when I am living outside the U.S.  I miss the food and the time with family and friends and a day to just hang out.  I miss the one day of the year that forces me to be aware of all the things that I am thankful for.

On Saturday evening, the International Church of Vilnius hosted a Thanksgiving day dinner.  Assorted Americans, Lithuanians and folks from other countries who wanted to experience this American holiday came together in the dining hall of the Lutheran Church.  We had most of the traditional foods — turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin and pecan pies.  Unfortunately we were missing two of my favorites — sweet potato casserole (apparently there wasn’t a sweet potato to be found in Vilnius over the last two weeks) and cranberry relish (not sure why this was missing).  We had several additions from our international friends.  Most importantly, the food was delicious and the conversation was enjoyable.

I volunteered to take a dessert and made fudge — which reminds me more of Christmas, but I think of it as a particularly American dessert.  I had to make a few adjustments to the recipe based on the type of chocolate I could get here, but it turned out well.  It was quite tasty, if I do say so myself!

I came home with that pleasantly stuffed feeling of a good meal spent with friends.  And that is what Thanksgiving is all about.

Pumpkin and pecan pies complete with whipped cream - yummy!

 

The Thanksgiving Dinner Crowd

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Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish Researching Soviet and Eastern European history Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer Traveling as much as possible View all posts by amanda

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