I did write a post on Thanksgiving, but I wasn’t really in the Thanksgiving spirit. I was on the train coming back from a job interview and I was tired and feeling homesick (as I always do on Thanksgiving). Because of my interview, we decided to postpone our Thanksgiving meal until tonight, and I am definitely much more in the spirit of Thanksgiving after a wonderful day of cooking (with Ben for most of the time) and now that I am sitting on the couch with a full tummy, dessert in front of me, and NFL football on TV!
It hasn’t been the easiest year for me in many ways, but what I love the most about Thanksgiving is that it is a time to think about what is really important in life, and I couldn’t feel any luckier today. I have SO many wonderful people in my life – Ben, my family, Ben’s family, my friends from home, my friends here, family friends from home, the people I have met through volunteering recently, and the list could go on and on. I have a warm, comfortable home to live in, I have time and support to pursue the career I am passionate about, I miss my family and friends in the US like crazy but they all make a huge effort to stay in touch, and I will get to see lots of them very soon.
I have so many wonderful memories from Thanksgivings when I was growing up – our house was always filled with family, friends, and amazing food. Although I really miss celebrating with my own family, we had a lovely evening tonight – it was Ben, his parents, and me, and we made a (sort of) traditional Thanksgiving meal including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, a wild rice lentil loaf, and green beans. I will post recipes soon, but here is a sneak preview of the food:
Dessert was not traditional at all – I didn’t fancy making a pie because I’m not a huge pie fan – and I can’t find canned pumpkin in the UK so I didn’t want to make any pumpkin flavored desserts because it would have meant using fresh pumpkin, and I wasn’t prepared to do quite that much work this weekend. However, I made a batch of some of my favorite chocolate muffins yesterday…and they are the perfect ending to our meal. They are light and fluffy and slightly sweet after a heavy meal.
And I am sitting here watching American football on TV – another American Thanksgiving tradition. 🙂
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend in the US, and a wonderful weekend wherever you are.
Thank you to all of you for reading this, and thank you so much to all of my family and friends who may read this for everything you do and/or have done for me. I know I don’t manage to see, or even talk to, all of you very often, but I am very thankful to have you in my life.