Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A thoroughly delicious Thanksgiving.

Time is flying by so quickly! It's been nearly a week since Thanksgiving, and although it is only the 1st of December today, I have seen so many Christmas decorations and heard a few festive songs around San Francisco in this past week already.

So back to Thanksgiving....I was very excited to be in the USA during this holiday, as although I have spent a lot of time in California over the past few years, it has been quite some time since I have actually been here for turkey day. Who doesn't love the opportunity to (over)indulge in a pre-Christmas, Christmas dinner, with the added additions of pumpkin everything and sweet potato something, pray tell?

The day was spent with a big group of friends (I think there were around sixteen of us!), with everyone bringing a dish and/or drinks, and the staple dishes (including a ginormous turkey!) being cooked by our host. The food was plentiful and delicious, in fact there were so many dishes to choose from it was like a mini buffet. There were a few weird and wonderful things that I hadn't tried before, such as tofurkey (I still haven't tried it!), crab mac-n-cheese (I'm still not sure how I feel about the seafood/cheese combination, unless it's a tuna melt), brussel sprout salad (yum!) and sweet potato & date pie (this was strangely yummy)! The tried and tested turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie for afters were my top three taste sensations of the night overall.

After dinner we sat down to play some games, including Pictionary, Balderdash and Apples to Apples. There was some slight confusion with the first two games which quickly led us to play the much more self explanatory Apples to Apples, which I had played for the first time the day before at unemployed brunch. This game is easy, laugh-provoking and good to play with big groups of people. The premise of the game is that everyone takes it in turns to pick a green (apple) card and reads out the word written on it, the rest of the players then look to the seven red (apple) cards in their hands and choose one that corresponds to the chosen word. The red cards have various people, places, objects, stuff and things on them, so the winning card that the caller chooses is always very subjective to them (so when handing over the red cards, you try to play to what you think the caller would pick). All in all, this game brings on the giggles!

Another thing to induce laughter: whipped cream fight. Oh yes. Thankfully this only involved two members of our party, so no sugary mess in this blonde's hair!

Yes, Thanksgiving 2010 was definitely a time to be thankful for wonderful friends....and their wonderful cooking abilities....

...and wonderful kissing abilities.

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