Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We celebrated Thanksgiving last night with the youth from church. I had no idea how many people would come, because most had been out of town for the week. We ended up with 13 guests, though. We did a very simple version of a traditional American Thanksgiving meal: Jaan made cranberry sauce, Raia made pumpkin pie, and I did turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Preparations, with Vera and Alina

We didn't start buying supplies in advance, because we really weren't planning ahead. However, the closest grocery store has had turkey breasts constantly for about a year now. (Before that, turkey was really hard to find.) When Will went out the day before our celebration, there wasn't any turkey. Uh-oh. Saturday morning, he found a whole turkey at the market, though. He didn't think it would fit into our oven. We've always had small ovens, compared to American size. This one is the smallest yet. My American baking pan won't even fit into this one, and it did in all our other apartments. Anyway, I was able to jam the turkey down into a pan, once I had greased it well. You know how the tops of muffins hang over? This was like a turkey muffin in that sense. But it fit! And it tasted wonderful.

Around the table

The children's "table"

We have so much to be thankful for!


Mom said...

The beauty of your helpers and their contributions, your resourcefulness, the fellowship and friendship around your table...this is Thanksgiving indeed.

Baba Julie said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful day! So glad the turkey fit into the oven! The food sounds yummy, your helpers great and what a lovely picture of all of you around the table! Wish we could've been there! Please greet everyone for us!! And, a Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Hugs and kisses!