Friendsgiving 2014

Last year, Luis and I celebrated Thanksgiving just the two of us. It was cozy and quiet, but  something was missing. We both agreed that this year, we would hold Friendsgiving at our house, a gathering for those of us college students who had the bright idea of going to college too many states away from home. This year, Jack Johnson played in the background of friends gathered around a wooden pallet of food and way too many hilarious games of Catch Phrase. 

Thankful and grateful..

That somehow, in a world of millions of human beings, I found the man with the biggest heart. That I have friends, and family that support me through every good and bad decision. For the roof shielding me from winter's winds and a kitchen to create in. And that I get be the mom to my meatball of a cat and the cutest little rosemary Christmas tree to ever exist. 

We held an enormous feast of turkey (for meat eaters), lentil loaf (for the non-meat eaters) broccoli, mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, red wine, and apple cider. It was amazing, and the leftovers taste even better. 

The recipe for the rolls came directly from Minimalist Baker's Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls. The sweet aroma of freshly baked bread combined with an orchestra of sweet and savory comfort foods circulated the house all day long. The smell alone was enough to fill me before I even sat down for dinner.

For the pie recipe, check out Chocolate Covered Katie's Healthy Pumpkin Pie.

Christmas, here we come. 

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