So our Annual Friendsgiving was a blast! Great friends (old & new) came out to play and we served a feast for everyone. We like to provide all the food and just ask guests to bring beverages to share. And share they did! We had loads of wine, beer, spirits, juice, cider, coffee donated to the party-it was lovely. We served the following menu (all of which is 100% vegan):
-sundried tomato dip with homemade bread
-herby tofu dip with homemade bread
-grilled cheeses (made with 3 different kinds of Daiya and homemade bread) & tomato basil soup shooters
-Caesar salad with homemade dressing & croutons from scratch
-warm spinach salad with a maple balsamic dressing
Mains & Sides:
-vegan short ribs in & red wine sauce
-vegan pork chops with spinach, sundried tomato, & soy goat cheese schmear with gravy
-mashed potatoes and gravy
-Cuban style sweet potatoes
-sweet potato, banana, & pecan casserole
-garlicky green beans
-brussell sprouts with granny smith apples & red onions
-homemade pumpkin pie with homemade crust & coconut whipped cream
-apple crisp with vanilla soy ice cream
-peach & blueberry crumble with vanilla soy ice cream
-almond thumbprint cookies with homemade raspberry jam
Needless to say EVERYONE was STUFFED. And it was all animal friendly & I adopted a turkey named Gable this year from Farm Sanctuary that everyone loved. We posted her story on the dessert table so everyone knew who they were supporting by eating a vegan Friendsgiving. We also have a tradition where you have to name at least one thing you are thankful for before you can eat and let me tell you they were wonderful things to be thankful for. I teared up a few times. I am grateful for such a wonderful holiday with friends! It was a blast and we cannot wait to do it again next year! :D
Here has been my week of gratitude posts:
Today I am thankful for officially being on
Joe's insurance and submitting it to the doctor so the surgery can be
submitted to the insurance company for approval. One step closer. Day 20
in my Month of Gratitude. [SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!]
Today I m thankful for silliness. It saves my
life everyday to be silly and have silly people in my life. Anytime
things have been hard (hello all year) the thing that makes me feel
betters SILLY. Day 21 in my Month of Gratitude.
Today I am thankful for family & friends
near & far, of this earth & those who have passed. I am thankful
for the health of those people still here. I am thankful for the feast
Joey has been preparing like mad, I am thankful for the turkey I adopted
named Gable who was saved and now lives on a Farm Sanctuary. I am
thankful for my pups who woke me with snuggles and kisses. I am thankful
to be having surgery soon. I am thankful for a nephew due any day now. I
am thankful for so many reasons today. Happy Thanksgiving to you all
and know I carry my gratitude of you with me throughout the year! Day 22
in my Month of Gratitude.
Today I am thankful for days in bed, setting
up our tree, watching White Christmas, snuggling my pups tight, and a
husband who loves me. Pretty great day! Day 23 in my Month of Gratitude.
Today I am grateful for someone who indulges
my love of all things Christmas. I bought 6 new holiday movies & he
is supporting me about more from Amazon & Disney.com, buying a tree
skirt, 3 stockings, more ornaments, bought snowflake placemats & and
getting a wreath. Thankful he is patient with me about this
obsession... Day 24 in my Month of Gratitude.
It's been a pretty great week off of a previously pretty great week (thanks to an amazing shoot with the one and only Michael Madsen and some amazing friends & crew mates). Cannot complain my dear chickens. Hope all is well with you in your worlds. Joe and I are now gearing up for our big birthday week (12/1 I am 28 & 12/5 Joey is 30!)-Disneyland and a big USO themed party. It should be a hoot of a time. I am excited for what this next year is bringing: surgery, healed back, a vow renewal, adventures, and who knows what else! Grateful gal here, really and truly.
Xs and Os dear chickens!