As thoughts of Thanksgiving crossed my mind in the last week or so, I have to admit that I was a bit melancholy about the day. We would both be spending it working, and not with our families or in our own home cooking up a storm. We had already planned to spend the holiday in South Carolina with Mike's dad, so that plan obviously had to change. Some new friends here are throwing a big Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday, but we are flying to Germany tomorrow, so will miss the gathering. It seems as though everyone on Facebook is very excited to be spending the day with loved ones and having an incredible feast. This contributed to the feeling of melancholy and made me a bit green, I must admit.
As the day progressed, it got better, though! I had a lovely lunch with a friend and her new daughter. Mike and I had a nice time cooking our modified Thanksgiving feast together, we had a few of our favorites for dinner, and less dishes than ever before (can't beat that!). Mike set a beautiful table with our china and silver, and it felt like home. It was only as we were cleaning up that I realized I forgot to make the Stove Top stuffing I had managed to get my hands on!! I'm blaming that on pregnancy brain!
Without further ado, here's what our first Helsinki Thanksgiving dinner looked like. As I said, it was a modified feast. We had herb marinated chicken (yep, chicken, I had been told finding turkey is very difficult. Someone told me last night that you can get it at Stockmann. I should have known.), my mom's famous sweet potatoes and baked apples (my favorite!), green bean casserole (I have never made it before, but how easy is that??!! We modified here because Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup is very, very hard to find), and crescent rolls (one of Mike's favorites). No pumpkin pie since we're gone this weekend and figure we'll find plenty of sweet treats in Germany.
Mike pouring our "champagne" to celebrate the holiday.
Our modified Thanksgiving feast (who needs Stove Top?!).
Please note the flowers in the background. I took a flower arranging class last night that was put on by the American Women's Club. I have never done anything like that before. And though the florist didn't love what I put together, I did, and that's what matters!
My first floral arrangement. Apparently, Martha has nothing to worry about!
And with that, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving from Helsinki! Enjoy your friends, family, food, the parade on TV, Cowboys football, and whatever else you do to make the day special! We enjoyed our day and evening here and are most thankful for the lives we have and those that are in it!