Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Last Thanksgiving in Australia

This year was a bittersweet Thanksgiving. It was our last one in Australia, and this has been our favorite tradition the last three years- sharing a quintessentially American holiday with our Aussie friends. It's been a huge hit, and we're a little bummed that we won't be doing this again. On the other hand though, it's Immy's first Thanksgiving and that is super exciting. She even put on a fancy dress and everything for the occasion.

Mmmmmmm, look at that bird. It doesn't get much better than that. As always, we cooked ours on the grill. Poultry on barbeques is a specialty of ours.

The masses started circling . . .

The feast! This year we had turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, green bean casserole, Helena's Potato Salad (a recipe which Greg is totally stealing), cranberry sauce, and gravy.

A nice of perk of it being summer is that you can eat outdoors which is pretty great. Look at those happy post-turkey faces.

One of the things we have made for a long time now is the pumpkin roll. It's Laurel's preferred alternative to pumpkin pie. However, the ovens here aren't long enough to fit the long pan necessary to produce a thin enough cake to roll without breaking. Instead, we have created a kind of pumpkin cake oreo. It's two layers of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting in between, and powdered sugar sprinkled on top. It's not going to win any awards for presentation, but man it is delicious.

This year everyone was particularly excited by the idea of dessert, because our turkey feast was followed by a second sweet-feast. Not that anyone was complaining. Just extra full of sugary goodness.

Immy has learned the first lesson of Thanksgiving. There is no escaping the Turkey Coma, even when it's diluted in breastmilk. Fortunately mom's shoulder makes an excellent napping spot!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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