Moving to Holland is not easy, but it's worth the effort. This blog tells the story of shifting from American life in Pittsburgh to Expat life in the Netherlands,
and all of our European adventures that follow.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Another Thanksgiving Abroad

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my wonderful husband. I'm thankful that our families are happy and safe at home, and that we had the opportunity to speak and Skype with them. I'm thankful that we have great friends in Rotterdam with which to spend the holidays.

Once again, we had the pleasure of sharing turkey, beer, and football with our American Expat counterparts, and resident Texan's, Jake and Erin. As we did last year, we recorded all of the football games on Thursday, as they happened overnight for us. Then we celebrated Thanksgiving on Friday, eating, drinking and watching football all day. The best part was that both Texas A&M (their school) and WVU won their games!

Chad and I made our first apple pie since we've been in Holland. Well, Chad directed, and I helped... like Shake 'n Bake. Of course, it turned out both beautiful and delicious.

And the inside... just to make your mouth water

Another first was Jake's first attempt at roasting a turkey. He was very successful! Chad enjoyed just supervising this year... which involved a lot of head nodding and adding helpful comments like "yep, yep." It turned out juicy and delicious, with special thanks to the Cajun injection he added!

The proud and hungry men
We made the standard green bean casserole. I had to pick up the condensed cream of mushroom soup from the British shop downtown, and the fried onions are only sold in the Indian food section, but at least we found them!

And, the stuffing with cranberries

Jake made a delicious sweet potato casserole and homemade cranberry sauce, and we had crescent rolls to top it all off. We were quite impressed with ourselves... it was a great spread.

Who knows where we'll be living this time next year, but hopefully we'll be able to share Thanksgiving with our families once again.


A few more pics are on Flickr: