I’m not quite sure.
|Thanksgiving in NY, 2009.|
I didn’t even really have a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving in NY last year. I think I spent two days at home and then I had to travel to Ethiopia for work. I know, poor me. This year, I decided to stay in San Francisco for Thanksgiving. It wasn’t that I couldn’t afford to fly home. After giving it some thought, I felt there are better ways to spend my money than on a rushed four-day trip home during one of the busiest travel weekends where I‘m sure I would have ended up delayed at some point cursing out civilization. So I will be spending Thanksgiving with friends. This will be weird for sure. I know I will have fun but it will just not be the same.
I will miss seeing my cousins.
|I wonder how his chokehold is doing.|
I will miss dressing the dog and watching her get bored with me.
|I swear Kara is a human inside a corgi’s body.|
Chris and I already went to a “Friendsgiving” dinner where our pals made Turducken (a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey). It was awesome – everyone bought dishes and we all pigged out. It was like a stretch right before a marathon where we all got to preview what’s to come this Thursday of monster pigging out. There was one mishap. We all learned never to put pyrex on a burner – it will explode and it will be scary and someone will get cut on their foot from the shards of glass that fly everywhere. If only the one-armed man could have taught us that lesson before.
Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt and we all happily feasted.
|Lining up for the buffet.|
The best part (for me at least) was the desserts. I made sure to save room. I guess that is the one thing I am looking forward to this Thanksgiving with friends. They all love desserts. My family could care less – they are more savory people. So when I bake something or my cousin bakes something, it usually gets passed up sitting next to the fried rice and eggs rolls that get devoured. Plus I am competing with my Mom and she makes really good Vietnamese desserts.
I made a trifle dessert for the Turducken party. It was pretty easy. It’s a red velvet cheesecake trifle that was inspired from Recipe Girl. I made the red velvet chocolate cake based on Martha Stewart’s recipe and for the cheesecake layer, I whipped up cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and condensed milk. I also added in layers of homemade whipped cream and added fudge and chocolate chips. It was delightful.
|I sprinkled the top layer with red velvet crumbs and swirled fudge and added chocolate chips.|
But it didn’t feel like Thanksgiving. It felt like a dinner party. I know come Thursday, it will also feel like a dinner party because I’ll be without my family. But again, I also know it will be lots of fun. And on the bright side, my best friend is flying up from San Clemente so I know it will be an exciting weekend. I will be extra thankful this holiday to know that I can still be with people I love in California.