Things to be thankful for now that we’re doing Thanksgiving back in the U.S:
Jiffy corn bread mix. In looking up my recipes from last year’s Thanksgiving, I did a double take when I found a recipe specifically to make cornbread, which would then be used to make stuffing. Haha. Man, who did I think I was?
Pumpkin pie in a can. See corn bread mix. Plus, the pie with mix came out a thousand times better than the pies I’ve had to make by roasting pumpkins, purity and freshness be damned.
Pre-made pie crust. See above. Though I did love my Spekulatius-centered work-around for a graham crackery-type crust.
Cars. This year I can get my 5 lbs each of apples, sweet potatoes, and regular potatoes home in one trip, thank you very much.
Turkeys. One full-size turkey coming right up, at any local grocery store you can imagine. And hopefully I will not need to defrost it in a laundry basket filled with water (double “Thanksgiving in Germany/first Thanksgiving cooking a turkey by myself” whammy).
However, there is a lot that I will miss this year – namely, sharing Thanksgiving with a group of people who have never had it before. Over the two years that we held Thanksgiving in Bielefeld, we got to introduce our totally delicious (and sappy-but-not-too-sappy) holiday to friends from all different countries, all of whom (I think) loved it. Not only will I miss hanging out with them, but I’ll miss the chance to spread some good U.S.-related fun around. A good rule for Americans and for life – always bring food. Sweet potato pie, if possible.