Last Thursday we celebrated our first Thanksgiving in Virginia Beach. We stayed home and cooked enough food to feed an entire Army!! Our friend Sunday (for those of u that don't know Sunday, she is an American married to an Aussie living in Canberra) gave us all of her recipes for a great Thanksgiving dinner, turkey, creamed corn, stuffing, gravy, green beans, mash potato, cranberry sauce and of course pumpkin pie!! It was yum!! We all had a great day and went to bed very full :) I did however change the pumpkin pie a little, I found a recipe for pumpkin, hazelnut, frangelico and mascapone cheese, it was fantastic!! Even Ted liked it and he isn't a sweets man!!
Saturday we spent the afternoon with all the other Aussie families here to have an Aussie Thanksgiving. The boys decided that it would be fun to do a "Turkey Fry"..........yes they put the entire turkey into a deep fryer!!! Did u know that 15 families in America every year burn their house down trying to fry a turkey on Thanksgiving!!!! Crazy!! It sounds bad, but tastes very yummy, and takes a 1/4 of the time to cook :) We had all the usual things to eat as well as a very yummy sweet potato dish, it is basically mashed sweet potato with nuts, corn flakes and marshmallows on top and baked in the oven, again sounds interesting but was great. How do they come up with these things?? I made another yummy pie, a twist on pecan pie, adding chocolate and kahlua, again Ted was a fan :)
Friday was a big day too, it's called Black Friday and all the shops have sales, kind of like Boxing day sales in Oz. Ted and I got most of our Christmas presents as well as his birthday and Charlotte's birthday presents on sale, Bargain!!! Today was back to work and household duties:(
Both the girls are doing well, Charlotte is very much looking forward to coming back to Australia in February and Victoria is getting more active every minute. We can't wait till in a few months Victoria and her little boyfriend Jayden will be able to play together, at the moment it's limited to smiles at each other and they held hands on Saturday, so cute :)