Friendsgiving

For a while now, I’ve wanted to have a big Thanksgiving celebration with friends. We’re always too busy with family obligations to see a lot of each other during the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving.

My friends andIi are trying to start a new thing where we’ll get together once a month, with one of us hosting the whole group. We do different little party themes. It’s a fun way to be sure to see everyone, and it is a lot cheaper than a night out.

This month, it was my turn to host everyone. My friend mentioned that it would be a couple weeks to Thanksgiving, and we should make this gathering the Friendsgiving we’ve always wanted. I happily obliged.

I set the table with a natural autumn theme.

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I used burlap, gourds, and pine cones.

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I broke out the china and gave everyone a special place card to show them where to sit.

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That paper dot you see on the plate is part of a special Thanksgiving project I’ll share with you in my next post.

Everyone came, we ate, we drank, and we were merry.

Dinner was simple, since it was on a week day evening. I made some fettuccine alfredo and served it with a side Cesar salad. Not quite a whole big Thanksgiving feast, but, I’ll work up to that.

I did make delicious cookies and I thought I’d let you in on the simple recipe and the secret ingredient (it’s pudding).

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies:

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 pkg. instant pumpkin spice Jello pudding (the small, 4 serving size)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour and pudding mix (don’t make the pudding) into a bowl.

Beat the butter, brown sugar, and baking soda with a mixer until combined. Add in the egg and egg white and keep mixing.

Add the flour/pudding mixture a little at a time and keep mixing. Once the mixture is well combined, add in the chocolate chips and stir by hand with a spoon.

Spoon teaspoon sized balls of the dough onto a cookie sheet. I use this little gadget, which is an immense help.

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Bake for about 11 minutes, until the edges are just a little brown.

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They taste like a little burst of chocolate and pumpkin. Yum.

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