Life: Thanksgiving 2011, the best thanksgiving so far!!!


Thanksgiving 2011 was FABULOUS! We celebrate it with 20+ friends, some new friends, some old friends, some friends that I know I will have for life! πŸ™‚ It was soooooo much fun! I TRULY LOVE HOSTING FRIENDS AND FEEDING THEM ALL! πŸ˜†

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I did some cooking the day before and some more preparation in the morning, relaxed, not stressed out at all, I even took a nap from 3-5 when guests were supposed to come at 6PM! πŸ˜‰

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we had plenty of drinks, mostly alcoholic though πŸ˜‰

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when guests started to arrive, I put the appetizers out

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in less than an hour, most of them arrived and they surrounded the food table for a long while

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I was running back and forth before dining room and kitchen, stopping between crowds of friends…. how lovely~~~~~

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appetizers

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the star of the night was Argentinean empanadas, a classic party food

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I baked some pork loin with bacon and rosemary

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made a dip with feta, greek yogurt and sun dried tomato

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corn bread

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figazita de manteca

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guacamole, ham and cheese

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rugula, baby spinach, tomatoes and feta with balsamic dressing

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a friend from Armenia brought a traditional salad made with beans and beets

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I also made sweet potato casserole with marshmallow

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couscous salad with broccoli, raisin and chickpea

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empanadas were “sold” out quickly… I made several batches to feed the crowd

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forgot to take pic to the pork loin, the side dish for it was rosemary glazed carrots

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we had 3 pies. I made this one which went out very quickly, pecan chocolate pie

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someone brought a cranberry pie

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and a friend brought a banana pie which was delicious as well

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me and Qiao

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friends from work

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friends from work

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Star’s friends

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some of my favorite people in the US! I love them so much and I feel they’re becoming family!!! πŸ™‚

Yesterday was also Star’s 35th birthday… we celebrate it with cake and champagne while playing ping-pong until 3:30AM with our closest friends!!! 😯 YEAH~~~ It was a long night, but such a good one!!!

As tradition to this holiday… I need to say I’m thankful for having all these amazing friendsΒ in my life, without them my life would be as colorful and joyful as it is. I’m also thankful for having my parents healthy and here with me, they are so important to me. Lastly I’m thankful for having Star in my life, he’s the angel sent by God to take care of me, to protect me and to do everything in his power to make me happy. πŸ™‚

Q: Which part of the Thanksgiving did you enjoy the most?

Q: Did you do any Black Friday shopping?

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8 responses to “Life: Thanksgiving 2011, the best thanksgiving so far!!!

  1. I’m inviting myself for next ear’s Thanksgiving party at your house πŸ™‚ Everything looks phenomenal!! I’m so impressed.
    Happy to hear you enjoyed your first Thanksgiving in your new home!

  2. Everything looks delicious! Glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    We didn’t do any Black Friday shopping but I ordered the kid’s Christmas gift online, and I picked up a few presents at Old Navy on Thursday, so I feel good about my Christmas shopping… πŸ™‚

  3. Coco you’re seriously SUCH A SUPER FRIEND, SUPER COOK, AND A GREAT ENTERTAINER!!! I get inspired by your little adventurous every time~and can’t wait to get married and have our own place, and hopefully do the same πŸ˜€

  4. What a wonderful spread of food, Coco! Sounds like a fabulous Thanksgiving. And happy b-day to Star!!!

  5. Happy Birthday to Star!!

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Coco! That spread of food is gorgeous!

  6. OMG!!!! I can totally believe you that this is the best Thanksgiving ever. I’m drooling over those fried empandas!
    I didn’t go Black Friday shopping but I did go online to get new boots at American Eagle! πŸ™‚

  7. em

    looks like a fabulous feast. there is nothing better than good food + good friends in my opinion. glad you got to use your new space! i would have loved to try some of the dishes you prepared.

    i didn’t shop on black friday…unfortunately i had a nasty virus over most of thanksgiving. but still so thankful to be with the ones i love!

  8. anything wrapped in bacon is soo delicious

    im glad your thanksgiving was awesome!

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