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Our family is scattered across the country. I wish we could be together at every holiday. But traveling with three kids at the most insane time of year while paying double for tickets usually keeps us here. And while I love spending lazy days in pajamas, hanging in the backyard or the movies, and generally having no agenda, sometimes it's melancholy to watch friends gather with their close-by families. So this year, I decided at the last minute to invite a few friends over for what turned out to be our first (I think now it will be annual) Friendgiving. 

I didn't take many pictures, but here are a few that managed to get snapped.

Such a fun night.

I've never been in love with cooking. But digging out the old recipes reminded me that there was a day when I used to put a little more effort into making meals. It's fun to find lost parts of yourself.

Want the recipe for the best apple pie ever? It's simple and will make you look fancy. 


I have no idea why cornflakes go on the bottom of the crust, but somehow it works. 

The trick is to make it beforehand and put into the oven as people begin eating dinner. That way it will be hot out of the oven right as everyone's ready for desert. Mmmmmmm...

Nothing says "great recipe" like drips of old food crusted all up on the paper. You're welcome.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Whether you're in the US or not, I hope you're enjoying a fabulous weekend surrounded by people you love. For the next few days I'll be posting snapshots of what I'm grateful for here

Reader Comments (7)

AWWWW love it.
so fun and YUM on the pie!
November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I love your 'Friendgiving'!

We missed family so much today too,
but the whole travel-at-the-peak-of-crazy
gives me pause.

Thank goodness for cyber-giving peeks
of happy.

Love you!
November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMa
What an absolutely fabulous idea!
Happy Friendgiving to you!
November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
looks like alot of fun! i am going to use your yummy recipe. thanks!
November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjackie
YOU throw great parties! I love this Friendgiving idea and the photos that came out of it. LOVE.
December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMocha
the pie look scrumptious and I love your huge spoon and fork hanging on your wall.
how I wish I can have friends over also this holiday, that must be fun.
December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnalyn
That pie looks amazing and sounds SO good right now!!
December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Brooke

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