Monday, November 26

Thanksgiving Celebration

Although it was quite a different celebration, we did enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal this past Saturday. It took a lot of planning & a lot of shopping, but we pulled of a feast almost identical to what I'm used to eating with my family each Thanksgiving. We pigged out on the following tasty dishes:

* Turkey, of course! Sam always makes our yummy turkey every year. Each time, he tries a different recipe from and so far, they have all turned out wonderful. This year was no exception.
* Stove Top Stuffing. So excited we found it in the store.
* My Dad's delicious sweet potato casserole. However, we could not find solid white marshmallows to melt on top, so we had to use pastel, multi-colored marshmallows. Tasted the same, just looked strange.
* My Grandmother's wonderful Veg-All Casserole. Again, I was very excited to find an authentic can of Veg-All!
* Creamed Corn Casserole. It took a lot of searching, but I finally found ONE box of cornbread mix! Just one!
* Green Bean Casserole. However, we could not find French's Fried Onions anywhere, so we improvised using Stove Top Stuffing instead.
* Fresh Asparagus
* Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad
* Peanut Butter Pie
* Peach Cobbler with Cool Whip
* Chocolate Chip Cake

It was all so good! We invited our friends to join us for dinner and played Scene It afterwards. Good times.

We missed being with our families, but are so very thankful to spend Thanksgiving in the Philippines making new memories and new traditions.

On Friday night, we tried a newly opened restaurant called Texas Roadhouse. I've heard they are all over Texas, but I have never been to one. So, we were excited to try some authentic Texas food. WRONG! It just wasn't authentic. Sam was upset because they didn't even have a Chicken Fried Steak on the menu. And, I am always searching for some good brisket. We are going to have to keep looking.

After dinner, we stopped in at a local video game arcade and chilled out in a videoke room for a while. Believe it or not, Sam is building a reputation as being a microphone hog! Now, if you know my husband, you know this is a completely different side of him. My shy, quiet, recluse husband loves to sing karaoke!! Who would have thought?!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration also! Now, on to Christmas...


Stephanie said...

That's too bad about Texas Roadhouse. Chris and I went there a few weeks ago, and I had chicken fried steak. It was ok, but not great. The bread is awesome though!

carolyn said...

I'm still smiling at your elf card!

Christy said...

I am so glad to hear that your sweet little family had a great Thanksgiving dinner. It sounded wonderful! Do I need to send you anything from over here to cook with for Christmas?? I will!

Feeny Family said...

Hi Mrs. Espinosa! Glad that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving over in Manila.:-) We enjoyed ours too. It was different, but we had some nice family times. Hope to see you all again soon!

Rachel said...

I'm with Stephanie - the bread at Texas Roadhouse is great! Sorry that you're experience wasn't quite "authentic Texan." But, I'm glad your Thanksgiving went well - it sounds like you had a yummy meal!

Lindsay said...

Amberly what an awesome experience. You are such an inspiration. We miss you so much!

Dara said...

Sounds like you guys pulled off a great Thanksgiving meal! I am so glad! We are going to have to get videoke set up here when you return and have some fun times! Can't wait to hear Sammy sing!

Amberly said...

I heard about those rolls & we too were very disappointed they were not offered here! What a waste!

Christy, I will let you know if I need anything, but as of now, I'm good. Thank you, though! You're so good to me! :)

HA! I hate to say it, but it may take a few beers to get Sam to sing back in Texas. That seems to be the trick! Either that or Josh's yummy 'ritas!