Monday, November 28, 2011

The Feast of all Feasts

                 Thanksgiving, what can we say...  It is a day of family and eating turkey and stuffing until you feel like a stuffed turkey.  And I  am learning very quickly that Thanksgiving in Australia also involves the added heat and pouring sweat of cooking tons of pies and assorted dishes (that all must be baked in the oven...) in 90 degree weather...  Yes, this american girl is insane... and desperately holding onto a cherished family holiday and tradition at all costs, heat stroke, and stress.  And so with three air conditioners cranked full blast I began cooking on Wednesday for our feast that was to be on Saturday, as everyone in Australia is still working on Thursday...  including yours truly.  And so on Thursday I made two extra pies, one for Mick's coworkers and one for mine. 

The two pies I made for us to take to work, and the cute turkeys Lucy and Es made.

Mick being cute as usual while I made French Silk Pie... I think he likes it...

One of our fridges getting full.

Mick kissing the turkey last year

And kissing the turkey this year.
           So, my Thanksgiving was off to a good start as we got the turkey in the oven with plenty of time to roast before our afternoon feast.  I asked the girls if they would like to help and they all jumped at the chance to help clean the floors... I told them that they were all like Cinderella and I was the wicked step-mother... They liked that :)

Carsey helping to clean the floor before the guests arrive.
Lucy and Taylah helping too.

             Soon everyone had arrived and it was time to make pilgrim and indian hats and eat some yummy veggies and dip while we finished preparing the featst.  The indian hats were by far the most requested as everyone wanted to have a cool hat with feathers!
Taylah digging into the yummy veggies and dip.
Everyone making their hats

Esther told me that she was a turkey...

Esther crying over her dead turkey relative...

Mick showing off all of the food...

Everyone chillaxin... :)
Getting full about now...


Everyone digging into their favorite pie... or pies... :D



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Getting ready to play some Thanksgiving Bingo!

The girls getting their Bingo prizes from Jeff and Wendy.

Esther with Jeff and Wendy in their matching America shirts.


  1. YAY!! You are AMAZING!!! I have so much to say. I love that even the Missionaries wore Indian hats, and that Jeff wore that Uncle Sam hat and the American shirts too! I am seriously AMAZED that you got all that done in the heat!!! I am dying to know what the favorite dishes were. What were the missionaries most excited to eat, and what were the most popular pies. When you told me what pies you were making I thought it was weird that you were making so many cream/Summer Pies. But now I feel stupid. DUH! It's totally seasonal there, even though it's not here! I also LOVE that you play Bingo. I'll bet they all loved it. I'm so glad you had the 3 younger girls with you so that you could have five Cinderella's helping you!

  2. Marvelous!!! I LOVED that post and loved seeing all of the yummy food you made. Those pies look absolutely divine! Was that all Mick's family and missionaries? You are the cutest American in Australia EVER

  3. Those are really cute turkeys, I mean girls. Seriously, I can't believe all five of the girls volunteered to help clean and such. Adorable.