Friendsgiving? It’s all gravy. Thanksgiving is for family, but not all family is related! Sometimes you just want to sit around a huge table with your favorite bloggers and give thanks for the folks who are another type of family – a big happy blog family! Experiences are becoming more and more important to me in my old age (haha…but really), and creating new traditions with my Atlanta family is important. Afterall, friendships are something to be celebrated!
Atlanta blog sensation, Eating with Erica, invited us to a festive holiday Friendsgiving at Einstein’s in Atlanta. If you know Erica, you know this dinner wasn’t boxed wine and yams (although both of those things are fabulous) – it was done to the nines! Courses of amazing dishes and delicious Goza Tequila drinks got us all in the spirit of the season.
Highlights of the meal, you ask? How about chipotle salmon with adobo mashed potatoes, roasted corn salsa and crispy avocado. Not a fish fan? That’s okay, because the tempura green beans with sriracha aioli and mushroom & brie flatbread with roasted garlic, house-pickled peppers and arugula would please even the pickiest pallets.
But in addition to the great food, and the amazing swag bag (full of goodies from Spa Sydell , Goza Tequila, Cooks Warehouse, Woodbridge Wine, and Peters Brew), the company of these wonderful ladies was also a great way to kickoff the holidays! You’ve probably heard that hanging out with friends is super important to our happiness. Social time, even for introverts, goes a long way towards boosting our self-worth, confidence and security –even more so than an increased income! Crazy, right? Don’t forget about your girlfriends (bonus points if they are amazing bloggers) this season. Grab the gals and get your Friendsgiving on!
While we’re at it, here are a couple fun facts about Thanksgiving 2015 from Country Crock. The survey covered everything from the most in-demand foods at the Thanksgiving table, to the biggest stressors of the season. Here’s what they found:
- Mac ‘n cheese: The one dish you didn’t know they want ― While turkey is still the all-time favorite, 47% of people would nix a squash dish and green bean casserole from the table, and 50% want mac ‘n cheese added. But don’t mess with dessert; it’s still about tradition because 61% of people still wantpumpkin or apple pie on the table.
- Dishes must be “photo-ready” ― 55% are likely to post photos of their favorite Thanksgiving dish on social media. To get your table camera ready, try a DIY buttery compound.
- Easy, go-to recipes will be a must this season― When hosting a Thanksgiving meal, more than half of people (60%) indicated that their stress was food related (putting together menu, shopping, cooking), demonstrating the need for easy, go-to recipes. It’s no surprise 64% of people will rely on their guests to help bring dishes to the table.
- It’s all about togetherness, whether it’s in the kitchen or at the table ― On average, 53% of respondents expect 10 or more people at their Thanksgiving meal; and 72% of parents with kids at home let them help with food prep; mostly stirring/mixing ingredients (43%) and taste testing (19%.)