Growing up, Thanksgiving was all about traditions: spending time with family, eating green bean casserole and pecan pie like it’s my job, and writing in our family notebook, that’s chronicled holidays past with funny stories, giant, sloppy kid handwriting, and many, many things to be grateful for. That’s still what Thanksgiving is about, and I will cherish these traditions and memories forever, but these days, Thanksgiving is also for celebrating time with friends!
The first Friendsgiving that I can remember attending was around my sophomore year of college, and ever since then they’ve become more and more common, and something that I look forward to every year. Friendsgiving can be an extravagant, lavish dinner party with a styled fall tablescape, or a potluck with friends playing card games (most of mine happen to be the latter) and they are SO fun! I look forward to getting together with friends that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like, and it’s a good time to just slow down for a second and enjoy the company of everyone around you.
I’m completely guilty of getting swept up in the holiday rush – always trying to get things done, get ahead, have a plan, and make sure everything goes according to it, so this fun, extra holiday is the perfect time for me to take a breath and just be. Thanksgiving is about being thankful, and there is honestly just so much to be thankful for right now, so it’s time to reflect and enjoy it!
I’m not what you’d call a good cook, so I’m notorious for showing up to any gathering with some sort of dip appetizer made from the mixes that I stock up on at the craft fair each year. They’re something that I have time to make after work, and there’s a 95% chance that I won’t mess it up, so that’s usually my go-to. Last year I tried out a very easy recipe for a dessert dip at Friendsgiving and it was a total hit, so I made it again this year, and it’s definitely going to be my simple go-to if I’m in need of a quick dessert – funfetti dip! I’m sharing the recipe below, but you literally cannot mess this up! I make it right before I’m about to go to an event, and then serve it with graham crackers, animal crackers, ginger snaps, or any other cracker or cookie that sounds good!
1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
1 Container Cool Whip
1 ½ Cups Vanilla Greek Yogurt
Add milk in small amounts if necessary
Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving traditions when it comes to food. My family has the normal things like green bean casserole, corn, stuffing, etc., but then we also have some things that I don’t think other people have like asian salad and orange congealed salad (it sounds disgusting, but it’s my favorite thing we have at Thanksgiving)! What is your favorite holiday food that your family has year after year? The strangest? Share them with me in the comments!