Hooray! I’m planning a big ol’ American Thanksgiving dinner for a bunch of Aussies – though we have to hold it on the 30th, since it’s obviously not a public holiday here – and I just found a company that delivers American food Down Under! I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a pumpkin pie without the canned mix, and now I don’t have to! They don’t have Cool Whip though, which is a slight disappointment. (Listen to me! Like it’ll be such a hassle to have to use real whipped cream over the fake stuff.) The menu is starting to take shape, and luckily I won’t have to fight my way into the stores weeks in advance here. I can do this! I am not domestically-challenged! This is my new mantra.

Now I just have to pick the brains of all the female members of my family for recipes… 🙂


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  1. Very cool, I’m actually going to try “New Orleans-style Ham” this year…. that and i’m MAKING, yes I said making, MAKING a pecan pie! I’m so proud of myself. And I know if I can make THAT, you can SO make your pun’kin pie-without-the-cool-whip.

  2. Ooh! I want to do a pecan pie too! Do you have a good recipe? Have you tried it out? If it’s good, pass it along! I’d love to give it a shot…

  3. Nevermind. I just found out one of my guests is, like, a chef (oh great, no pressure there!) and he’s volunteered to bring the pecan pie. So that frees me up somewhat.

  4. Not to brag or anything….well, wait. I think i SHALL brag. I just found the perfect Pecan Pie recipe. Not only is it Pecan Pie, Kris–Get this. Bourbon-Chocolate Pecan Pie. Go on, tell me you’re jealous.

  5. Oh wait. Bourbon? The Snook likes bourbon. I might need this recipe anyway. Please send. 🙂

  6. Kris, you’ll be amused to hear that I had thanksgiving turkey envy this year, so Clinton and I shared a frozen turkey dinner! How funny is that?
    Whenever you get homesick you should round up us knitting girls for an impromptue session!

  7. Haha! Helen, I’m not sure what the American-envying version of an Anglophile is, but that’s what you are. 🙂

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