PROJECT PINTEREST, WEEK 6 (The Thanksgiving for Dummies Edition)

I blame popular culture/American films, the Facebook status updates of friends in the US, pregnancy hormones (yes, that old chestnut) and Pinterest for giving me the insane notion of hosting a Thanksgiving-themed afternoon at my place… next weekend! I have never celebrated Thanksgiving in my life! As someone who grew up in Australia and now lives in Europe, I don’t even know the history of the occasion, but can only assume it has something to do with giving thanks (and I vaguely recall some reference to pilgrims). It’s all a bit of a mystery to me, albeit a delicious looking mystery! Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, maple syrup, pecans, corn, spices… all things that I love and all things that spring to mind when I think about this holiday of which I know so little. A couple of weeks ago, on a whim, I decided to invite some ladies to start a crafting circle with me. Again, I have no clue what I am doing, being entirely new to the world of crafting myself. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. So, anyway, the first of our crafting get-togethers is to take place on the same day as my Thanksgiving for Dummies event. Yep, it’s a double-whammy of crazy notions folks!

Will it be like this?

Or this?

On my list of things to make (and no, I don’t plan on going the whole proverbial hog):
Maple Pecan Walnut Bar Cookies
Sweet corn Muffins
Chewy M&M’s Cookies with Mini Marshmallows (I know! They’re not “traditional”, but M&M’s are American, right?)
Pumpkin Soup

There are other things that I’ll add if there’s time. I am feeling rather overwhelmed by my own bizarre scheduling right now! Luckily I only have to prepare enough to cater for a light lunch/afternoon tea. Luckier still, all my guests will be Swedish and Finnish and will no doubt be as clueless about Thanksgiving as I am 😉

An update: yes, it appears I went Thanksgiving loco and also made…
Pumpkin Banana Bread
Pumpkin Spice Mix
Honey Butter with Cinnamon
Thanksgiving Buffet Labels

Week 1 Just do it!
Week 2 The Halloween Edition
Week 3 The Big Fat Pregnancy Edition
Week 4 The “Just breathe” Edition
Week 5 The Healthy, Wholesome & Hearty Edition

Question: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, how? And what does it mean to you and your family?


30 thoughts on “PROJECT PINTEREST, WEEK 6 (The Thanksgiving for Dummies Edition)

  1. Wishing you lots of luck organising everything. I’m American so I’ve always celebrated Thanksgiving, even in England. My husband takes Thanksgiving and the next day off and we spent it cooking, eating and enjoying friends’ company. It’s my favorite holiday by far. I love prepping for it and sharing food with good company.

  2. Haha! I love that you are celebrating Thanksgiving 🙂 For most of us, we just celebrate by over eating fantastic food. We currently celebrate by traveling to see family being thankful they are within a days drive. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Yes, it seems the food is an integral part of the Thanksgiving celebration. Food and gratitude are two of my favourite things, so this holiday appeals to me! Have a great time with your family x

  3. Hi Miss Marzipan! I love that you are celebrating Thanksgiving. It really is one of my favorites. I welcome any excuse to have my friends and loved ones around my table. Best of luck. I’m sure it will be fabulous.

    • Oh thank you so much 🙂 I totally agree with you about any excuse! That’s really what led me to make the decision in the first place 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving x

  4. I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here but I have wonderful memories of Thanksgiving meals with Americans all over the world. It’s a great celebration. Have fun.

  5. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, however you seem to have it all in hand…
    Here’s hoping you have a wonderful day. With all those fabulous foods it’s sure to be a ‘hit’…

    • Thanks Carolyn 🙂 Yes, I figured if I could find some easy, yummy make-ahead recipes and if I was surrounded by a nice group of girlfriends, it couldn’t really go wrong!

  6. Don’t forget to have everyone share what they are thankful for. In fact, this year, we are asking our family members to share something that they thought they would never be thankful for but it turned out for the better.

  7. S. here, I thought I should write about you on your blog 😉 Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday! I was so looking forward to this week! Again, thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words! I love writing about nutrition, food, health….and it makes me so happy to meet likeminded people and learn for them and your blog is a perfect example of a perfect happy mix of food for belly and food for thought 🙂

    • Oh, thanks so much Elena! I really want my blog to reflect my lifestyle, so there’s a mix of things that I am interested in here for sure (a few “naughty” recipes on here too 😉 )… but health and wellbeing are important to me too and I am really glad I found your lovely blog 🙂 x

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