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Friendsgiving 2016

Friendsgiving is officially over and it could not have gone any better than it did. After nightmares of getting the guests sick due to an under-cooked turkey, stressing about if I had enough cups, plates, napkins, etc. and just running around like a mad man for the last week buying silly decorations, IT’S OVER! And it was amazing!

This was the first time in my adult life that I had hosted a dinner party, let alone cooked a turkey! I was a mess. I had no idea what I was doing with that 13 lb. bird! I had to google everything from “when should I start thawing this thing” to “am I supposed to use this nasty stuff on the inside for anything”? I brined mine for 24 hours, frantically turning the turkey over every few hours to ensure one side wouldn’t become more dry than the other. I left my metal thermometer inside of the turkey in the oven, only to open it up two hours later to see that it had melted. FYI- those don’t go inside of the oven. After all the madness was said and done, the turkey ended up being surprisingly delicious and not even ONE person got sick!  My mom asked me to make another one for our family this Christmas so I’d say I did pretty damn well for an amateur.

I’m so happy that this year’s Friendsgiving was an all-girls event. It was extra special to have my table filled up with all of the same women that have made my life so vibrant and cheerful throughout the years. A day where we can all get together is very hard to come by and I can’t wait to make this a new tradition. To those of you who came and lent me a hand in ringing in the holidays and reminding me of so many things I have to be thankful for, I love you. Thank you so much for coming. I am so grateful. Each one of you will always have a special place in my heart and at my dining room table.

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HAPPY FREAKIN’ FRIENDSGIVING!

XOXO,

Nando!

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