Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition. I would never have celebrated Thanksgiving if it wasn’t for my American friend Chris, but I’m starting to love it like it was one of my own traditions. This year was my fourth year celebrating thanksgiving with Chris, and his friends, and I must say that I look more and more forward to it each year.
Chris is a little gourmet chef, he is a wizard when it comes to flavours, and created the most gorgeous dishes. This of course means that he spends a lot of time cooking and preparing for this evening: there are cocktails, wine, delicious meat, a whole range of side dishes and several different desserts. Seriously, this evening is the dinner of the year and something worth looking forward to for an entire year!
For a dinner like this, there are a lot of preparations to do. I try to come a couple of hours early and help with the easy things that needs to be done right before the food is served. One of the highlights of the whole things is Chris’ cornbread that is accompanied by maple butter. Yes, it is butter infused with maple syrup (too exited to eat it that I completely forgot to photograph it)! I'm also crazy about his side dishes, delicious brussel sprouts and soft caramelized onions. Need I say more?
There are so many great things on the table when Chris makes thanksgiving dinner, and the sweet potato brulèe is one of my favourites. You are presented with sweet potato mash, topped with pecans and brown sugar that melts on top of the whole thing. This accompanied by perfectly cooked turkey after a welcome drink to calm down that roar in your stomach is truly wonderful. Chris is so incredibly sweet, and knows that I don’t like my cocktails very strong, so he made me a special one. I feel so grateful to be a part of his thanksgiving tradition, and let’s just take a moment to enjoy his work:
This little cutie was constantly staring at the turkey after it came out of the oven, and waited patiently in case any meat fell down from the table. It is so hard to be allergic and not being able to cuddle this guy! Almost too cute.
When dinner is served, we take turns saying what we are grateful for and this year was a little special for me, as I’m thankful for a lot of things that are very new to me.
NO.1 I’m so incredibly grateful for my wonderful family, and my gorgeous friends. This year has somehow brought a lot of new people into my life that I’m truly grateful for having had the opportunity to meet and that I’m looking forward to shearing the years to come with. Being invited to this tradition with Chris is something I really appreciate.
NO.2 I’m grateful for my health, and to be honest I want to say luck. I’m healthy, happy and fit, and came out of a possibly fatal bike accident with nothing but a few bruises.
NO.3 I’m grateful for the opportunities this year has brought me. This year has been absolutely amazing when it comes to my professional life with both work, university and external projects, and I’ve been presented with truly great opportunities to learn and grow through the people I have met. It finally feels like my heart and mind is engaging in projects that really feel right, and I don’t think I have ever been happier about my life than I am right now. I’m in the right place and the right time, and I’m so grateful for that!
NO.4 I’m grateful for finally taking charge of my life and turning things around. This time last year I was ready to drop out of my masters degree, didn’t see where my life was going and was not very pleased with how the relationships in my life was working out, the one with myself included. Then I decided to start Morning Projects and that. has. changed. everything! It feelt like I gave myself a reason to finally break free from my excuses. I quit my job, started to work with photography, got a job at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, started the internship at The Royal Danish Ballet, broke up with my boyfriend and basically got myself back. I started working out after my injuries earlier this year, and began to feel physically strong and fit again, and this whole chain of events has made me feel incredibly strong mentally as well. I have never been so damn (excuse my language) happy to be single and just be by myself. Not that I would say no if the right man came along, but I’m just so grateful for being on my own and managing my life this way.
Life is good! What are you grateful for?