Day 122: Thanksgiving in Holland – Round 2


Tonight we celebrated Thanksgiving with some of our new friends in Holland, and with Mom and Dad. We all cooked and brought our dishes to Patty and Brian’s house, who graciously hosted all 20 of us. Tonight was really special and a great way to celebrate an American tradition in a new country.

I actually enjoyed the work to make the delicious food and to be able to share it with loved ones. We all worked as a team, brining and baking, cooking and shopping and eating!! My friends are good cooks!!

In Holland, refrigerators and ovens are really small. This made it a challenge for anyone to cook a large turkey. We are fortunate to have a larger than usual oven and fridge and were the lucky ones to cook the turkey. We purchased a 22 pound turkey that cost a 100 euros!! It hardly fit in any container and made brining, refrigerating, cooking, presenting and transporting quite a challenge. But luckily today, it was all possible.


Dinner was really delicious. Everyone put so much effort into making home made dishes, that tasted so savory. I think we all went back for seconds!! Desserts were filling too and no one went home hungry. There was chocolate cream pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin tartlets, pecan pie, apple crumble and vanilla ice cream. I think there was more than plenty!


I think tryptophan took over my body here!! Good night!!

I hope y’all are enjoying your holiday weekend, wherever you may be.

3 thoughts on “Day 122: Thanksgiving in Holland – Round 2

    • It was really tasty! It cooked in 2 1/2 hours, when I thought it would take 7!! Didn’t know I was using convection!! But it all turned out great. Did Steve deep fry and smoke the turkeys again this year?

  1. Wow! I need to get me a convection oven someday. 🙂

    Yes, Steve deep fried and smoked turkeys. There was lots of bacon involved in the process. Leland grilled a turkey as well. Ah… the whole thing was pure decadence!

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