Friendsgiving with Yasmeen and Jason

November 25, 2013

Friendsgiving… Thanksgiving with friends. Isn’t that just the most fabulous idea?

Though not a holiday we observe here in Australia, I feel Friendsgiving is something we can and should easily adopt, at least yearly. Giving thanks for the blessings in your life, and for your friendships. It is Spring here in Australia, so we are lacking in the fall produce abundant on Thanksgiving tables across North America. But that did not matter, our friends put on a gorgeous spread celebrating not Autumn eats, rather deliciousness. Ok, two things: deliciousness and friendship.

I value my friends. And in my experience, when you find friends with similar passions and values and life priorities, you need to tend to that…with laughter and care and support… and Turkey. Friendsgiving with Yasmeen and her husband Jason and their lovely friends was a beautiful, warm, cranberry-kissed, happy affair. Thank you, friends.







On the menu:
♥ Roasted turkey (Yasmeen has great tips in her post here!)
♥ Mashed potatoes
♥ Cornbread
♥ Ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta (addicted)
♥ Green beans and peas
♥ Sauteed zucchini
♥ Sweet potato casserole with brown sugar pecan crumble topping
♥ Cranberry sauce
♥ Mushroom Gravy

For dessert:
♥ Baklava
Brown butter baked doughnuts with pumpkin pie spice sugar
♥ Turkish coffee
♥ Peppermint tea

Check out Yasmeen’s blog post for more Friendsgiving snaps.

Heidi xo






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  • Nat @ foodforlittlesouls November 25, 2013 at 9:44 am

    That sounds like a fabulous idea. Yes, you need to tend to those types of friendships and this is a fabulous way to do it. Looks yum! Can I be your friend and come next year 😉

    • Heidi November 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      totally, you bring the pie! x

  • Yasmeen | Wandering Spice November 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Love this, Heidi, you are so sweet. We were so happy to have you and Ben at our table and look forward to sharing this holiday with you guys each year. If it were u to me I’d have Thanksgiving each quarter…

    Thanks so much again for the post, for the amazing doughnuts and your fab company.

    I’m working on my little recap now. Great Ocean Road trip this weekend meant more focus on koalas, less focus on blogging 🙂

    • Heidi November 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Nice to know your koala priorities were right! Thank you, lady, for just the very best time & for all the Turkey love xx

  • Hannah November 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This post makes me so happy. Friendsgiving. Yes. xo

    • Heidi November 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      yes xo

  • iffyumar November 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    WOw the spread looks beautiful. Oh boy, i spot Semolina cake i think, love it. You both are talented at cooking beautiful things.

    • Heidi November 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I believe you’re spying cornbread, which was SO scrumptious x

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