Welp, call me an elf and send me a meme of batman backhanding someone for “ho-ho-ho-ing,” but I’m going to say it anyway: ‘tis the mother-cking season, folks. Christmas is around the corner and Thanksgiving is finally upon us! Personally, I’m stoked. I love the holiday season. I also don’t watch enough T.V. to be outraged by too-early-in-the-season holiday commercials. And quite frankly, to the angry elves of Facebook: if this bothers you so much, maybe you should stop watching so much goddamn T.V.. Just saying.
The next 5-6 weeks are bound to be filled with parties that are filled with winter-themed cocktails, endless amounts of comfort food and just all-around holiday galore. While the season comes with a certain level of stress (as well as the sudden urge to a do a cleanse prior to all this madness – which is now striking me as a potential plan/blog for next week), it is mostly a joyous time of year in that we get to revel in food, drinks, family and of course, friends.
In fact, recently, two old high school friends moved to the upper best and we had the chance to reconnect. So, when they suggested a “friends giving” with a few others, I was immediately game.
We decided to have our Friendsgiving this past Sunday. It seemed only natural to coincide a huge 4 p.m. meal with Sunday night football. This way, we had the entire day to cook and were then able to fully enjoy the afternoon sprawled out on the couch, eating, before eventually drifting off into a full-bellied slumber. First tip: Sunday is the perfect day for Friendsgiving.
After all, who wants to go out on a Friday or Saturday after eating a Thanksgiving dinner? And to try coordinating on a weeknight is too difficult when people have different work schedules, gym routines and self-imposed bedtimes.
We also wanted to keep things relatively affordable, which is fairly easy to do when you have a handful of people all chipping in and a Trader Joes in the neighborhood! Check out the menu and associated costs below...
For a whopping $8 I was able to make enough stuffing and mashed potatoes for 10 people.
Also, full disclosure: instead of buying a massive turkey and cooking it for 6+ hours, we went the Fairway Market route and just picked up a few rotisserie chickens for $7.5 a piece! LoLZ #sorrynotsorry
Then Matt stole the show with homemade jalepeno-bacon mac and cheese made from scratch… (All ingredients $24)
See: the before
After: 'Twas DELICIOUS
We also had fireball cider drinks, because duh.
Said drinks then provided us with evening entertainment and a discussion about liver health when we noticed the fireball was literally burning holes through our cups. Nice.
Naturally, we ended off the meal with some pumpkin pie and ice cream! ($7.99)
Are you hosting a Friendsgiving? Have tips or ideas? Comment below!