Posted by: macahajo | November 28, 2014

Macy’s Parade, Sweet Potato Casserole, and other traditions

Hannah goes to an international school, and Thanksgiving Day is not a holiday recognized with a day off. But, we decided to take Hannah out for the day because it has always been such a special traditional family holiday.  And I’m so glad that we did. The day would not have been the same without her!  She would have missed the things we traditionally do on Thanksgiving… sleeping in, watching the Macy’s parade (from last year that Mark downloaded off the Internet!), and getting ready for our Thanksgiving day dinner while hearing a football game playing in the background (an old college game that Mark also downloaded!) and Josh playing the wii.  We would have missed all that time together. But we didn’t!  And I’m so thankful for the lovely day we had!

Traditions are so important to make and keep!… especially in our world where so many things in our lives have changed this year with our move to Africa.

We  planned our Thanksgiving menu weeks in advance, and we all helped to prepare the delicious meal. I made our traditional Sweet Potato Casserole. However, since the sweet potatoes sold in Yaoundé are white and they just don’t taste the same, I decided to make them with pumpkin! Who could eat White Sweet Potato Casserole? Yikes! Not me!  I’m happy to say that they turned out great! 🙂 I also prepared, for the first time, Home-made Corn Pudding! I couldn’t find any cans of cream corn, but I did find a recipe for homemade cream corn so my problem was solved, and it truly was all homemade!

Mark prepared the turkey that we bought in the city, and he made his delicious homemade stuffing to go with it.  We were a little nervous that the turkey was going to be dry, but it wasn’t. It was moist and amazing!

The kids worked on the traditional Kato appetizers: mini hot-dogs (that we found in the city several months ago) in BBQ sauce, and a beanless chili dip, normally baked with cream cheese but since they don’t sell cream cheese here, we used Kiri, a good substitute!

Oh! And we can’t forget the punch! All parties need a punch! 🙂  I made my friend’s recipe that I normally prepare for summer events, but with the summer-like weather here, I thought that I would make it for Thanksgiving: pineapple juice, lemonade, sugar, water, vanilla and almond flavoring, and ice!

While we were invited to a larger gathering to celebrate the holiday, we decided as a family that we wanted to celebrate in our home, with a smaller group. We invited another missionary family who have a daughter a year younger than Hannah and twin girls in Josh’s grade.

They brought homemade rolls and corn bread, along with pumpkin pie, and two delicious chocolate and Oreo pudding pies to celebrate their twin daughter’s birthdays. Yum! 

We ate, talked, and played games. And had a really good evening together.

After our friends left, we rested for a quiet moment in our living room, talking about the good day, closing the evening in prayer, and listening to… a Christmas song 🙂

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Blessings to you and yours, as we now begin this advent season, Cathy Lynn


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