They don't celebrate Thanksgiving day in Central America. However, the U.S. expats have brought that tradition with them and it's alive and well.
We were invited to Thanksgiving lunch/dinner by one of the couples we know from church. Don & Judy live about 10 minutes (drive time) from our apartment. They graciously decided to host about 22 people at their lovely home. On top of that, Don drove to our apartment to pick us up and take us to their house. This was a great blessing because we had three pies to carry - yes three. I (Tina) love to bake and Thanksgiving is a great time to exercise those skills - even though I didn't have a pie plate! Judy loaned me two of her pie dishes and supplied a can of pumpkin pie mix - a very rare find here. When I realized the pumpkin mix was going to fill two pie dishes, I had a problem.
I had bought the last 8 granny smith apples in the grocery store on Monday to make an apple pie. On Tuesday, we went to Bible study class where Don was suppose to meet us and hand off the canned pumpkin and the 2 dishes. When I saw the 30 oz can, I knew I was going to need another dish for my apple pie. So, Wednesday morning I sent Mark into town on a hunt for a pie dish for the apple while I worked on the two pumpkin pies at the apartment. He found a 10.5" by 2.25" deep dish - perfect for a deep-dish apple pie. The pies came out great and were a big hit at dessert time.
Deep dish Manzana (apple) Pie and Calabaza (pumpkin) Pie - a Thanksgiving classic!
We had an incredible variety of side dishes, including broccoli and cauliflower casserole, rum soaked yams, corn casserole, cranberry walnut jello, home made cheese biscuits, and the standards: stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. The main attractions were the huge turkey and spiral ham (something we haven't seen in Costa Rica since we've been here). Yep, it was a Thanksgiving feast to rival any in the States.
Mark was also tasked with two duties - carve the turkey and give the blessing before eating. He did a great job on both!
We ate, we chatted, we ate some more and we [OK, mostly the guys] watched live NFL football! While we missed our own family back in California, it was so great to have friends to be able to share the day with.
We caught a ride home with a couple (he is American and she is Colombian) who would be driving past our apartment on their way home. He was in a hurry to get home to see the rest of HIS Dallas Cowboys game - even had on his Cowboys football jersey.
It was a great day and we had - and still have - a lot to be thankful for.
The view from Don & Judy's house:
Posted by Tina.