Friday, December 9, 2011

Thanksgiving (a bit later)

I know it has been 2 weeks since my big party, but I was waiting on my dear friend, Crystal to get the pictures to me. As many hostess' know, it's not easy hosting and taking pictures! So Crystal was in charge of the pictures! And she always does a great job!
My glögg station. This was at the front door! First things first, alcohol!

The only down side to not taking your own pictures, you end up in a couple. Haha. Notice the food lined up and ready to be eaten!
Crock pot creamed corn, mashed potatoes, honey glazed ham, turkey and gravy being made!

Yammy Yams!These were in the rolls. Each roll at a different thing to say. This one was funny because there was actually a very small out break of ecoli at the school my friends work for (which I used to work for) and we had discussed it earlier in the evening and how awful it was. My friend's son got this and said 'I am thankful that I don't have...ecoli'. Priceless!A plate full of food!The guests! This is fewer people than expected, but I have winter cold and flu season to thank for that! Still a great turn out and lots of fun!My lovely photographer, Crystal, and her husband Thomas!Have to say thank you to my wonderful husband who helped with SO much! He dealt with extra tables, chairs, decorating and a wife who had 1 or 2 close nervous breakdowns! I am such a lucky person to have this man by my side.Time for dessert! Homemade apple cider made an appearance and it was delish!
Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cream cheese bread and apple pie!
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cream cheese dip with ginger cookies and some chocolate covered pretzels.
And it's definitely not a party if you don't have the children jumping on all the coats on your bed!
And a minor above the eyebrow head injury!
Even made them take home a ball of pumpkin spice popcorn! Keep em' fed!

This truly was a pleasure to have and I felt so loved and happy that I have so many people, after only 1 year in Sweden, to invite to my home, share an amazing tradition with, and call my friends. It felt like a real family, traditional Thanksgiving!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have Christmas to look forward to! And holy cow, what a Christmas I have! In less than 5 days I will be headed to Kansas for a 2 week, much needed, Christmas with the family! It has been 2 years since I celebrated Christmas in Kansas and it will be a sure welcome feeling. I will miss Mr. Josefsson like crazy, but this is the life we, and I, have chose. Luckily, I get the best of both worlds. I wouldn't trade this life for anything else! It's so full of excitement! I feel like everyday is some sort of adventure. Not only do exciting things happen to me, on a regular basis, but embarrassing things, too. And that is just funny!

So hopefully I will have time to update while I am in Kansas, but I hope I am so busy I won't have time! No offense dear readers. Plus, most of you who read are Kansans! No need to update, I'll be there!


  1. WOW That is an amazing spread. I am impressed and amazed. See you soon!

  2. What an impressive party, Ashley!! You really did an incredible job and you should be so proud. The food looked like it was prepared by a chef! Really!

    Safe travels and happy visiting in Kansas!

  3. Ofcourse do I have amazing friends to! Especially you and Fidde!
    Have a great trip!
    LOL (=Lots of love ;) ).