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Who are you spending Thanksgiving with?

November 25, 2010
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So, who are you spending Thanksgiving with?

you: [insert family member’s name here]

Oh?  Really?  That’s cool…

Katie and I are going to the U.S. Ambassador to the DR Congo’s house.

Yeah, that’s right.  He’s kind of a big deal.  And you definitely have to be on the red carpet list to get an invite to his personal residence.  And since he is Obama’s direct representative to this country, it’s kind of like we are having dinner with the President himself.

Ok, ok, all sarcastic and exaggerated cockiness aside, while we are actually going over to his house, and he is a pretty big deal, he also invited everyone who works at the U.S. embassy, plus probably some other American folks that live here… so Katie and I aren’t actually that important.

But, it will be fun to get to see his abode, and hopefully get to hang out and chat with him.  Everyone I have talked with who has already met him, including Katie, says that he seems like a nice guy.

The dinner is a potluck (they’re providing the turkey, stuffing, and massive Thanksgiving fish), so Katie and I baked a sweet potato pie to bring along.

This has been our first experience baking here, and we had to improvise a little bit, but I think it went pretty well.  For the filling, we followed a recipe that we found here.

And for the crust, we improvised a graham cracker crust recipe, found here.  Since we didn’t have graham crackers we used a mixture of crushed ginger snaps and ‘Glucose Milk and Honey Biscuits’, which are pretty straight to the point and taste about as scientific as they sound.  You can see in the photo here, we used cane sugar grown locally (vs. imported white sugar), which is really, really delicious.

And while our first attempt at the ancient art of pie-making was a bust (the fluctuating electric current causes the temperature in our little mini-oven to get way too hot, apparently, and burnt the crust in just a few minutes while the middle stayed raw), round 2 seems to have gone just right and our house still smells of sweet deliciousness.  Quite a success!

We were originally going to make a pumpkin pie (pumpkin flavored goodies are some of Katie’s favorites), but our fruit lady didn’t have pumpkins this week, and sweet potatoes were easy to come by!

So, while we are both excited about this unique experience, we do certainly miss our family and friends and want to wish you all a marvelous and joyous Thanksgiving today.  We both have a lot of things to be thankful for (especially after such an eventful year!), but you all are certainly on the top of the list 🙂

Love,

Katie and Jamie

P.S. – Cousin Daniel: I will certainly miss our wild ninja juice fueled ping-pong extravaganza.  You can take the win due to forfeit today in order to boost your stats a bit – from what I remember, you need it.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Melodee permalink
    November 26, 2010 5:34 am

    Sounds like your improvisations were spot on! Can’t go wrong with ginger snaps, I’m sure it gave your delicious pie a little extra zing. Maybe you can re-create it for us when you come home for Christmas-ish. We didn’t have Thanksgiving with an ambassador, but we did have it at a pizza restaurant. No pizza, though there was just about anything else you could want. Love to you both!

  2. Tanya permalink
    November 30, 2010 7:42 am

    HAHA I LOVE reading your blog!!!! Love it. This is a very cute story you shared. Thanks for that Jamie! 🙂 You should totally put up pictures of that red-carpet VIP invite dinner by the American Embassador ;). I bet it was awesome!!!! I can’t wait to see you guys in Christmas! I bet you guys have much more stories to tell 🙂 I am very happy for you guys.

    PS: I sent you an email reply (finally after like two weeks later).

    Lots of love!!!

    • Katie R permalink*
      December 13, 2010 10:33 pm

      Hey Tanya! Thanks for the compliments- we’ll post photos of us with Jim (that’s right, we’re on a first name basis with him…) soon!

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