Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving

Photos by Jenn Bakos
Event Styling by t.e.l.l. New England

As Thanksgiving fast approaches, it is important to reflect on all the things you are thankful for. We gathered friends and family to give 'thanks' in October for our first annual 'Friendsgiving.' It was an evening of smiling faces and new memories. Delicious food and delectable beverages. A traditional New England fall day evolved into a crisp, drizzly evening. A fire was lit and conversation surrounded the campfire.

We gathered around a table of pine boards pulled from the barn, and kept dry in the shed where the tractor is typically parked. Simple decorations pulled from nature accented our table setting and surroundings perfectly. A rosemary and basil dressed turkey was the main dish, paired with local vegetables, pumpkin raviolis, and a slew of other delightful dishes brought by guests.

We enjoyed Porter Square Porters from Somerville Brewing and a new seasonal cocktail packed with rosemary and cranberries and aptly named The Old Cranny (recipe on page 141). Dessert was amazing apple & pumpkin whoopie pies from 'Cuz It's Good' and a caramel apple bar.

We over-indulged and left rubbing our bellies in happy content. The evening was the perfect way to give thanks.

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TODAY, WE GIVE THANKS

for new friends and old.
for the sharing of warm-hearted laughs and smiles,
and hugs to comfort our tears.

TODAY, WE GIVE THANKS

for our happiness and our health. for every day shared with others and amongst others, is a blessed day

TODAY, LET US GIVE THANKS

for our growing families.
and the memories we make with them today, and the rest of our tomorrows.

TODAY, WE GIVE THANKS

for our sense of smell, touch, taste and sight
for there would be no seasons of change without them

AND SO LET US GIVE THANKS

for here and now. for today, and everyday.
 

 

The Old Cranny

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 cup fresh cranberries, muddled
6 cups natural & unsweetened cranberry juice
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
rosemary (for garnish)
lemon-lime soda water
vodka

Method

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine 2 cups of water, 1 1⁄2 cups of sugar and 4 rosemary sprigs. Stir until sugar is dissolved, and bring to a low boil, creating a rosemary simple syrup. In a large mason jar, combine cranberry juice, rosemary simple and muddled cranberries. Refrigerate until chilled.

To serve, fill glass with ice. Top with 1⁄3 cranberry mix and 1⁄3 vodka. Top with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy!