Image Credit: Courtesy of Claudia De Sana (left) and Jason Sarner (right)
Friendsgiving is a great excuse to get together with friends and celebrate friendship by making new recipes, sharing food and reminding each other what you are thankful for.
Jason Sarner, a sophomore letters and sciences major, has a Friendsgiving tradition with his high school friends: “Every year we go to my friend Sarah’s house and each brings our food from our favorite restaurants since none of us love traditional Thanksgiving food.”
Some of their favorite things to bring are sandwiches from a local deli, chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A, caesar salad, mac and cheese and a bunch of different desserts.
“Friendsgiving is something me and my friends have been looking forward to since we have been away at school,” said Sarner.
Another fun tradition is making new recipes with friends. Grace Madover, a senior communications major, has a tradition of making Thanksgiving recipes with her friends and their moms each year.
In the past they have made different desserts including Thanksgiving cakes and pumpkin pie. This year they are making some new treats including “Rice Krispies turkey legs” and “Oreo turkeys”.
To make the “Rice Krispies turkey legs”, you dip the end of half a pretzel rod in melted white chocolate and add two mini marshmallows onto one end. Once that sets, you dip the entire pretzel into melted white chocolate. Next, take a handful of rice krispies treats and form it into a ball. After that has set, put the rice krispies treat ball onto the pretzel on the side without the marshmallows. The final product will look like a turkey leg.
The Oreo turkeys are a simple way to make adorable and yummy Thanksgiving treats. On an Oreo, take white frosting and make two white circles in the upper middle of the cookie. Then add two smaller black dots on the white circles, to create the eyes. Next, place a butterscotch chip under the eyes, and use a bag of red frosting to create the turkey’s gobbler next to the chip. The final step is to put candy corn point side down in the Oreo’s stuffing to create feathers.
Claudia De Sena, a sophomore applied mathematics major, hosts Friendsgiving for her friends every year. They like to dress up in festive fall outfits and each person brings their favorite Thanksgiving dish.
“I love being able to bring all my friends together every year. Every year I make turkey and mashed potatoes and my friends bring the rest,” said De Sena.
In recent years, they added a tradition of getting a disposable camera and taking pictures, which are a fun way to capture the memories they make.
Try out some of these new ideas for your Friendsgiving celebrations this year to make the holiday even more fun, festive and memorable.