Although Thanksgiving is not a New Zealand tradition, we have some American friends so for the second year in a row we have had a Thanksgiving dinner. On Saturday night we squeezed 17 of us into three tables to celebrate in a slightly formal way. A friend and I gathered up all the resources we had to make a very simple fall theme. We collected leaves and twigs to make our centrepieces and even made floating candles to sit in a vase of twigs and water. It was a fun night filling ourselves with friendship, laughter, cornbread, sweet potato and marshmallow casserole, bean casserole, pumpkin, chicken (as Turkey is much too expensive here especially for 17 people), broccoli and cauliflower gratin, roasted carrots and pecan pie. What a feast! Next is Christmas!