6th Annual Friendsgiving

Our 6th Annual Friendsgiving is in the books! And, my gosh, it was a fun time with friends. I’m so glad that we have this wonderful tradition with our hometown gang. We’ve known each other since we were kids, so I know it means a lot to all of us. And, of course, with our growing families it’s that much more special, especially now that our kids are becoming friends, too. It really is the sweetest thing seeing them all play (zombies) together!

Each year, one family takes on the tradition of hosting the entire group. The host family typically cooks the turkey while everyone else contributes appetizers, sides, and desserts, all potluck-style!

The Hauperts signed up for an appetizer and two desserts, which, if you know us, we’re all about delicious, but super easy recipes. (Honestly, anything you see on CNC is simple to make. My thinking: If I can do it, anyone can!) I ended picked Life-Affirming Nacho Dip from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, which came together in no time. To go with the dip, I made a batch of homemade tortilla chips using Maria & Ricardo’s Original Soft Yellow Corn Tortillas.

As you might remember, I recently partnered with Maria and Ricardo’s, who makes authentic, wholesome, and ridiculously delicious (non-GMO) tortillas – and the Original Soft Yellow Corn Tortillas were perfect for this dip. I cut up 8 tortillas into triangles and then used my air fryer to cook them. I spritz them with avocado oil and then sprinkled some sea salt on top before cooking them for 5-7 minutes on 375 degrees F. It was so easy, and they turned out great – nice and thick and awesome for scooping up the dip!

The Life-Affirming Nacho Dip is actually vegan, but not a single person at Friendsgiving noticed. Everyone loved it, especially with the homemade chips!

We enjoyed quite the spread of apps and drinks before dinner. It was a lot of fun catching up and laughing with friends (and family)!

Once everyone had arrived and reheated their contribution, it was time for dinner. We had ALL the fixing this year, including chorizo stuffing, brown sugar mashed sweet potatoes, and so much more!

With 16 adults and 7 kids (all under 4.5 years old), it was a bit chaotic at dinnertime, but I managed to snap this photo of my silly boys! 🙂

Dinner was wonderful and included lots of great food, drink, and conversation. We really do have the best group of friends!

When it was time for dessert, we broke out our two contributions: Birthday Cake Fudge and Snickerdoodle Blondies. Both recipes are from Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend and were so easy to make. (The fudge only calls for 4 ingredients!) Both desserts were also a huge hit with our friends! 🙂

This year’s Friendsgiving was definitely a special evening, and it made me appreciate and love our friends even more!

Question of the Day

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving with your friends? 

What’s your favorite kind of dish to bring to a party?

P.S. Want to try Maria and Ricardo’s tortillas? Check out their online store locator to see if they’re at a retailer near you. Also, be sure to keep a look out for a $1 off coupon on the store locator page! 🙂

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