Famsgiving and Thanksgiving

Hey! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? Where did the first half of this month get off to?
This year my friend/ sister-in-law and I are splitting the cooking and coming together with our respective families. This means more food with less work (plus more wine 😆). I am excited and grateful to share this meal with my family and friends.
We usually go to my mother-in-law’s house but she is traveling over ther holidays and instead opted to host one of those uber-trendy early meals that bloggers dub “Friendsgiving” but I’m calling her version “Famsgiving” because it was family, not friends.
The food was delicious, the kids (9 of ’em! 😮) had a blast with balloons and a kiddie conga line, and every lady in attendance brought a bottle of my favorite wine, Moscato.

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Puerto Rican holidays have a different selection of sides served up with the turkey than the traditional green bean casserole, so we had our turkey with a pasta salad and the World’s Best Rice. Ask anyone who’s tried it and they will agree, my MIL’s arroz con gandules is the. freaking. best. It was lots of fun and lots of yum.
I’m pretty sure we won’t have such a lively celebration, since we won’t be topping off the night with salsa dancing and conga drums, but there will be green bean casserole, gravy, and candied yams, so a good time is still guaranteed!
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Do you prefer the traditional meal or does your family have their own unique traditions?

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Eight Reasons To Love Sandwiches and Eight Sandwiches To Love

Hello, Lover!
Hello, Lover! Lobster Roll

The Earl of Sandwich was a genius. Yeah, he totally had a gambling problem, but he was on to something when he had his wife stuff his dinner between two pieces of bread.

I am all about sandwiches. I may not have a greasy card problem, but I agree that the sandwich is close to a perfect food. (The perfect food being tacos, obviously.) And when it comes to writing, there’s nothing like a good ole list. Oh,yeah!

Eight Reasons To Love Sandwiches and Eight Sandwiches To Love

Warning! This list contains amazing sandwiches. Drooling, sandwich lust and mild hunger may occur. Scroll at your own risk!

8. They keep your hands clean.
This was the reason The Sandwich was invented. It keeps hands clean for continued card shuffling and keyboard clacking.

Portable Breakfast
Baked Egg Boats

Bake up this bombalicious breakfast boat.

7. They are pretty much a writer’s dream food.
During long writing hauls, I tend to eat simple sandwiches or leftovers. I love being inventive in the kitchen, but I’ve learned to save my creativity when I’m writing a lot. Sandwiches help me keep my momentum and save my creativity for the keyboard.

Sandwich ingredient graphic guide
Let this chart be creative for you!

Let this great graphic be your lunchtime muse!

6. They make great adventure food.
As portable as sandwiches are, I’m not surprised that they are such a common travel food. In fact, sandwiches have been on the menu at picnics, field trips, beach days, and basically any cool adventure I’ve ever been on.

Pressed Picnic Sandwiches
Picnic Pals!

Impress your pals with these pressed picnic sandwiches!

5. They offer something for everyone.
Every mom’s lunchtime lifesaver, sandwiches can be customized for picky little eaters without turning mom into a short order chef.

classic grilled cheese
everyone’s favorite!

Try this classic grilled cheese sandwich. You just can’t lose.

4. They can be hot or cold. (like a Katy Perry song)
A sandwich can be quick and cold or hot and heavy.

Hot Ham Hawiian Heaven
Hot Ham Hawaiian Heaven

If you haven’t tried these Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders using Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, climb out from under the rock you are apparently living under and make them tonight. No seriously, your family will love you for making them and hate you for not making them sooner.

3. They can be made ahead.
Sandwiches can be made ahead or ingredients can be prepped ahead for easy assembly later. This makes sandwiches a great choice for business meetings and parties.

Although not for weddings apparently. I mentioned wanting to offer mini sandwiches as an app at my wedding and my friend gasped and informed me that in Chinese tradition, it is considered bad luck to serve sandwiches at a wedding. Has anyone else heard of this? (*this is where my kid would say, “Ask Mr. Google, mommy.”) Anyway, he insisted this was true and offered to bring a platter of sushi to my wedding instead. Who am I to argue with tradition (or free sushi)?

prep ahead breakfast
Love mornings again!

Make these sammies ahead of time and love mornings again (or for the first time)!

2. They can be a meal in one hand.
With veggies and meat a sandwich becomes a meal complete. Ha, ha. But seriously, they are perfect for packing in school and work lunches, no extra utensils to carry around all afternoon.

Banh Mi
Me love Banh Mi long time!

If I didn’t love tacos so much I’d swear the milkman was Vietnamese because Pho and Banh Mi are my jam!

Check this one out!

1. Simple to scandalous.
And why limit to two slices? If I’ve learned anything from the layers of a classic club and Garfield’s towering midnight snacks it’s that a sandwich can be as much as your toothpicks can handle.

Goliath Club
Unhinge your jaw for this one!

An entire list of fillings to fill your sandwich menu. (What, you don’t read in Spanish? Ask Mr. Google, I’m sure he’ll translate it for you.)

Well, there you go, if you’re drooling on your keyboard I totally warned you, and if you’re not, well, what’s wrong with you?

What? You want more? Haven’t you been tortured enough? No? Ok, then look through my sandwich board on Pinterest for more inspiration. Don’t forget to follow me!

Your turn! How is a sandwich The Earl of Your World? Share your sandwich love in the comments! Recipes are welcome with an open mind and an empty stomach 😉 I’m off to the kitchen (don’t judge me!)