This year, like many other people, our Thanksgiving was quite different than in years past. Believe it or not this was a Thanksgiving of many firsts. Not only was this our first Thanksgiving in our home but it also was our first Thanksgiving in the County. It also may have been the most traditional Thanksgiving we’ve ever had. At least, as traditional as two vegans can make Thanksgiving!
In every year prior to 2020 we have always spent our Thanksgiving down in Kittery celebrating “Thanksmas” with Jenna’s family. You can check out our numerous blog posts on “Thanksmas” and see why we looked forward to heading to Kittery so much. There is always great food, great company, and the ability to experience some great entertainment. It was a tough decision to stay home this year but we both felt it right choice given everything going on in the world.
So what did we make you may ask? Well we started our Thanksgiving meal the same way we would have in Kittery – with some foods to snack on for a light early lunch.
We had some nuts, cheese and crackers, pepper jelly on cream cheese, and some homemade vegan jerky. Maybe not quite what the pilgrims ate but it sure was tasty!
The dinner course – A traditional vegan Thanksgiving!
Here’s a finished plate! Starting from the top left and going clockwise – Seitan with gravy, a dinner roll, maple mustard Brussels Sprouts, stuffing, and mashed potatoes with gravy. The whole meal was a homemade and team effort! Jenna did the seitan, gravy, and rolls, while I did the rest. The end result was super yummy!
Even after a great meal we still wanted to keep with the “Thanksmas” spirit so we decorated for Christmas the next day. As you can tell we weren’t the only ones excited to have the tree up!
As we said, it was a tough decision to stay home. We missed the traditional trip so much. But it felt like the right choice and we did very much enjoy our time at home. It was also make next year’s Thanksgiving break all that more special. We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!