Yesterday, my sister and her roommates hosted “Friendsgiving.” Everybody brought stuff, and she and her roomies made a turkey, which they named Rita. Naturally, there were many crude jokes made at Rita’s expense, but it was all in good fun.

This picture cracks me up for some reason

Rita was, of course, delicious. You’d never have guessed this was the girls’ first time roasting a turkey! 

We had quite the spread. I contributed homemade cranberry sauce, garlicky greens (based on this recipe—thanks to Raechel of the Rebel Grrrl Kitchen for the inspiration), and a red lentil risotto with roasted butternut squash & dried cranberries. 

I also have to give a nod to the pumpkin mac & cheese my sister made—so freaking good! I remember some of the ingredients because I helped make the sauce, but I would love the recipe! Hint-hint…

I tried to study a bit for today’s exam, but it’s hard sometimes to focus when you really want to just kick back with the people around you. Hopefully all the prep work I did last week will get me through. I stopped pressuring myself to get straight-A’s years ago (especially in biochemistry), but I still work really hard to do my personal best.


I had to head home before dessert happened, but I’m told my mom’s apple pie made an appearance. Here’s the recipe—it’s seriously one of the easiest, most delicious apple pies ever.

With a nice weekend (complete with lots of yoga, a poetry reading, and to-do list ass-kicking) under my belt, I’m ready to take on the new week—and a new rotation. Today is my first day of Ambulatory Nutrition. It will be weird not to be working in the hospital every day, but I’m looking forward to trying something different.

Do you do “Friendsgiving?” What are you looking forward to this week? 

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