Tasty Tampasgiving (Video)
Christine and I continued to follow the Roman Norton Calendar, with this year’s holiday rotation landing us in Tampa for a week. With five kiddos and two pregnant ladies, we spent the days prepping all the food, eating all the food and sleeping (from all the food).
Our first meal was a classic Thanksgiving spread — turkey, ham and a bunch of mushy sides. Greek yogurt was a frequent substitute for sour cream (for those of us faint of stomach). Becca and Jarod lent their kitchen to the masses, overseeing an intricate oven schedule for the dozens of dishes.
Low Country Boil
Our second meal of note was Rodney and Heather’s low country boil. We ditched the nice table settings and cloth napkins for a good old fashioned pot of sausage and seafood.
Swedish Coffee Bread
Our third cooking installment featured Debbie baking her famous Swedish coffee bread. Three generations of Enquist women shared the kitchen and followed the family recipe, resulting in four loaves of fluffy, cardamommy goodness.
When not cooking / eating / sleeping, Christine and I (and Jarod!) ventured on our own Tampasgiving subplot, driving to Gainesville for the big homecoming game. Being pregnant and walking through dozens of pop-up tailgates didn’t slow down the rush of nostalgia for Christine. Her return to UF was greeted by familiar faces Lauren and Rich, and I learned how to vertical clap in The Swamp! #gogators #gosports
But Tampasgiving is about more than reunions and family. It’s about random gift exchanges. After a year hiatus, we resumed our annual yankee swap. From cheese plates and tagine pots to Amazon Echos and multi-purposed hammers, we opened gifts that generally followed the guidelines “What would Heather or Josh want?” Peter walked away with the best gifts of all — a Star Wars Porg mug with a plush Pickle Rick. And he’s a better person for it.
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