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I have been so fortunate to have met so many special people since moving to Harrisburg after college. It isn’t easy to move to a brand new town away from friends and family, but the friendships I have made here made the move worth it! I have a great group of girlfriends here in the midstate and we have been there for each other through many significant life events…purchasing homes, celebrating weddings, preparing for the first baby in the group, and more.

In 2013, we decided to start an annual tradition that allows us to reflect on what we are thankful for about our friendships…and Friendsgiving was born! We celebrated the first Friendsgiving at my home and enjoyed gossiping, drinking wine and sitting by the fire after an amazing meal. In 2014, we stepped up our game and took the event on the road for a weekend-long celebration in Deep Creek, Maryland!

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Because of an impending baby and an upcoming honeymoon in the group, we kept our third Friendsgiving local this year, but it wasn’t any less special! We started the day early around noon to get the turkey started and enjoy a full day of celebration (i.e. drinking apple pie sangria). We do a full menu, including a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole (my favorite recipe!), mac n’ cheese, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie (I made mini pies this year)! Thanksgiving is by far my favorite meal all year, so I am more than happy to have it twice!

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While we are cooking, we like to snack on some appetizers and get the party started. I always make my buffalo chicken dip for the occasion and it’s usually gone in a flash. This year, I made a whole crockpot full for the crowd! Get my recipe at the end of the blog!

Our Friendsgiving celebration has become something I look forward to every year. While we see each other often, there is just something special about gathering around a good Thanksgiving meal with friends. I hope this inspires you to tell your friends how thankful you are for them…and maybe to start a Friendsgiving tradition of your own!

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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

What you’ll need:

  • 5 10 oz. cans of chicken
  • 4 blocks of neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1 2-cup bag of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups of ranch dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups of Frank’s buffalo sauce

In a crockpot, combine all of the ingredients above and mix. Heat the dip on high for 1-2 hours before serving and mix it well when it’s time to serve. Turn the crockpot to low to keep it warm for a longer period of time. We downed 3 bags of tortilla chips with this dip!