Friendsgiving at Blue Moon Farms

The clocks have gone back and the countdown to Christmas has begun. But first, let’s remember to slow down and gather with friends to break bread. Find time to honor family traditions, and also find time to start new ones. This past weekend our son invited his friends to our farm for a Friendsgiving. They sat, relaxed, ate, talked, and laughed. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than sharing a meal with friends?

 
dining in the big room for friendsgiving
Lisa serving sparkling non alcoholic apple cider
Cast Iron Challenger bread pan pictured with cornucopia, with pull apart rolls in the back.
Jim Challenger serving sliced turkey
Overhead view of friendsgiving meal with corn bread, dinenr rolls, brussels sprouts and soup

image of forest friends eating friendsgiving

Woodland animals table decor including “Thanksgiving Friends” placemats from Chalet.

The homemade feast kicked off with a cheers (sparkling cider!), followed by the first course, Koginut Squash Soup. The soup was made that day with squash harvested by our friends at The Organic Gardener, and served in individual pumpkin bowls from Martha Stewart’s Harvest Collection. The Robin’s Koginut Squash was grown on their farm with seeds from Row 7 Seeds, a collaborative effort of Chef Dan Barber and select chefs, farmers, and gardeners.

Developed by Michael Mazourek, it’s a cross between two squash varieties prized by cooks, and is, in a word…delicious! Even more so when topped with creme fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds, accompanied by Jim’s just out of the oven sourdough bread!

Martha Steward glass soup bowls next to squash

cut Dan Barber squash pumpkins

dutch oven full of roasted squash for soup

place setting ready for squash soup

kids eating squash soup

Richard Harris Knife next to sourdough bread

In lieu of a whole turkey, roasted turkey breast sliders were served on buttery pull apart rolls, baked fresh that morning in the Challenger Bread Pan. The tender and tasty breasts were cooked sous vide style for 24 hours and seasoned with thyme, rosemary, and (secret ingredient!) duck fat, and then seared on the stove top in the Challenger.

sous vide turkey breast ready to cook for turkey sliders for friendsgiving

Ready to finish the sous vide turkey breasts to cook for friendsgiving sliders

Turkey breast cooking on cast iron challenger bread pan

Slicing turkey for sliders

Pulll apart dinner rolls sitting in cast iron challenger bread pan

turkey sliders made with pull apart dinner rolls on

And who doesn’t love stuffing? Our family’s favorite is Classic Sage Sausage Stuffing, made with Jim’s sourdough bread and sage seasoned sausage. While it’s cooking in the oven, the whole house smells like Thanksgiving!

The kids especially loved the yummy Challenger Cornbread, baked in the Challenger Bread Pan, by our friend and test baker, Josephine. Roasted Brussels sprouts are an easy crowd pleaser and are even better with the addition of bacon! 

family style table with corn bread in cast iron challenger bread pan, and sourdough bread stuffing

brussels sprouts made with bacon in cast iron challenger bread pan

turkey sliders for friendsgiving

In between the courses which were served family style, the kids kept busy by pulling Thanksgiving Pilgrim Crackers (not just for Christmas anymore!) and playing The Thanksgiving Game, answering questions like “If you had $100 to spend to help people, how would you spend the money?”

 

Tradition and history tells us that when two people pull apart a wishbone, the person left with the bigger piece gets a wish granted. Everyone at our Friendsgiving granted a wish as there were plenty of wishbones to go around! You can order your own #luckywishbones. We love photo props (can you tell?!) and these were the perfect fit for Friendsgiving.

happy friendsgiving with crowns, at table and fox tail on chair

The tradition of wearing festive hats is believed to date back to ancient Roman times.

friendsgiving, thanksgiving cracker novelty

wooden pumpkin with fox hanger

The Thanksgiving Crackers not only included jokes and crowns, but also these adorable woodland animal key chains.

breaking wishbones

breaking wishbones

laughing and eating friendsgiving meal

Following the Friendsgiving meal, the kids were treated to Bottomless Apple Crumble Pie, baked in the Challenger Bread Pan by our very own Community Engagement Leader, Sarah. Sweet, savory, and a bit of crunch—not a crumb was left! #imsomartha

friends with fall leaves and table setting for desset bar

person with cast iron challenger bread pan

Sarah arriving with the pie—it was hard to wait until after dinner to eat it!

bottomless apple pie sign with fox cookies

cast iron challenger bread pan with bottomless apple crumble pie

Cast Iron Apple Crumble Pie

More than just a bread pan!

Dishing out ice cream

dishing out apple crumble pie topped with ice cream

bowl of apple crumble pie with whipped cream and ice cream

orange fox iced sugar cookie

Cookies from our favorite, Three Tarts Bakery.

Did you know that the popularity of Friendsgiving originated on an episode from the first season of the TV show, Friends?! After dessert, all the teens were gifted custom printed Friendsgiving t-shirts before heading out to the barn for some hot chocolate and to visit our horses.

I'll be there for you friendsgiving sign and friends giving shirts

Jambo the dog with friendsgiving sign

Our beloved Berner, Challenger Breadware mascot, and goodest boy, Jambo! He had ACL replacement surgery only five days earlier, but is never one to miss a party! #showmygoodside

in the barn at blue moon farms set up for hot chocolate bar

hot chocolate bar for friendsgiving 2019

hot chocolate kids

horses

Charlie and Jackie loving all the attention!

friends giving gather with friends kids with their tshirts on

friendsgiving in front of the barn

friendsgiving by the fire pit

For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends, 

For everything Thy goodness sends.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

cheers with turkey

Cheers!

Follow Lisa on Instagram @bluemoonfarmsliving.