Thanksgiving last week was special for multiple reasons. For one, it was our first Thanksgiving in El Salvador. Secondly, it was our first Thanksgiving as a married couple. But it was also our first Thanksgiving away from “home,” or rather, away from both of our families.We’d spent the previous two Thanksgivings with Kail’s family in Michigan. Last year, we had just gotten engaged so when I wasn’t eating, I was glued to wedding magazines and TheKnot.com planning our wedding.What a difference a year makes.Wedding planning, Thanksgiving weekend 2011. Note the empty pie plate.This year, it was fun establishing our own Thanksgiving traditions for our little family of two. The night before Thanksgiving, we put up our Christmas decorations (late by Salvadoran standards) and made sugar and gingerbread cookie dough — special family recipes from my mother-in-law.On Thanksgiving day itself, we baked 100+ cookies for my upcoming cookie exchange, then headed over to our friends’ place for dinner. They had family in town and invited a few people over to celebrate.Candle centerpiece.Kail and I were only responsible for bringing a green salad, but we got to enjoy lots of yummy, less healthy dishes that were a lot more work:My Thanksgiving plate (the first).I feel full just looking at this food again.Everything was delicious and I am incredibly thankful to have already made some good friends in the short amount of time that we’ve lived in San Salvador. The transition to Foreign Service life has been tough at times, but it has also been fun and rewarding — and Thanksgiving was a reminder of that. Thanks again to our hosts!How was your Thanksgiving?