I'm not sure how else to describe it!
Anyway, I have 9 friends, including my flatmates, coming over for a potluck Thanksgiving tomorrow night. I sent out a list of traditional Thanksgiving foods and people selected what they are going to bring.
I went shopping today for turkey and ingredients for pumpkin pie and corn pudding. I struck out on all three! A turkey breast would have set me back $40, so I bought 2 whole chickens instead for less than half the cost of the turkey breast, but I forgot to get a pan to roast them in. The store I went to, which is the only large grocery store in my area, did not have canned pumpkin, so I had to think on my toes and I got ingredients for a fruit tart. One of my guests will be bringing apple pie, so we will have the two desserts to choose from, plus ice cream. I couldn't find corn muffin mix or corn meal and assumed they didn't have creamed corn either, so we will just be having canned corn. I did pick up "corn flour" hoping it was the same as corn starch. I made the pastry cream for the tart with the corn flour, but had to add a lot more milk to get rid of the chalky texture.
ETA: I hope to Skype briefly with my family back home when they are ready to start their Thanksgiving dinner so I can at least "be there" with them for a bit! It is my first Thanksgiving without my family, which is sad, but I'm grateful that I have wonderful friends here to share it with.
My friends are all in good humor about my need to improvise. They say, "It's ok. It's a Scottish Thanksgiving!" I am looking forward to dinner tomorrow night, and I'm excited to share my American holiday with friends from Ireland, Canada, Norway, Germany, France, and China!