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Thinking back on some of my favorite memories this past year, I wanted to share my experience hosting my first #Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry.

My friends would pay to see me cook an actual meal. Seriously. So, this Thanksgiving, I challenged myself to host my very own Friendsgiving to benefit the wonderful organization No Kid Hungry. No Kid Hungry is a national campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. They help make sure kids have the food they need to learn and grow and, as a mom, that’s something I can really get behind—even if it means I have to learn how to cook to show my support.


Since it was obvious I was going to need a little bit of help in the kitchen, I called in some backup to give me a few food lessons before the big day: Martha Stewart!

Martha shared with me her secrets to a successful Thanksgiving meal—and then showed me how to prepare them all, too:

Delicious cornbread (in the shape of turkeys, of course)
A traditional dish with a twist, like my family’s Famous Green Bean Casserole made with fresh, fried onion rings

A perfect pie, like Martha’s Deep Dish Pumpkin-Meringue Pie

        Once I had those three dishes under my apron belt, I got busy in the kitchen and it all turned out (mostly) great! And like most gatherings with my girlfriends, it was filled with lots of laughing and great food. A big shout-out of love and thanks to Martha Stewart and my friends at Green GiantFound RentalsCasa de PerrinBowen HouseWhamBam Events, and Gaby Dalkin.

        To see how it all went down, visit my Instagram and search the hashtag #jessicasfriendsgiving.

        Watch the videos!