This is throwing me for a loop.
I don’t normally freak out about the weather but with both my parents and my in-laws coming in for the holiday tomorrow I’m a little worried. Plus I was planning on doing all my shopping tomorrow. Probably not the best idea, I know, but it was the only time I had.
I’ve decided to reschedule a few things and make some time this afternoon for at least half the shopping. This way I won’t have to run to multiple stores tomorrow and I can focus on cleaning and prepping.
However, honestly, I haven’t devoted any brainpower to what I even need to do or buy or prepare for Thursday so I’m using this post as my brain dump.
First, thankfully, my turkey is ordered so I have no worries there unless the snow storm prevents me from picking it up Wed morning which is doubtful.
So the bird is taken care of. Well, so to speak. Meaning I have one on the way.
Next up, the stuffing.
I do this weird half homemade/half Stovetop thing every year. See, The Husband’s family are Stovetop people. My parents are homemade, all the way. When I took over Thanksgiving dinner six years ago (click here to see that post) I first tried to make my own. However, I have since compromised by using Stovetop as a base and doctoring it up with my own twist. This has proven to be the best stuffing in the world! Just ask The Husband who is already salivating at the thought of it because I only make it once a year.
It’s super easy too. I start by removing sausage from it’s casing and then I fry it up with onion, mushrooms, celery, carrots, and kale. Then I use the stovetop as my “bread.” No need to added butter or oil at all! The flavor of the Stovetop combined with the fresh ingredients really compliment each other and it’s tasty!
In case you are wondering, yes I stuff the bird. Some goes in and some stays out. It’s a been family tradition for years and we haven’t died yet.
Anyway, mashed Potatoes, are definitely the next most popular thing on the table. I use large russet potatoes, at least 1 per person and 3 for my Father-In-Law who could eat the whole batch himself. Then I just mash with some milk and a touch of cream cheese. Nothing fancy there.
We all enjoy the mashed potatoes but my Mom and I both rather sweet. So I make this recipe in the crockpot every year.
It’s one less thing to worry about as everything just goes in the crockpot and get to forget about it.
After the bird and potatoes I’m all about the veggies! Call me crazy, but I like to make a ton of veggie based sides so I can fill my plate and not feel totally gross and bloated afterwards.
Brussels Sprouts have become a mainstay for my Thanksgiving table. I roast them just like this but I add some walnuts and bacon bits to make them just a little more special on the Holiday.
Last year I introduced Green Beans and now, honestly, I’m making them again only because I LOVE THEM! And so do the kids. I make them just like this…
Even though I make the greens I still prepare some corn too. Mostly for The Husband who requests it every year. Plus it’s just an easy addition. Bag of frozen corn, pinch of salt, microwave safe dish, done.
As if all the veggies weren’t enough I also make a huge “Harvest Salad” which started as a tradition since I joined some local CSAs.
Basically it’s whatever greens I can get my hands on topped with pecans, gouda (or smoked cheddar,) dried cranberries and a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette. I love this flavor combo and having salad leftover makes for some real quick lunches when you can just top it with cooked turkey!
Last year I also made a homemade cranberry sauce using some clementines and honey. I may do that again for me and my mom but they rest of family sticks with the canned stuff. Which I did grow up with and love too. But if I have a choice I’m going with homemade all the way.
I think that’s it. Well, besides crescent rolls which are also a family tradition. I do get the reduced fat because, well, why not? No one can tell the difference and a few less calories/grams of fat will make room for all the other yummy stuff everyone will be eating.
Ok, now that’s really it. I think. Oh! Crap, besides dinner the night before! HA! Everyone is coming in tomorrow, so I need to feed them then as well. I just make a big batch of sauce and a pound or two of spaghetti. Although this year I’m think of making wings too, as my Step Father really wants to try my recipe since I posted this on Instagram the other day.
I have discovered the miracle that is Baking Powder. Don’t worry I plan on posting a complete recipe on GreenLiteBites and possibly doing a video. They are that good!
Any now I just jotted more down on my list as I remembered I ALSO have to feed everyone breakfast.
This is why blogging helps me so much. Now I feel so much better prepared and I have a shopping list!
Although it’s longer now after remembering Wed dinner and breakfast Thursday morning.
Anyway, thanks for reading my ramble. I appreciate it!
Which reminds me…. Today I am most grateful for my family and my ability to provide and cook all this food for them for the next couple of days. I can’t wait to see my boys play with their cousins, watch cheesy movies with my parents, play uno with the whole family and just “be” for a few days.
That’s the best part of Thanksgiving.
At least in my opinion.