This year my Thriving Husband has nearly the whole week of Thanksgiving off. With three little ones in tow, traveling to the Bay Area to see family just isn't in the cards for us this year. We decided it was the perfect time to go all out for Thanksgiving, especially since the boys actually understand holidays now and sharing in their squeals of joy is the highlight of our lives.
So, where is a busy Thriving Wife and Mommy to #threeunderthree to start? Pinning a menu of course!
Since this will be the first year of my life I am actually making most everything (when I did Thanksgiving for two in the past, I skipped the turkey...selfish vegetarian that I am), I needed recipes and a plan.
First up, dranks.
As a sangria lover, this Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria seemed to be the perfect crisp and delicious drink to kick off a day of cooking and eating with the family.
Next, I needed to gather some information for the main event. I had never cooked a turkey and aside from my passionate aversion to meat the task seemed rather scary. With the smallest, most expensive, free range, hormone free, organic turkey I prepared myself.
I checked out some Turkey Tips to become better informed and pick up some tricks of the turkey making trade. Whew, so much to learn!
Next up? The must-haves; stuffing and potatoes. I decided to go with a fan fave, Pioneer Woman cornbread stuffing recipe ( I love me some cornbread) and a sassy baked potato casserole.
With cranberries and gravy added to the mix all I needed next was a green side, bread (I'm set to fufull my of craving crescent rolls) and dessert!
As a brussels sprouts supporter, I jumped at this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Reduction. I may even do a salad too as I skip the turkey and load up on greens...well and bread...and potatoes to be fair.
While I of course will supply the traditional pumpkin pie, I wanted to a little something else too. How about this Pumpkin Crunch Dump Cake?! OK!!!
I have already reserved my Thriving Husband to watch the baby while my Thriving Mommy, Puss, Peanut and I take to the kitchen. The boys love to help and watch "cooking shows" so I am looking forward to prepping tomorrow and spending Thursday cooking, eating and spending time with my loves. While we will miss our family in the Bay Area terribly...we plan to make enough food to feed them despite their absence. That is what the holiday is about right...
What's on your Thanksgiving menu?
Strive to thrive,