Next week portends to be a great week. It’s Thanksgiving! I don’t have any photos of food – but these shots of the beautiful fall season this year will have to do.
I plan on making the Thanksgiving meal, but in a different way this year. This year, we’re doing buffet style. There will be a table of food, but no table set with plates. The reason for this is two-fold. The first is that we don’t have a dining room! I’ve rearranged the furniture once again, who is surprised?
The second is that the husband will be undergoing major surgery on the Monday before Thanksgiving. I’m confident he’ll be out of the hospital by Thanksgiving but just in case, I’m doing a lot of preparation work this weekend.
The girl comes home Monday, the boy flies home Tuesday, my parents and Brother Peck will be here Wednesday. I look forward to hugging them all! Then I’ll tell them to help themselves to whatever is in the refrigerator. Ha!
Here’s what I’m planning on making . . . God willing.
Proteins – I’m making a lot of proteins this year because I want to have a LOT of leftovers. Since I have a plenitude of venison in the freezer, I’m going to use it up!
– Turkey (because I must)
– Beef Tenderloin (because I love tenderloin)
Sides – These are my favorite sides, some from year after year, and some new this year.
– Stuffing. I don’t stuff the turkey. I make this on the stove.
– Green bean casserole
– Green bean prik king curry, because there must be a Thai dish in this dinner.
– Thai green bean salad. It’s a green bean fiesta!
– Mashed potatoes. The girl loves mashing every year.
– Sweet potatoes. Mom is making it this year. Her’s is the best ever because of the one secret ingredient. Did I tell you what that is yet?)
– Crab mac n cheese for the boy.
– Deli breads. I bought this from Whole Foods and they are in the freezer as we speak.
– Lots and lots of green salad with my mom’s standard Balsamic Garlic dressing. It’s delicious.
– Kale & brussel sprout salad – I love this recipe from Nancy Fuller. It’s yummy, to die for, addicting and really good for you!
– (Frozen) Corn on the cob
– Cranberry sauce – from the can everyone, from the can.
– Apple Pie Egg Rolls
– No Bake Cookies
– Sweet & Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
– Banana Leaf Wrapped Sticky Rice
– Pumpkin Cheese Cake - this says it takes 11 hours to make but I swear I’m up to it!
– Upside down pineapple cake – a perennial favorite!
hmmmm…maybe I’ll skip the peanut butter bars – but the no bake cookies and the cheesecake are made and I’ve purchased the banana wrapped sticky rice. Three down, three to go.
I’m having more than just turkey as a protein this year. I’m also having a touch of Thai, and a lot of fresh vegetables in the form of salads. I for one, prefer fresh vegetables over cooked vegetables and I am going to cook things that people will actually eat so crab mac n cheese it is!
My last thought before the week begins is this – many blessings to you and to yours. My Thanksgiving will be perfect – no matter what happens because I remember this – we are to give thanks in whatever our circumstances.
Or we can order pizza…