Friday, November 16, 2018

It's Thanksgiving!

I'm not completely ready for Thanksgiving.  It's a week "early" they year because of how the Thursday's fall in the month of December so I keep thinking we have one more week to go and, we don't!  (It gets made up for next year when it comes at the end of the month!).  Despite already having some snow, I'm still in "fall mode" and not quite ready for the holidays but, I guess I had better get ready!!  The days up to Thanksgiving are pretty quiet and I'll keep cooking pretty simple so I can prep for Thanksgiving dinner :-)

Friday - Hamburger Strogenoff, Noodles and cooked carrots

Saturday - Pork Chops, Fried Rice and Crescent Rolls

Sunday - Stuffed Shells, Green Beans, and garlic bread

Monday - Meatball Soup and yeast rolls

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday :-)

Wednesday - Stromboli and salad.  Quite a few years ago I wanted a "tradition" for dinner the night before Thanksgiving.  First, I did Lasagna because I could make it weeks before and freeze it - I didn't have to cook anything but having a heavy dinner the night before wasn't appealing after the first year. Instead I switched to Pizza.  It's a little more open ended with variety - some years I make homemade pizza, or we use store bought crust and add toppings or, like this year, I make my super simple Stromboli.  All the toppings can be prepped in advance so all

Thursday - It's Thanksgiving!  We are pretty traditional.  Every year, I spend some time scouring Pinterest for some new recipe to try and different ideas to add to our traditional Thanksgiving but I usually stick pretty close to what we always do.  Turkey, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Cranberries, Stuffing, Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, Mac and Cheese (for my mac and cheese lover!) and Squash.  I normally make sweet potato casserole but my father-in-law gave us some acorn squash so I thought it would be nice to cook it all up and use it for Thanksgiving.  I might divide it in half - leave some plan for the realists in my family (Like my husband!) and doctor some up like my Sweet Potato Casserole that I love!.  I do have a couple other ideas for a new side dishes to try but I haven't decided yet :-) Dessert - a few favorites like my wonderful pumpkin pie, a Cranberry Cake I tried last year and it was wonderful.  Then I usually like to add one other option :-)

As far as the rest of Thanksgiving day, I like to have something for breakfast.  When I went to the scrapbooking retreat a few weeks ago, someone made an overnight egg/sausage dish for breakfast and it was perfect so I think I'll put that in on Wednesday night so when everyone gets up on Thursday that can eat when they feel like.  Plus, Josh likes to make tortilla wraps so he can make those for our "snack".  :-)