What’s Cookin’ – Thanksgiving Day Menu

The guest list is complete.

The menu has been decided.

Thanksgiving Day Menu:
Fresh Turkey Brined and Roasted (I’m using PW’s brine recipe this year).
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Topping
This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole
Homemade Jellied Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Rolls and Butter
Guthrie Jello Salad
Pies (Apple, Pumpkin, and Pecan made by Grandma) with whipped cream
Beverages (Beer, Wine, Sparkling Grape Juice)

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole

Homemade Jellied Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Guthrie Jello Salad

We will be having 19 people for Thanksgiving dinner.  What is interesting is that the adults outnumber the children this year, and we have no kids in single digits.

What is fun is that all five of our girls will be here for the holiday.  This is the first time in 2 years that we will all be together.  Two of our kids live far away from our home town, and by this time next year, we expect that our middle child will be off on her own, too.  So, we don’t know when we will all be together again.

Our five girls the last time we were all together.

Grandma and my sister-in-law and her family will be here.  Big Patrick and his family will be here.  And we have a few extra boys adding to the fun.  That’s what happens when you have daughters – extra boys show up from time to time.

Our holiday family gatherings are very casual.  We don’t dress up.  Everyone pitches in to help with the food.  We set up a buffet line and load up our fancy paper plates (which makes cleanup a whole lot easier).  We sit down together, but spill over into two rooms to eat.  Dinner is a noisy affair.

Time together with family and friends – this is what brings us joy.  After dinner, there will likely be some “friendly” and totally non-competitive games played and lots of laughter.

Hope all of your plans for Thanksgiving are coming together, too.  While we love to plan and prepare big meals for my family, we try not to stress out over it.  We’ve done so many of these meals over the years, that DSH and I kind of have it down to a science.  After all of the festivities and when everyone has gone home, we finish the clean up together.  We have done this so many times for so many holidays and family gatherings that we go about the task almost by rote.  It’s actually one of my favorite times of the day.  Just the two of us sharing the joy of family time with each other.  While putting away leftovers and washing dishes and putting up chairs and washing linens.

Hope all of your Thanksgiving plans are coming together and that all of you will be able to spend time with those you love and that love you back.

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