“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and as my hubby is a firefighter, it is the last holiday we will spend in our home until 2017. So, my mom is coming to our house and we will be doing a full holiday feast! I told my husband and kids that after Thursday, I don’t plan on cooking again until Monday, so I’m making plenty to feed them until then! I have spent the last month scouring Pinterest for some new recipes to add to our old favorites, and this is the menu I have come up with for our meal:
The Main Event: Maple Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage Butter – a slight variation on last year’s turkey. This will be the first time I’ve tried this recipe. I hope it comes out as good as it sounds. Incidentally, I scored a great deal on my turkey this year. Publix had them at .59 per pound! I picked up an almost 15-lb. turkey for less than $9!!
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole– This is a recipe we got from friends of ours after we had a “friendsgiving” at their house about 10 years ago. It’s a family recipe with cheesy, creamy broccoli baked with a buttery, crispy topping and it is absolutely delicious! For years afterward, we agreed to an exchange of sorts. I made them a green bean casserole, and they made me this. This year, they’ve shared the recipe and I’m going to try it on my own.
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes–This is my own recipe I’ve kind of come up with through the years. I’m handing the reigns over to my 17 year old son this year to do them himself, so we will see how he does. These potatoes come out so smooth and creamy! I’m going to try and remember to take pictures in the midst of all the cooking chaos so I can share the recipe after the holiday!
Creamy Corn Casserole–I stumbled upon this recipe last year and my oldest loved it and begged me to make it again this year, so I will!
Green Bean Casserole — Of the standard French’s variety. Why mess with a classic?
My hubby’s Yam’s–This is the one dish he makes every year and we all love it. Yams, pecans, brown sugar, marshmallows. It’s one big gooey, delicious mess.
My crockpot mac-and-cheese–Honestly, this recipe sprung up from desperation. Our rental home is equipped with one of those straight-from-the-1970s ovens. You know, the really small kind with the clock that has the numbers that flip? If I’m lucky I can fit two casserole dishes in there at once, so I have to limit the number of dishes that I cook in the oven due to time constraints. My boys love having mac-n-cheese for the holidays, so, I decided to utilize one of my three crock pots!
Stuffing– Straight out of the box. Mainly because I just can’t do everything from scratch and Stove Top tastes pretty darn good.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie–My hubby’s favorite. A must-have for every holiday.
Pretzel Pecan Pie — I made this last year and it was really good. I found out you can make it ahead and then just pop it in the oven at about 300 degrees for a few minutes before you serve it to soften it up.
Crock Pot Peach Cobbler — Because I always like to have a fruit dessert, but like I said, I suffer from limited oven space, and time. This will be a first for this recipe too, but it sounds yummy!
And that is our holiday menu for this year! Yes, it’s a lot, but like I said, I won’t be cooking at home again for a full year. When my hubby works, we go to the station and just bring a side dish. And, I purposely plan to over cook so I can take the whole weekend off and relax! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday! From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!