Nov 23, 2010

Turkey Dinner

This year will be my first time - EVER - to host Thanksgiving dinner.  This morning Travis and I planned out our menu together.   My mom is bringing stuffing and green bean casserole and we're doing the rest.  

I knew I was going to be making the Pioneer Woman's Cranberry Pomegranate sauce

Cranberries are my personal favorite.  

I remember spending Thanksgiving at Travis' family's house one year while we were dating and I went in the back bedroom and called my mom crying over the cranberry dish, prepared out of a can.  Looking back, that was a waste of tears but there is something about fresh cranberries that I just LOVE. I'm sure it has to do with the many meals before shared with my parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle.... cousins too!   

For the bird, we are going to attempt to make Sandra Lee's Roasted Buttered Herb Turkey.

I've never roasted anything besides a beer-butt chicken. So I'm going with this one because of the "simply homemade" approach that comes with the recipe.

For sweet potatoes we are going with a recipe I found in Southern Living Magazine.  It calls for cornflakes, mini marshmallows, butter and brown sugar... sounds like a wining combo to me!

And then for desert we are going with Texas Table's, Pumpkin Praline cake.  The picture in the cookbook looks amazing! 

Travis is making his Great-Grandma Aggie's Yeast Rolls and a delicious spinach, pear, pecan salad.

I usually do something special for tablescapes at my mom's house.  Last year it was a special note telling each one how "thankful" I am for them.  This year I'm going to make something special for my guests at their place setting... it should strike up a conversation for sure!

Time to head to the store.... hopefully beat the rush!

gobble. gobble!