Nov 22, 2011


Thanksgiving 2011 will be hosted at my house for the second time.

Of course no Thanksgiving is really complete with out my lovely Grandma but I think she'll be with my favorite Aunt Maxine this year in San Antonio.  I have a feeling we'll all be together for Christmas which is my favorite time of year!

The Thanksgiving menu this year will consist of:  Roasted Butter Herb Turkey, SkinnyCrockpot Girls Cranberry Sauce, Green bean bundles, Travis' Great Grandmother's homemade yeast rolls, mudslide pie, mashed potatoes and stuffing.  Quite the feast!

I just pulled out our 11.6lb turkey to defrost.  Over the weekend I made the cranberries (stove top way) and the bundles.  So easy and so good!  By the way, if you love green beans then fresh is the way to go- Costco sells a nice sized package of green beans and those are the ones I'll be serving.

I definitely think tradition is important at family mealtime.   I remember when Travis and I were dating and I was invited to spend Thanksgiving with his family.  Everything was great until the table was set and I excused myself to make a call to my mom to say that I couldn't believe they didn't have fresh cranberries.... I may or may not have been crying.  I was just so used to having fresh jelly cranberry sauce on the table and to not have that piece for some reason affected me.  Good thing the next year I spent with them we had fresh cranberries on the table. 

As a child growing up I remember breaking the wishbone apart with my family or later on in life with my Grandma.  Grandma and I would pull so hard I hands would almost slip off of it.

I also love to do something special for our table setting.  Last year I made little cards for each person and wrote down interesting (nonsense) facts about thanksgiving day on one side and then why I was thankful for them on the other side. 

This year we have some cute handprint turkeys that will have the bible verse: 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
(Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ) written on it.

This year I'm busting out with our wedding china.  It has been sitting in the box unused, untouched for 5 1/2 years. It's time for it to see the light of day!

Happy early Thanksgiving!