Thanksgiving Menu Scheming

Appetizers:

Dinner and Sides:

Dessert:

  • Pumpkin pie (per the Libby’s label, sub in ginger snaps for graham crackers)
  • Pumpkin ice cream (perhaps swap with caramel eggnog ice cream)
  • Jell-o Mold (a family tradition)

Thanksgiving Cometh!

So it hit me that today is the eleventh (a big thanks to our Veterans out there!) and I still don’t have a Thanksgiving plan.

I sat up this Google Doc with dishes, who’s preparing them and some of the things we’ll need for each of them.  As Thanksgiving nears, I’ll go in and highlight what we have plenty of and what we need.  I’ll also probably chuck off some of the items!

How do you organize your T-givin’ madness?

Fastforward

It seems like the world is in a bit of a time warp.  Saturday, I went out grocery shopping at our Wal-mart Neighborhood Market and they were putting up their wreaths and Christmas trees.

Halloween hasn’t even happened yet!  Could this not wait one more week?  I’m no stranger to the Christmas Creep, and you know I mentally live a couple holidays in the future, but that’s a little silly.  I know that Thanksgiving is pretty entwined with the December holidays in most peoples’ minds, but why doesn’t it get to be celebrated in its own right?  Especially in a grocery store?

I have very real issues with anticipating holidays so long that the day itself goes by in a blur and I end up feeling a bit sad and disappointed when it’s all done.  I can’t help but wonder if the Creep is to blame.

Thoughts?

Pre-Holiday Season Purchase

Again, I know I’m early to the party with all my ideas for holidays and whatnot, but this is important, guys.  I’m talking about changing your entire holiday, guys.  And for those of you in Canada, Thanksgiving is Monday, right?  So this is almost too late for you guys!

A roaster oven.  This thing cooks your turkey without taking up a single bit of space in your oven.  Instead of sticking the bird in there, fiddling with tin foil, pulling it out to baste (and spilling turkey juices all over your oven) the turkey is already out and easily accessed on your counter top.  Instead of attempting to cram your side dishes in the oven around the turkey, you have access to your entire oven.

The one I linked to is a 22 quart capacity.  My mom has a smaller one, I think.  This is an 18 quart one that is only $19.99.

And lest you think this is a thing you’ll use once a year, it does other stuff, too!  They can pretty much function like an oven, so most things that can be baked can be made in this.  Here’s a Hamilton Beach product manual for one of their roaster ovens with use tips, cleaning guides and more.  (Dootsie’s pro tip for buying appliances… always look up a product manual.)  We used one to do a whole chicken this summer, and it was so much less miserable than firing up the oven.

Do you have a favourite OMG LIFESAVER appliance?

Holly Holiday: Thanksgiving Menu Thoughts

I live one to two holidays in the future at any given time.  I’ve always been pining away for future holiday fun, but at my job, it’s just gotten worse.  I did a Black Friday ad a couple weeks ago.  I’m scrounging together November-December events for a calendar for our next pub.

So of course I’m thinking turkey.

I was Pinning some stuff this morning and I came across this link to 60 Thanksgiving side dishes.  It got me wondering…

If you cook a big Thanksgiving feast, or other BIG holiday meal, what are your essential side dishes?

For Thanksgiving, I absolutely must have turkey gravy, cornbread dressing (our’s is made pretty simply), cooked cranberry sauce, canned cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans and those cheapie brown n’ serve rolls.  It does feel a little odd without some sort of sweet potato dish, but I honestly don’t care for them too much.  Our Thanksgiving is pretty basic, but we take a few detours off of PURE simple once in a while for surprises.