I have been planning the menu for a couple weeks, but Thanksgiving prep officially started for me on Sunday. Michael and I hit the grocery store with a list totaling 75 items. We were able to get 73 of those items at one store. My Thanksgiving Day Menu included 21 items, plus drinks. I would be responsible for 5 appetizers, 9 main dish items, 5 desserts, and 1 punch. Grammy would bring 2 main dish items. The reality of the situation, I made 3 appetizers and Tiff & Danny brought spinach cheese squares. I made 9 main dish items and picked up rolls from a bakery. Grammy did bring 2 main dish items (sweet potatoes & fruit salad). I made 3 desserts, Michael picked up the pre-ordered Caramel Pecan Pie at a local bakery and a variety of ice cream flavors from Salt & Straw including Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Coffee Bourbon. Grammy brought a flourless chocolate cake for dessert, which was unexpected.
I organized myself by splitting the cooking into three days. Day One: Monday. I made my favorite cranberry sauce.
Day Two: Tuesday, I made the potatoes (The Pioneer Woman's Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes), two appetizers (Trisha Yearwood's Hot Corn Dip
and Bobby Dean's Pimento Cheese Dip), and three veggie recipes (The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole, Creamed Spinach, and Carrots with a hint of maple syrup).
Day Three: Wednesday, I made another appetizer (Ina Garten's Cheese Straws), three desserts, Four Ingredient Vegan Pumpkin Pie-just as good as last year...
so yummy and worth making again
I also prepped the turkey with Williams-Sonoma Dry Brine.
Day Three: Thanksgiving Day included making the Not So Humble Pie Turkey Recipe
Cornbread Stuffing and Regular Bread Stuffing
and Gravy, of course.
Plus, heating up everything else that had been previously prepped.
Since I am somewhat adaptable and I wanted a pretty table more than I wanted two more appetizers and Thanksgiving punch, I abandoned those recipes due to time limitations.
The other thing that was abandoned due to time limitations, me spending any time on myself, or even changing my clothes from what I had been wearing for two days: shorts and my "Nice Peaches" Savannah t-shirt. Ugh!!! Thank goodness my family does not care what I look like.
I do think my table was beautiful
Michael is currently obsessed with Hard Apple Cider and buys a different kind every time he goes to the grocery store. I do hope his cider turns out or I fear he will be utterly dejected. Here he has asked Sammy to pose with some cider.
Peter, Grampy & Rylan, Kyle, Tyler
(Geo is a Great-Grandpa!)
Same people-take 2
Grammy, Kyle, Grampy & Rylan, Hannah, Tyler, Peter
Just sitting down to eat. I'm sure I am thinking... what am I missing?
Michael finally gets to stop cleaning the house and sit down and eat. He is very happy.
Of Grammy and Grampy's five Grandsons, we were missing Austin (who had to work)
and Joey (who is in Amsterdam until next month).
Rylan, 6 months, not particularly fond of the flash.
Grammy, Sammy, Aunt Tiffy & Lily in a stupor after dinner. I tried to get a picture of Coco, but realized she never sits still. Lily is almost always calm, but usually under foot.
This morning I woke up to this beautiful girl sunning herself. So happy to be roaming free after being locked up all Thanksgiving Day. Cat fur and Thanksgiving Dinner were never meant to go together.
My centerpiece looks even better today
and I was able to salvage a bag of these delicious spiced pecans.
I love Baker & Spice.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving.