thanksgiving menuMy favorite holiday of all time is right around the corner.  I love Thanksgiving.  I love everything about it.  I love that it is about being thankful for what you have.  I love that it is about a wonderful meal and sharing it with the people that you care about.  I love that there is no present buying or hustle and bustle.  It is simple and I look forward to it every year.

I am a traditionalist when it comes to my Thanksgiving meal.  I make the same thing year after year.  I make what my mother made for Thanksgiving dinner.  And what my grandmother made for Thanksgiving dinner.  You are not going to find food trends on my menu or anything really gourmet.  You will find delicious side dishes and things that you can make ahead of time so that you can actually enjoy Thanksgiving Day with your friends and family.

thanksgiving menu planning

I really try to do as much as humanly possible before the holiday.  I plan my menu, shop, set the table, polish silver, whatever little things that I can do, I do.  I have this folder that I use every year for Thanksgiving.  I made it years ago when I cooked my first Thanksgiving meal.  I got made fun of for this folder, but honestly, it comes in really handy year after year.  I have all of my family recipes in it and the shopping list that I need for each dish.  You really might consider making one for yourself.

thanksgiving menu planningI realize that I can be a little Type A, but I really believe that if I go to the effort to make this huge meal, then I deserve to enjoy it as well.  By taking the time before hand to organize and get ready, I can enjoy a glass of wine and actually sit down and chew my food.  I have learned a few things through the years.  The first being, to make sure that you have enough serving dishes.  It really stinks to try to serve a turkey and realize that you have nothing to serve it on.  When your guests are seated at the table waiting to eat it.  Oh yeah, not my best Thanksgiving.  I have traded all of my random serving dishes for all white pieces.  I love the way food stands out on white and white matches everything.  I write down each dish that I am making on a Post-It note and put it in the serving dish.  That way I will not run out of dishes.  Second, make a game plan.  I write out all of the tasks out and divide them into days.  Usually, my Thanksgiving prep starts a week before.  Mine looks something like this:

thanksgiving menu planningI am going to share with you some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes all this week.  So stay tuned.  If you have any questions about cooking or baking for Thanksgiving or traditions that you have, please leave me a note in the comments section.  I would love to hear them or answer them if I can.

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