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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thanksgiving.......on my mind

Our holidays have been changing in the past few years. Time has a way of doing that. Through the loss of parents, the marrying of children and life moving on ~~the traditional ways we have known aren't always the way things are now. It seems the past few years my husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving in our home. I do love having it although with my business some years it seems it's a mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas...with having a tree up and the mantle decorated for The Silk Thumb Christmas open house. Luckily all the women in our family love Christmas and they seem to enjoy the mix.
I am fortunate that the women all bring a dish. We have always done this since we can have up to 25 people. It's easier on the hostess and it's fun to see what dishes others come up with.
I have been thinking of my menu which is usually pretty close to the same each year. The entrees are favorites of someone and if they don't appear on the menu someone wants to know where it is! :) It's always fun to try a new dish but I haven't thought it through yet to decide what that will be. Do you have any thoughts for something new? A favorite that must appear on your Thanksgiving menu?
Menu for Thanksgiving 2008
*Turkey cooked in fryer (we did this for the first time last year and LOVED it prepared that way)
*Crockpot stuffing (this works well since we don't have a turkey in the oven to stuff...it's a very moist stuffing)
*Cranberry salad I insist on a cranberry salad although sometimes I feel many don't care for cranberries
*Sweet Potato Casserole...yum!
*Spinach au gratin courtesy of Barefoot Contessa (I must figure out how to add a link!)
*Homemade Pumpkin Pie
*Punch
*Iced Tea
*Coffee
Of course there will be more added. This is just a start.

11 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Once I get thru this week, I'll make my Thanksgiving menu plans. We're pretty traditional, though. I do make a carrot souffle my kiddos love; and I have a great dressing recipe. One of our desserts is usually one of hubby's favs......but like you said, there's more to come!

Suzanne

Miss Janice said...

I am loving those turkey dishes. I just love the Thanksgiving holiday and all the traditions that go along with it:)
Miss Janice

Anonymous said...

It's one of my fave holidays, I can almost taste the turkey now lol

This year it will be bittersweet my son recently moved to CA. He was offered a job he just could not refuse and as my husband and I told him you're only young once. But oh do I miss him. It was time for him to spread his wings I know, he has been out of college for a couple of years, but I didn't think his wings would take him that far !!!

But I am with you I love tradtions.

And thanks so much for all your info on the cornucopias, one ? do you use a piece of foam at the base to attach things to ?

Kathy :)

Nancy said...

Oh I love it all! The Turkey dishes are beautiful! Nancy

Bo said...

What lovely pics you posted! I'm going to look for a crockpot stuffing recipe...I really like that idea...it would free up the oven for other things. ;-) Bo

southerninspiration said...

Oh, I forgot to add that of course you know I love the dishes, but that Thanksgiving platter is awfully nice, too, darlin!

Suzanne

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your menu sounds yummy! We have most of the same things you mentioned. For dessert pumpkin pie and pecan pie.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

The menu sounds divine and I just love the plates!

Paula said...

Your table looks beautiful!

Our Thanksgiving menu is pretty similar to yours. I have to have sweet potato casserole and dressing. I actually could do w/o the turkey!

I've never had a fried turkey. It sounds good, but I can't see Mama and I taking that on. Sounds like a man's job to me!

Kathleen Grace said...

I would use peacock feathers! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I just looked through yours and it is beautiful! Lovely arrangements and decorating ideas. Great to meet you:>)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Sounds perfect!
Our Turkey dinner wouldn't be complete without 95% carbs!
Yum~