Well, it took 42 years, but I am finally having my first Thanksgiving at my house. I am 25 weeks pregnant, so I will not be making the turkey or ham, but my kids and I are making all the sides and desserts. I am excited about our menu, so I wanted to share some of the great tried and true recipes and some new ones. Click on dish for recipe:
- Spiral Cut Glazed Ham (purchased at Bjs)
- Smoked Turkey (purchased from a local meat market)
- This ham is delicious and easy because it is already cooked and cut. Leftovers make amazing split pea soup.
- This is a new one. I have always loved smoked turkey, but never tried to do it myself. When I saw the local meat market was offering these for $30 for a 10-12 pound turkey, I ordered one.
- I am Cuban, so I had never eaten collard greens until a few years ago. I had really good ones and loved them. This year there were collards in our CSA box, so I had to turn to Youtube to figure out how to make them. This video is engaging and these really are the best collards ever. She gives a recipe list at the beginning of video.
- I found this recipe through Swagbucks last week. As my plan indicates I prepared it yesterday and it is by far the BEST macaroni n' cheese I have ever tasted. Printable recipe here.
- I tried mashed potato stuffing years ago and it is the most amazing combination. I've made it several times and it is always delicious and always a hit.
- Tried and true!
- I have made this pie once before and let's just say, it disappeared!
- My daughter loves pumpkin pie and I have never made one. This year she will attempt this Paula Deen recipe.
- Prepare macaroni n' cheese, cover with foil, write directions on foil.
- Prepare green bean casserole, cover with foil, write directions on foil.
- Put ham in refrigerator to thaw out.
- Prepare mashed potato stuffing, cover with foil, write directions on sticky note. (this gets cooked with foil on, so I didn't want the fumes from a sharpie wafting in the oven)
- Prepare bacon and onions for collard greens.
- Make pies
- Pick up Turkey
- Heat up ham at 11:00 a.m. according to directions (keep warm with foil and towel)
- Heat up turkey at 11:00 a.m. according to directions (keep warm with foil and towel)
- Start collards at 10:30, they need a good two hours to cook
- Noon, heat up remaining casseroles
- 1:00 Eat
I am looking forward to a new tradition and hesitant about it at the same time. Thanksgiving was my favorite time of year as a kid, we ALWAYS did the same thing. It was constant and it was sure, there was comfort in that for me. Over the years, I have shared dinner responsiblities with others, I have made and brought dishes, I have made nothing, but I have never been the hostess. I did it this year out of necessity more than anything, which is not always the best motiviation. I have hope that it will be fun, thankFULL and a blessing to all of us.
I have so much to be thankful for; a new husband, four great kids and a little boy on the way, my health, healing, strong faith, great friends, the body of Christ and so much more...
What are you thankful for this year?