Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

You may not know this, but I'm obsessed with Thanksgiving. If I had to forgo every other holiday, birthday, and anniversary celebration just to celebrate this one glorious day of thanks, I would. I wouldn't even bat an eye. I love Thanksgiving so much that I plan for it all year round. I scout out new recipes and perfect my existing "classics." When I start getting antsy around mid-August to make our Thanksgiving plans, the hubs has to remind me on a weekly basis that it's not time yet.

Well...tie me up, get out your basters, and stick a pop up thermometer in me because it's finally time for Thanksgiving!

The problem with Thanksgiving this year is that Paul and his squadron won't be home to celebrate. So I've taken matters into my own hands and declared a Sunday in early November our Thanksgiving. Afterall, it's about the people, food, and time spent together, not the actual day right? Technically, it could be Thanksgiving everyday if I really wanted to try, but too much a good thing is....errr, too much.

I haven't even started shopping for the perfect centerpiece and table settings to dress up our new table but the menu has been set for quite some time. Usually, I make everything myself and don't ask for contributions, but since we're a little crunched for time, I have asked friends to bring a couple of side dishes and desserts. Here's what I'm whipping up this year:

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Pesto and Bruschetta on a Baguette
One more TBD-suggestions?

Soup (tentatively):
Poor Man's Garlic Soup 

 Main Course:
Brined Turkey
Ham with Apple Glaze
Home-made Gravy
Home made biscuits (recipe in the works)
Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest
Orange Infused Asparagus
Crock Pot Stuffing
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I haven't been this excited about something since....well, last Thanksgiving. What makes it even more special is that it will the first time the hubs and I will host Thanksgiving in our very own home, which makes it all the more special.

What are you favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Any past successes (or failures) hosting this oh-so-special holiday. Do you share in my enthusiasm or think Thanksgiving is just a day to eat and watch football? I'd love to hear your recipes, experiences, and opinions on my very favorite day of the year!


  1. I LOVE pumpkin pie!!! It simply wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it in my book. Oh, and my family has the best recipe for stuffing - I don't really eat meat - but I could have plates of that yummy breaded stuff!

  2. Last year, I had to cook a Thanksgiving meal for me, my husband and my now mother in law. (no one else wanted to come for MIL reasons). It was a lot of work for 3 people. I would definitely enjoy it a lot more if i was cooking for people that I... never mind. My husband loves Thanksgiving! He is such a foodie! And i am really impressed with your menu. How many people come for your Thanksgiving???

  3. I agree that Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that is all about giving thanks and getting together with family. My favorite food at thanksgiving are homemade noodles and my favorite dessert has got to be pumpkin pie. Your menu looks delicious.



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