Tradition gives us hope and happiness, and while I know it won’t be the same this year without my husband’s Mom here (we miss her so much already), we are going to try to incorporate some of our usual traditions to help carry us through to a new beginning and happier 2018. Especially for the kids. They need this the most, to see how we persevere in light of adversity.
For thanksgiving this year, we’re going to use the staples most of us have had, sans the nuts, as per usual, except the one cooking in the kitchen! Here’s what we are thinking.
- Do nothing. Do absolutely nothing, call Whole Foods and have the entire thing catered because 2017 has sucked out loud. Click: Whole Foods Holiday Meals
- Welp, if you’re the go-geter kind and Pinterest pressured (so me, see: Bad Mom’s + Bad Mom’s Christmas) into making the whole damn thing, these are some helpful links that we’ve used in the past.
- Do order your Turkey from Whole Foods – they have the BEST tasting turkeys, this is where my mom usually orders hers from. This year we’re smoking the turkey using this technique Smoked Turkey Recipe
- Green Bean Casserole
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Cranberry Sauce
- 12 Minute Mashed Potatoes
- Allergy Free Stuffing
- Canned Chilled Cranberry (IS THE BEST)
- Mushroom Gravy (V/GF/PN/TN Free)
- Roasted Acorn Squash
- Stuffing (GF) Alternative
- Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Pie w/ King Arthur Nut Free Flour
- Rhodes Bake N Serv Dinner Rolls Nut Free
- Seghesio Wine
- Chocolate Milk (Nut Free / GF)
- Don’t forget the relish trays. If you’re in Wisconsin, you know there has to be cheese, crackers and sausage. And pickles and olives. And possibly a small veggie tray.
- Lastly, tablescaping is uber important. Pretty Natural Table
There you have it – our Thanksgiving meal in a nutshell. Don’t forget the Egg Nog, and to turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to get everyone in the holiday spirit. As always, we will be double checking all of the labels on the above items, even though I’m 99.9% sure they are all OK since we use them frequently. My favorite part is the pie – and watching everyone around the table laughing and having a good time. What’s yours? I hope wherever you are, you have a wonderful holiday week surrounded by the ones you love the most.
Happy start to the Holidays!