Thanksgiving Menu 2019 – I’m sharing what we served at our Thanksgiving dinner this year, going over what worked and what could be improved on for next year.
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Thanksgiving Menu 2019
Hi Everyone, I am sharing what we served for our 2019 Thanksgiving Dinner.
This was our 3rd year in a row hosting at our home and this year my parents were able to make it for the first time (now that they are both retired!)
I’m also sharing somethings that worked well and somethings that I would like to improve on to make the holiday go smoothly for next year.
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P.S. – The family photo I shared is from my @preppyroots Instagram account which is my life stuff IG account, follow me there to see content that’s more lifestyle-oriented vs. food-related as on my @lifeslittlesweets IG account.
- Spreadsheet – Every year, I do a google spreadsheet and this year it really helped keep my brain organized and coordinated. I make note of who is bringing what and color code as things get cooked to help me see my progress, I also record what I want to accomplish each day so that I can stay on track
- 1 Large Table – having 1 large table instead of having a kids table and adult table – this worked because I usually have to help my kids somehow with eating so it was best to have them close to me and it was nice to have everyone sitting around one large table
- Dessert Table – I had all the desserts on a sideboard as the “Dessert Table” and that went exceptionally well. It was great to have the desserts, ready to go, in one area, with extra plates, napkins and utensils.
What Would be Better
- Last Minute Changes – making sure we don’t do any last minute changes (almost everyone made some), there were some last minute changes and we had some similar dishes. It didn’t make too much of a difference but it would be nice not to have any repeats
- Working Ahead More – making sure that I do my sides and gravy a day ahead – that was the intention but it didn’t work out that way this year – there’s always next year!
- More Gravy Boats – having an extra gravy boat – it would have been nice to have one at both ends of the table. This was the first year we did 1 long table, so I did not need 2 gravy boats before (also, the first year we had 12 people, including kiddos!)
- Beverage Area – have a designated beverage area; I sort of had one but it was a bit crammed and it would be nice to have one that was more spread out with glasses and ice ready to go.
- Vintage Recipes – After Thanksgiving, I was researching vintage Thanksgiving recipes, I think it would be fun to have a few of those grace the table or at least test some out for the blog, think “Cranberry Jello Salad” and the like 🙂
- More Recipes – I would love to include more classic, standard Thanksgiving recipes like Creamed Corn, Candied Sweet Potatoes (Yams), Parker House Rolls, Duchess Potatoes/casserole, Dressing/Stuffing (I have a great recipe I have served that I would like that share soon on the blog) or Creamed Spinach and Pearl Onions – things I remember my paternal Grandparents serving for nostalgia’s sake – I love nostalgic food!
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- This year we had a mash of of Thanksgiving and Christmas because my parents were in town from New Hampshire and I know not everyone would be all together for Christmas. My mom suggested having a “Yankee Swap” which was very fun. I think it’s great because it’s a fun game, an ice breaker and gift-giving all in one. It was the first time Eric’s family had ever done one!
I would love to hear how your Thanksgiving celebration went?
What worked well?
Where did you celebrate?
Please let me know in the comments below!
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Thanksgiving Menu 2019
I’m sharing what we served at our Thanksgiving dinner this year, going over what worked and what could be improved on for next year.
Homemade Gingerbread Coffee Recipe
Homemade Gingerbread Coffee is sweet and the Gingerbread Syrup in it has molasses, black pepper, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla, it has creamy steamed half and half and it topped with Gingerbread Spice Mixture. This hot coffee drink is really a treat for the taste buds and all the senses. #ad
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Mix
Have you ever wondered How To Make Pumpkin Spice Mix? This easy recipe tutorial brings your pumpkin spice baked goods to a new level!
Homemade Gingerbread Syrup Recipe
Homemade Gingerbread Syrup Recipe is perfect for adding to coffee or espresso drinks, cocktails, or over desserts. Enjoy this sweet, spiced syrup all through the Autumn, Winter seasons or whenever you are craving that Gingerbread flavor!
Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mixture Recipe
This Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mixture Recipe has allspice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, ground nutmeg and fresh ground black pepper medley. This spice mix is perfect for the Autumn and Winter holiday season, add it to all your favorite drinks and desserts!
Easy Pecan Pie Recipe
My sister-in-law, Nicole, made an amazing pecan pie, here's a pecan pie recipe on our blog: "This Easy Pecan Pie Recipe is a sweet, delicious, classic pie recipe – perfect for the Thanksgiving table or any dessert table. You can take a shortcut using a 9-inch, pre-made, deep dish pie crust and enjoy a sweet homemade pie filling. It goes great with a hot cup of coffee or tea. (makes 8 slices)"
Incredible Homemade Apple Pie
My parents brought a delicious apple pie (my husband's favorite!) from a local orchard, here's my apple pie recipe: "This classic, Incredible Homemade Apple Pie has an incredible flavor with a buttery, crisp crust one can only dream about. Bring this epic homemade pie to your next holiday gathering and get ready for the fanfare it brings! (vegan option)"
Slow Cooker Crock-Pot Butter Corn
This is a kid-friendly must for our Thanksgiving table!: "Slow Cooker Crock-Pot Butter Corn is the easiest side dish you could possibly have for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Holiday gatherings or any dinner. All you need is frozen corn, unsalted butter, salt, pepper and any optional seasonings. This side dish is also a kid-friendly favorite recipe! (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan option)"
Hot Apple Cider
I made Crock Pot Hot Apple Cider with cinnamon sticks - it was so delicious!
Here's an affiliate link to Apple Cider from Whole Foods that you can order from Amazon.com:
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
I got some lactose-free, store-bought vanilla ice cream to serve with the pies for dessert, here is a homemade, easy vanilla ice cream recipe on our blog: "This 3-ingredient, No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream is creamy, scoopable and delightful over your favorite dessert. (makes 1 loaf pan)"
Perfect Sage Thyme Butter Whipped Potatoes
My mom made a classic, mashed potatoes recipe with Yukon Gold potatoes, here's one of my blog's whipped potatoes recipe on the blog (I served these last year from Friendsgiving!): "Perfect Sage Thyme Butter Whipped Potatoes are savory, full of flavor and a favorite on the Holiday table. Enjoy these creamy, butter-infused, whipped Yukon Gold potatoes at your meal! Keep them warm in a slow cooker for easy serving."
Vanilla Whipped Cream
Vanilla whipped cream, also called vanilla Chantilly cream, is the perfect topping to a dessert, ice cream or even a coffee drink.
Here's the link to the kind of Cornichons Gherkins (dill) that I served for appetizer. Here's the affiliate link to the same kind on Amazon.com. My mom also brought sweet ones.
Herbes de Provence Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I roasted 6 sweet potatoes with basic seasonings, here's a roasted sweet potato recipe on the blog: "With only 5 ingredients – Herbes de Provence Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a simple & delicious way to enjoy sweet potatoes; they are seasoned with aromatic Herbes de Provence make the perfect side dish to compliment any meal!"
I was planning on making pumpkin pie but my parents brought 2, here's my go-to pumpkin pie recipe on the blog:
"Pumpkin Pie is a dessert that is perfect for dessert early Fall through the Winter. Filled with aromatic spices and delicious pumpkin filling, there’s nothing like a homemade, fresh-baked Pumpkin Pie! (vegetarian)"
How to Roast a Turkey
I did a 2-day dry brine for our 17-18 pound, fresh local turkey from Goat Hill Farm (I highly recommend them if you are local!). Here's a basic Roasted Turkey recipe tutorial on our blog:
"Roasted Turkey is a savory and delicious staple recipe that every cook should know especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The recipe only requires turkey, unsalted butter, stock, salt, pepper and optional ingredients and is actually very simple to make!"
Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe
This Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe tutorial helps you make the most delicious turkey gravy from scratch! It’s savory, the perfect consistency (thickened with all-purpose flour), herb-infused with sage, rosemary and thyme (optional) and has a splash of sherry or white wine (optional).
Garlic Herb Dry Brine
This year I used a delicious dry brine given to me by my neighbor (she got it from Costco). It had all the herbs, plus vanilla beans, orange peel, apple, peppercorns, etc. I also added fresh 1 fresh lemon. It was so good. I am thinking about creating a homemade version of this dry brine since it came out so good. I also did a 2 day brine which gave the best results yet for a roasted turkey. Here's the Dry Brine recipe that I usually use on my blog:
"This Garlic Herb Dry Brine makes a turkey or roast delicious, flavorful and savory. A key dry brine recipe to have in your back pocket!"
Sweet Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
I served store-bought Sweet Hawaiian Dinner Rolls because they are a favorite among the kiddos. I would love to make a homemade version for the blog. Here's an affiliate link to them on Amazon Whole Foods:
How to Make Kale Chips
My sister-in-law, Nicole, brought an amazing Massaged Kale Salad with slivered almonds, crumbled feta and dried cranberries - it was so refreshing to have a recipe like this at Thanksgiving. I would like to remake a version of her salad for the blog, in the meantime, here's a Kale Chips recipe: "Kale Chips are a savory, healthier-for-you than potato chips snack which can be easily customized to your tastes. It only takes a few ingredients, regular olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and optional Italian four-cheese blend and 20 minutes to roast, to make these delicious Kale Chips!"
Rosemary-Infused Cranberry Sauce
Michel, my father-in-Law, brought a classic cranberry sauce made from locally-harvested cranberries and Linda, my mother-in-law, brought a cranberry sauce with orange and nuts. Here's a Rosemary-Infused Cranberry Sauce recipe on our blog:
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
My mom made Roasted Brussels Sprouts (with olive oil and Herbes de Provence and herbs from my garden, Thyme and Rosemary) and my Linda, my mother-in-law, brought a brussels sprouts dish as well.
"These Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts are the perfect, healthy, vegan side dish for dinner or holiday gatherings. Simply seasoned and always delicious! (vegan, gluten-free)"
Eric's mom, Linda, brought Crescent Rolls and Nicole, my sister-in-law, made them with my daughter. The kids love them and they make a great, tasty roll to serve with dinner. I am linking to "IMMACULATE BAKING COMPANY Organic Crescent Rolls" (8 oz.) that you can order from Amazon Whole Foods.
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