Very ThankFULL!

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  This week was a busy one.  I left to see my parents on Wednesday to help cook and prepare for our BIG Thanksgiving dinner.  I know people who live in the suburbs see wild turkeys in the road, but in Hoboken, our turkeys are a little different.  As I was leaving Hoboken on Wednesday, there was a bit of traffic getting out of town.  Yup, there were about 7 turkeys in the road – except, these were frozen and just fell out of a truck!

Wednesday was all about desserts, food prep and timeline.  I am not a big dessert person, so it was a chore to do them and I will be honest to say, they were also a little blah…  perhaps because I don’t care to make a lot of desserts and because my mother was standing over me making sure we cut sugar from the recipes!!  For Christmas, I will make the cake and cookies at home 🙂

The timeline is so important for us because we lay out everything – what time to turn the oven on, take things from the fridge, cook etc.  We work back from the time we want to eat and list everything out.  I put some buffer time to the timeline in case of certain mishaps – they ALWAYS occur.  It may seem crazy and overboard, but it does help take the stress away and we enjoy the cooking so much more.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (the other is Easter).  I love the change of season and the food this time of year.  Most of all, spending time with my family without the stress of gift giving, shopping, cards and because of all of that, this holiday is special to me.  We have an elaborate menu and it doesn’t change too much year to year.  My sisters all help and because everyone contributes to the meal, we all want to taste each others food.  Needless to say, I am still full!  I will share some of the recipes in the coming weeks but here is the menu:

Stuffed Olives
Melon with Prosciutto
Prosciutto and fresh mozzarella bruschetta
Meat and Cheese platter

Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Filet Mignon

String Beans
Brussel Sprouts
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Pie
Fresh Cranberry Conserve


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