Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Menu Plan

We woke up to a foot of snow this Sunday and are expecting much more before it is all over right before Thanksgiving. We are being hit with three storms and the last one, which should be on Tuesday, is set to be a doozy! Blizzard conditions in some areas of the state are expected.

Soooooo....the question is, is anyone else as excited about the holidays as I am? I am thrilled. Thanksgiving is wonderful and Christmas is my favorite.

Unfortunately, my children have no grandparents' houses to visit for holiday meals. We are sort of the Lone Rangers, especially now that there is only one living grandparent and he's an adventurer living in Arizona, so we don't see him much. But we are as festive as we can be and try to spread cheer throughout our neighborhood, where we have lived for most of the 12 years we have been out here.

Today, for Menu Planning Monday, I'm only sharing what I plan to make for Thanksgiving.

Carmelized Brussel Sprouts with Lemon

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Simple Stuffin

The Perfect Turkey...I am using Martha Stewart's idea of brining the turkey for 24 hours before cooking HERE. Then, I will stuff a mixture of softened butter and chopped fresh sage (from my garden) under the breast skin. In the body cavity, I add salt, pepper and about 8 sprigs of fresh thyme (also from my garden!). Then, I will drape about 8 slices of raw bacon over the top of the breast, finishing off by basting with a mix of slightly watered down maple syrup. I will put it in the oven with a foil canopy.

That's my Thanksgiving Dinner plans, give or take a few h'or deuvres.

For more Menu Planning Monday, please visit Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

Have a great one!


Myrnie said...

Yum yum!! We're having the same thing we've had since I was a little girl- roast turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, salad, RED Jell-O, and pies! Oh, and birthday cake :) Always birthday cake, this time of year!

Ask Ms Recipe said...

Thanksgiving menu, sure sounds great have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Alexandra said...

Yummy turkey recipe! We are usually in the same boat for Thanksgiving because extended family lives so far away(or is estranged); however, my SIL and BIL just moved here this past year. They probably won't stay long(military), but it will be nice for a do a family Thanksgiving this year and maybe next.

Still, it's cozy and fun just to have immediate family, and we have a routine with special foods, the "good" china and silver, special table setting, candles, etc. It's like going to a nice restaurant at home. :) When it's just us, it's very peaceful and non-stressful.

Alexandra said...

And what beautiful snow picture!