Simplified Thanksgiving

Oh my goodness. I’ve been seriously slacking in the blog department. The last month and a half has been absolutely crazy. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week already?! This is actually the first year in a few years that I’m not hosting Thanksgiving. My mom wanted to host this year at her house which actually works out wonderfully with everything we’ve had going on. Since my mom is hosting, my contribution will be the green bean casserole and the cranberry sauce.

Normally, if I were hosting, I would plan to prepare a Thanksgiving menu of the following:

Appetizers

Cheese & Crackers

Shrimp Cocktail

Deviled Eggs

Main Course & Sides

Herb Roasted Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing

Garlic and Butter Mashed Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce

Butterhorn rolls (from scratch)

Dessert

Pumpkin Pie

Assorted Cookies

I’m pretty sure Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love that our whole family gets together with no expectation of gifts. It’s simply time together with a lot of food. What more could you ask for?

My family has always had holiday meals at 1:00 p.m. That time gives the hostess plenty of time to finish any preparations without anyone harassing her in the kitchen. Come on now, I’m not the only one! It also allows for guests who live a little further away to make the drive without being rushed. What that means this year is that we’ll eat at my mom’s house throughout the afternoon, but after we all return home, we’ll probably still need to eat again. Plus, I’m still going to selfishly want my own leftovers for our family of 4. So, I’m planning to do a condensed Thanksgiving dinner for that evening. What’s on my mini menu?

Oven Roasted Turkey Tenderloins

Cornbread Stuffing (Basically a duplicate of the exact same stuffing my mom makes. It’s my favorite!)

Garlic and Butter Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin Pie

I’m planning to prep in the morning before we go to my mom’s. That way, when we get home I can throw the potatoes in a pot on the stove, and everything else in the oven. Shouldn’t take longer than an hour.

What does your family eat on Thanksgiving? Share in the comments below!