What’s on Your Thanksgiving Menu?

What’s on Your Thanksgiving Menu? November 19, 2018

This is a different Thanksgiving for our family. All of our relatives and friends in the area either haven’t moved down for the winter yet (they’re known as “snowbirds” here in AZ), or they have other plans. Our family of eight is going it solo for Turkey Day this year. My husband suggested going out to eat for Thanksgiving, as we have in the past, but my preference is to cook at home as opposed to braving a crowded restaurant with my five-year-old with autism and his toddler tornado sister.

I’ve been planning the menu for the past week, picked up my groceries yesterday (I looooooooove Fry’s ClickList), and I started cooking today. I’m going to make a few things each day so that I won’t have quite so much to do on Thanksgiving Day itself, and we can have a fun, relaxing, low-key day playing board games and watching movies.

Here’s what’s on my menu this year (here is a link to my Pinterest board with all of the below recipes):

The two alcoholic beverages (for adults only, of course) may be overkill, but I simply could not decide between them. I finally determined that we’d have the sangria with the main course and I’d make the martinis with dessert, or maybe as a late evening cocktail. The kids get regular apple cider to drink.

I made the cranberry sauce and cheesecake today. I’ll make the potato dishes tomorrow (except for cooking them, of course), and likely the butter as well, and I’ll prep the dressing and the turkey on Wednesday. That will leave the rolls, green beans, and pie for Thanksgiving Day, as well as cooking all the dishes that require cooking. It’ll still be a somewhat hectic morning, but I’m assigning clean-up to the older kids while I kick back with some sangria.

How about you? What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Rebecca Fuentes

    My sister and her friend and my brother and his family come into town. My parents and I live bin the same town. My brother and I are making homemade spaghetti sauce for Wednesday night dinner, I’m working in pies today (pumpkin, pecan, peanut butter, and grasshopper), and I’ll make mashed potatoes and squash on Thursday. My sister us bringing rolls, and peacges for peach cobbler, my SiL is making dressing and green bean casserole, and my mom does the turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce. My sister also brings wine and my brother the beer (they each make their own).

  • Teresa Reitan

    Turkey, of course. Looked all around the store for an inexpensive bird. After asking a woman at checkout where she got her bird, I found them in the back corner of the store. Food Source clearly wants you to get one of their overpriced fresh turkeys. I paid a bit under $6 for Mike Pence. (I’m naming him after the Vice president.) Gonna have stuffing, sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole, with pumpkin pie for dessert. I’m grateful for everything I have.

  • I did frozen pizza for Wednesday night dinner, lol.