Monday, November 23, 2015

my thanksgiving menu

This year I am hosting my first every Thanksgiving in our brand new home. To say that I have been excited would be the understatement of the century ;) Last year at this time we were preparing to move and life was insane. I remember walking through this house with just the frame up imagining Thanksgiving 2015. What would it look like? What would we look like? What would we be doing? I imagined the kids sprawled out in the living room watching the parade as Cameron and I prepared the house for guests. I am hoping that is exactly what it is like :)

Thanksgiving 2014

So when it came to planning and hosting my 1st ever Thanksgiving I turned to Pinterest of course ;) One thing I love about my family is they all love to help. So everyone is bringing a dish {or 2} to help cut all the cooking time down for me. First thing I did was browse Pinterest for yummy recipes. Then I planned the menu, picked out what I was going to cook and then sent texts to my helpful family asking them to cook a particular dish. Of course they all said yes! So here's our hopefully delicious and successful... 

Thanksgiving Menu

What I am making: 

I have never ever made a turkey so I'm a little nervous. I looked at all different recipes and decided that I was going to brine it. Then when I headed over to World Market last week for some table decorations I found a brining kit. So I'm just going to follow these directions to a delicious turkey.

I wanted a few new dishes to our Thanksgiving menu and since everyone in my family loves mushrooms I went with this. Looks amazing and hello it cooks in a crockpot! Can't get much easier then that.

We all brussel sprouts and bacon {who doesn't love bacon} so when I found this simple recipe I knew it would be a hit!

Just look at the pictures in the recipe...hello deliciousness ;)

I wanted a few yummy appetizers and this one caught my eye. I'm going to serve apple slices and pretzels with it.

This is a family favorite in our house! I am mostly incorporating this dish because my kids are insanely picky and I know that this is something they will actually eat ;)

Everyone in my family loves pumpkin pie but I wanted to do something a little different from the traditional. So after looking at a million pumpkin pie recipes I decided on this one. Mostly because it looks easy and delicious. I will let you know how it turns out!

The other items on the menu include:
Green bean casserole
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Cheese and Cracker Tray
Purple Cabbage and Apples
Fresh Salad
Homemade Rolls
Pistachio Tort
Pecan Pie
Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I hope this menu will be something all 20 of my guest will enjoy!


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