I’m not sure about you, but when I start planning the menu for any event, I tend to go overboard on the food. I don’t really mean too many leftovers, but more so that I try to make too many different dishes.
My new motto has become “Quality…not Quantity “. When I think of the motto, it reminds me to scratch at least two dishes from the menu. This way I am left with only the favorites, and I can concentrate on making them taste absolutely mouth watering.
This Thanksgiving I have put together a menu, that uses lots of fresh ingredients, many of which can be prepared a little in advance . The recipes are also super simple without giving up any of the taste!
The menu, which will serve ten guests, includes…
Fall Sangria, Pumpkin Bread,
Autumn Pear Salad, Pumpkin Ravioli Soup,
White Wine Herb Roasted Turkey,
Mom’s Cranberry Relish, Sage & Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, Grandma’s Sweet Yams
and Apple Berry Crisp to top it all off!
Family traditions are so special and Thanksgiving is a beautiful time to reflect on them. This paper turkey was crafted by one of my boys nine years ago. A tradition that I have taken from my Mother in Law is displaying hand made crafts that my boys created in Pre School. Joann has hosted Thanksgiving over the past several years, and she always manages to pull out a different piece of artwork that has survived since her kids were little. ( Over 40 years now;) Time flies, and it is so much fun to look at the love and innocence that had gone to each hand crafted present.
Love! This was written by one of my boys in Kindergarten:)
A stuffed paper pumpkin made by my oldest son, when he was four! They aren’t bringing home these beautiful paper crafts anymore;)
The Recipes can be found at the links below:
Serve with pretty glasses!
You can serve extra Peach Brandy on the side for those who prefer to punch it up a bit:) ….Gingerale or lemon lime seltzer for the guests who prefer to take it down a notch! Make it a Happy Thanksgiving!
You can also wrap individual loaves for gift giving!
This salad is a beautiful starter to your Thanksgiving Meal
How beautiful does that look…and it tastes even better!
This Turkey is a fresh Bell & Evans 18-20 lb bird. It was roasted in a 375 degree fahrenheit convection oven for 4 hours. If you are using a regular oven it could take about 30-40 minutes longer.
Yummy ! These Sweet Yams will be a hit!
Top with fresh whipped cream…make enough…cause even the neighbors are showing up for this one:)
My thoughts are, ask your guests to bring their favorite bottle of liquor or yummy dessert…
Give Thanks for wonderful family and friends:)