To all who celebrated Thanksgiving this week, I hope it was a good one! My sister and nephew were visiting for the week and we had a wonderful holiday together. Thanksgiving is a feasting holiday, a cook's holiday, and I enjoy planning my menu weeks in advance. This year, time slipped through right my fingers. A week spent in Seattle for work, assorted minor respiratory illnesses going through the family, some volunteer commitments on Saturdays...all of that left me blinking last weekend, wondering how Thanksgiving could already be around the corner.
I decided to crowdsource the menu this year, and went around asking each family member what one or two things they would love to eat at Thanksgiving. These were the responses-
Husband: Mushroom Wellington
Daughter: Mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and cranberry sauce
Son: Mac and cheese
Nephew: Pumpkin pie
Sister: Apple cobbler
Me: Turkey-less roast from Trader Joe's, because we get that each year, and some vegetables to round out the meal
|Portobello Mushroom Wellington|
And just like that, we had our menu-
- Two main dishes
- Three sides
- Mac and cheese, a stovetop version
- Mashed potatoes
- Roasted green beans and Brussels sprouts
- Two must-haves
- Cranberry orange sauce
- Mushroom gravy
- Two desserts
- Pumpkin pie with whipped cream
- Apple cobbler (adapted from this recipe)
- Two drinks
- Apple cider (spiked with rum for the adults)
- Coke (requested by the kids, a rare treat)
|Apple cobbler- tastes like pie, |
but so much simpler to make
Everyone was eager to dig into the food so we ate our Thanksgiving meal as a late lunch at 1:30 PM. This turned out to be a great idea because we were all done with cooking and could spend the rest of the day relaxing. My sister and I took the dog for a long walk and then did some sewing. V took the three kids to a movie- Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile- which they all thought was kinda strange and not their favorite. Then we had coffee and dessert and more Thanksgiving food later in the day.
The rest of the week leading up to Thanksgiving was a lot of fun too. We watched movies- like Enola Holmes 2- and played our favorite board game, Codenames, and a memory game with the 6 year old. There was playground time and quite a bit of eating out. My sister and I assembled two jigsaw puzzles while listening to our favorite music.
|A quick seasonal decoration, made by wrapping|
fabric around bath tissue rolls!
|We sewed some mini stockings|
as gift card holders for teachers