Well friends, it is here.
We are just 3 days away from a holiday that I truly love. A holiday that brings families together around the table, that allows us to indulge in the most delicious of foods without worrying about expanding waists.....at least for that day.
This year we are having about 16 people over for Thanksgiving. It's a lot of guests in my home, but I get so excited when family is coming over and we're doing a big get together. I love eating, I love food, I love family, I love chatting and laughing and playing games and just having a wonderful time.
With all that said though, as a woman, a homemaker, it usually means a lot of work in the kitchen and home just to prepare for the guests. Some will be staying overnight for a few days, some are just coming for the actual Thanksgiving and unfortunately leaving due to work commitments, or school etc.
If I had the money, I would do it all on my own, make all the food, provide everything and not allow anyone to do any work. I truly do love cooking and being a homemaker THAT much. But it's not possible, so we always break it all up and everyone pitches in.
Right, so let's see what is on the menu for these 16 people, shall we?
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake
Dessert (not yet specified)
Sandra - Fried Turkey, Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Homemade Dinner rolls, Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake
Cindy - Corn Souffle, Cherry Salad
Hayley - Roast Turkey, Greek Salad, Deviled Eggs, Dessert
Carol - Pecan Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing
As you've probably noticed, it seems like I'm making most of it, and that's quite alright because I'm a stay at home mom, so I have the time, and not to mention I can make things in advance.
The dinner rolls, the pumpkin pie cake, the casseroles, and even the Ham, will all be made on Wednesday. The only thing I really want to worry about making on Thursday is the actual fried turkey. My time needs to be then spent playing hostess, making sure we have everything we need, making sure everyone is comfortable etc.
Now let me give you some of the recipes that I'll be using.
Everyone is bringing drinks, also bringing breakfast items such as pastries and juice etc. We really do try to have everyone help out however they can to make it a wonderful get together.
We will be playing card games, board games, visiting, chatting, drinking coffee, sitting by the fire and enjoying each other's company.
Just one thing is not allowed in my house, and everyone in the family already knows it. NO POLITICS DISCUSSION WHATSOEVER!!!
Anyway, I hope my menu gives you some inspiration if you're looking for some right now. I would also love to know what you're all having, where you're going, if you're staying home and hosting or going to a family members home etc.