Thanksgiving NEXT WEEK! It’s my favorite holiday and I am thrilled to be spending it with my little family. My parents are flying in from Phoenix on Wednesday and we’ll spend Thanksgiving Day here in Minnesota, just the 4 of us… #3musketeersplusG We usually go to Cedarburg for Thanksgiving, but we are mixing it up this year – it will be nice to have quality time together and delicious eats! Friday, we’ll head to my grandparents’ house in northern Wisconsin and spend the day with my not-so-little little cousins, aunt, uncle, and grandparents. Should be a relaxing and really fun filled family weekend!
All of this means that Grant and I are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time ever! Even though it’s just the four of us, I want it to be a really special day and celebrate all that we have to be thankful for. While it’s my first time hosting, I’m so used to helping my parents prep for Thanksgiving that I kind of think I’ve already done it before 🙂 My dad LOVES to cook, so I’ll try to have everything prepared, but let him do the fun parts! I’m simply grateful that they are choosing to spend the weekend with us!
I’ll be using the time between now and Wednesday to grocery shop (my favorite) and get everything all set to go. The mess of blue papers below is my first draft of a grocery list. I use 1 piece of paper per recipe, write out all of the ingredients, and then will eventually compile each individual list into a master list. Some of you might think I’m crazy, but I truly enjoy the process and this (hopefully) guarantees I don’t forget anything!
So, what’s on our menu? We’re sticking to “traditional” Thanksgiving eats, but changing it up a little to include our favorite renditions of the classic foods, all while keeping it simple.
Breakfast: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal + fresh berries + Greek yogurt
Lunch: Minestrone Soup (I made a variation of this recipe but of course forgot to write it down, so I hope I can remember what I did!) – I’ll add a few diced potatoes to the soup and make a side of noodles in case anyone wants to add them
Happy Hour: Cocktails, nuts, olives, pickles, hummus, veggies, etc. – just a pretty plate full of healthy eats while we prep!
On Friday, my grandma is putting together a taco bar that we’ll enjoy after we chop down a few Christmas trees! I offered to bring…. dessert of course! I’ll be making brownies (recipe TBD – do you have a favorite?) and a healthy cookie dough dip served with vanilla wafers and sliced apples. We’ll also bring homemade margarita fixings and a few other snacks.
So tell me, what are you making for Thanksgiving? Any favorite recipes? Weird food traditions?!
A few favorite photos from Thanksgiving 2015 🙂