We do our Thanksgiving BEFORE Thanksgiving. It takes the pressure off of the day and the meal. There are some traditional dishes we make in advance and the Turkey we have done many many ways. I think this is our favorite way to make the turkey though. Well here it is… everything from the champagne glitter, our table set up and all the foods. It was delish!!! One of the best things is going to bed with all the dishes done and away!
We ended the evening by watching FROZEN. This was Mark’s choice and even though the boy didn’t want to watch… several times we caught him standing up in front of the TV. Why? Because it’s just a great family classic.
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TABLE SET UP
While the turkey was cooking we set everything else up. I did order new placemats but Amazon did not deliver in time… oh well.
This year we decided to not use the leaf table cloth… think I am liking this much better. Scroll down to see previous years.
Here are the links to the placemats – chargers, napkins and napkin holders.
They are sold out of the ones I have – but these are the closest to it.
We order these from Oviedo Bomb Moms. They do an amazing job and the chocolate is amazing! Here is there link.. click here
These I make BEFORE the turkey in the crockpot to get the proper Thanksgiving smell filling up the house. Even if you do not prefer NUTS. These pralines are the bomb and you will love them
This is our go to FALL drink. I like to dip the rim in caramel and then sugar the rim.
As mentioned in the video e like to shove some oranges and key limes up inside the bird and inject it with butter – sooo good! Watch the video for more information.
STUFFING – 2 ways
We do the stuffing to ways. First, we make it right out of the box “as is” for the kids. We then split that in half and take the other half for Mark. Mark likes to sauté some turkey parts and oysters in some butter – garlic – onion and shallots, then he tosses in the stuffing. This year had had enough for leftovers and 2 days later he said it tasted better.
The left has oysters and turkey parts. The right is out of the box stuffing.
There is not a lot here.. but it’s ours. We have balance with traditions and right out of the can… hahaha. It’s all delish!
Notice it? The date… it should be the 21st…. oops.
These are probably the simplest rolls but by far the best! The instructions are simple and you can prep and set aside until you are ready to warm at the last minute. Spray the pan with PAM. In a glass dish melt butter / garlic salt and Italian seasonings, then kind of let it sit and congeal for a bit. Cut a cross in the top of each roll and then brush the tops and side of rolls. Cover and set aside. When your Turkey is done – pop them in the oven – it does not even have to be warm and let the rolls warm up. Serve. The butter mixture will sink into the rolls and oh my god they are ridiculous!
There is literally no way you can screw taters sup if you make them this way. These are the furthest thing from healthy so look elsewhere if you are trying to look for a healthy tater. These can also be made in advance – set aside and warmed right before the meal – TIP – save some of the butter to add before warming.
Take about 10 taters – peel and dice them. Boil until tender. Throw them in a mixing bowl. Now for the ingredients – 1 stick of butter – 1/4 cup of sour cream – 1/4 diced / minced onions – 4 gloves of garlic minced – 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings – pepper to taste. throw them all into the mixer – mix until they are as smooth or as lumpy as you want.
These are a must for Thanksgiving. They taste better if you make and let them sit for a day – which means less clean up for Thanksgiving! Also they freeze well.
I guess everyone has their own tricks. I like to use the broth that has dropped from the turkey, cream of chicken soup, gravy mix and ranch pack. Mix it all up and boom – BEST gravy ever!
I like to mix the gravy pack, ranch pack and the cream of chicken soup in a pot on the stove and let it simmer together towards the end of the turkey cooking, then take the drippings from the turkey (the chicken broth) and add to the gravy mix and let it simmer for a bit.
Personally, I love corn with my taters. This year we went with fire roasted corn. Straight from the can to the bowl with a tad it of butter on top. This is the easiest dish… 2 minutes in the microwave.
My mom makes the cranberry sauce so without her at our dinner from a can it comes. Mark added a slice of key lime to jazz it up and actually squeezed on it was super yummy.
We do a Key Lime Pie from scratch every year. It is always best to make this a day or 2 in advance.
END OF THE NIGHT
One of the best feelings is going to bed with a CLEAN kitchen after a a long day on in the kitchen cooking a great family meal.
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Thanksgiving Table Top Tray Parts…
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Thanksgiving finds at Fresh Market as well as some other fabulous Thanksgiving Finds… and check out the recipes! Yes – I loaded some Christmas Finds as well.
Thanksgiving Table Platters and Servers…
Publix grocery has these
Thanksgiving Mugs and Cups…
THANKSGIVING DECORATIONS OF THE PAST
Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving past…
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