This will be my first ever solo Thanksgiving. Well, I’m not alone, but I’m the only one who knows how to cook.
Taking on this holiday with full planning power has made me realize how much I actually love Thanksgiving. I think it may actually be my favorite holiday. I love eating. PLUS I’m at the end of my second trimester which means, girl can eat. So I’ve made sure to get all of our favorites on the menu so we can eat to our hearts content all day long (and probably for the next week after that).
Though the list looks long, the menu is actually fairly simple. Most everything is a casserole I can put together the night before and stick in the oven on Thanksgiving Day.
Last year, we were living close to my parents and I had a ridiculous amount of satsumas so I invited everyone over for breakfast which was not a normal tradition for us. Breakfast has usually been an overlooked part of Thanksgiving for us, but last year changed that for me. I loved having a moment to sit together and start the day with a something tasty before diving into cooking. So that’s what we’re doing this year!
We’ll be gathering around the TV to watch the parade with some French toast, bacon, and fruit salad. And coffee. Lots of coffee.
For the meat, we’re going with a pre-cooked ham because I’m not about to try my hand at roasting anything for a long time after a recent fail at roasting a pork butt in the oven. So thank you HEB for making our ham for us.
While the boys hang out and get some much needed quality time, I’ll start getting the main act in motion. But I also love the dog show which is why prepping everything the day before is important so I can get back and comment on all the different dogs strutting their stuff and mention (many times) how my dog would totally win everything, hands down, even though he’s no where near a purebred anything.
For dessert, we’re actually going local on this one and pre-ordering some pies from a shop here in Waco. I’ll be making a not so classic pumpkin cheesecake from a recipe created by Joanna Gaines that I cannot wait to try!
HONEY BAKED HAM
MASHED POTATOES + GRAVY
CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE
What’s on your menu?