Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Countdown to Thankfulness

Here we are. A couple of days to go to the biggest day of the year for cooks. If you've been keeping up with The Food Maven you know that this is her FAVORITE holiday. Check out her blog for all the cooking tips and witty remarks about the day. This isn't a holiday that my family expects to be creative. What they (and by this I mean my kids) want is to have and do exactly the same thing we had and did last year, and the year before...and the year before that...

Here's how it went down last year: Thanksgiving Epilogue

Can you keep a secret? Slowly over time I'm working on changing our menu from the heavy old fashioned version to a lighter, healthier one. The turkey is a good start, it's those fat laden side items that weigh us down. Last year I introduced a butternut squash soup to the menu. It was delicious and fun, since I served it in a pumpkin, but no one could wrap their brains around soup as part of the meal. I'll skip that this time which will also mean that I can get away with a whole set of bowls not having to be washed (by hand) at the end of the day. I added salad and it wasn't rejected entirely. This year's variations include a lighter version of green beans, sweet potatoes as a healthier option than white and a warm spinach salad with cranberries and walnuts. Recipes are forthcoming, but I'm a little busy at the moment!

Does your family drink tea, sweet or not, with your meal? Every time I make tea I throw in a couple of green tea bags. They are getting those antioxidents painlessly. They'll never know unless you tell them. 

I never buy anything for the table but instead as with most of my decorating I just use what I have. This year everything I'm using is recycled and getting a second use. The table cloth is a roll of upholstery fabric a friend had left over, wine and beer bottles I've used to practice glass cutting will be used in a center piece and remember all those candles from my daughter's wedding? You'll be seeing those again.

Now let's get cooking!


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