This Thanksgiving our family is staying home.
I can hardly believe it myself. We are not having guests over that day, so I'll only be cooking for our five. I love the thought of cooking a special meal for these people I love so much, serving it on my fine china, lighting candles and sharing food and thankful memories together.
I'll cook a huge meal for lunch and I'm sure we'll eat on it for dinner as well. Here's what's on the menu:
1. Ham: It's the easiest holiday meat and the yummiest according to our family. We like ours hickory smoked and well cooked.
2. Mashed Potatoes: these are the hubby's request whenever I ask what he'd like for a big meal like this. I should really make them more! I chop my potatoes, boil them until they cut easily and then blend them with my hand-held while adding plenty of milk and butter. This is the way the hubby's mom makes them and as long as they are served right away, they are super yummy!
3. Macaroni and Cheese: this will make the kids so happy!
4. Green Beans: we like the frozen ones from Aldi. They are really great just steamed with butter and salt. We can all eat them like candy. : )
5. Squash Casserole: I kinda want to make corn casserole, but with potatoes and noodles, I think I'll make this squash one instead.
6. When I was a little girl, my granny would make everyones favorite dessert. This was part of what made the holidays so special. There would be pecan pie (for my dad) and chocolate drop cookies (for me) and chocolate cream pie (for my aunts) and banana pudding (for my cousin) and I can't remember what else. There was always so much dessert! I'm not going to go quite that far, but I am planning to make this cinnamon swirl cake
which everyone in my family really loves.
7. The kids and I will also make cookies, and I think I'll let them choose which kind. (Snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, oatmeal with icing...)
8. The boy really likes those chocolate drop cookies, so I'll probably make a batch of those as well.
And the next day and the next we'll be eating off all this food! One of the things I plan to do with our leftover ham is put ham and cheese and mustard in one of these yummy bread braids.