Do any of you procrastinate? No? Oh really? I was so hoping I was not alone, oh wait, you waited to respond to that didn’t you? Very funny, I get it, ha-ha!
Each year, I plan on making my Thanksgiving plans way in advance; menu, setting the table, cleaning the house, planning the day out, making some dishes ahead – but then life, life just happens. Can anyone relate?
While we all want the picture perfect Thanksgiving meal, one thing I’ve learned through the years of entertaining is to relax more, not worry about everything being spotless, broom sweep your floors (after all, your perfectly mopped floors will once again be dirty after Aunt Freda accidentally drops her turkey on the floor), declutter what you can and clean your bathrooms, on that I must insist!
Be ready for your guests; if you are running behind, be sure to get yourself ready first, nobody likes to arrive with their host upstairs with wet hair. You can always ask your guests to help set the table, put finishing touches on things, carve the turkey, put together an appetizer, pour a drink! Why not, they’d love to, wouldn’t you if asked?
Last year when I was planning the launch of my food blog, I thought, “Oh yeah, I’ll be all ahead of the game and photograph all of my holiday recipes this year, so I can use them next year!” Best laid plans…every recipe I made, had missing pictures, almost solely of the final product! Argh!!!
So alas this week I’ve been re-making several recipes to feature for Thanksgiving, but the good news is that we get to sample these delicious recipes this weekend when we have our dear friends over for a pre-Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal.
We’ll start with a couple of sides of what might be my favorite parts of Thanksgiving or any holiday for that matter — Thanksgiving Praline Yams and Fresh Cranberry Pomegranate Relish and Easy Yeast Rolls.
These yams are light, creamy, complex, with undertones of orange and cinnamon, touched with a hint of whiskey, not to mention the sweet pecan praline topping. These Thanksgiving Praline Yams are super easy to whip up and you can make them, up to two weeks ahead of time! Just click on the link for the full post and recipe.
Next up | Fresh Cranberry Pomegranate Relish, it’s the prettiest side dish, it will add a lovely pop of color to any Thanksgiving table. Make your relish up to 4-5 days ahead of time.
Lastly, the item that I tend to forget, or to warm up, or put on the table, but inevitably as the dishes are passed, I suddenly realize, eeks the ROLLS! The item that sops up all the wonderful leftover goodies on your plate, dripping with butter, try these light and fluffy Easy Yeast Rolls
Think about what is on your menu that you can make ahead and plan on making one every few days, from now until Thanksgiving, or better yet, ask those who are joining you to bring along a side or two. I cannot tell you enough the one thing I’ve learned about having people over is to ask, don’t do it all alone!
Stay tuned next week for creamy mashed potatoes, rich giblet gravy and of course a juicy, tasty turkey! Might have to wait until next year for a veggie, stuffing and a dessert, we’ll see how much I can get done next week!
Whether you are joining others or hosting Thanksgiving yourself, I pray that it is filled with gratitude, I pray you are able to find oodles of reasons to be thankful and that it spills out of you onto others around you!