Thanksgiving ideas before and after

Are you ready? Have you started? Do you at least have a plan?

My daughter will be making this lovely salad – here is a link to the recipe.
Brussels sprouts apple and pomegranate salad

I am going to make this soup again this year – I like to serve a soup to begin the meal and when that is done, I slice the bird and mash the veggies. It breaks things up a bit.
butternut squash soup

I am not sure if I am going to Spatchcock my bird, cook it whole or fry it?I think I need to take pictures of my bird this year – I have shared these ones too many times already – but they were delicious!

The Holidays are here and the next month and a half will probably be a little bit of a whirlwind. To share with you my answers to the above questions in order is. Short answer is no, long answer is It doesn’t really matter if I am ready they happen one way or another. I have sort of started with at least Thanksgiving and my Anniversary; oh ya we also have 2 birthdays coming up as well as our 33rd wedding anniversary just to throw that in there for good measure. I have a plan to make a plan does that help? probably not; wish me luck!

Cranberry Sauce

a simple but very tasty alternative to the one shaped like a can


  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice a little zest if you using an orange adds even more flavor
  • 1 cup cold water


  • add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan. Bring to a rapid boil, the berries will start to pop in about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool.

So I didn’t make anything different this last week to share with you so I thought I would share a few recipes that I will be making this next week for Thanksgiving. I went shopping Friday afternoon and I did just fry up the sausage for my stuffing and I will be slicing up and toasting my Ciabatta bread for the same when I am finished writing here. So that’s a start.

Thanksgiving – Sausage Ciabatta dressing

My daughter came home from work and made the statement “mom you better get the turkey or we won’t be having one, and we’ll probably end up having to make a Capon Chicken for everyone” She can be a little dramatic at times. Though I will admit I was not able to get my usual two 9-10 pound birds, I had to settle for a 12.5 pounder.  I haven’t figured out how I want to cook it yet but there is still time.

Pies and tarts bake or buy?

Yesterday I took out or googled myself for my recipes to make sure I had everything on hand. There is nothing worse than waking up Thursday morning and having to run out for something you forgot. So if nothing else take a look around today and make a plan. I know going to a store today would probably not be your best bet but getting to a store first thing or just before closing isn’t too bad. Don’t forget about what you will also need for the leftovers.

Thanksgiving Leftover Egg Roll

Thanksgiving leftover sliders

Easy delicious turkey stock / soup

Turkey Pot Pie

I want to make the leftover egg rolls – I am going to run out for egg roll wrappers today!

Happy Thanksgiving – stay safe and healthy!

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