It’s beginning to look a lot like…Thanksgiving!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long.  Life and work have been very busy.  Also, I’ve been dehydrating everything under the sun with my Excalibur dehydrator.

I’m so excited for Thanksgiving!  I don’t know about you but I plan on eating my weight in mashed potatoes!  I’ve been slowly preparing for Thanksgiving.  We are hosting just my mother in law this year.  Last weekend I cleaned out the fridge & freezer in preparation for all the food.  This week I got my staples from Williams Sonoma.  It is expensive but it’s so worth it.  Check out my holiday stash-

If you only pick up one thing it must be the mulling spices.  They cost $9.50 and you can use them many times.  Get the best apple cider, put it in the crockpot, add some mulling spices then serve with some rum and a cinnamon stirrer for some yummy wassail!

I’ve been using the same Thanksgiving recipes for 6 years and they are mostly from  That old, crazy lady knows how to make good food.  Speaking of old, crazy ladies –here we are with our mothers on Thanksgiving 2008 with my first brined Turkey.  Haha.  Just kidding.  It was a big hit with the meatatarians.

Here’s my menu:

  • Brined Turkey for hubby and his mother
  • Butternut Sage lasagna for my vegetarian self here
  • Stuffing from Williams Sonoma
  • Mashed Potatoes with heavy cream & butter here
  • Gravy
  • Sweet Potatoes with marshmellows
  • Creamed Corn
  • Lima Beans
  • Cranberry Relish from Williams Sonoma
  • Rolls with honey butter
  • Hot apple cider with mulling spices & Captain Morgan Rum
  • Dessert:  Pumpkin Pie with homemade whipped cream & Keoke Coffee (French Pressed coffee, kahlua, baileys, brandy & homemade whipped cream)

Wednesday night before Thanksgiving I’m making finger foods for dinner.

  • Honeybaked Ham
  • Homemade Goat Cheese Ball here
  • Crackers & Veggies
  • Wine
  • Michael Buble is invited as our background entertainment

This weekend the husband and I are having a cleaning party.  Monday is grocery shopping.  Tuesday night the Turkey gets put in the brine.  Wednesday is time to make the Lasagna, goat cheese ball & honey butter.  Thursday is cooking all day to Christmas music while drinking wassail.  Then Thanksgiving night we walk down to the Plaza where they have the Plaza lighting ceremony.  They close the streets down and have performances all night then flip the switch to light up all the trees and buildings at the Country Club Plaza here in Kansas City.  Check it out here.

Have a wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving!  Should we do a Cinch fast after the leftovers are gone?