Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving’

Thanksgiving with the Family

IMG_5581I volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner again this year. Last year went fairly smoothly and it takes the stress off of my mom. To make things easier, I took my own advice by preparing ahead of time. I planned my menu, Mom and I did the grocery shopping the weekend before, and I was able to prepare a few of the dishes at least partially a few days in advance.


Theresa’s Holiday Sangria


Last weekend Theresa, Sarah, and I had a Hunger Games marathon in honor of the release of Mocking Jay Part 1. We had good food, good drinks, and good movies. One of those drinks was a red sangria. Theresa had dropped off the recipe and ingredients ahead of time so I could make a batch with enough time to sit overnight.

After my first glass I decided this would be my drink of choice for Thanksgiving dinner, and probably for the rest of the holiday season. It’s super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Enjoy! (more…)

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup


When creating the menu for Thanksgiving dinner this year I decided I wanted to minimize the appetizers. I also wanted to ensure that they were delicious and festive. Soup was one of the first things to pop into my head. Something cozy and warm while the family is watching the game waiting for dinner to be cooked. The type of soup was pretty simple to decide on as well. There really isn’t anything that speaks fall more than apples and squash. I adapted this recipe from one that I found on Pinterest, of course.

The best part about this recipe…it can be made in advance! I prepped the soup this evening, 3 days before Thanksgiving Day. I will just have to pop it on the stove to reheat for guests to enjoy.


Thanksgiving Prep

IMG_5504Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s Opening Day for the holiday season, the most wonderful time of the year. Not to mention it is a day full of cooking and eating, two of my favorite activities. With all of the food and festivities comes a lot of prep work. Being that we are only a week and a half  away I’ve decided to provide you with my favorite tips and tricks to help prepare for your big event. (more…)