- Roast Turkey, brined according to my brining bible (turkey comes from the Deck Family Farm)
- Roast Brussels sprouts
- Green Bean Casserole with local green beans that I froze this summer, raw milk cheddar, and homemade sour cream
- Cranberry and Hazelnut Stuffing, made with heels of homemade bread I've been stashing in the freezer for months
- Sweet Potatoes with Coconut & Hazelnuts
- Honey and Spice Cranberry Sauce
- Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
On Thursday morning, I'll start with the cheesecake, so that can bake before the turkey and then cool while the turkey roasts. That will leave me with the sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, Brussels sprouts, and dressing to assemble while the turkey roasts. They'll go into the oven while the turkey rests, then it'll be time for our first Thanksgiving feast in our own home and for me to collapse in a heap!
Since this is supposed to be a holiday for expression our gratitude, I would like to start some new traditions. Something simple, like going around the table and naming something that we for which we are grateful. While dinner is cooking, I want the kids to work on cards for our neighbors, thanking them for all they've done for us and our neighborhood this year, as well as family and friends. As difficult as things are right now with Mike unemployed, we have felt so fortunate to be surrounded by such supportive, encouraging people.