Friday, November 18, 2011

Tell me about your Thanksgiving plans

What are you doing for Thanksgiving??

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I always have Thanksgiving at my house (probably because I become an obnoxious control freak around the second week of November as people start talking about what to cook for Thanksgiving).  Maybe it's cause I'm so far away from my family in Georgia, so I want to replicate everything I grew up with . . . but I get on my high horse when it comes to Thanksgiving dishes!

I'm responsible for:
stuffing
macaroni & cheese
squash casserole
cranberry sauce
greens

and possibly sweet potato casserole since I like it just like my Nana's. She makes it with sweet potatoes, butter, and crumbled pecans/brown sugar on top . . . which means I look down my nose at a sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows.  Ha.

My roommate Jen is making the green bean casserole, and we're figuring out the rest (Jen's brother is a great cook, and Matt's willing to make whatever is delegated to him).  


What are your Thanksgiving traditions?  Essential dishes?

Happy Friday. :)

22 comments:

Angela said...

I love that you "look down your nose" at the marshmallow topped casserole. A true southern lady!

sheba said...

can you believe a year ago we first started more than just blog-commenting when i bugged you for nana's recipe? i'm going to make it again! i'm so thankful that we got connected...

this year, we're celebrating e's dad's retirement. a lot of in-laws are supposed to be arriving next week. hopefully, it'll be fabulous!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Mmm squash casserole sounds good! We have these green beans that I hijack...they sound gross but are so good! You fry them with onions and bacon (can be removed though ;) and add in vinegar and garlic powder. I like to add lots of vinegar so they choke everyone else, but I love 'em!

Marz said...

It cracks me up thinking of you and twinkie (and all other vegetarians alike!) missing out on the best part of Thanksgiving dinner - the DELICIOUS turkey!! :) But with all the yumminess you'll be cooking I bet that if I were there for dinner I might almost forget about the missing meat :)

Usually we celebrate Thanksgiving with Philip's family during the day first and then go to my family's for dinner that night (yes, I eat two HUGE meals within hours of each other haha which is prob why this is my favourite holiday!) But this year Madeline is coming into town from Austin on Friday night, so my family and I won't celebrate Thanksgiving until the day after. I'm so glad Maddie gets to come home, but I sure am going to miss my twinkie! :(

Aside from the turkey and gravy - I have to have white rice!! I basically have to have rice with everything :) Also deviled eggs, green beans and stuffing! I also gave up sweets on Nov. 1st and I can't wait for my first taste of dessert at Thanksgiving dinner!!! :)

p.s. I'm SO thankful for you this Thanksgiving :)

Faiza said...

lol! i was just going to say whaddabout da turkey? then i remembered you are a veggielover!

we've already had out thanksgiving here but i am going to see PRINCE next weekend and am so THANKFUL for the soul journey i will have that night.

thankful for your light in my life!

Christianna said...

It changes every year! This year we are hosting at my parents house (which I still live at), and so it'll be a lot of family! Everyone brings something and we eat! I always make this amazing mushroom soup though, it's my thing! Your food all sounds amazing!

meghan said...

I'm going home for Thanksgiving to visit my parents, and I can't wait!! I'm so excited to see them!! And I think I might make mashed cauliflower, and my mom is doing the sweet potato casserole.

Megan said...

I love that sign. You are responsible for a lot! I just told my husband I guess it's time I bring a dish to my grandma's big dinner since I'm a grown-up, and all now..

Phoenix Peacock said...

I look down my nose at a lot of Thanksgiving dishes from other people... if it came out of a can or a box, it is not real food and certainly not good enough for Thanksgiving! ha. Marshmallows are also not real food.
I think we will be skipping the feast this year since I only get one day off from work... we have some friends hosting something (but again, I probably will be scoffing at the majority of their food) so at home we will start our day with my family's traditional belgium waffles with toppings, and then for the Thanksgiving meal I'll probably just make a squash casserole, cranberry salad mold, and French silk pie.

Meghan said...

Holy cow! You are responsible for lots. Luckily, I just bring the wine to my mom's house:) My husband does all of the cooking:)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

We also have baked mac & cheese, corn on the cob, peanut butter pie and tons of other stuff. This year we're going to do a hashbrown casserole dish.

Kimia Kline said...

corn pudding is my all time fave :) my mom is always in charge of that, and i take on the pies.

Mo Vid said...

Sweet potatoes! And agreed...no marshmallows. My Mom cooks them in brown sugar, butter, orange juice and spices.

bananas. said...

i only have one essential dish and that's my grandma's turkey. she's no longer with us but my aunt makes a good replica.

it's because of her turkey that i now look down at all (now don't get offended) "white people turkey" or what my family likes to call it. lol.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

We do an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner {in October, here in Canada}. I am usually responsible for some sort of dessert... pumpkin pie is the favourite!

this free bird said...

I want to try you sweet potato casserole. And I want to stay home IN BED and sleep all day.

Gracie said...

I would love to be in the US for Thanksgiving one day :) I want to experience one (and eat and be grateful of course). x

Jenn said...

Claire, I just found some sweet potatoes at a market here (a rarity in Italy!) and now need a great recipe to cook them up for Thursday. Care to share yours?? xoxo

Megan said...

I hope you have a fabulous thanksgiving and can replicate everything from home! I know how important that can be when your far away. While I get a chance I just want to say that I am thankful for all the lovely blog comments you leave, they always make me smile! Whilst we dont have thanksgiving I will be taking advantage of all the online sales on black friday hehe

nicoleciomek said...

this post really made me smile! I love family traditions and I understand about needing to be in control :)

In recent years, I have been trying out variations on the traditional - like kale & olive oil mashed potatoes instead of regular.

This year, I am doing things a bit more traditional as we are having our families here.

One tradition Ross and I have started is having multiple courses and doing a beer pairing w/each course.

And to continue on a family tradition that my grandma started, there is always an olive/pickle tray. I have to have it!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

OOH never thought of doing a mac and cheese but how comforting. I have two sisters fighting and Thanksgiving is at my house. Should be interesting. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Micaela said...

this is the first year we won't be with family and though i should be in love with the idea of the chance to be all "wifey" and make a thanksgiving meal -- i am nervous! Ha

my co-worker kristi's family is in michigan so we're going to roll our sleeves up and put together something at my house. I was just going to ask you for a main dish recipe! send me the recipe for the casserole?

i'm going to get a pecan pie from one of our favorite bakeries though-- just incase everything fails, i MUST have my sweets! ;) ha