Countdown to Thanksgiving!

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We’re in the last few days running up to Thanksgiving!  We are hosting once again this year and are so excited that the Hubby’s godchildren Molly and Max will also be joining us.  I love this time of year, and although there is a ton of cooking to do, I adore it!  The photo above is our table the first year Hubby and I hosted.  I made that table runner myself, and may use it again one year!

One of my pet peeves about hosting dinners is that I don’t like to have paper plates, plastic cups or anything disposable.  So we do it up right, for the 10 grown ups and 2 young ones, we have real plates, wine glasses, water glasses and the finest in Viking cutlery from IKEA.  It makes the dinner look pretty and feel like a real family dinner.  It was the tradition in the Lambert-Hennessey household, and so it is in our.

Our menu is below, mainly it’s from  my husbands family’s traditions.  I have however inserted a few new dishes, and a favorite or two of my own!

Thanksgiving at the Hennessey-Suliman House

  • Turkey (spatchcocked)
  • Mashed potatoes (with lots of butter and cream)
  • Sweet potatoes with Maxine’s special sauce
  • Marinated cabbage salad
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts (new favorite)
  • Roasted cauliflower with cumin and salt (new favorite)
  • Stuffing (outside of the bird)
  • Sausage stuffing by Allison
  • Roasted corn nibblets
  • Lime Bavarian
  • Fruit salad
  • Green bean casserole (from scratch)
  • Turnips and butter
  • Bread rolls and butter
  • Cranberry sauce (made weeks ahead of time with fresh cranberries)
  • Pilgrim bread (a Katy tradition)
  • Pecan pie
  • Pumpkin pie (fresh pumpkin puree)
  • Tofurkey (for the Hubby)
  • Vegetarian gravy
  • Sangria (Keith’s delicious contribution)

It seems a lot, and it is, but it’s so fun cooking everything and prepping in the run up to the day!  This year we also have a tiny little table for the two small people joining us.  It’s just adorable!

How does your family do Thanksgiving?  Is there a dish I am missing here?  Share in the comments below!  And the very happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours.

Thanksgiving is here (almost)!

Every year the Hubby and I host his family for Thanksgiving.  The attendance numbers fluctuate year to year, but it’s usually no less than 16 people.  In the old house, it was super easy to accommodate the number, but since we have only just moved, we opted out of hosting this year.  We just don’t know how many people we can fit into our little dining room, although I am SURE we will have no problem, once we get settled.

I find myself completely at odds with myself, not having any planning to do, other than making a cake for the gathering we will be attending.  So, I thought I would spend a few days of blogging going over a few of the tried and true recipe’s for what we normally do, and share a few photo’s of the beautiful tables we have set over the years.

Each year, I try to do a completely different table from the previous year, and we do everything real.  Real plates, silverware, glasses, all from a stock I have accumulated over the years.  It was the big tradition of Hubby’s Uncle Henry and Aunt Max to have huge family gatherings at their house for the holiday, and we try to keep that tradition alive.  Henry built basic folding tables, with a T at the top, that would seat over 20 people in their basement.  But they were easily stored for future use, and we did use them last year!

The race to decorate the tables is usually something I really think through carefully.  One year I made my own table runner and loved the material so much, it became the pattern for our wedding announcements and party invites.

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I loved that table, and it got rave reviews!  You can see how long the table was, it went from our dining room all the way into the living room, and I think we had 18 that year for dinner.

Here is a typical menu for our Thanksgiving:

Roasted turkey

Gravy

Mashed potatoes

Sweet potatoes (with Red Hot’s sauce)

Fried or creamed corn

Stuffed celery

Olive puffs

Pickle and olive plate

Roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts

Coleslaw

String bean casserole

Stuffed mushrooms

Dinner rolls

Tofurkey

Cranberry sauce

Pecan pie

Pumpkin pie

Lime Bavarian

Blackberry cobbler

It’s a lot to put on the table, but generally everyone makes one thing, or more, and brings it.  I do the turkey and mashed potatoes every year, along with the pies and the Tofurkey.  Can’t have Thanksgiving with out that for the Hubby!

So, I’ll miss making all that this year, but through you, dear blog readers, I will virtually make a great deal of it for you in this blog this week!

What are some of your family favorites?  Do you have the same group each year, or does it vary?  I used to do a lonely hearts Thanksgiving every year, for people that had no family locally, or just wanted to be somewhere other than with family (you wouldn’t believe how many peeps I had with that reason!) The Hubby’s Aunt Max used to call it her “Mystery Guest”, and I am thrilled that we do keep up with that tradition as well!