Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015: Menu Planning

You know, I don't think I've ever really talked about how much I love Thanksgiving. I've written about how to make it less stressful and how I have super cute earrings, but never about how much I actually enjoy the holiday.

So let it be known:  I love Thanksgiving.

I didn't love it as much when I started hosting it five years ago. I couldn't get anything timed correctly and none of my dishes would go out hot. However, I've finally gotten to a good place with my cooking skills and last year was well executed. It had to be because slaving over a kitchen stove at almost six months pregnant was not going to work for me. This year? It has to be even more well executed if that's possible because there will be an increasingly mobile almost-8 month old baby clambering about the house. I've been dilly-dallying with my menu planning and as I updated my tiny holiday countdown numbers on our kitchen whiteboard, I realized that I was pretty far behind my usual standard.

It took me most of today, but I finally have the menu drafted up and the recipes saved to my Google Drive.

Next step? Ingredient list making and grocery shopping!