Sunday, November 23, 2008

Shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner

Well, it looks like we'll have about 14 for Thanksgiving dinner this year.

By now, we've hosted this dinner so many times that it's not really hard at all. And, since the menu doesn't change much, it's that much easier. Here's what we'll be feasting on:

  • Sparkling Juices (Apple, Pomegranate)
  • Turkey (brined)
  • Stuffing (bread, giblets, celery and onion)
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Rolls & Butter (snowflake rolls)
  • Sweet Potato Casserole (yes, with Marshmallows!)
  • Vegetable Casseroles (brought by guests)
  • Cranberry Sauce (our family's recipe, cooked with chopped orange and walnuts)
  • Cranberry Jello (our family's recipe includes diced red delicious apples)
  • Pickles (Sweet Midgets) & Olives (Black)
  • Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
  • Apple Pie with Ice Cream
  • Coffe & Tea & Hot Spiced Cider
The photo shows the groceries it will take to feed 14 people. Total cost this year, including pretty napkins and hot cups: $124.60.
This week will be busy with getting the table extended and set up, bringing chairs up from the basement, baking pies, and other preparations. It's all part of the fun!


Blair said...

14 people! This was my first year hosting Thanksgiving dinner and it was so much work, even though I was only hosting 4 people (including myself). I can't imagine 14!! It must be possible though, because my grandmother used to pull it off flawlessly.

Glad to see you had a nice Turkey day!

loveanewidea said...

Blair - I promise you that it absolutely gets easier! I well remember hosting my first big holiday crew - I was a wreck, nothing turned out to my satisfaction, and I was soooo upset. I've learned to rely on LISTS!!!! I actually set up a timetable for the day (my family makes terrible fun of me for this, but they sure like the results!), so I know just what needs to go in the oven or on the stove and when, at what temperature, and for how long. That list is a lifesaver.

Blair said...

Exactly! You have to plan everything out perfectly if you want all of it to get in the oven on the same day!

Luckily, I got to start out small by hosting my mom, sister and boyfriend. And everyone helped! In the end, we tried to figure out who made what, but it seemed like everyone had a hand in all the dishes. So it was actually pretty cool. I am glad to know it gets easier though!


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