Last year I did not think I would simply be revising this post for the Countdown to Turkey Day, but here we are. Just like last year, things are not what they were and not everything is going to be smooth sailing for everyone.
Personally, we’re ok. It will be a smaller dinner here, my older kids will be at their dad’s. It’ll be fine, they’ll tear up the leftovers when they get back. It’ll be a little quieter than normal and that’s alright. It has been a very busy fall and we could certainly use some downtime.
I will be sticking to my usual menu:
- smoked turkey
- cornbread dressing with andouille sausage
- dressing with sage and apple (you can omit the apple if you prefer not to have a mix of savory and sweet)
- sweet potatoes
- mashed potatoes and gravy (that is a recipe for beef gravy, the technique is the same for turkey, you just swap out the drippings/stock)
- collard greens
- pecan pie
- and maybe peanut butter pie
. This is the menu planner we’ve been using since 2012; maybe you’ll still find it useful to sketch out an idea of what you wish you could have for Thanksgiving, what’s practical, and the compromise.