The last four months of the year are an amazing time! September is full of embracing the fact that Fall is kicking off.
October is about taking joy in the leaves changing and the air getting cool.
November is all about Thanksgiving!
December is all about the holidays and enjoying loved ones.
My heart grows big during this time and I’m pretty much happy all of the time.
Thanksgiving I love because I love cooking. I get to cook a huge meal and prep and prepare for it all week long. For someone like me, where cooking is therapy, this is the best time of year!
I’m making my list and will go grocery shopping this week to pick up supplies. Next week I’ll pick up my turkey!
For those of you that are in Columbus, check out my friend Rachel’s post on where you can find local turkeys.
I have been cooking Thanksgiving dinners for Scott and I now over 10 years. That’s a lot of birds!
What I’ve learned is that to cook and make all the traditional stuff that we grew up with, makes a lot of food. And for two people, it’s just too much and we would end up tossing leftovers. Not something I want! And really that’s not what the holiday is meant to be about, so over the years we’ve changed and evolved with the way we approach Thanksgiving.
Now both of us explore more and I try to bring new dishes or new ideas to the table.
Of course there will always be staples that we won’t go without:
- Mashed potatoes
We will always have those but the variations might get tweaked a bit. I might bring different side dishes to the table and dessert is a little different as well.
This year I’m doing a Thanksgiving dinner with a nod to the South. I’m working on a different spicy brine for the turkey and I’ll be making a HUGE pot of collards for a side dish. I’m really excited about this meal!
We’ve learned over the years that less is more. Less components means more of a chance to enjoy the food and enjoy the moment. Along with enjoying leftovers!
We’ve also learned that it’s okay to let go of some traditions to be able to experience new things.
What’s Thanksgiving like for you?