Happy almost Thanksgiving ya’ll! Since it’s nearly holiday time I thought I would share a little bit about my holiday plans. What I will be doing, where I will be going and most importantly what I will be eating. This year we will be heading up to my hometown to visit my parents and sister for Thanksgiving and the days surrounding the holiday. We leave tomorrow and are hoping to beat some of the holiday traffic. Tennessee isn’t too awful far from Georgia, but my hometown is almost to the Kentucky border so it’s about a 5 and a half hour drive. I can’t wait to spend time with everyone and be at “home”.
I love so many things about being in the country, but there is nothing like being where your loved ones are. It’s a wonderful getaway from the rat race of Atlanta and city life. I love that there are no neighbors, people talk slow and the woods are everywhere. I will be helping my mom make all the food for the big day. We are also having some family friends over so there will be 13 of us in total if you count the baby. We always go all out for holiday meals and this year will be the same way. Some people care about the bird, but we are side people. We want all sorts of side dishes and enjoy the variety.
Here’s what we will be making on the big day!
Fall Spinach Salad (balsamic dressing, goat cheese, spinach, candied pecans, and dried cranberries)
Roasted Garlic Green Beans
Homemade Traditional Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Cranberry Sauce – 2 ways (orange cranberry relish and whiskey spiced cranberry sauce)
Smoked Turkey Breast
Caramel Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie Cake
Yeah, I know that’s a lot of food. We like to make everything up and enjoy a late lunch then sit around and talk or shoot targets. Everyone can graze the rest of the day and there is always so much food that we eat on it for days and everyone gets tons of food to take home. We love it this way! In our house there are specific items we only have on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cranberry sauce, corn casserole and my mom’s homemade noodles are some of those items.
My sister will likely be working the night of Thanksgiving, but my mom and I will absolutely do a little late night shopping the night of Thanksgiving or Black Friday. We aren’t those crazy people trying to buy electronics or a gaming system, but we like to go to some places. I am looking for new flannel/plaid sheets, some clothes for the Mr. and some Christmas decorations. Going out in Clarksville, which is the largest city that neighbors my small hometown is fun. We have been doing it since I was a girl, so the tradition is what makes it fun. We like to sit down with the ads and map out a plan. I know you probably think I’m nuts, but we really enjoy it. Black Friday is also great if you are buying for a lot of folks or like we did a couple years ago when we bought for five underprivileged children. It’s a great way to get serious bang for your buck.
I will definitely be doing some training while I am in Tennessee and luckily I come from a family of runners so everyone understands. There is a park my mom and I often go to so I will probably be doing most of my runs there. They also have a treadmill in case running outside isn’t possible.
I am also hoping to pick up some good crafting stuff in while I visit my family. My mom is an artist and has tons of fabric and odds and ends we are going to go through when I visit. I am looking to bring some stuff home for my house to add to my Christmas décor. I have had the same Christmas decorations since college and while I love them, I am ready for something new. I really want to play up the country/rustic/lodge Christmas theme at our house in Georgia so I am hoping to score some great stuff from my mom and from some of our shopping.
All in all, I can’t wait to visit my folks and get some much needed family time.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
Is your crew all about the bird or the side dishes?
Do you shop on Black Friday?