Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween isn't here yet, but I'm ready for THANKSGIVING!

As I may have mentioned before, I'm a huge sucker for THANKSGIVING!!  
Not only because I get 4 whole days off work (although, that's a big reason), but I love the food, the cooking, the drinking before noon, the family & friends, the smells of the warm house, the crisp air outside, the fall colors - oh, my - just about everything about it!  
Since I'm so ridiculously excited about it already and it's not even Halloween, I have (as usual) started my menu REALLY freakin' early again this year.  Here's what I've come up with this time around!

Quick Sticky Buns (this is seriously the yummiest & easiest recipe ever!) 

Appetizers / Snacks
Brie with fig preserves & caramelized pears (with crackers)

Side Dishes
Salad (Deb will help with this again - she's so good at making delicious salads!) 
Mashed Potatoes (classic-style)
Cranberry Sauce (Taryn always gets this job, because she's awesome at it!!) 
Vegan Gravy (my favorite recipe - that's popular even with meat-eaters!)
Fake "Sausage" Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing  (obviously this recipe calls for real sausage, but that's not how I roll)
Stuffed or Roasted Mushrooms (my mom is taking this one over!)
Garlic-roasted Asparagus Spears
Biscuits & butter

Main Dishes
Chickpea Cutlets (this one is still a "maybe", as I've never tried it before, but I'm going to give it a shot sometime this week/weekend.  It's from my Veganomicon cookbook, and looks a bit challenging, but it could be a nice change!) 
Turkey (John is going to tackle this sucker!) 

I was going to make Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie, but I think Taryn is going to take over with the pie-baking as well. She's just so darn good at it!

My little sister can't eat dairy, so most things are going to be vegan (except of course the obvious meat-stuff, and anything that literally says it contains cheese).  But luckily that means she's good to go with about 80% of the menu which is rockin'! :)

I'm going to see what recipes Martha Stewart has come up with on her website too, as I'm always a big fan of what she creates!  

John's sister Angela will be here visiting for the holiday too, so I'm excited to finally meet her in person.  It's going to be a really fun (and LONG) weekend!!  I totally can't wait.  
What are your plans for Thanksgiving??  Are you as excited to cook as I am, or are you more of a watch-football-until-everything-is-ready type of person?  


All photos from www.weheartit.com.

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