Thanksgiving is such an exciting time for our family mainly because of the traditions that we have created over the years. Traditions bring so much more meaning to the holidays and bring families closer together. There are 4 traditions that we do every year that help us really embrace the Thanksgiving holiday. Most of these traditions all focus around food. As many of you know I LOVE FOOD and memories for me have always been connected with an amazing meal!
1. We hit the store together.
This really does make a normally tedious task so much more fun! This is a new tradition for my mom, sister and I that we have done for the past few years. It is the only time we all really get to go the store together so it’s a special experience for us. We make our lists together and head out. We always go to Giant, because it’s a one-stop shop for us. We can get everything we need there from paper products and decor to our Organic Nature Promise Turkey and all our sides. It is just fun to walk the isles together and have that bonding time. Giant provides great deals on so many items so we don’t have to spend a fortune and we split it three ways. It works perfectly. Click here to get a $5.00 OFF load to card coupon for all new online registrants!!
2. Our families spend the entire day together.
We literally wake up in the morning and all meet at my sisters house to start the day with breakfast together. This usually consists of pancakes we throw on the griddle or an easy egg, cheese & sausage casserole. It’s such an amazing feeling to have everyone in the same house all day. My sister has two children and I have three so, it’s a lively, loud and fun day. The kids play together all day and even nap at the same time. We let the day just be free with no schedule. The only requirement is everyone has to relax.
3. We all cook our favorite dishes.
This is my favorite tradition. We start early in the morning, and take breaks to relax through the day. My mom, sister and I do most of the cooking but, our husbands and my dad chip in too. This usually is by chopping, slicing or carving but it’s still a family effort. Here is a simple menu that you can replicate if you are looking for a stress- free, easy Thanksgiving meal! I will put tips below each item, if you would like to make it yourself!
This year Giant has Organic Nature Promise Turkeys! One thing I have become obsessed with over the past few years is feeding my family well and that means less hormones and more “readable” ingredients. I have been able to do this on our budget by just searching out deals. I was amazed when I saw how cheap this Turkey was! I would have assumed that an Organic turkey would of cost twice the amount of any other brand but it was actually cheaper. There are no hormones, no antibiotics in this turkey which gives me so much peace of mind about feeding it to my family. These turkeys are available on pre-order right now through November 11th.
The KEY to a moist bird is mayo! Yes.. mayo! You make a mixture of: mayo, sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, coarse salt and pepper and you coat the turkey. Add a stick of butter inside and place the cut up onions and celery in and outside of the bird! Cook normally and you will have the perfect turkey.
Macaroni & Cheese:
For this show-stopping mac & cheese, all you need is : can of condensed milk, butter, salt, pepper, 1 egg and loads of sharp cheddar cheese. Mix with the cooked noodles, top with more cheese, and bake on 375° for 30 minutes.
Southern collard greens are a staple for every holiday in our house. I start by frying bacon and cooking the greens and onions in the bacon fat. I add some chicken stock, chicken bouillon, and a little bit of crushed red pepper. Let it cook on low for hours and you will have some amazing greens.
Lastly, we finish off with….
Sweet Potato Pie: (Here is the full recipe)
4. Play games after dinner.