It may or may not surprise you but we do not go all out for Thanksgiving. I've given up on trying to coordinate a big family gathering because of my allergies and I don't really care to do all the cooking for that many people myself! So we stick with just us, which is just fine with me.
For our menu I don't want to have to cook all day or stress out too much but I do want to have a nice meal. I also don't want to spend way too much money on just a meal. I'd rather spend money on a family activity that will make into a memory or just save it for something else altogether. Maybe that's just me though!
Here is what our menu looks like for Thanksgiving Day.
Mashed Potatoes + Gravy (Made from the chicken broth)
Pumpkin Pie (Crustless for me!)
Some kind of vegetable...
Um yeah, so that's about as "complicated" as it gets around here! I was going to buy a turkey from our local Hutterite group but then I remembered that I have several whole chickens in the freezer still so we might as well just use that! I have plenty of potatoes in my cold storage that need to be used and the gravy will be super simple to whip up. The orange salad will use oranges from my cold storage, the pumpkin pie will use pumpkin puree that I made up earlier this fall, and the stuffing will use apples and onions from cold storage!
So I don't have to do any shopping for our meal, besides shopping my own pantry. That will definitely make it easier on us and easier on our wallets!
What are you making for Thanksgiving? What are you doing to make it easier on you and on your pocketbooks?
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