I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away! November is flying by, but I can’t say I’m upset that Christmas is right around the corner. I might have cheated and already listened to a Christmas song or all of them this week. I couldn’t help myself!
I do love Thanksgiving though, one of my favorite parts of the day is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – and guess what? I’m going to it this year! Actually this will be our second time venturing out for it. We went 2 years ago and it was very cold and crowded, and I’m sure it will be the same way this year, but I love the idea of being at one of my favorite events of the year.
After the parade, it’s time to dig into the turkey! AJ and I alternate spending Thanksgiving Day with each of our families. This year we’re spending the day in New Jersey with his family before heading to Pennsylvania later in the weekend to visit with mine. One thing is for sure, we will be getting a whole lot of delicious food and leftovers.
In an effort to get you all hungry, I thought I would share some of my favorite turkey day side dishes! I don’t have actual photo footage of these dishes because I wasn’t a fancy blogger last year, but my friend Google helped below.
My absolute favorite side is my mom’s bread stuffing. I know there are many fancy varieties out there (chestnut, oyster, apple, etc.) but this simple, traditional dish just tastes like home and Thanksgiving to me.
I couldn’t even find a picture online that represented this deliciousness, so I’ll have to try to remember to take a photo while eating this year!
A second runner up for me is sweet potatoes. I know this vegetable is all the rage now, I mean sweet potato fries can be found on practically any restaurant menu, but I will just go on record to say, I liked them before they were cool.
Growing up, I was really the only one in my family who enjoyed them so they were always a treat on Thanksgiving. My sister particularly hated them and every year I would practically force feed her a bite convincing her that she would like them this year. (It didn’t work.)
I shared my Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe earlier this week , but these are another Thanksgiving tradition in our house. But like most things, they always taste better when Mom makes them!
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
In case I haven’t had enough carbs yet, I always save room on my dish for some mashed potatoes and turkey gravy! I mean, just thinking about that creamy, buttery dish is making my mouth water right now. I would eat just mashed potatoes and gravy all day every day if I could. It’s kind of good that they’re such a pain in the butt to make because I rarely make them for myself.
No matter how full I am from dinner, I can’t say no to pumpkin pie. I’m the type who would rather fill up on dinner than dessert, (I guess I have more of a savory than sweet palate?), but pumpkin pie is my fave so I make sure to indulge!
After Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s time for Christmas movies! Growing up we would always put on Home Alone. Ah, I can’t wait to watch it again, but within the next week I first need to make some time to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Aren’t the holidays just perfect for indulging in classic movies, music, and nostalgia? 🙂
How About You?
What’s your favorite part about Thanksgiving?