Tweaking Tradition-My New Thanksgiving
It’s coming-Turkey Day’s almost here! Thanksgiving’s a huge deal for family gatherings, traditional recipes, and kids tables! However, tides have been shifting in my family, changes are happening. No, not surprise appearances by the crazy aunties and the loud uncles, kinds of change. Typically my mother-in-law does the whole shebang, but she’s taking a well deserved rest. So with that, we’ve each been taking the last few years to create our own traditions, in our own homes. This year we’ll be having desserts together the day after. This way we can stay home on turkey day-because let’s face it, no one wants to travel after a plateful of tryptophan-but we still get spend time together sharing laughs over coffee and desserts.
While everyone in the family gets very religious about the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, I’ve been quietly taking a new route (so as not to anger the masses). Keep calm, of course I do the traditional sides, but this is my chance to tweak the classics without fear of ruining the entire day with my “she’s always trying to be fancy” cranberry sauce. Truth be told, it’s because of my mother-in-law that I’ve taken this liberty. Every one of her kids feels passionately about at least one of her dish, and she gets the “my mom’s is the best” award for, well for everything. Well, I want a little bit of the action too! Although I have no interest in winning over my husband-I respect and accept that-but my kids…I still have a shot with them! I really want to make something they’ll one da
y say “my mom’s is the best” about. How am I going to figure out what that is if I don’t tinker with tradition a bit?
- So, about that cranberry sauce…I’ve pretty much nailed this one, and will only tweek it to taste, but I keep all my ingredients the same. This is a recipe I found on the Good Housekeeping website and involves: maple syrup, oranges, cinnamon. However, I’ve pinned a lot of recipes and over the years have added a star anise, 2 whole cinnamon sticks to the pot along with lime juice and zest, nutmeg and allspice (everything to taste). Check out some similar recipes I’ve pinned
- Here’s the base of the recipe: Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce
- I’m not be doing a turkey this year (I really just don’t feel like it), but I am doing a whole Chicken and of course I’ll still have the stuffing. In fact, here’s a great recipe to make the way grandma used to! Some things don’t need to fooled around with, Kayla knows what I’m talking about. Head over to see what Kayla’s got going on, and while you’re there print out the Almost Grandmas Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe
- I’m really loving these festive and creative biscuits I came across on Pinterest. Bonus: It’s a great way to use up my harvested rosemary while adding the cranberries that are the essence of the season. These Rosemary and Dried Cranberry Biscuits are savory and sweet, and will make a great alternative addition to the table! You can find these and other gloriously delicious recipes over at Celebrating Sweets, you’ll be glad you clicked over, TRUST me on this one!
- Then for dessert, well it is still pumpkin season, so I’ll be whipping up some more of my super yummy pumpkin bread!
- I have to tell you, one of my favorites growing up was Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad, however I’m still trying to get my family on board! Let me know if you feel me on this one! I love the stuff-salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy and refreshing-what’s not to love! Head over to The Girl Who Ate Everything to get this recipe!
- This year I came across the cutest DIY Thanksgiving Plates from Shelby over at Sprinkle me Pink. I really love this idea of everyone making a plate that we each look forward to pulling out every year. Plus, these are so simple to make but have a wow factor, and that’s kinda the theme this year!
- One last thing I’m doing this year. Hostess gifts! Since I don’t have to cook a feast of epic proportions, and we’re doing desserts at my mother-in-law’s home, I’m making her this amazingly cute and simple DIY Fall Hostess Gift Basket of homemade caramel and apples. Chloe over at Boxwood Avenue makes it even more simple by providing the printable labels.
Since, I’m still working on that award, share with me what you’ve been doing. Do you have any recipes or fun activities that would be considered a New Tradition? I’d love to give it a try!
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving friends!