Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. Yes, I am a Christmas freak. Yes, I’m sitting on the bus on my way home from work typing this and listening to Brett Eldridge’s new Christmas album- Glow (highly recommend.) Yes, I’m the first one to whip out my Christmas tree and do a happy dance when “all Christmas music, all season long” begins… But I still stand firm that thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. Hear me out:
- It’s a whole day dedicated to cooking, eating, and spending time with family.
- No one has the pressure of buying gifts for anyone.
- Pretty much everyone in the country eats the same food for dinner- how cool is that??
- Black Friday is usually a holiday for everyone too- either shopping or laying around and eating thanksgiving leftovers are the only things on the agenda (I have big plans to park it on the couch and watch the Gilmore Girls release this year!)
- The ENTIRE Christmas season lies ahead of you when Thankgiving is over.
Sold yet? Plus, thanksgiving food is the best. Why don’t we make turkey and stuffing more often for dinner? Honestly, I was shocked how easy it was to prepare a juicy and flavorful turkey. I was sure we were going to have a Christmas Vacation re-enactment going on during that first slice into the roasted turkey (puff of smoke, shriveled up turkey, everyone gnawing on rubbery dry turkey so I don’t feel bad.)
Anyway, the turkey turned out great and I’m SO happy my friends and I decided to have a Friendsgiving this year because thanksgiving food is way too delicious for just one day a year. I’m here today to promote a friendsgiving in every household! Here’s what we prepared and the links/recipes in case you need some ideas!
This cornbread is the only cornbread I ever make. And I make it pretty much every other week. It’s so good that I am disappointed at restaurants when I get cornbread. It’s never as good as this lightened up version! It’s so moist and served with a smear of melted honey butter on top just puts it over the edge. Mmmm.
I think about 85% of the people in attendance will be making this at real Thanksgiving after trying it here. The toasty marshmallows on top were my favorite part.
That’s right- a “skinny” Thanksgiving recipe that ended up being a dark horse. Unsuspecting, but a crowd favorite. I think I’m going to make this at my grandma’s house this year!
With bourbon and maple syrup- yum! I feel way better about serving these rather than the regular kind with a cup of white sugar added.
And the star of the show:
The Turkey! (stuffing not pictured) I can’t believe how good this turned out and I give all credit to the recipe:
*A log-in is required for these recipes, but if you e-mail me I’ll share them if you’re interested!
Some other sides included: smashed garlic potatoes from Chrissy Teigan’s new cook book, Cravings, King’s Hawaiian rolls, classic green bean casserole (yep- the recipe found on the side of the french fried onions container, Andie’s all-time favorite Thanksgiving dish.)
Dessert was my friend Emily’s first ever made-from-scratch pumpkin pie that turned out PERFECT. (recipe was from Sur La Table Thanksgiving magazine)
And also “Cherry Delight” that was basically a cherry cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. Andie’s boyfriend Pete got a hold of our leftovers the next day and ate all four servings single handedly. (And this is a guy who regularly turns down sweets when I bring them over..no sweet tooth?!)
It was a unanimous decision that this was the first of an annual tradition. Thanks GOODNESS we still have real Thanksgiving to look forward to. And now…off to start celebrating Christmas. Cheers!