Fantastic Comments! 11-21-23

I’m finishing my morning coffee and have so enjoyed hearing from so many of you! Keep it up! And tell us what your Thanksgiving menu is going to be. We all love to talk about food, don’t we?

80 thoughts on “Fantastic Comments! 11-21-23

  1. Chris

    We don’t care for turkey so we’re having steak! We will have the traditional things we love: cranberries and pumpkin pie. No leftovers, no problem. We have a lot to be thankful for and we wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving and holiday season. Stay warm.

  2. DebMac

    At the moment, all I know is that there is a darn big turkey in my ‘fridge taking up a lot of room. Still haven’t got a final count for who and what time so I am in a mood until that resolves. Pumpkin pie will be on the menu and I just may start eating pie when I get up Thanksgiving morning. Extra whipped cream, please!!!

  3. Jean

    In just love hearing what people are having for thanksgiving! It’s fun. I don’t do much anymore as I am alone but I always make some thing. Maybe a pumpkin pie this year. Sounds good to me. Happy thanksgiving everyone!

  4. Bonny

    YEARS ago as a newlywed, working outside the home, with parents coming, I decided to deviate from traditional….I made lasagna. Oh my! Once down that road was enough! Turkey, dressing, gallons of gravy from then on!

  5. Chris Roser

    We don’t willingly travel cross-country this time of year, been stranded in odd places due to weather too many times! So, it is just my husband and me to enjoy our favorite meal. We start with omelets for breakfast as we eat later in the afternoon. Then I get busy in the kitchen. My husband helps by preparing the mimosas. We celebrate the turkey going into the oven with a toast of gratitude for each other and for our pending meal. We will call our moms at some point while the turkey is roasting. Our Thanksgiving dinner menu consists of roasted turkey with herbs tucked under the skin, sourdough bread dressing/stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, pecan pie (for Jeff), pumpkin pie (for me), and whipped cream. We enjoy a nice California Chardonnay with our meal and sometimes coffee with our pie. For our leftover meals, I added in mashed potatoes. We decided a simplified menu that we add to later works really great for us. We always start our meal with a prayer of Thanksgiving. Mary, I am so thankful for your blog! Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving, Mary and Rick, and to all the readers! Chris in Corpus Christi, Texas

  6. Judy A

    Traveling to my daughter – really hoping her hubs deepfries the turkey. And probably our usual mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin and/or cherry pie. And stuffing.

  7. Roberta Etherington

    Small group (2) my son and I. Still the traditional, with exception. Peace-Pipe Pumpkin pie, has whipping cream and ice cream and pecans in it. Cranberry sauce is a step up . it has port added and is THE BEST.

    Our church quilting group was gifted about $1000 in new fabrics. We are like kids in a candy shop. Will send photos when we have the blessings in May.

    1. Lynne from NJ

      Cranberry port sauce sounds delicious. Please share the recipe.
      I’m going to daughters mil’s home and bringing green bean casserole and pumpkin bread.
      Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Roberta – was it a church member who gifted you the fabric? Yes, that would be lots of fun putting those fabrics together. I’m going to pull some fabric for my church ladies, too, who work very hard making quilts. Did you see what I wrote about that group? I don’t go because I’m too bossy and they want to do it their way – which of course I don’t blame them. Haha!

      1. Jan Hebert

        LOL, I love it, you’re too bossy! Well, it’s nice of you to let them do it their way. Happy Thanksgiving, Mary! Jan in MA

  8. Becky

    This the 1st year I’m not doing a Turkey myself. I ordered a smoked Turkey and smoked ham from a local BBQ joint! I usually brine my turkey and I’m tired of lugging a 35lb pot out to the barn’s extra frig. It’s a 3 day ordeal! We have dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, drunken sweet potatoes, Harvard beets, cinnamon apples, Swiss vegetable Medley(better than green bean casserole), cranberry salad with whipped cream topping, raisin sauce, homemade crescent rolls, deviled eggs, pumpkin, mincemeat, cherry and buttermilk pie! I guess I better get busy and stop looking at my iPad! Lol

    1. Becky

      Forgot pecan pie bars. Stuffing made from homemade whole grain wheat flour I grind myself and cornbread!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Becky – I make Swiss Medley, too, and we love it! I hope you’ve got a crowd coming with all that food you’re making.

        1. Becky

          Susan, I use the Taste of Home Swiss Vegetable Medley Recipe. You can google that and it will come up! This one has pimento that adds a little color to it.

  9. Sharon Ray

    Turkey, stuffing, white mashed potatoes with gravy, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green bean casserole made from scratch, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and iced tea. Now when I hear “ice tea” I think of your doctor’s comment, so funny!!

  10. Gail in Ohio

    We will go to our son’s house, he will get up early and smoke a turkey (of course we’ll ask the same stupid question about how he manages to get the turkey cigar in his mouth…). We’ll also have cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, stuffing, wine, and more. I’ll make a pumpkin roll to take for dessert. We will be thankful to be together! One daughter and her husband go to his brother’s house every year and our other daughter lives too far away to come here so she and her husband and kids will have their own celebration.
    On Saturday, our son and one daughter with their spouses will come to our house to watch “The Game” between Ohio State and Michigan. Once again there will be food – looks like rigatoni, salad, and lots of other goodies. Our tradition is to make frosted Rice Krispie treats and eat one every time our team scores. Of course, we hope we are stuffed with them be the end of the game! It may be a weird tradition, but it is tasty… 🙂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gail – I want to watch the game with you guys!! What a great tradition! I’ll be watching that game – since I have “no skin in the game” I can just sit back and enjoy it.

  11. Gloria from CC

    We always invite friends who have nowhere else to go. One of our friends just came down with Covid so she won’t be there. We’ll have turkey, dressing, homemade bread, broccoli salad, scalloped corn, mashed potato/mashed sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie for dessert. If you and Rick don’t have plans we’d love to see you.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – I’m going to work at the community meal which is held at my church this year.

  12. Marsha in Michigan

    Thanksgiving menu:

    (We will be nine around the table this year. Missing our middle son, wife & family who will be in WI at her parents’ home for the holiday & weekend).

    Oldest son: pork loin
    Youngest son: pies/dessert
    Daughter & boyfriend: roasted root veggies and green bean casserole (from fresh green beans, homemade version)
    My mother: mashed sweet potatoes
    Us: turkey, stuffing, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, gravy, pickles, olives & pickled beets, ice cream & whipped cream, misc. chocolates and truffles

    We used to do much more when my in-laws were alive. We hosted once at each of the two places we lived, upwards of 50.

  13. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 🍷

    Oh, Mary! I’m just now getting to read my emails since Friday! Apparently our modem just up and died and after calling our cable internet provider I have been awaiting their call, stuck at home in case they showed up. My third call yesterday morning I was told I could go to the office and pick one up myself and install it. I did and I’m not mechanically inclined but got it done. Being without internet for over 3days was the pits. No tv, email s or ADT security service. 😡 Rant,rant. No customer service 🤬. We had to watch dvds . Daughter Sarah and husband are coming over for Thanksgiving. She’s coming over tomorrow and we are attempting to make a tofu turkey dish, I’m fixing a smoked turkey. We will have mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls, sweet pickles, olives, stovetop cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole and corn on the cob. She’s bringing a vegan pumpkin pie and we’ll also have a Marie Callender Dutch apple pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Sarah has found a vegan diet agrees with her digestion better. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s comments so much. I hope you all have a happy thanksgiving and plenty of “iced tea “ or a nice Moscato wine, my favorite 🤭!

  14. Lois Ann Johnson

    I have five guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner. Friends who also had no family to be with. I’m getting too old to prepare the entire meal, so everyone is bringing something. All I have to do is roast the turkey breast and prepare the mashed potatoes & gravy. Our meal is the usual traditional one: turkey, potatoes & gravy; stuffing; cranberries; green bean casserole; pumpkin and pecan pie. I used to travel for Thanksgiving to be with family, but I prefer now to stick close to home. You can’t depend on the weather to cooperate this time of year and I’ve had to battle too many icy/snowy highways in the past! Happy Thanksgiving, Mary! Thank you for your blog. It is something to look forward to each day.

  15. Teresa in Indiana

    There will be 10 around our table this year. 2 have the flu and won’t make it. We are having roasted turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn pudding, cranberry salad, dinner rolls, apple brown Betty, sugar cream pie, pecan & pumpkin pies.
    It’s all about the sides. Several take a to go box too.
    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

  16. Dianne in So Cal

    We are having the same menu I’ve made for 45 years! (Oh my gosh, 45 years?!) Turkey, stuffing (only Mrs Cubbison’s for my family), mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, Waldorf salad, broccoli soufflé, creamed onions, homemade rolls, pumpkin cheesecake, wine and coffee.
    Does anyone make creamed onions anymore? Only 1 store out of many I went to) had boiling onions. They used to be easy to find but no more. And they seem smaller, Almost Pearl onion size. Do people still eat/make them in Iowa?
    Happy Thanksgiving, Mary! I’m thankful for your blog about nothing!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dianne – we can find boiling onions but I don’t think it’s traditional in Iowa. Can anybody chime in here? The blog about nothing is always better when there are many comments, don’t you think?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jean – yes, vegetable casserole – I’ll find the recipe – it’s usually on the bag of mixed vegetables I think

      1. Janet S

        Yes Mary, you are right. Swiss medley vegetables are found in the freezer. It’s just a mix of vegetables.

  17. Susan in VA

    We’re actually delaying our Thanksgiving dinner until Saturday. Our daughter-in-law (they just got married October 21!) is a nurse and has to work Thursday and Friday. We’re having mostly the traditional stuff — a fried turkey that my husband and son will do, sage stuffing that my husband and I have made together for our entire married life (34 years) using fresh grown sage, homemade rolls, green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, corn pudding, pumpkin pie and apple pie. Since I won’t be doing a lot of cooking on Thanksgiving day, I’m going to go to our Community Thanksgiving service that’s being held at our church this year. I haven’t gone to that since my kids were younger. That will be nice.
    I want to know what Swiss Medley is, too!!

  18. Moe in NE IL

    Thanksgiving is mine and hubby’s favorite holiday meal… we got a Cajun Turkey from Popeye’s…it’s thawing in the fridge. We had one last year and kept saying all during our meal, “OMG!!! This is Delicious!” It’s pre-cooked so only takes 1-1/2 hours to heat up, we’ll do it on our gas grill outside which is where we always have cooked our turkeys. The usual sides plus pumpkin pie with whipped cream and ice cream. We have always enjoyed this holiday together, just us two, because we always worked (at the same company) to cover for co-workers who took the week off. But on Thanksgiving we had the day at home. Now that we are retired we love being home this whole week….and every week!

  19. Patty Brenner

    We are traveling to north Texas to my sister’s place for Thanksgiving. It’s a pretty traditional meal that we all pitch in and contribute to.. My sister and brother in law are providing the turkey and ham (from a feral hog my BIL shot). I’m responsible for au gratin potatoes (made with white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and turnips), roasted brussels sprouts (haters have never tasted mine, lol) and pecan pie(s). I think I’m going to take a mincemeat pie also since I have several jars of mincemeat in the pantry. It’s a quick trip – up on Thursday and back home (to central Texas) on Friday. Then we pack up the truck with dog and chickens and drive to our Arizona home this weekend.

  20. Candy

    I have to agree with all the rants … what a world we live in now! And just imagine, our grandkids (and all the young folks) won’t ever know the difference, since they’ll grow up only knowing what they see today … yikes! However, this discussion brought to mind a recent encounter I had at a large grocery store. I had just reached into the refrigerator section for a block of cheese, when a young man stocking that section looked over and said “Oh, don’t take that one”. When I asked “Why not?”, he replied “Look at all the air inside the package. Someone must have cut the package when they were opening the box, so it won’t be fresh anymore.” I almost fell on the floor! He could just as easily have watched me put it in my cart and walk away. I was so impressed! Not a ‘tipping’ situation, but he deserved one. Maybe all isn’t lost after all … but I doubt it! Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for your blog, Mary!

  21. Marie C

    I’m not hosting, but I’m bring a pumpkin roll. (Pumpkin cake rolled up jelly roll style filled with cream cheese frosting)
    I’m also going to bring white chocolate raspberry Blondie’s. After the meal there will be crafts. It’s usually a Christmas ornament or something similar. There is usually a large group. I think four generations will be attending with some family coming from Alaska. Thanksgiving is our main get together of the year. Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 to all.

  22. Erin

    Home-grown turkey with old fashioned stuffing in the bird, strawberry-rhubarb pie, pumpkin pie, cranberry-orange sauce with a kick, homemade candies, eggnog martinis, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy. No time to make homemade rolls this time or mincemeat pie, but my kids will forgive me. We’re only having 9 guests this year, including just a few family members, along with some folks who don’t have any family to share Thanksgiving with.
    I hope you and everyone has a lovely, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.

  23. Joyce from NY

    Going to my son & daughter in law’s, just down the road. They will have roast turkey with all the fixings. I am making the rolls & zucchini bread. Happy thanksgiving everyone 🦃🦃

  24. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l think l have put on a few pounds just reading what is on the menu at everyone’s place for Thanksgiving! Enjoy your meals and getting together with friends and family! We are having out Christmas get together at our quilt guild on Saturday, everyone bring a plate to share, Christmas stockings for kids in need ,something for the food bank and quilts for show and tell. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  25. Janet Beyea

    I’m lucky to be celebrating with family and friends so I only have to brings pies. I’ll make pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook.

  26. Kathy in western NY

    Ours is all traditional foods except maybe a variation on cut up butternut squash. I looked forward to creamed onions which we have done in the past but the lover of those is not with us any longer. Last I made them all I could find was a frozen bag of tiny Pearl onions. No jars anywhere. We all bring the side dishes to our daughters and son in law who smoke one turkey and roast another one so we all get leftovers to take home.
    Mary, I did buy the kit for the cross and hearts quilt! It will be a nice using the fabrics supplied and I love the name of it – Yes, Jesus loves me. Our church delivered 74 large boxes of food in our town for families and single people for Thanksgiving so I would be doing the same as you Mary if we served a community meal. I never mind adding extra food into my cart for those in need as I am so fortunate to be able to do this. It showed with all the extra turkeys and food we had donated so people were very generous helping others.

  27. Launa Peters

    Mary, My comments didn’t post!
    Tis 34o up here in Idaho @ just after 3:30pm. Have no snow and it will be just the 4 adults Thursday!
    Plans are: boneless turkey roast, fresh baked sweet potatoes 🍠, a green vegetable…possibly broccoli, Hawaiian rolls and pumpkin pie with Cool Whip. Wine with the meal for the other 3 adults!
    Sounds like everyone plans some type of get togethers!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Barbara Firesheets

    I am cooking the traditional Turkey dinner on Thursday: oven roasted turkey, gravy, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and “burn and serve” rolls (because I forget them in the oven while getting all the other items to the table – ha!) Dessert will be cranberry jello salad, and pumpkin pie. We’ll be eating up the leftovers for a week!

  29. Jeanine from

    Our kids will not be home for Thanksgiving, but our Pastor and family invited us to their house for dinner. I am taking a cabbage salad (their request), pecan and chocolate pie, and some coffee from Peru along with a quart of half and half. They love cream in their coffee. I don’t drink coffee, but they love it. I imagine we will have a pretty traditional meal. We are so grateful for all the blessings of this past year, and yes, we all love this blog about “everything.” Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all who read this blog and to Mary, Rick and animals. We are a blessed people.
    P.S. It would be nice if everyone would put what state they are from when they comment)

  30. Sue in Marion, IN

    It’s just me, DH, and my cousin Jim this year. My sisters in Michigan can’t come. Our daughter is a critical care nurse who has to work Thursday, Friday, and all weekend. Our son is a medical resident who isn’t on the schedule for Thanksgiving day, but he’s in Madison, WI and we’re in central Indiana so too far to come home for one day. And he called this afternoon—he has Covid, anyway. The VA in Madison shares a campus with University Hospital and Evan said he’d go eat with the veterans if he wasn’t sick. He’s contemplating Chinese takeout instead😆. Anyhow, we’ll be mostly traditional—turkey breast, mashed potatoes, My Dad’s Best Sweet Corn sautéed in butter and frozen last summer ( per Mary’s recipe!) Roasted Brussels sprouts, corn muffins with pumpkin butter I made yesterday, and pumpkin pie/vanilla ice cream. I make ginger snap crust for my pumpkin pie, YUM.

  31. Sue in Marion, Indiana

    Oh, I forgot Mama Stamberg’s cranberry relish. If you listen to NPR they give the recipe every year. It’s made with fresh cranberries and onion ground up together, with sour cream and horseradish. Sounds iffy but it is DELICIOUS. You freeze it ahead of time, then put in the fridge the day of and serve it still ice cold. Yum, yum, yum.

  32. Rita in Iowa

    My husband and I will have turkey breast, party potatoes with gravy, dressing and rolls, I’m wanting corn because I love to put corn over my mashed potatoes and gravy. We have some pickled beets in the frig to have and pumpkin pie. On Friday we will have a gathering at a community center of my family and I will make 10# of party potatoes. My family request this if we are home. It is usually a big turnout. I will post after our gathering of how many.

    Mary I have one block made of the Christmas Morning quilt. My husband and I have been busy cleaning the kitchen, refrigerator and stove cleaned yesterday and today. Spent an hour on the phone today trying to get them to correct a phone number on an order that has been filled by APPLE, doesn’t seem like anyone once to make the corrections to make further inquiries easier in the future. A letter to the top brass may be in order. My rant for today.

  33. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I forgot to add on the other post, a friend of the mother of the boy who died and friend of our daughter’s, lives in Deborah, Iowa! She flew in—so nice of her. I looked it up, not tooooo far from Garner.😀
    Rained all day here.

  34. Kim from Wi

    Will be us and our two kids. Our daughter is making the turkey, with help from her brother. They both love to cook and to try new things. This year they are brining the turkey. They will make green bean casserole, jiffy corn muffin casserole, homemade dinner rolls, stuffing and gravy. We are bringing sweet potatoes casserole along with pumpkin pie with whipped cream. We will watch the football game and play games, usually Ticket to Ride. Happy Thanksgiving to you Mary and all your blog readers.

  35. Sherrill

    It’s just my son and I (he’s coming from Denver tomorrow) so Cracker Barrel has our meal all planned! HA I went up there last year and we went to Cracker Barrel and enjoyed it (though it was TERRIBLY CROWDED so the wait was LONG). Then we’re going to a movie later on. Works for us!

  36. Jane

    we will have 11 around our undersized pool table [insert brings it flush so the table cloth lies flat]. We opted for a game room that can be converted to a dinning room when we have a large crowd. In Maine we will have three families all adding to the menu of turkey, stuffing with spinach, creamed pearl onions, turnip, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, cranberry chutney and cranberry jelly [cannot agree on just one style] and fresh rolls. Dessert will be apple pie, pumpkin fluff, apple rhubarb pie and a homemade cake of as yet unknown variety. No one will leave hungry. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

  37. Debra Reber

    Our family Thanksgiving includes turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, hash brown casserole, broccoli salad, glazed carrots, apple/cranberry casserole, dressing, macaroni & cheese, cheddar biscuits, & chocolate chip pecan pie!

  38. NJ

    20# turkey I will roast Wednesday. Without dressing, that’s made in a crockpot on Thursday. When turkey is done, I wrap the whole roaster in a heavy blanket and leave it alone for an hour or so. Juices settle back into meat. So moist. Slice it and cool it overnight with some broth. Next morning put in lined crockpot with some broth and reheat.
    This is from garden: potatoes, squash, frozen sweet corn and dill pickles. Gravy, ham balls, green bean casserole, fruit salad, deviled eggs, relish tray, dinner rolls, homemade lefsa. No pie. I had too much pie left over last year. Toffee cookies and a pumpkin cake. 17 guests coming and my house is small !

    1. Janet S

      NJ, I’m coming to your house – what a feast! Now days, we get Freddy’s Lefse which we get at Byerly’s grocery store (it’s cheaper than paying the shipping cost). Making lefse myself has turned into a lot of work so maybe I should do it again but with family help.
      We will all gather out my step-sons house. Everyone is bringing something and I’m assigned with the stuffing (I add cooked Jimmy Dean sausage), green bean casserole, and the corn we harvested and froze last summer so it is really good. It’s always too much food but so what. Because I wasn’t assigned desert, I made a batch of chocolate muffins this morning. So far, I’ve eaten 3 just to make sure they are good. Blessings to all, have a safe thanksgiving.

  39. Alice in SW Ohio

    My friend & I have been invited to his daughter’s home near here. I’m not sure if she’s having turkey or ham, but know there will be about 16 of us. I’m bringing 2-9×13 pans of yeast rolls. I bought a small turkey to roast later for us. Will fix all the traditional dishes then, plus an apple pie for dessert, his favorite. My son waited until the last minute to invite us to his BIL’s & we already had accepted my friend’s daughter’s invitation. We’ll all be together at Christmas, as I have the family here then. All except my daughter who lives in NC. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I feel very blessed for all the special people & things in my life! Love the blog about “everything”!!

  40. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    I hosted Thanksgiving for many, many years until my daughter bought a large home and now we all go there, along with the inlaws. Everyone brings dishes which is nice. I used to have to go the day before because she couldn’t bring herself to pull out all the stuff from the turkey! Her husband takes care of that now. Ha. She is a vegetarian, so all her imitation stuff is up to her. All the usual. I am bringing a chocolate pie, apple hand pies which everyone likes to grab, Thanksgiving cutouts which my granddaughter is coming to help decorate, cranberry sauce and a veggie dish my mom always made with cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, brussel sprouts, and peas lined up with a cream sauce and cheese. Have to keep up the tradition. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  41. Bridget

    Going over to my mom’s (almost 90 but she is the hostess with the mostess). We will get the turkey in and make the salad side dishes. I will make the pies tonight at my house. My SIL makes the potatoes. This dinner is not tradition for us as so many in the family work at the hospital we always had dinner when we could all be together. My grandma wasn’t much of a cook so as a child we always went out for dinner. Then for years we traveled to the clogging convention in Nashville TN and had BBQ for Thanksgiving dinner. yummy. Hoping the Lions win the game! I will take the turkey carcass and cook it down for broth and bits of meat. Use the leftover potatoes and make turkey soup with potato dumplings for Friday 🙂 Will do some shopping with my girls this weekend, but because all my Christmas shopping is done and just waiting to be wrapped, I will be helping them get their shopping done.

  42. Cindy Smith

    I should have 15-18 people here. I always fix the traditional- chicken and dressing, gravy, turkey, ham, Mac and cheese, deviled eggs, corn casserole, mashed potatoes, hash brown casserole, sweet potatoes, broccoli cheese casserole, baked beans, green beans, rolls, cranberry sauce (canned), pumpkin pies, chocolate pies, carrot cake, and oohy, gooey butter cake. I tend to cook the same for Christmas but the sweets vary. One of my sons and his family are vacationing in Belgium so they will be missed. The cooking is a labor of love. Happy Thanksgiving from East Texas!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – why so many variations? 2 kinds of potatoes, beans, dessert? Wow! I can’t imagine making all that food!! I’ll bet you’re beyond busy today! Think of the clean up – ha – maybe you’ll have help?

      1. Cindy Smith

        Lol my kids are spoilt! One of my daughters just has to have mashed potatoes. Green beans cooked with bacon and onions is a favorite of my daughter in-law. Two of my kids really love the pumpkin pies and carrot cake is a favorite of one of my daughters. I made my cornbread yesterday (with celery and onions) and my hen. Today I’ll make the sweets. My daughter in-law will come help in the morning as everyone else will be traveling. A few years ago, I relented to using disposable dishes because my dishwasher helpers complained about the massive number of dirty dishes. Haha.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Cindy – I think disposable dinnerware is the easiest way to save some work! And they’re really nice and strong these days.

  43. Elizabeth P McDonald

    This will be the first year we have 2 households combining Thanksgiving – as my older daughter has moved down to Florida too — from Sweden by way of Maine. Very exciting! We will be having mincemeat, pumpkin, apple and cherry pies. We will have turkey and sliced ham and stuffing and mashed potatoes and yams and green bean casserole and a surprise side dish — 2 cooking households.

  44. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Our menu is Midwest traditional. My sister is hosting this group of 27, so she is making turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and Mac ‘n Cheese (she has 7 little grands). My dh will help her make the gravy.😊 The rest of us will fill in with sweet potatoes, veggies, fruit salad, cranberry relish, and rolls. My dh and I made six pies, and a niece will bring brownies-mint and caramel. I grew up on jellied cranberry sauce, which only requires a can opener; my dh was having none of that. He makes his aunt’s recipe, which is now easier using the food processor. When we were young, it required the food grinder. Juice ran all over the place, and the kids enthusiastically took turns turning the crank.😳I usually remembered something I needed from the store. 😂
    My sister and I love Thanksgiving, and this year will be the first one since Covid that our brother and some of his family will attend. We will meet a 4-year-old great niece for the first time.
    Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone.

  45. Cheryl Regan

    Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, frozen peas, scalloped corm, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and pie…..and lefse! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  46. NJ

    Note on homemade lefsa: I’ve not made it for 7-8 years – hate the flour mess in the kitchen. DH suggested last week we make it in the garage. It was cool out there and dough seemed to work better. I believe we’ll have another go-round before Christmas.

  47. Cynthia from SW MN

    We went to my daughter’s home in Marshall, there were 11 of us for dinner. We had a pork butt roast which was fabulous, corn/cornbread hot dish, green bean hot dish, Mac and cheese, dressing, two kinds of mashed potatoes, purchased gravy (Heinz pork gravy in the jar), bread, and later we had dessert, cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and apple pie. No supper for us! Lots of laughter and conversation as well!

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