I’m looking forward to some time on my family’s farm and I’m planning ahead to ensure that it’s as relaxing as possible. We don’t have a long drive (just about an hour) but there’s a lot to prep and pack as a family of 4.
I’ve stopped eating meat, but the rest of the family eats turkey, so I’ve been researching some things I could make or prep ahead to not use too much kitchen time. My mother is an excellent cook - and I don’t want to get in her way!
Here are a few of the vegetarian and pescaterian recipes and ideas that I’m most interested in trying this year for Thanksgiving that I found all over the internet:
- Hasselback Herbed Garlic Butter Sweet Potatoes
- Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
- Cranberry Sauce Grilled Cheese
- Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce and Pecans
- Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts, Pecans and Cranberries side dish
- Maple-Walnut Crusted Salmon
- Squash Blossom Focaccia
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Balsamic Brussel Sprout Flatbread with Goat Cheese
For table decorations we always keep it very simple and rustic. My parent’s house is very Wabi-Sabi, and we love to use the antique brown china transferware that has been handed down over the years through my family. I love the warm cozy tones to that style of chinaware. We always use antique Irish linen tablecloths and antique silverware - it’s rare that we get to pull those things out (we usually just eat on totally normal plates). Candles are essential for setting the festive mood, and we love to light a fire to have that smokey scent in the air.
Music can be easy to forget about - so this year I’m making sure to pack a portable speaker and load up a playlist to keep the vibes fun and perfect for the season. Here’s my playlist for the big day: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3uwmQxPWD6vuLrBVQ0G21x
We finally invested in getting the whole Charlie Brown Peanuts Movie Collection, and I’m looking forward to the kids having something fun and classic to watch while we get the food ready.
And, of course we need the perfect outfit something that looks totally put together but is comfortable enough to wear through a marathon meal. This year I’m planning on wearing the Ako Dress in Umber, the Obu Sweater and the Nomi Umber Scarf. I’ll pair this with some one of my favorite clog-mule hybrid from Rachel Comey.