Monthly Musings October 2023: Thanksgiving Prep


Happy Friday Eve Besties! Are you ready for Monthly Musings? I know that the first trick-or-treater has not even crossed your front porch yet, but for Monthly Musings today I am getting together with Holly and the talented group of writers who join us to share of the Best Thanksgiving and holiday preparation and traditions.  Let's jump into the questions and wrap ourselves in Thanksgiving.

1. What Are Your Thanksgiving Plans?

It's a little early, so I am not sure what our plans are. I know that I am definitely looking forward to having about five days off during the Thanksgiving week.

2.  Favorite Thanksgiving Dish? Please share the recipe.

I don't mean to brag, but I make a pretty epic Cornbread, Sausage and Chestnut Dressing. It's a multi-day process but so worth it. You can make it with regular cornbread and I always make it gluten-free. I also now get the peeled chestnuts at Trader Joe's which makes the whole process much easier.

If you are looking for a soup for Thanksgiving, look no further than my Butternut Squash and Pear Soup. The pears give the soup a totally different and unexpected flavor.

Need some help with leftovers? You could easily swap turkey for chicken thighs in the Chicken with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Wild Rice

 3. Best Food Prep Tips?

For Thanksgiving staples, especially items that are non-perishable like canned pumpkin, canned cranberries, evaporated milk, sugar, flour and brown sugar, try to buy them at the beginning of November. The closer you get to Thanksgiving these items start to sell out at the grocery store. 

4. Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

Running Daddy typically does the Turkey Trot in our town the morning of Thanksgiving. It is very fun and at several points over the years, Hockey Guy has also run part or all of this race as well. Not sure what this year holds but we always have fun when we go to the race.

5. Turkey? Ham? Other? Both?

I am a purest, only turkey at Thanksgiving.

6. Apple pie? Pumpkin pie?

Unpopular opinion, I don't really love pie. I would so much rather have a really Good carrot cake or even chocolate cake, gluten-free of course. 

7. Football or family movie?

We are much bigger college football fans in our house but we do watch the NFL. For me, on Thanksgiving I would much rather watch a family movie. I love something like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and then all of the Best new movies always premier Thanksgiving weekend. I cannot wait for Haul Out the Holly 2

8. Stuffing or Dressing?

I grew up with the bird being stuffed aka stuffing. I am also a total germ freak so as a full-fledged grownup I will only make my dressing/stuffing on the side.

9. Turkey trot or Thanksgiving parade?

In our house, we will go to the turkey trot in the morning and Running Daddy will always come home and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 


10. Have you ever done a Friendsgiving?

Many years ago, before this was a real term I did have a few Thanksgivings when I didn't travel and got together with friends for Thanksgiving. We typically host Easter and all are welcome, friends, family, friends of friends and family that I have never met. Yup, basically anyone is welcome in our house. 

File this post away for a few weeks and I hope it will help you get in the Thanksgiving mood and helps you prepare for the big day.

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  1. Your stuffing does look and sound amazing- I think I may have to try making that this year- my mouth is watering! You are such a great hostess :)

    1. Definitely use the precooked chestnuts from Trader Joe's. They are in the refrigerated vegetable section. Way easier. Thanks for being the Best co-host

  2. I've already bought a few of my Thanksgiving non-perishables. I like picking up just a few each week While we definitely have apple pie and usually pecan pie too I have a few that don't eat any pie so we always mix up some new dessert too. This year I'm thinking either cheesecake or peanut butter bars but that carrot cake idea sounds delicious too. I haven't had a good carrot cake with cream cheese frosting in forever.

  3. I think carrot cake would be a perfect dessert for Thanksgiving and I find it hard to believe it's not more popular! Planes Trains and Automobiles is our favorite Thanksgiving movie, and although it's not intended for american Thanksgiving, I'm hoping we'll have time to watch Babette's Feast this year - it's one of my all-time favorites and I think it goes with the theme of the day.


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