Every year I buy new magazines and mine the internet for new Thanksgiving recipes and ideas. Many years my family has patiently endured new menu items while secretly wishing I would simply serve the dishes they have come to love and anticipate on Thanksgiving.  I finally have come to terms with the fact that my children expect certain culinary treats every year, and they couldn’t care less if I find a new and exciting way to make stuffing.  In fact, they love the cornbread stuffing their dad makes, and that’s what they want.  And they don’t want garlic or sour cream mashed potatoes.  They just want mashed potatoes.  And so on.  So, this year, I will be cooking basically the same foods my grandmother cooked for us when I was a kid.  And the beauty of this is that I can do most of it ahead of time, and spend Thanksgiving Day enjoying time with my family and friends.

So, our menu is as follows:

  • Turkey
  • Giblet Gravy
  • Cornbread Stuffing
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Red-skinned Mashed Potatoes
  • Corn Casserole
  • Candied Yams
  • Cranberry Sauce (straight out of the can!)
  • Homemade Wheat Rolls
  • Fruit Salad
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie

I have included the recipes for the Corn Casserole and Candied Yams on my “Thanksgiving Recipes” page, if anyone is interested. My kids mutiny if I don’t serve the Corn Casserole.

To my family, those foods mean Thanksgiving.  And, this year, as with every year gone past, we have so much to be Thankful for.  I have a beautiful family, a wonderful home, we are all healthy, Gaylon has a great job, and most of all, God is Good!!!  As an added bonus, Gaylon and I will be celebrating 21 years of marriage on Thanksgiving Day.  Wow.

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