With a busy schedule and the holidays already overwhelming me, I need a new Thanksgiving game plan. I've made the traditional spread (more times than I can count), vegetarian (yes, I made a tofurky), Native American (fry bread, three sister's soup, wild rice stuffed acorn squash, baked pudding with maple syrup), one year my mother and I even did Chinese. This year I want to try something new again. I want to cook with my kids.
Normally I would wake up at dawn, cook for 12 hours, and dinner was always late. Meanwhile everyone else would watch TV or play video games. Then I was blessed with cleaning all that mess up! As it turns out, children don't like tofurky, acorn squash, and soup. I spent the whole day making a huge meal only I wanted to try and I wasn't even happy doing it. This year will be different. I'm making a vow to being happy for the holidays which means I will need help.
I'm going to sit down with my children and pick a menu we can all agree upon and we'll do the work together (fingers crossed). My eldest and I are pretty picky eaters in very different ways, but we both love to cook. My youngest helps with washing, prepping, and mixing, while the big girls do the chopping and cooking. Cooking is one of those few "chores" in which we can all work together with relatively little complaints.
This year Thanksgiving will take some extra planning to keep everyone happy and on track. Usually I pick all the recipes, drag the kids grocery shopping, and schedule each recipe to be completed and still warm by 6. Then the day comes and I've forgotten some little, but integral ingredient and then everything is late and the world implodes, but someone still needs to do put away leftovers and do the dishes. This year everyone will work like a team and we'll have fun. We'll pick easy recipes everyone will love and there will be smiles and hugs and rainbow unicorns. That's realistic right?
What is your Thanksgiving game plan? Have you had any especially memorable Thanksgivings? Please leave them in the comments below! Happy planning, Supreme Beings!