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<p>It's just around the corner, and we're (mostly) starting to feel better at this point.  How many of you will be hosting or cooking a thanksgiving dinner?</p>
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<p>My husband and I will be hosting our first thanksgiving dinner this year, and are still working on the menu - though we've got some things figured out!  We'll be grilling the turkey (I've got a brine recipe all picked out, we've got some wood to throw on the grill to smoke the bird nicely... super excited), and mixing it up with a few favorites and a few new recipes from there.</p>
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<p>So what all are you guys making that you're excited about?  I'd love to hear your thanksgiving plans!</p>
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<p>It'll just be us this year, so I guess we're hosting!? Haha.</p>
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<p>I'm excited, too, because I'm hungry!</p>
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<p>Turkey</p>
<p>Stuffing</p>
<p>Green Bean Cassorole</p>
<p>Cranberry-Apple Salad (a jello-based fruit dish with cranberries in it)</p>
<p>Pumpkin Bread</p>
<p>Rolls</p>
<p>Mashed Potatoes</p>
<p>Gravy</p>
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<p>I think that's it. But I think that's all that is necessary! Look at all those carbs! Whew!</p>
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<p>Then the day after we'll get out a few Christmas decorations - my kids are super excited! (And me.)</p>
 

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<p>We are going to my husband's mom's side on Thanksgiving and the following Sunday his dad's side. My family is joining us for his mom's. It's just my mom dad and brother and his family is huge lol</p>
 

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<p>I'm Canadian but living in San Francisco with my American husband, so I make everyone down here celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with me. Normally I do both, but a friend has taken pitty on me and will be doing a dinner on Thursday, then we're all going camping for the rest of the weekend and foraging for mushrooms as it's the season over here.</p>
 

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<p>We will be have dinner at my aunt's house.  Her two daughters and their spouses/SO will be there.  My grandfather and parents will also be there. My aunt and uncle handle most of the food but what I'll be bringing is:</p>
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<p>Kahlua pumpkin pie- totally delish</p>
<p>Sugar  nut sticks - sort of a flakey pastry stuffed with sugar, almonds and craisins</p>
<p>Cranberry-Orange relish</p>
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<p>I am really looking forward to the day.  We usually bring a bunch of kid and adult games and spend the afternoon playing games and talking.</p>
 

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<p>Yay!!!  I'm so excited for next week!</p>
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<p>I'm headed with my hubby to my hometown, where there's mom's house, dad's house, and close close family friend's house - so it's like 3 PARENTAL UNITS to visit over the next week.</p>
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<p>I'm bringing a turkey I got from work - fresh from the farm, frozen so I can make the road trip with it.  Official tgiving at my mom's house.</p>
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<p>My mom and sister are weird about food so I said I'm in charge of:</p>
<p>Turkey</p>
<p>Gravy</p>
<p>Mashed Potatoes - I'm adding chipotle carmelized onions to these :)</p>
<p>Stuffing</p>
<p>Apple Pie</p>
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<p>They can make all the fat free veggie sides they like, but I'm making sure there are full carb versions of the special foods.  Pregnant thanksgiving is a big deal.  I'm so excited to hang out Wednesday and cook all day at my mom's. </p>
 

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<p>We're traveling to DH's for the first time in years...I'm so looking forward to pumpkin waffles for breakfast and this amazing vegan pumpkin pie for dessert.  (We're vegetarian, so sometimes breakfast and dessert are the most exciting parts for us;) No- actually we've found this amazing vegan roast (Celebration Roast) if there are any other vegetarians out there. So tasty with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes. Yum.  </p>
 

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<p>For thanksgiving we are going to my in-laws. I am bringing grain free peanut butter cookies, grain free bread for DS and I and probably sweet potato casserole. I might make a pumpkin custard or pumpkin pie too, not sure yet!  I plan on doing some community service that day though, so we'll see how much of that I can get done. Looking forward to all the yummy food though!</p>
 

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<p>Since our family is SO big now,with twice the kids of any of my siblings,we have decided to do our own dinner/lunch at our house!!!!I'm so exited!This is my first just for us full meal, and I'm super looking forward to ALL the leftovers!!!!!!!!!!:)So, we're making rolls,pies(pumpkin,cherry) and jello in fancy glasses on Wednesday,Then the stuffed turkey on Thursday.With applesauce,cranberry sauce,yams under marshmallows,brussell sprouts,gravy,mashed potato's,I think that's it... :) We'll be taking the pies to my parents house an hour away where we usually had the big dinner,so the kids can frolic with cousins in the evening.:)AND THE BEST PART!!!!!By then, everyone will know we're expecting!!!!!YAY!(We're announcing tomorrow at dd3's 2nd b-day party.)</p>
 

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<p>Im hosting about 15 people - 7 Kiddos and 8 adults.  Super excited!!  Guests are bringing apps and drinks and Im excited to get to cook for so many folks!  I love cooking for holidays.</p>
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<p>Menu:</p>
<p>Wassail in the Crockpot</p>
<p>Cranberry Sauce with Mandarin Oranges and Pecans</p>
<p>Honey Wheat Rolls</p>
<p>Turkey with herbs and white wine.. and gravy</p>
<p>Tofu cutlets for the vegetarians and gravy.. LOL</p>
<p>Ham with Pineapples and Pineapple Gravy</p>
<p>Mashed Potatoes</p>
<p>Pac NW Stuffing with Challah, mushrooms, leeks and hazelnuts</p>
<p>Green Bean Casserole</p>
<p>Sweet Potato and squash casserole</p>
<p>Roasted Brussel Sprouts</p>
<p>Mac and Cheese with panko breadcrumbs</p>
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<p>Dutch Apple Pie</p>
<p>Pumpkin Pie</p>
 

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We're hosting Thanksgiving at our house this time! We built our dream house in the country last year and have plenty of room for entertaining. It'll just be my parents and my brother and his family, but we're all close and have such a great time when we get together. My parents only live 30min away but are going to spend the night so that my mom, my older 3 girls, and I can get up at 3-4am and go Black Friday shopping. Fun!! I'm so glad the nausea and fatigue vanished just in time, so I can actually relish the holidays instead of feeling like a slug. What good timing for the 2nd trimester hearty appetite to kick in!<img alt="eat.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/eat.gif"><br><br>
We'll probably spend the day nibbling, playing games, maybe some basketball, riding bikes or a walk in the woods if the weather permits, and lots of laughing till it hurts. We'll put up our Christmas stuff the weekend after, and I'm really looking forward to that in the new house too!<br><br>
Our menu...<br><br>
Turkey<br>
Ham<br>
Dressing<br>
Mashed Potatoes<br>
Homemade creamy noodles<br>
Green Beans<br>
Sweet Potato Casserole<br>
Hominy Casserole<br>
Cranberry Sauce<br>
Deviled Eggs<br>
Veggie Tray<br>
Homemade Rolls<br>
Pumpkin pie<br>
Pecan pie<br>
Cherry pie<br>
Lemon squares<br>
Chocolate chip cookies<br><br>
 

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<p>You guys are killin' me!!!!  I am SO SO SO hungry now (and nauseous at the same time).  I want all of it!  Everything you are all making, I want a bite of every single thing mentioned!  YUM-O!</p>
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<p>This is the first year in awhile that we aren't hosting.  We're used to a humanely raised turkey and all organic foods and pies made with xylitol.  (One reason I like hosting is because I get to control the food and the life of the turkey is so important to me).  However, we're headed to my MIL's house and she is the processed food queen and the inlaws are all around a difficult people to be around for DH and I both.  I'm sure it'll be a Tyson butterball turkey and I am not even sure how I'll handle it.  It makes me sick to think of eating that...but they know I'm not a vegetarian and I truly don't want to offend them or get caught up in an explanation right in the middle of the beautiful dinner she's just prepare, ya know.  And it makes me even more sick to think of feeding it to my pure little one year old whose never had anything like that, hardly anything processed at all.  I need to get over it I guess...and be <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>thankful</em></span>!  But, I'm still so nauseous and throwing up that I'm pretty grumpy still and so...I'm working on consciously leaning into my reality of abundance even if it isn't so picture perfect.  Just gotta keep telling myself to "Lean in...lean in...lean in.  Embrace it."   </p>
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<p>But let me just share with you the pie that I normally make for Thanksgiving guests.  It's what I call Pumpkin-Pecan-Cheesecake-Pie.  You can google it.  It has a layer of all three pies mentioned in the title and on top the pecans are drizzled with a glaze and broiled for a minute or two to make this candy crunchy top.  I always have to make at least two and it's always the first pie to disappear.  I am way too sick to make it this year.  But, what the heck - whenever I feel better, I can make it for myself and DH whether it's January or April...it doesn't HAVE to be Thanksgiving, right?!?!  :)</p>
 

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<p>It's nice to see what others are making for Thanksgiving.  I'd borrow some of the ideas, but I can never tear away from our traditions.  We're having 13 people for dinner.  We serve turkey, stuffing with sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, (rice for my southern BIL,) yams with marshmallows, broccoli with cheese sauce, rolls, 24 hour salad (marshmallows & fruit), and pumpin pies with whipped cream. Yum, I can taste it now!  I'm so glad my period of nausea is over!</p>
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<p>Now I have to figure out what to make for my DD6's birthday party on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Maybe carryout pizza!</p>
 

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<p>i'm canadian so you guys are WAY behind us! <img alt="ROTFLMAO.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif"></p>
<p>that being said i have a turkey in the freezer that will probably be making it's way out next weekend because i LOVE turkey dinner!!! </p>
<p>and i can't hear about it so much without being tempted to make it...haha.</p>
<p>i mostly only want it to make turkey sandwiches though...and turkey soup. yum. yum yum yum.</p>
<p>i'll probably make yorkshire pudding and a pie as well. and potatoes...mmmmm. i am hungry now.</p>
 

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<p>I am not hosting or cooking or doing anything besides eating! YES!</p>
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<p>I really want stuffing and turkey skin. I am counting the days!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jr'smom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280512/thanksgiving#post_16060913"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><p>Now I have to figure out what to make for my DD6's birthday party on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Maybe carryout pizza!</p>
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We almost always order pizza on the Sat after Thanksgiving after a full day of putting up Christmas decorations. Pizza is a welcome treat after all the leftovers.<img alt="orngtongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif"><br><br>
 

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<p>I just cook for the two of us. We don't have any family here and with us both being gluten-free, these kind of events at other peoples houses is really stressful. I'm actually getting really excited to cook, I haven't made anything but a grilled cheese sandwich since I got pregnant. DH does all the dinner cooking since I'm in school at night and I eat breakfast and lunch at work. I cannot stand turkey and fowl is even more of a turn off since my food aversions started, I can't even deal with the smell of chicken. I usually do a cornish game hen, but this year it'll be something different.</p>
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<p>Sage stuffed pork loin</p>
<p>Stuffing (my mom's recipe but using GF bread cubes)</p>
<p>green beans almondine</p>
<p>garlic mashed potatoes</p>
<p>contemplating a cabbage salad</p>
<p>rosemary rolls (from our local GF bakery)</p>
<p>cranberry-orange relish ( I LOVE cooking fresh cranberries)</p>
<p>Pumpkin pie ( I use crumbled up GF shortbread and butter for the crust, it is AMAZING)</p>
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<p>NOM. I am hungry!</p>
 

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<p>wow! reading this thread just made me hungry!  especially the part about pumpkin waffles and kahlua pumpkin pie (i'm going to have to look up that recipe!)  </p>
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<p>i'm with evergreen... just eating!  and we have two thanksgivings to go to on thursday.  my dad's dinner is at noon and my mom's at 3.  luckily they only live about 10 minutes apart.  soooo excited... thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!</p>
 

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<p>We are spending Tgiving with ILs (DH's family).  I am bringing an oatmeal nut pie, oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies, and oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies. Can you tell that I've been craving oatmeal recently?! <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Other than that, MIL is doing all the cooking, and I have already informed her that I plan to eat my weight in turkey.  I loooove turkey, and I only have it at Thanksgiving.</span></p>
 

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<p><span>No holiday/family dinners for us, woo hoo!  We are vegan and while my MIL has always gone above and beyond to make everything (besides the actual turkey) vegan so we could eat with the family, if we go to the IL's there is pressure to go to my mom's as well and she is an abusive drug addict.  The less the kids and I are around her, the better, so we just stopped going anywhere.  It cuts waaaay down on my holiday stress/depression.<br><br>
The last couple of years we've been going to an all-vegan Chinese buffet.  It's a huge treat for us because we only get to go a couple of times a year.  We're super excited!<br><br>
And not only does this mean I don't have to be around a bunch of crazies for Thanksgiving, it means no food prep or clean up for me. :D</span></p>
 
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