Thanksgiving is this week, and this one will likely be much different than usual for many. This year, even if you cannot have the big gathering that is usual, it is important to make the day special. You are worth the effort, and I believe that keeping the day special will help us all get through. For us, it won’t be any different, as we have spent the holiday with just the two of us for many years now. What makes it Thanksgiving here are the turkeys on the tablescape, the parade on TV, football in the afternoon, and a special meal. This year we won’t be having any gatherings on the weekend after, so we will work a little harder at making this year feel like a holiday. Start with doing just a little something extra. If you go all out for autumn decor, you are ahead. But if you don’t have Thanksgiving decor, look to what you do have and make it work. Even a simple pie pumpkin with some pine cones and candles can make a table seem festive.
Put your autumn theme quilts on display. I add some turkeys to the decor in November.
Watch a Thanksgiving show on TV. You can’t go wrong with Peanuts.
Of course, cooking is the way most of us celebrate, and even if it is just for two (or even one), make a festive meal. Our preference for the meal is turkey with a sourdough dressing on the side, but we have also done Cornish hens from time to time. We skip the potatoes, have an interesting vegetable side dish, jellied cranberry sauce with the can indentations in my grandmother’s dish, and a special dessert.
For both long time and new readers, here are my most popular Thanksgiving posts from years past, with emphasis on smaller gatherings for this year. How To Brine and Bake a Moist Succulent Turkey, doesn’t take as much space as you think. I show you how to make room in the refrigerator, too. With many of us buying smaller turkeys this year, or even just a turkey breast, this might be more doable for you.
A nice Thanksgiving for two might include a Panko Turkey Breast. This one has a deviled panko crust that keeps the meat moist and delicious, and a bonus bakes in just about an hour. Fewer leftovers come from baking only a half breast, but still should be enough to do some soup if you like.
Or try my Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast.
A special side dish we like is my Roasted Garlic Spinach.
This year we may just have to do my latest recipe of Cheesy Baked Acorn Squash. I am thrilled with the comments you all have left on that recipe! Thank you so much!
Have a special breakfast, like my Breakfast Casserole, and serve it on special plates or your best china. That post also has my turnovers recipe.
My Caramel Apple Coffee Cake is delicious for breakfast too, and My Sweet Babboo has given it the seal of approval.
Get out some special things for Thanksgiving and set a pretty table. You may not have turkey plates like I do, but you can use the good china. If you don’t have any turkeys for the center, use greeting cards you have made or received on the table with autumn leaves, or get a turkey or pumpkin from the dollar store. Scour the thrift shops for a ceramic turkey. Remember, you can always donate it back after the holiday if you don’t have storage space.
It is only going to be one holiday season for this pandemic and all its restrictions, so be safe this year. Stay well. Remember what we have to be grateful for, our health, our families and our friends, so help keep them safe, too. Happy Thanksgiving!!
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