06 November 2012

5 Days of Preparing for the Holidays {cooking}

It's Day 2 of blog hopping about preparing for the holidays and today is all about the food!  One of my favorite parts of the holidays.  There are just so many wonderful food memories associated with the holidays.

In fact, I am pretty excited to be hosting my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.  This is a first for me.  We usually have Thanksgiving at my parents' house and I have only hosted Thanksgiving once before, for my in-laws.  I have hosted Christmas before and I always enjoy that.

So as you can imagine I have been planning my Thanksgiving menu already (not Christmas' just yet, but soon).  I am working in as many make-ahead dishes as I can and also plan to put my crockpot into good use (for the best dressing recipe!) and I am borrowing my mom's electric roaster (for the turkey).  That should leave plenty of oven space for the rest of the dishes.

Some of our other favorite holiday recipes are:

I have lots more of our family favorites listed on the sidebar to your left and would love for you to check them out if you like.

Each year I try to add a new recipe or two just to shake things up.  Some of those new recipes have become standards for us.  Such as:
This year I'm sharing a new recipe with my family that I have just made a couple of times but absolutely love: Butternut Squash Soup.  I am planning to serve our Thanksgiving meal in courses (usually we're not that formal) and wanted to do a soup course.  This is the perfect soup for this time of the year!  I hope they like it:)  

Of course, there will be lots of baking going on through the holidays, too.  We love cookies around here!  One of our favorite family traditions is making sugar cookies with our holiday cookie cutters.  The kids love it~and so do I!  Yes, it makes a big mess, but it cleans up easily and the memories make it all worth it.

I would love to hear about your favorite holiday food~leave me a comment, or better yet a link to your recipe!

And while you're out blog hopping drop by some of the blogs linked below to see what they're cooking up for the holidays.




Karyn Tripp said...

I always like to try a new recipe each year, too. I like the idea of oing courses. That would be fun!

Julie said...

I prefer to have all of the holidays at home and love all of the cooking and leftovers. :)