Today is LET’S LOOK!
Once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!).
It’s hard to believe that today is our second to the last link up!! I would like to say that this year has flown by…but that would be a lie.
A huge lie.
This has been the longest year of our lives.
Here’s what we’ve been “looking” at so far this year…
In January, we looked at our bedside tables.
In February, we looked at our winter wardrobe.
In March, we looked at what’s inside our bags.
In April, we looked at how we typically celebrate Easter.
In May, we looked at our weekend.
In June, we looked at how we can make sure we’re encouraging racial diversity at home
In July, we looked at our summer wardrobes.
In August, we looked at our desks.
In September, we looked at school pics.
In October, we looked at how we pumpkin
…and today, we’re looking at YOUR HOLIDAY MENU!
Awwww! Here we are the day after Thanksgiving last year 🙂 .
So, on Monday, I did a Q&A with Shay on Stories and there were so many questions about how we “do” Thanksgiving as a family, so I thought I’d address that first and then…all the food.
My family has always split holidays and spent Thanksgiving with one side and then Christmas with the other (and then reversed it the next year), and when I met Andrew, his parents were already doing that with his brother and sister-in-law and her family, so we all just hopped on the same schedule and we split it. One year, we do Thanksgiving with my family and then Christmas with Andrew’s and then the following year, we reverse it. We’ve been doing it that way since the beginning, and it works well for us. (My cousins do this with their in-laws too, so we’re all on the same schedule.)
Today, I’m going to share how we “do food” on Thanksgiving and then how we “do it” on Christmas too!
Let’s be real, this post is pretty easy for me because I have #alltherecipes right here on my blog already 🙂 !
Awwww! Thanksgiving with my grandparents. How sweet is this pic from 2018?!
So, when we have Turkey Day with my side of the fam (like this year), we all divide up the menu and share the cooking responsibilities. We always eat at either my mom or my aunt’s house, and I almost always bring one savory side and one pie (per my mom and aunt).
Here is an entire post focused on my TERRIFIC TURKEY DAY SIDES! Yesterday, I shared…
…my in-laws’ 5 Bean Casserole as it’s ALWAYS a huge hit!! I also really love bringing…
When it comes to pies, my family ALWAYS has…
…a Pecan Pie, but I love to change it up…
…there are so many variations of the pecan pie to love!!! Ha!
You can also check out…
…my 22 Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving post where I have so many other perfect holiday pies too!!
So, that’s how I do the “food” on my side of the family. Several years ago, my mother-in-law and I decided that when it’s their year to visit, instead of the two of us making a traditional Thanksgiving meal, we would rather the men in our family…
…treat us to a wonderful steak dinner 🙂 . Ha! I love this so much!!!!! We used to make all of this food and then it hit us, we would love to go out and have a “fancy” dinner instead and then look at the Christmas lights around town. Now, it’s something we look forward to each and every time. It’s our untraditional tradition.
Now, speaking of my in-laws, on Christmas Eve, we do the reverse with them! On Christmas Eve, we go enjoy that fun steak dinner and lights…
…before going home and getting ready for Santa to arrive the next day. Since that would have been their “off” year for Thanksgiving, we do it for Christmas Eve. Either way, it’s one of my personal FAVORITE traditions!!
When my family celebrates Christmas Eve (again, every other year together), Andrew and I always host and we…
…have my family over for an appetizer party on Christmas Eve! Everyone brings their favorite app, we eat, we open presents, play games and vote on the winning recipe.
Last year, our Christmas Eve was NUTS!!!! I had a hysterectomy less than three weeks before Christmas (so Andrew had to pretty much do all the major work before everyone arrived), my grandmother fell and had to have emergency knee surgery on the 22nd, Sean and Catherine had Mia on the 23rd and my cousin and his ENTIRE family, got the flu…so we lost more than half our peeps! We made the most of it, but we sure did miss the rest of our family who couldn’t join us.
So, if you’re looking to do appetizers like us this holiday season (totally my jam!!!), then make sure you check out…
…my All About Holiday Appetizers post. There are several WINNING recipes in this post from years past!!
Whew! That my friends, is how “we do holiday food”. It’s a little untraditional at times, but we really do love it. Speaking of which…
…today, I’m also posting Crazy Good Cranberry Recipes too, so check those out as well. From drinks to apps, desserts, entrees…so many cranberry recipes for your holiday!!
I would LOVE to hear how you do holidays at your house!! I think it’s so interesting how everyone does them differently. Comment and share! If you linked up today, do that below 😉 . See you guys back here tomorrow!! xo