I don't get really excited for Thanksgiving anymore. It's only my inlaws and my MIL's parents. Every time. And they host a birthday cake thing at their house for every birthday and it's always the same people. I don't know. I see them all once a month anyways only for TG I get to listen to my SILs sit together and I'm stuck with Jason who is so damn quiet at family functions it's useless.
I wish I could go home for Thanksgiving (Texas). I would love nothing more. My birthday is the Monday of Thanksgiving week too and DD's is Wednesday before mine. I know she would love to go too. Brandon was born in TN and doesn't know any different but Ali and I are used to Thanksgivings where 75 extended family members show up to my great aunt's Christmas tree farm and it's potluck and new people are there every year (like SO's and new babies). It's outdoors and just awesome. That's what I grew up with so this teeny tiny family dinner with people we see constantly is so boring to me.
Tiffany, I do ALOT of casseroles and crock pot meals. Are you needing ideas? I have an amazing crockpot/casserole (you kinda have to do both so not a quick meal really) recipe for white chicken enchiladas and I've spent two years finding the best pot roast recipe and finally did!
I would love both of those recipes.
I like holidays with my family which is why it is so nice they are coming up. I get along great with my FIL and BIL - the BIL is flying in from Baltimore and my whole family is coming up from Texas. We weren't supposed to, but I have been finding some nice gifts for everyone who is making it up.
I would love some recipes that I can make to put in the freezer....or easy crockpot recipes. I'm really going to make an effort to do this this time around. With three other little ones and w/DH working long hours, I will need all the help I can get :)
Okay for enchiladas, I cook frozen chicken in my crock pot to shred it. Then I mix the shredded chicken with some sour cream and shredded cheese and roll the mixture up in tortillas (I use flour because I hate corn tortillas), enough to line the baking pan I use. I pour a can of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan before I put them down.
Preheat to 350 degrees. Once your tortillas are rolled up, pour melted Velveeta Queso Blanco over it and fill the pan with more shredded cheese. Cook for 20-ish minutes to melt everything (since your chicken is already cooked) and then under high broil for a few minutes to brown the top.
For my pot roast, and seriously this stuff is SO good. I use chuck roast or chuck tender roast. I soak the roast in worchestershire sauce, sea salt, pepper and let it soak while I do the veggies. I use a bag of frozen stew veggies and then cut up some potatoes and throw them in. Then I throw the roast in and top it off with a tiny bit of rosemary and 1/2 cup of water. Cook for 6-8 hours.
I'm not very good with freezer meals yet. Although I do make my own marinara and freeze it. Also, those Bertolli Frozen Meal Soups are AWESOME. My favorite is tomato florentine with chicken and tortellini. It takes like 10-20 minutes to cook and it's so damn good.
Taylor - I know what you mean about small gatherings vs larger ones. My family on my dad's side is huge so when I met DH's family and realized the max amount of people I'd see at one party was 20 something (but usually 10-12 with kids) I giggled to myself.
I love the recipe ideas! Maybe we should make a sticky for easy meals as we get ready for these babies to arrive?
Mia thats a great idea about the easy recipes !! Lord knows i will need them !! Taylor your recipe sounds delish btw!! Lol
Guys can ya'll recommend a toy kitchen for me? There are SO many. Ideally, I don't want to spend more than $70-80 on the kitchen itself because I have a small budget and I'd like to get him some play food/dishes to go with it. He likes the ones with a coffee pot because he helps me make my coffee in the morning.
I feel bad though- Jason is worried Brandon spends too much time around girls, which is true. He only has aunts in this town (4, if you include my SIL's fiancee and we do, she is aunt Ashley to him), always around me and Ali. As a result, his Christmas list consists of mermaid toys, a play tent, and Dora stuff. And a doctor kit. . he goes around telling me he is Doctor Brandon.
Should I get him some blocks instead of Dora? I can try and find a mermaid Dora toy to combine that aspect. He points out blocks but I don't know which ones to get- Mega Bloks, which we can afford more of, or Duplos, which seem to be better quality.
Its not his fault!! Lol i would consider getting plain mega blocks and legos with out characters if that mskes DH more comfortable .. There a little tikes kitchen that i think is sooo cute ! Its like a play and grow type of thing . Cook n' Grow Kitchen - MGA Entertainment - Toys "R" Us maybe if you find a good coupon you can get it cheaper at toysrus or maybe amazon has it cheaper but i LOVE the fact that he wants a kitchen !
Mia, I like the idea of a sticky w/easy recipes :)