US Thanksgiving Menu?

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US Thanksgiving Menu?

Last Christmas, having B at my parents' house was pretty stressful so I made the executive decision to invite my family down for Thanksgiving this year, so I didn't have to deal with the stress of visiting anyone else's non-babyproofed house and being on constant 24/7 watch to make sure he didn't get into something dangerous. Blum 3

Then BIL and his family decided they were coming down from the other side of the US to visit us for Thanksgiving or Christmas, our choice. Um, Christmas is pretty booked... so Thanksgiving it was. And FIL heard BIL was coming to visit, so he invited himself and his family down for Thanksgiving, too. And MIL moved to our town earlier this spring, so of course, she'll be here... So right now, I'm looking at about 15-20 people over for Thanksgiving, and I haven't a clue as to what I'm going to serve. Blum 3

Anyone have any exciting plans they have lined up for Thanksgiving to help get me in the mood? Anything delicious planned you feel like sharing? I need some motivation here! Blum 3 TIA!

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I wouldn't say it's all that exciting. LOL My parents are coming and that is it. We doing a turkey, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green bean casserole and some sort of dessert. I'm trying to decide what kind. If I make pumpkin it will end up me eating it all. I guess I'll have to find something on Pinterest. LOL BTW - I could NEVER imagine that many people at my house. I'm not very close with some of my family and those I am I don't actually live close enough that any of us are willing to travel. LOL I'm a bit jealous of those with lots of family.

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Heh. No family close by, except for MIL, of course, since she moved here.

My brothers are in two different towns, but are each about a 3.5-hr drive.

My parents are a 7, 8-hr drive away south.

BIL is an 11-hr drive north of us.

And FIL is about 22 hrs' drive away from us.

I figure I can handle this kind of family-conjunction once every 11 years... lol. Biggrin But BIL and FIL have both decided they were going to make a week of it and are looking to arrive on Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving. Can't fault either of them for wanting to stretch out the visit, but DH doesn't have Mon, Tue, or Wed off; we've got a ton of projects that need to be put to bed before the baby gets here, and he's feeling pretty hostile about losing those evenings to family obligations; and it's all just kind of.... ehhhhh, since we'd been planning on being gracious and hospitable for four days, but not seven or eight. :rolleyes: Since both MIL and we have houses we're working on renovating, we figure if we start handing out floor sanders and paintbrushes and put all our houseguests to work Mon-Wed doing home improvement-type tasks, we'll make them more leery about inviting themselves over in the future for quite such an extended period. Biggrin

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Hahaha darn rights if they are going to invite themselves for that length of time, put them to work!

For our Thanksgiving meal we had turkey, stuffing, rolls, peas, potatoes, yams, and then apple, pumpkin, and cherry pies for dessert.

This year at Christmas will be the first time I haven't done the bulk of the meal in a LONG time. We are going to have dinner at my sis and BIL's new house, BIL's parents are supposed to be coming down, as long as the weather doesn't get too bad. I'm not overly excited about spending the evening with them, they are nice enough, but they aren't MY relatives, KWIM? (It was bad enough I got stuck inviting Colin's sister's ILs to our wedding) However, I will suck it up for my sister's sake, as I know she is looking forward to having a big family dinner at the new place.

I love turkey dinners so much, I may just get us a little one and have it a few days later LOL!

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"midori_" wrote:

I figure I can handle this kind of family-conjunction once every 11 years... lol.

LOL My IL's actually live about 15 minutes from us, but I see my parents just as often. I think some of this is because we don't allow smoking in our house and they both smoke like working chimney's with a fire in it. If we do the stuff here they don't come or they only come for the opening presents on Christmas day. They won't stay for dinner or anything. It's actually quite sad. And DH is an only child. My parents live 2 hours away and they are coming. But my closet brother lives 4 hours away and then all the rest require an airplane. I actually am not that fond of my brothers though so I don't get overly sad about them not coming. My house isn't the equivalent to a 5 star hotel with maid service and their own private quarters an heaven forbid they get a hotel room and spend the money they make since most of my brothers are well off. I do have some cousins that live about 2 hours away and my uncle that comes and helps us ALL THE TIME, but it's hard when no one wants to drive and 2 of my four are special needs. And oddly we are in the same mode of upgrades and remodels (I would call it more upgrades than remodels). So I'm with Andrea.

"buildingthedream" wrote:

Hahaha darn rights if they are going to invite themselves for that length of time, put them to work!

Put em to work. LOL