This year I’m hosting Thanksgiving for 6 and a half people. Jack is the half, and he counts. But he can’t eat turkey yet. Anyway, I started my thanksgiving prep two weeks ago. I always hear about how turkeys sell fast so I assumed I needed to hurry. I also had to run to Walmart to get the important stuff like a centerpiece and the Imodium – more on that later. I’m not usually that worried about the turkey though to be honest. The sides are where it’s at for me. Sides are what bring me joy, sides are the reason the holidays matter. Obviously, they need to be things that I know will be good. This is not the time to try new recipes, right!? Well, it’s what I’m doing this year.
Per Martha Stewart when you are having 6-7 people you should have 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 starch, and 1 veggie. My sister is bring an ambrosia salad, and instead of an appetizer I decided to do 2 different starches. Sweet and mashed potatoes are must haves, ya’ll. In my family, we usually keep things classic – plain mashed, sweet potato casserole, green beans, crescent rolls, etc. But this year I’m doing the same bases just different flavors. Here’s the links to the recipes I’ve chosen . . .
Lots of cheese, lots of spice, and lots of unknowns since we’ve never had these recipes before. My guests are all coming down from Orlando so the unknowns can be worrisome for them. My husband and I always travel to Indiana from Florida for Christmas so I know what it’s like. When you’ve forgotten something it sometimes feels like the end of the world. Or when you’re just at a friends house for dinner and realize you forgot to put on deo, what do you do? So I made a little kit to keep in the bathroom for them.
Eating foods that can wreck your tummy is the worst when you’re away from home, and I want my guests to be comfortable. We all know the Imodium is the most important item in that little kit up there. I got the soft gels because they work faster! I also got some Pecid Complete in there in case the heartburn attacks. Be sure to run to Walmart and get yours if you’re traveling or hosting guests. There are also several Lactaid products to check out to help with all that cheese in everything and milk in the potatoes.
What sides are you sharing for Thanksgiving? You can tons of recipes here if you need ideas!