Today is Let’s Look!
This is a fun link up with Shay and Erika where we take a peek on an assigned topic for the month!
This year we’ve looked at:
- January: your bedside table
- February: your winter wardrobe
- March: what’s inside your purse
- April: Easter at your house
- May: your weekend
- June: what’s in your carry on bag
- July: your summer wardrobe
- August: your desk
- September: your school pics
- October: how you pumpkin
This month’s topic is holiday menu. Since it’s November, I’m thinking Shay and Erika meant Thanksgiving menu, so that’s my focus for today’s post.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It always has been. I’ve always loved watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade even as a kid. Also, there’s no stress of buying presents, and the Thanksgiving offers the best food you’ll eat all year!
I saw this graphic on Twitter recently, and thought it went perfectly with today’s topic. I’m from Missouri, and yes, I love all the carbs…including rolls. Kentucky’s most popular side is apparently broccoli casserole which would not be my vote for favorite side. #hardpassforme
We usually are in KC with family for Thanksgiving, and my cousin always out does herself with the table scape and decor.
And…there are always sweet little touches like these personalized chocolate turkeys.
Growing up, Thanksgiving was always spent with my dad’s side of the family. Even now, when I go home, we still celebrate with that side of the family.
One Thanksgiving my dad visited us here, and my sister-in-law and I made the turkey, mashed potatoes, etc. It was quite a successful Thanksgiving, but it confirmed what I already knew….hosting a holiday is hard work!
For a couple of Thanksgivings we’ve gone to Trav’s side of the family in Elizabethtown, and the food is great there too.
We are now kind of on an every other year rotation with staying home or going to KC. We’ll be home this year, and I’m not exactly sure what our plans will be.
No matter where we are celebrating, the menu seems to be mostly the same:
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Green beans or green bean casserole
- Hash brown casserole
- Cornbread casserole
- Mac and cheese
- Sweet potato casserole
- Pumpkin pie + other pies for dessert
For a tradition with my mom, we typically make a turkey soup with the recipe that I’ve had for years…. We got the recipe from my high school boy friend’s dad probably back in 1998(ish). 😅The relationship didn’t last but the soup tradition continues! 😂
It’s one of the best ways to use the leftover turkey, and I’ve even made it with chicken at other points in the year.
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of celery soup
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can chicken broth
- 4 cans water
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 1-2 c. shredded carrots
- 2 c. uncooked rice + a little bit more
- leftover shredded turkey
- Creole spice (I usually have the Tony Chachere brand)
- Saute the chopped onions in some oil.
- Add in soups + cans of water and heat for a few minutes.
- Add in the the turkey and shredded carrots. Stir to combine.
- Pour in 2 cups of rice, and I add in a little bit more rice.
- Top the ingredients with Creole spice plus a bit more. Stir.
- Cook for 20-30 minutes.
I make this soup every year whether I’m in KY or in KC. It’s definitely one of my favorite turkey day traditions.
Next month’s topic is Let’s Look at your Christmas cards!
I can’t believe that next month’s post will be the last Let’s Look for 2020!
As always, thanks so much for reading. I truly do appreciate it!
Don’t forget to check out the other ladies’ posts, and I will see you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites.