I survived my first Thanksgiving as Mrs. Williams 🙂 Seriously, I had a great, stress-free Thanksgiving with no major shenanigans to report. But I did takeaway a few lessons, that I will heed for years to come:
1. Let the men cook the meat 🙂 For whatever reason cooking a turkey, ham, or steak amounts to bragging rights for men. And for that, I say, have t it. Fry it, bake, broil it, grill it -I don’t care. That’s one less item I have to prepare.
2. Plan a menu first, then let everyone pick and choose what they want to bring from that menu. If not, you will end up with more green bean casseroles that you can count, or worse than that….not enough meat. This worked out perfectly for my family. We had leftovers of course, but just enough for everyone to take a plate home.
3. Have alcohol on hand. Yes, I said it – alcohol. A few bottles of wine or champagne, will put everyone is a cheerful mood, thus avoiding any heated “discussions.” Plus it’s always fun to hear your uncle’s stories after he has had a couple of glasses of wine 🙂
4. In an effort to avoid awkward silences, advise your in-laws of your Christmas plans, before Thanksgiving…especially if your plans do not include them.
5. Make sure your feeling are encased in iron, especially if you make dinner rolls and they don’t rise. My rolls came out flat like cookies, so my brother-in-laws affectionately named them cookie biscuits. LOL! Everyone is fair game in our family, if you cook something and it doesn’t turn out right, they will let
you everyone know!
6. The Monday after Thanksgiving…make it a Meatless Monday, you digestive system will thank you. I’m cooking vegetarian black bean burgers for dinner tonight, they’re my favorite vegetarian dish (unfortunately for my carnivore husband).
How was your Thanksgiving? What lessons did you learn?