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Thanksgiving Planning

Thanksgiving is a time of coming together of friends and family to share and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.  On Thanksgiving we like to enjoy parades, good food, football and an after dinner nap.  To make the best of Thanksgiving a little planning always helps, from the guest list to the food and decorations, all the details make for a more enjoyable Thanksgiving Day.  This site is all about Thanksgiving planning and you’ll find lots of information about Thanksgiving dinner ideas, thanksgiving decorating, thanksgiving dinner recipes, thanksgiving games and lots more to make Thanksgiving Day special for you and your loved ones.  Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving meal plan?

I would like to make a kid friendly thanksgiving dinner. This is my first year to attempt it so any help is appreciated. Recipes, tips and ideas, thanks!

Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

INGREDIENTS

* 1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread
* 3 3/4 cups cubed white bread
* 1 pound ground turkey sausage
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 3/4 cup chopped celery
* 2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
* 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped
* 3/4 cup dried cranberries
* 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
* 1 cooked turkey liver, finely chopped
* 3/4 cup turkey stock
* 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C). Spread the white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.
2. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors.
3. Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apples, dried cranberries, parsley, and liver. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly. Spoon into turkey to loosely fill.

Banana Sour Cream Bread

INGREDIENTS

* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 3/4 cup butter
* 3 cups white sugar
* 3 eggs
* 6 very ripe bananas, mashed
* 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3 teaspoons baking soda
* 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease four 7×3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
3. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

INGREDIENTS

* 1 (12 pound) whole turkey
* 6 tablespoons butter, divided
* 4 cups warm water
* 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon
* 2 tablespoons dried parsley
* 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
* 2 tablespoons seasoning salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets, or add to pan if they are anyone’s favorites.
2. Place turkey in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the water with the bouillon. Sprinkle in the parsley and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.
4. Cover with foil, and bake in the preheated oven 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.

All Day Apple Butter

INGREDIENTS

* 5 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and finely chopped
* 4 cups white sugar
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
2. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
3. Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
4. Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

This tasty apple butter is a real slow cooker, but well worth the wait. Depending on the sweetness of the apples used, the amount of sugar may be adjusted to taste

Drawing up a Shopping List

Tips on planning the perfect holiday shopping list.

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What are your plans for Thanksgiving Eve?

Do you and your friends or family have any special plans for the night before Thanksgiving? What are they? Is it a tradition for you?

This year I am driving. I am take my husband to Louisiana to meet my father for the first time. The tomorrow morning I will be cooking everything for the first time. My mother usually does the cooking but she will be with her inlaws this year. So I am taking on two new chalenges this year. And I’m scared to death.

I hope you all have a beautiful thanks giving holiday! Be careful, be safe, and have fun! Take care!

Planning the Table Settings

Getting a jump on prepping the holiday centerpieces and place settings.

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What are you guys planning to do for Thanksgiving?

I’m going to Atlantic City to meet my Grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles with my parents. lt seems super untraditional but i cant wait to see my family!!!
Mmmm….i cant wait to eat some good food too!!!! : )
8 more days!!! Oh yeah im soo ampt!!!!

I’m super excited too!! yea!! 🙂

Invitations and Seating

Making an invitation list and planning seating arrangements.

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What are you guys planning to do today since it is Thanksgiving?

I’m going to order a large, 3-topping pizza (olives, green peppers & ham) and drink 2, cheap five-dollar bottles of wine and watch t.v. It’s just me unfortunately.

What about you guys? What have you got planned?

wow that doesnt sound too bad! haha

im going to be having a turkey dinner with my girlfriend, were getting drunk and eating ourselves into a food induced coma while semi-watching holiday movies

How to Carve a Turkey

Presentation is everything. Learn how to carve a turkey.

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I an planning a trip to New York City next Thanksgiving can anyone give me some tips on were to stay?

Also what is the best places to see. I am wanting too see the Macy’s Parade while there, any hotel you would suggest to make it easy to sightsee and see the parade.

Well, New Jersey is very cost effective and there is train service from the NJ coast to New York. In terms of hotels in NYC for the Macy’s parade, I would not be suprised if they are all booked up already.

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Set your table and set the mood for your Thanksgiving Dinner with this lovely floral Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece.

This natural cornucopia is filled with a profusion of autumn-hued blooms, including Sunflowers, Asiatic Lilies, and Roses, and then accented with flowers in a medley of seasonal accents such as Wheat Stems and Huckleberry. The flowers will arrive spilling forth from the cornucopia, symbolizing nature's abundance.

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