|The year 2020 has been everything but normal and with Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, several people are wondering “What should we do?” I, myself, am wondering what will we eat for dinner? No grandma’s dressing. No fried turkey. No mashed potatoes, string bean casserole, or collard greens. No chicken, broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole. And let’s not forget the sweet potato soufflé, cranberry sauce, gravy, a juicy Honey Baked Ham, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, cheese cake, red velvet cake, pumpkin pie, peach cobbler, NO NOTHING???|
Since so much has changed this year alone (after feeling sad about not spending time with my extended family and having everyone make their signature dish), I’ve decided to embrace the change and plan to do something at home with my boys. I know that with COVID-19 numbers increasing daily, staying at home and away from others is the best thing to do this year. But still… WHAT ABOUT DINNER? ☹
I enjoy cooking but I don’t know how to make my grandmother’s dressing, and I’m certainly not going to try my hand at frying a turkey… Did you know that that’s the number one cause of house fires during the Thanksgiving holiday??? So this year I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to choose a few dinner items from Pinterest and cook them for Thanksgiving. I’m going to allow my children to each pick one dish from Pinterest to make as well. We’ll make making this dinner together an experience and hopefully a wonderful memory, despite the circumstances.
There have been tremendous changes this year, but I’m definitely thankful for my health, family, friends, my ability to adapt to change, and SO much more. Even though things have changed and we are experiencing a great deal of negativity, we can still find a reason, even those little ones, to be thankful.
Below you will find a few recipes that I’ve chosen from Pinterest to make for our Thanksgiving dinner. If you try any of them out, or even other ones that you find on your own, share your experience in the comments—even if it’s a fail! Sometimes what seems disastrous in the moment can teach us life lessons and turn into positive, lasting memories in the end.