Do you know that I am already thinking about Thanksgiving? Well, to some(Jon) that may not be surprising at all. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. You have all the pleasures of food and family, but no pressure of gifts. This year Thanksgiving is going to be at our house. In fact, I think for the last few years it has been at our house. Since we live in a little place, it is just a casual meal. Buffet style, then grab a seat anywhere and enjoy.

Jon always does such a great job entertaining and keeping conversation going since I am usually in the kitchen getting everything ready. But I am always jealous of the conversation he has. I want to be out there hanging out (well, really I love being in the kitchen and I want to be both places). So this year I am going to think strategically. I am going to try and come up with a plan so I can spend minimal time in the kitchen while guests are over, and maximum time with my family and friends. In order to do this I have to plan early. And even start cooking and baking early. Weeks early!

The menu this year will include lots of healthy options. As our parents and grandparents are getting older, they have a more limited diet because of health concerns. So my challenge is to make a menu that us young healthy folk will enjoy, while also being diet conscious for our family. I do think I can do it. Well, I hope I can do it.

This is the menu I am thinking right now. I am overloaded with wonderful ideas from so many other food blogs, so I am trying to narrow it down.

Appetizers
Stuffed Mushrooms
Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

Dinner
Roasted Turkey
Sauteed Green Beans with Hazelnuts
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams with a Pecan Crumble Topping
Cranberry Chutney with Candied Ginger
Zucchini ‘Pasta’ with Pesto
Whole Wheat Vegetable Stuffing (Whole Wheat Bread loaded with sauteed veggies)
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Dessert
Pumpkin Custard with Praline Topping
Apple Galette