November 15, 2009
This year I am hosting the Thanksgiving meal for my family and my husband's parents. Typically for holidays, my inner Martha Stewart comes out and I go overboard on everything, including spending money on food and other things.
This year we are trying to save some extra money for Christmas, so I'm challenging myself to trim down Thanksgiving.
1. Do you really need 10 side dishes? No! Pick your favorites and make plenty of it for the day and some leftovers.
2. Do you really need 6 desserts? Baking can get pricey, especially if you choose something with nuts like pecans- oh my-or chocolate etc.
3. If cooking a turkey, they are usually a good price, so you could get one bigger than you need to have leftovers to freeze.
4. Instead of buying premade pie crusts and rolls/bread, make some ahead and freeze them. Flour is cheap, butter isn't necessarily cheap, but in our case we prefer not to use margarine or shortening, which is usually in the premade crusts. Yeast rolls would come out pretty cheap cost wise too.
5. Frugal doesn't necessarily mean cheap to me. Frugal means, getting the best I can for the least amount of money. This year I plan to make a homemade green bean casserole. This will likely cost a little more than the usual canned green beans with cream of mushroom soup, but it would be healthier.
So what is my menu plan?
Roasted turkey, I may brine it the night before to flavor it and make it juicy
stuffing made from homemade bread (I use apple, onion and celery in mine)
mashed potatoes and gravy
sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top (the kid fave- and from fresh potatoes)
homemade green bean casserole
my homemade spicy/citrusy cranberry sauce
pumpkin pie, cranberry raisin pie, pecan pie if on sale if not, mini cheesecakes
Seems like plenty to me. I might also throw in a fresh salad or a jello fruit salad if I fancy it at the time. But I'm not planning it. The deviled eggs may or may not make it either, we'll see.
Posted by Anneatheart at 2:55 PM