Now, I won't have a ton of planning to do this year, as we've decided to host a community Thanksgiving, with a bunch of friends and neighbors. We are doing only turkey and drinks, and letting everyone else fill in the rest. I think we have about 18 people coming so far, so it's going to be HUGE!
Here are a few things on my mind.
1. Planning zee drinks. Last year we had 14 attendees, and this is everything we got! Plus, my friend, Teresa, brought some Prosecco, which was my favorite thing. Drooool. Anyway, we want to make sure we have enough soda, tea, and water to accommodate everyone, first and foremost. We'll aslo do wine, Shiner Cheer (because it's just not the holiday season without it), and if we get fancy, a Thanksgiving Cocktail. Probably something along the lines of a cranberry margarita.
3. The Brine. The most important thing you can do for your bird is soak it in a brine, for at least 12 hours. I started looking for brine recipes, but decided that I'm going to stick with a tried and true one from the Pioneer Woman. It's just so good! 2 gal of water, 3 cups of apple juice, 3 tbsp peppercorn, 4-5 bay leaves, the rind of 3 large oranges, springs of fresh rosemary---I leave out the garlic, though. Aside from the fact that it makes your turkey tasty, it makes your house smell amazing! You must do this. A tip: Let the brine cool COMPLETELY before putting the turkey in it.
I'll keep posting every week or so, to share more of our ideas, creations, activities and menu planning. I also have some great organisational resources for you!