We have recently decided that we will not be going home for Thanksgiving. In my 28 years, I have only missed one Thanksgiving in my parent’s house, and even then I was able to be with my grandparents in SC for Turkey day.
But being a grown up means that sometimes we have to make tough decisions and be realistic. With the timing and distance along with the dogs, we just aren’t able to make it home for those couple of days this year. Life of a military family I guess.
So while we are sad about missing out on the 3 Glinn Thanksgivings with the noodles, shrimp, and cranberry salad, we are getting more and more excited about the prospect of hosting our very own Thanksgiving for the first time. I have started sorting recipes to create the perfect dinner while also adding a bit of home at the same time.
Tom gets really passionate about cooking meat so he was really pumped about cooking his first big bird.
Tom- “We could bake a turkey. We wouldn’t fry it because we are grown ups.”
Me- “My dad deep fries one every year, and you have had it.”
Tom- “Ok, what I meant was: I don’t know what I am doing with frying a turkey.”
Me- “Yea because it is delicious.”
It will be an adventure for sure.
Do you have advice for our first solo Thanksgiving cooking?
Sure, have fun with it… It is , after all, Just another day.
Well yes, but so much more food!
Ahhh so fun! We’ve never hosted real Thanksgiving but we have hosted Friendsgiving… My best advice is to make whatever you can a day or so ahead of time!
Thanks Amanda! Will do!
Sounds like fun! We are not going home this year either for Thanksgiving (this will be my second year of missed Thanksgiving at home), but last year I boycotted the holiday because my husband was deployed. Since it was just me and the pup I had Chinese food and wine lol.
Well hopefully you get some good time with your hubs this time around! It is really nice to have them back for sure!
We had Thanksgiving just the two of us the first year we were married even though we were in close proximity to our families. It was nice to share the holiday with just the two of us and make our own traditions. It felt like something special for just us two to share. Holidays away from the family can be hard though. I hope y’all make some new traditions and have a great holiday together!
I hope you have an amazing time hosting your own Thanksgiving!!!
I mean food is involved so where can I go wrong?
I’m hosting Thanksgiving with my in-laws this year, should be fun. 🙂 My advice would be a rookie mistake I made my first year hosting – not thinking about how long it would take to defrost the turkey.
Good to know!
Probably if I had my own Thanksgiving just for ourselves, we’d skip the turkey, because I selfishly don’t like it. 😛 Ham is significantly easier… 🙂 But I know most people love the turkey!
haha you should cook what you like!