A Thanksgiving Menu & Healthier Green Bean Casserole

Are you a planner or a spontaneous cook when it comes to Thanksgiving?

Me? I’m a planner. As soon as the calendar starts reading ‘November’, my mind is thinking menu plans and guests and seating. The whole nine yards. My mother-in-law, who is my co-host for almost all our holiday meals, does not typically share in my eagerness for brainstorming turkey preparations and suitable side dishes and exactly how many pies we need four weeks out. I’ve taken a hint after years of being chuckled at when I start talking pies the first week of November– just keep all the holiday planning to myself until the week of.

A Thanksgiving Menu & Healthier Green Bean Casserole

A large part of my enthusiasm does of course stem from the fact that I love to cook. But I cook every single day so there has to be an extra motivator when it comes to holiday meal planning.

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A Plan for A Less-Stress Holiday Season

The holiday season has already started for me and for many others. Just this week many of my friends gathered for our annual MOPS Jesse Tree ornament exchange– the first Christmas event of the year. The evening is one that I look forward to all year long. Good food, even better conversation, and great friends. Yes. Please.

A Plan for a Less Stress Holiday Season

There are also church events, Christmas dinners with friends being planned, and traditions to be made and kept. Not to mention the fact that next week is Thanksgiving! The scheduling, planning, shopping, cooking…it all can get overwhelming FAST!

My husband and I have come up with a family purpose statement for the holidays. We want to approach the upcoming weeks with intentional purpose and not random chance. There is so much potential for beauty and meaning in the weeks from Thanksgiving to the New Year. But we will miss it if we are preoccupied stressing out over gifts or calendars filled with too many “good” things.

I shared how our family is striving to keep the season as stress-free as possible,  (and how I plan to avoid any mom-guilt), over at Day To Day Joys. Click over to keep reading and get a few new ideas to have a peaceful holiday season focused on what is really important.

A Plan for a Less Stress Holiday Season

 

Making the Classics Healthy: Macaroni & Three C’s

Growing up, I didn’t eat many vegetables at all. Never an adventurous eater, I stuck to my token vegetables of green beans from a can and the occasional boiled carrots. Other than that, a side of corn, potatoes, or rice typically rounded out the meal each night.

Never a salad. Broccoli was out of the question. Tomatoes made me gag. And I couldn’t begin to identify a Brussels sprout.

Many children (and adults!) are just like I was. Leery of leaves. Content with the basic food groups of chicken, cheese, and carbs. Delicious as these foods may be, they don’t exactly constitute a well-rounded diet. And wherever we fall on the picky eater spectrum, we could all use more servings of vegetables in our diets.

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