To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I teamed up with Evite® and 7 other influencers to compile a special #Passthegiving Holiday Planning guide to help inspire fun, new twists on old traditions. Check out our Table of Traditions to refresh your holiday celebrations
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. I look forward to fellowshipping with family and friends around good home cooked food. Over the years I’ve had to come up with some of my own traditions. I try to stay true to traditions I experienced growing up as a child. After moving away and starting a family of my own I kind of fused some of our traditions together. I love to host Thanksgiving dinner in my home every year. There have been a couple of years where we traveled home to be with family and chose a dish to prepare. My two favorites have to be the baked macaroni and cheese and baking sweet potato pies!
My family is Jamaican and we tend to prepare authentic Jamaican Food for Thanksgiving but, will include a Turkey or Whole Roasted Chicken. Think Rice & Peas, Curry Goat, Stewed Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Steamed Vegetables, Salad, Pound Cake and Rum Cake. My husband’s family is southern and my mother-in-law taught me to cook “Soul Food” so my baked macaroni and cheese skills and my scratch baked sweet potato pies are inherited from her. My mother-in-law makes a tasty leg of lamb that I fell in love with years ago. I decided to put a twist on her recipe and create one of my own.
I prepared Ginger, Lavender & Rosemary Leg of Lamb! Those are three of my favorite essences. I can eat crystalized Ginger by itself. I just love the taste! I have always loved Lavender; I eat those Choward Violet Mints. I know it’s probably an acquired taste for some but, I can’t get enough. I had a brain storm session with my sister on what seasonings I could use when preparing the leg of lamb. The bright idea was born in that moment and I can’t be happier. The spices blend well together and it was my first attempt at this recipe. I will now add leg of lamb to my Thanksgiving menu with my special twist.
Moving to a city where I don’t have much family, I have friends that I consider family. I celebrate with them and we try to connect on a regular basis. I love being able to host a Thanksgiving dinner opened up to my friends and family to enjoy. I am looking forward to this Thanksgiving holiday and can’t wait to start cooking. It brings me joy to prepare a meal and bring people together that I hold dear. I started to browse through all the Thanksgiving Evite options and fell in love with a few. I did pick a favorite that I will use to invite everyone. Check out Evite’s Table of Traditions website for some cute Thanksgiving invitation ideas and downloadable holiday planning guide.
So, who’s coming over to your house for Thanksgiving Dinner? Do you normally host dinner every year?
Disclosure: Thank you to Evite for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own. #Evite #PassTheGiving #LifesBetterTogether