When in doubt go for the recipes you know you can do last minute. More than likely you have green beans and those crunchy onion toppers in your pantry. Just add cream of mushroom soup and bake for a half hour at 350 and boom. One tasty side dish in a pretty casserole container, to take to the big Thanksgiving dinner. Plus yours will more than likely be the one everyone ask for seconds!
Then there's the cranberry sauce. It's not a traditional Thanksgiving meal without them. Forget just grabbing those cans of gelatin like cranberry deliciousness, try this... It's quick, easy and makes you look like you tried a little bit!
Thanksgiving is one of the most joyous Holidays of the year! Aside from the delicious homecooked spread, the lightheartedness, sharing a grateful spirit with your family and friends can certainly add to the occassion! But what if your family gathering turns into an audition for the Jerry Springer Show?! Well, you have just got to be prepared! Check out some of the tips we came up with for surviving a difficult family during the Holidays!
For me... Number 1 has to be remembering what this occassion is about! Have a grateful heart and being thankful and content in our present situation adds more to our own piece of mind than anything! Realize your blessings can add to your fulfillment. And with that often comes a better attitude, which let's face it is half the battle when dealing with others!
2. They always say don't bring up politics and religion. I don't agree! Personally I can't think of two more important topics. But unfortunatly, where the disconnect seems to be is when we differ in our opinions and that turns sour. As in any relationship, express yourself from the first person. Avoid finger pointing and name calling. Don't let the conversation get so intense it makes other comfortable. Remember if you treat others with respect, it is easier for them to do the same.
3. Do what we tell our kids to do, stay away from the trouble makers. Don't try to push yourself on anyone. Don't pick a stressful family gathering to try and "win them over" to your point of view. If you know their hot buttons. Avoid them!
4. Don't drink or eat too much! Anything you do that allows you to be at a disadvantage can add to further scarring! I remember one time my uncle fell asleep and we teepee'd him. Took lots of pictures and to date, he is known as the "TP Man!" So much for earning our respect! LOL
5. STAY BUSY! I plant myself in the kitchen and if I'm not hosting the dinner, then I just try to help with all the little stuff I can. Oh and I busy my kids too! I bring lots of good distractions, so they behave! Hopefully leaving little room for the bad mouthers to have anything to say about us!
Ah, see! It won't be so bad! Actually I'm sure it will be fantastic! But if you do have a more difficult familly, feel free to share your tips and making the best of your Holiday dinner here!