Ahhh Thanksgiving. The low pressure holiday between Halloween and Christmas that revolves around eating and football. Halloween involves a lot of activities, like pumpkin carving and costume designing. Christmas is obviously a highly religious holiday that also comes with the pressures of finding the perfect gifts. Thanksgiving is just kind of the lazy cousin of holidays that just wants to watch the parade and a few football games while snoozing on the couch!
Now of course, I can only call Thanksgiving low pressure because I’ve never been the one doing the heavy lifting of the meal – luckily I have family members who enjoy cooking a turkey far more than I ever will. So much prep goes into the meal and the day itself. So to keep it low-key and relaxed, here are seven ideas for a FUN Thanksgiving, followed by 7 secrets behind the preparation of Bob’s Just Right by Purina Thanksgiving feast🦃🐾
7 Prep Ideas for a FUN Thanksgiving
1. Go potluck. If your family is having a large gathering, consider having everyone bring a side dish to share. This takes the pressure off the hosts and allows everyone to bring something they love to eat (says the token vegetarian).
2. Casseroles. This is the Midwest, so when I think of Thanksgiving side dishes, I think of casseroles. Plus, they are easy to prepare and transport to the main event! My favorite casseroles? Green bean casserole (directions on the french fried onion can) and [this] cheesy noodle concoction that kids love.
3. Make it a PJ day. A few years back, we did a small Thanksgiving just with my immediate family, and we all spent the whole day in our pajamas. It was so relaxed and lovely (and perfect for that post-meal-snooze!).
4. Order in. The same year we wore PJs, we decided to make things super easy on my mom and ordered our Thanksgiving dinner in. Luckily, we have a restaurant in my hometown called “TGD365” (they have since rebranded), but the premise is Thanksgiving Dinner 365 days a year. We picked up the full meal, brought it home, and plated it up on our own serving dishes. Super relaxed!
5. Make it a Friendsgiving. If you live far away from family (or perhaps your family is not made up of the people who would chose to spend your day off with), celebrate with whoever you’re close to!
6. Think outside the desert box. Sure, pumpkin pie and pumpkin rolls are always delicious, but there are so many delectable sweets out there – why limit yourself?! Cream puffs, cut-outs, cherry pie……
7. Start a new tradition. Many of these ideas stemmed from years when we said why don’t we do it a little differently this year… and it’s almost always turned out to be a fabulous idea. Create a new dish or watch a movie or do something way out there. Even when embracing old family traditions, there’s always room for something new.
7 Secrets Behind Just Right by Purina
No matter how many stops we have to make on Thanksgiving weekend, Benn and I are always sure to be home in time to enjoy some special time with Bob. I’ve said it a thousand times, but we are so thankful for him in our lives! While we may sneak him a bite or two of turkey breast on the holiday, Bob’s meal consists of his Just Right by Purina Chicken & Rice Blend. This kibble blend is personalized for him, based on the profile I created. I know Bob best – and the animal loving scientists at Purina know pet food. Together, we truly have created Bob’s ideal diet.
While all I have to do is serve it to him, a lot of science and preparation goes into each bag of Purina dog food. Each and every ingredient is there for a specific reason (I’ve written about this before – and the issues I have with trendy dog food marketing), backed by pet nutritional science. Learn more about this in JRBP’s latest blog article, 7 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Dog Food Ingredient Buyers.
Happy (early) Thanksgiving from Bob Draher!