Can you believe we are already talking about Thanksgiving?! It really seems like this year has just flown by and here we are at another holiday season. This year we will be spending it with my husband’s family in our hometown and enjoying all the wonderful food and fellowship with family.
My kids are thrilled to spend this time with our family since for the past seven years we have had to give up either Thanksgiving or Christmas due to travel time back and forth. We are happy to be closer this year while we travel around the U.S. while we homeschool.
Even though we are still over an hour from family, we will have much less travel time to visit for Thanksgiving. But, that also means we have to get everyone up and dressed before we head out for the day. One thing I love to have prepped and ready is breakfast. It makes the morning rush go so much smoother.
Having a ready-to-go breakfast is key with a busy family. Whether you’re traveling to visit family or you just want a nice warm breakfast to get the day started, you’ll want to check out these Oatmeal Recipes for Fall & Winter. If you don’t have time in the morning for prep work, give these Overnight Oats Recipes a try!
Special Meals for the Month
I think what I love most about Thanksgiving is the amazing recipes my family always come up with to add to our meals. Of course, we always have turkey and dressing and some traditional side dishes, but there are always new ones that are created. This year I have a few new ones I would like to try as well.
My family loves crescent rolls and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes for the holiday season. I also remember the cheeseballs my family would make. These look delicious and could be hiding a new favorite waiting to join our family. And who could forget desserts! I love a good trifle, not only because they are easy to make, but they’re yummy too. And cereal treats are like a staple in our family. Maybe I will give a new recipe a try this year.
Choose from Two Meal Plans
The regular meal plan includes slow cooker meals on Sundays and Wednesdays, for a break in the kitchen or those busy days. There are a variety of soups to get you through those chilly nights as we welcome in some seasonal salads to break it up just a bit.
There is a variety of meats (fish, chicken, beef, pork) as well as soups and salads (on both plans) to keep the whole family happy. My hope each month is that you will find some new favorites to add to your own must-have rotation.
Or choose the Instant Pot Meal Plan. On this plan, I have included some delicious winter and festive meals with a variety of meats (fish, chicken, pork, beef), plus a few salads. Plus, the suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and desserts at the bottom are all Instant Pot recipes!
As always, feel free to move any of the recipes around as needed to fit your family’s schedule. However, you can combine the two for more variety. And if you’d like to switch up some of the Slow Cooker Meals to an Instant Pot recipe, check out this Instant Pot beginners post for a great link to help!
You can download each meal plan by clicking on the corresponding images below.
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.