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Squash is really cheap this time of year! roast it in the oven with a little brown sugar, little butter..yummtastic!
The dinner basics are probably cost effective: turkey, veggies, dressing, potatoes. Sweet potatoes - not sure what they cost right now. We were members of a CSA farm & have enough for Thanksgiving. Actually the dressing depends on what you do to it. I just put canned mushrooms in mine. I have other family that put a lot of extra such as oysters in it.
Pumpkin might be really high this year because of the drought. I went ahead and bought some canned last month - just in case. This year, apple pie will most likely be cheaper. Some items depend on whether you make them from scratch. I think of holiday dinners as the one time to get close to making things from scratch. I know that leader LOOSEINGIT / Cheryl gets her pumpkin from fresh pumpkin.
If you have freezer space, buying some items early might be more cost effective.
I make a green bean recipe that I use frozen whole green beans. The pricey part is it has balsamic vinegar. I had some family that didn't like the 1950's mushroom soup recipe. But all of them seem to like this:
You can make your own dinner rolls a couple weeks in advance, then don't brown them to much before you freeze them and reheat.
It doesn't sound like you are planning on a lot of guests, but I usually count on guests for the dessert or perhaps salad.
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We started making a new fruit salad last year its low in all stats.
mix your favorite fresh fruits chill it over night together and then use honey as a sweetner.
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I love to make homemade stuffing. I cut up a bunch of celery, carrots and onions and saute them with some olive oil, and garlic and sage. You can buy prepared bread crumbs, but they usually have alot of salt and fat, so, just buy a cheap loaf of whole wheat bread a cheapy one. Tear it up into little peices, and spread out on a couple of trays, leave out for a couple of days. Be sure to flip it over so both side get stale. If you toast in oven, it still has alot of moisture and will just be soggy when mixed together. Use veggie broth, or even just some hot water. Then combine the cooked veggies and bread crumbs add a small amount broth or hot water. You can serve it as is, or you can put it in a dish and bake.
my suggestion is to make his childhood favorites from past Thanksgiving dinners. And, take lots of photos. I've always had a big crowd for Thanksgiving, and love to serve up a big feast. However, a lot of what I serve is grown on my property, so in a way I guess that adds up t being frugal. May our Lord watch over your boy and keep him safe while he's in the Middle East.
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My son is going to the Middle East after the holidays. Would love to make the best Thanksgiving ever!!! Of course I am starting with turkey--there will be @ least 4 of us at dinner. I would sure love to hear any suggestions. And, I will appreciate all input. Thx
Edited by: NEWKID54 at: 10/30/2011 (18:39)