As much as I’m trying to live in the Land of Denial about the holiday season being upon us, it’s just not working. Spoiler alert for my fellow Land of Denial cohorts – Thanksgiving is two weeks away as of tomorrow and Christmas is following right behind a month later. It’s how it goes every year and I shouldn’t be surprised each year at how quickly it comes around.
So, two weeks away… Got your plans made yet? Are you typically the host or the bringer of food to someone else’s hosting? Is it family that gets together or friends or a combination of each? Whatever your tradition, let me put a few ideas in your head for something different to consider and maybe a new tradition can begin. Coincidentally enough, I’ve personally done three of the four of what’s to follow!
Get your taste buds going for the big day at Delavan Lake Store on the eve of Thanksgiving with their Thanksgiving Eve Pie & Trivia Night, Nov. 22, 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy some yummy treats and test your brain power with trivia questions. A perfect place for your sweet tooth and your competitive side for a fun night with friends and family! Admission is easy – $10 for a team or bring a pie of your choice.
Love all the fixings and turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner, but don’t necessarily like all the prep and time it takes to make it all yourself? Not a fan of Aunt Susie’s scalloped corn dish or have never understood Cousin Bob’s idea of stopping at the local gas station for roller-grill hot dogs as his contribution? Here’s the solution – let Lake Lawn Resort do it all for you with their Turkey To Go option! The culinary professionals at the Frontier Restaurant will prepare Thanksgiving Dinner and you take all the credit! Dinner includes a whole roasted turkey (or whole roasted maple-brined breast of turkey), wild rice bread dressing, natural turkey giblet gravy, fresh orange-port cranberry sauce, fresh mashed potatoes, fresh green beans with pecans and bell peppers, fresh baked dinner rolls, and your choice of pumpkin, apple or chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Pre-order by Monday, Nov. 20, and pick up at your scheduled time on Thursday, Nov. 23, between 10:30 am and 4 pm. Whether you have 8 or 20 guests for dinner, there is an option that fits. Think about it – leftovers without the dishes to wash! For details, click here. I’ve attended Thanksgiving at a friend’s and they did this instead of cooking and having the guests bring certain things. It was delicious, plenty of food, a great variety of items, and so convenient! I’d do this in a heart beat for the ease of it all!
If you don’t want to have to clean the house for company, let alone cook, or travel too much to go to someone else’s home, then celebrate with family and friends while still enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort. Their abundant Thanksgiving Feast Buffet will sprawl out in endless goodness! Reservations are strongly recommended, with the Buffet being served from 11 am to 7 pm and the final seating is at 6 pm. There is so much food that will be on the Buffet that it’s too much to list, but trust me when I say you won’t go away hungry! For the menu, click here. I’ve also had opportunity to attend this when I had family from out of town and we made a mini-getaway of their visit by staying at Lake Lawn Resort. Like I said, so much food! If you can’t find something you like, and more than one thing you like, then you’re walking the Buffet with your eyes closed and your nose is stuffed so you can’t smell the goodness!
Not that anyone should be alone for Thanksgiving, but sometimes situations come in to play where being together with family or friends just isn’t possible. If that’s the case, be it for you or for someone you know, then make plans to attend the Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 23, 11 am – 3 pm, in the Community Building at Town Park (Hwy. 50 & South Shore Drive). The Friends of the Park, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, are providing a complimentary traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings so no one has to do without. All food is being donated, cooked and served by volunteers. There’s even delivery that can be scheduled for the elderly or homebound, compliments of local Boy Scout troops. For contact details, click here. I’ve attended this event as a delivery volunteer in the past and can attest to it being phenomenal, both from the deliciousness of the food and the loving atmosphere of people coming together in celebration of thankfulness.
As the above question asks, what are you thankful for? While thinking of the answer, also consider some of the options given for maybe a different take on Thanksgiving this year or maybe as the start of a new tradition. And with that thought: