There are few things that I love more than traveling but one of the items that tops the list is a good meal with loved ones. The mixture of delicious dishes prepared by loving hands, a flute of bubbly champagne (or smooth red wine) and lots of laughter will always have my heart…and just typing this gets me excited for Thanksgiving! The problem is that for many of us, traveling (or insert what keeps you busy here) often usurps a lot of time and prevents us from being present or fully prepared for this special holiday. Below are three easy Thanksgiving food and drink ideas for a busy traveler that will keep your family and friends smiling and grateful for your presence and addition to the meal!
Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler
Bring a boozy punch that represents your travels or hobbies.
My family celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and I was in charge of pie and drinks. I made the below boozy punch recipe and it was a big hit with the fam. I also was able to share with them about my upcoming foodie blog trip to Columbus to visit Watershed Distillery (along with many other Columbus hot spots)! It wasn’t super time intensive but it was delicious and allowed me to share a bit of my recent blogging love and upcoming travel plans with my family.
Apple Brandy Sparkle
(this recipe serves one, multiply as needed)
2 oz. Watershed Apple Brandy
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 oz. Sparkling apple cider
Lemon wheels for garnish, ice, stir and enjoy
You can never go wrong with a cheese board!
When you walk into the home hosting your Thanksgiving feast and get a waft of the turkey, your stomach begins to grumble! It’s always a good idea to bring a cheese board with you to prevent hangry family conversations (as well as drinking too much while waiting for that turkey to cook). I recently attended a “Break Out the Bubbles” blogger event at Heinen’s and was treated to delicious wine and cheese pairings. That reminded me how much I LOVE a good cheese board…who doesn’t!?
Favorite cheese: Manchego 12 month cheese
Favorite Accompaniment: Dalmatia Fig Spread
Favorite Champagne: Gelida Rosé Cava
(You can buy these all at Heinen’s!)
Again, this is a simple but delicious way to treat your family and friends to cheeses and wines from all your various travels. (Side note: My mom and I recently visited the Finger Lakes and shared a bottle from our travels with the rest of our family during our Thanksgiving meal. More on the Finger Lakes to come soon…)
Bring a pre-made item…no one will judge you.
If you’re really running short on time, consider purchasing a pre-made item to bring to your Thanksgiving feast. HoneyBaked Ham is an easy and tasty option for ham, turkey, yummy sides and more! Check out their offerings here.
Even if you’re running short on time, you can still contribute a delicious dish or drink to your Thanksgiving meal. I hope that these three suggestions will spark some ideas for even the busiest traveler!
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