This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Now that I have children, I am usually the one to host Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for my parents and brother if he is in town.  It works out well because my kids don’t have to leave their toys and I don’t have to worry about another persons house being child proofed.
However a couple years ago, my family was going through a hard time after the loss of my cousin.  I invited my aunt and uncle up because I knew they wouldn’t be up for cooking and my normal Thanksgiving family meal went from the usual 4 adults and 3 children to 8 adults and 4 children, plus 2 dogs.

So there I was, a woman still learning how to cook and entertain trying to figure out how to coordinate a holiday meal for a dozen people.  Add to that the fact that I had never prepared a turkey before.  Up until last year my mother would always prepare the bird and then my father would stop by early Thanksgiving morning and put it in my oven.
The morning started early between baking, side dishes, the turkey being dropped off, and some Italian dished mixed in.  I thought everything was going ok, I was stressed with the alternating of cleaning and cooking all morning, but I was getting things done.  Then my husband basted the turkey, recovered it, and shut the oven door.  Two minutes later we saw flames and smoke seeping out of the oven door!  The juices had over flowed and caught on fire!
I screamed while grabbing my children and yelling “I’m calling 911”.  Once I had the kids out in the car, I ran back in to see that my husband had poured a big bowl of water over the turkey and oven. Luckily the fire was out, however the turkey was wet and still needed to finish cooking.
We spent the next hour cleaning out the oven so that it wouldn’t smoke too bad, and then proceeded to cook the turkey.
We ate pretty late that Thanksgiving and I am lucky that I have such a laid back family that just came in, helped, and hung around having fun together.

However looking back on that Thanksgiving, I realize how much more I would have been able to enjoy my holiday and my family if I had forgone all the stress and simply ordered our Thanksgiving feast from Buca di Deppo.  I would have been able to order everything with a Thanksgiving Party Pan Feast to go ahead of time and then used curbside pickup on Thanksgiving morning.  I wouldn’t have had countless pots and pans to wash, and would have been able to relax and enjoy watching football games with my family and parades with my kids.
The Thanksgiving Feast includes all the yummy stuff I usually make except I get to enjoy my holiday too!  The items included are classic Thanksgiving items with an Italian twist, such as: Sliced white meat turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce and even pumpkin pie!
Now that life has calmed down and it’s back to just being my parents, my husband, and I with the kids, I am considering making Thanksgiving reservations at Buca di Deppo to dine in this Thanksgiving while we are down at my parents place in Florida.
The idea of having no dishes, no clean up, and my kids being able to order off the regular menu if they pull the “I don’t like turkey” stunt, has me very intrigued.  Buca di Deppo has me reconsidering our current holiday traditions for sure!

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