Hello my name is Jenny Wiese and I live and breathe agriculture. I’m a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska, a farmer’s bride and a full-time entrepreneur. I grew up on a fifth-generation family farm outside of Springfield, Nebraska, where we raise corn, soybeans and Angus cattle. Aside from working alongside my family on our farm, I’m also a full-time wedding and lifestyle photographer.
This year’s crop is out of the field and we can finally enjoy some down time…at least for a little while :-). It’s the start of the holiday season and a time to rejoice in thankfulness. Thanksgiving will be the first holiday Jared, my husband, and I will spend as a married couple, the first holiday Jared and I will be hosting our friends for “friends-giving”, and the first holiday I will truly find out how grateful I am for our dishwasher.
I owe much of my kitchen abilities to my mother. Growing up, I watched her cook and bake countless meals for hungry mouths. I think for some reason those memories made me think I could handle cooking a somewhat traditional Thanksgiving feast for eight.
Our menu consisted of the essentials:
And last but not least:
I started off the morning early preparing our home for the arrival of our friends. Setting the table, vacuuming the carpets and peeling the potatoes. As a parting memento for our guests, I decided I would make some homemade caramels for the road. They were such a big hit and incredibly easy to make!
This Thanksgiving exercise your gratitude muscles and rejoice in the many blessings you have in your life! Be sure to remember the hard working farmers who created the feast set for your table.