Thanksgiving is next week. And for the first time in quite a few years, I think we’ll be on our own. Just our family. And with our oldest in Colombia, just the 7 of us. What a difference it makes when you’re just cooking for your own family, right? We’ll be cooking more dishes and more desserts than usual, but making smaller portions. And I’m already feeling a lot less (self-imposed) pressure to clean. Hah!

Are you hosting this year? Thinking about what dishes you’ll prepare? Here are 8 super helpful links to get you started:

Everything you need to know about cooking a Turkey.

How to Garnish a Turkey.

Don’t want to cook a Turkey? Try this Slow-Cooker Rotisserie Chicken. (Everyone ADORES this recipe.)

Awesome Thanksgiving side dish #1: Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Parmesan.

Awesome Thanksgiving side dish #2: Stuffing with Fennel and Dried Cherries.

Ready for dessert? Here’s How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust.

And here’s a recipe plus discussion of the differences between Cobblers, Crisps and Crumbles.

Now it’s time to set the table! Here’s the easiest, prettiest centerpiece. Anyone can put it together successfully.

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Will you be traveling? Staying home? Hosting? Being a guest? Do you have a particular favorite dish that you love the most on Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear.

P.S. — More Thanksgiving posts, including how to prep your holiday pantry.