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Planning Thanksgiving Recipes Helps Make Holiday More Fun

Turkey Day is almost here. There is so much to be thankful for this year. It may be the first time in a  couple of years we can more safely gather with family and friends. Bringing back some of our familiar holiday traditions will be even sweeter this year. 

Getting ready for the day can be less stressful if planning in advance. Here are some tips to help make the day full of fun. 

PLANNING IS THE KEY

The most important step is planning in advance. Plan your menu, plan your shopping and plan what you can make in advance. Remember, simple is usually better. 

Lone Star Family MarketGet all your shopping done as early as possible. One way to save time and money is by getting all your WIC foods at Lone Star Family Market early in the week. Click on our blog post here for our special Thanksgiving Week hours.

Use your expanded WIC fruit and vegetable allowance to pick up produce for your Thanksgiving sides: bread, potatoes, onions, carrots, frozen vegetables, cheese and fruit just to name a few. Beans, another WIC-approved food, also make a great Thanksgiving Day side. 

Use ingredients you have to plan your menu. You can make a list on your phone or the old-fashioned way with paper and pencil. Making a list will help you make sure you have everything you need, and help plan out your recipes. 

There are so many recipes options for creating a Thanksgiving Day menu, and they don’t have to be complicated or use 100 ingredients. Simple is usually better. If you are looking for a few places online to find healthy, simple recipes check out these websites:

Texas WIC: Texas WIC has some great healthy recipes using WIC foods. Here are some of our favorites for Thanksgiving: Apple Crisp, Sweet Potato BallsCitrus Glazed Carrots,  Fruit Salad & Fruit Dip and Carrot Bread

Cooking Matters: This website is full of great, healthy recipes. Here are a few your family might like for Thanksgiving: Banana Pudding, baked apples and tips for cooking beans.

USDA: This website offers several recipes for Thanksgiving Day and they even have recipes for your leftovers. 

SIMPLE IS BETTER Thanksgiving Meal

Does the thought of cooking turkey stress you out? You don’t have to cook an entire turkey. Make a small turkey breast or turkey tenderloin. They are much less intimidating and usually cost less than cooking an entire bird. Or, roast a chicken. You could also skip making a traditional Thanksgiving and opt for making your family’s favorite meal. 

If you are making a turkey, check out the USDA’s tips for cooking a bird here.

Thanksgiving with Family in AustinENJOY ALL THE MOMENTS  

Spending time with your kids, family and friends is the best part of the day. After your meal, find time to play outside or go for a walk. It’s a great activity for the whole family.  Everyone at Lone Star Family Market wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving. All of our locations will be open regular hours on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Find a location here. We also accept SNAP. Hope to see you soon. 

 

Lone Star Family Marketing Opening Special Hours Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving Hours

Lone Star Family Market will be open special hours the week of Thanksgiving. All stores will be open normal hours Wednesday, November 24th. All stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. On Friday the Cameron, Research, and Stassney locations will open from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Regular store hours will resume Saturday, November 27th.

ATX Family Events Bountiful In November

If you are looking for something to keep the kids busy this month, check out or list of activities around town this month.

< November 2021 >
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
2Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
3Story Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterStory Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed story times especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather & don't forget your water bottle! Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
4Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Story Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterStory Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed story times especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather & dont forget your water bottle! Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
5Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
6 7Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
8Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
9Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
10Story Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterStory Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed story times especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather & dont forget your water bottle! Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Drive-In Story TimeDrive-In Story TimeTime: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Join Austin Public Library for Drive-In Storytime! Participants can park in the Southeast Branch parking lot and tune in on their radio to listen as librarians perform a live action story time full of fun. Registration required.
Austin Public Library - Southeast Branch
5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin, TX
11Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Story Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterStory Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed story times especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather & don't forget your water bottle! Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
12Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
13Family Field Day at Kiddie AcademyFamily Field Day at Kiddie AcademyTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Kiddie Academy for Field Day! This free event has great games and fun activities for your kids while supporting a great cause in our community, Family Promise. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated, but not required to attend.
Kiddie Academy of Cedar Park West
1301 Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park, TX
Drive-In Story TimeDrive-In Story TimeTime: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Join Austin Public Library for Drive In Storytime! Participants can park in the Ruiz Branch parking lot and tune in on their radio to listen as our librarians perform a live action story time full of fun! Registration required.
Austin Public Library - Ruiz Branch
1600 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX
14Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
15Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
16Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
17Story Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterStory Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed story times especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather & don't forget your water bottle! Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
18Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Story Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterStory Time at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed story times especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather & dont forget your water bottle! Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
19Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
20 21Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
22Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
23Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
24 25Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
26Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
27 28Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
29Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
30Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event