The leaves are all aflame with color right now, which means the holidays are quickly approaching. We don’t know about you, but we’re always super busy when the holidays roll into town.There’s food, gifts, family and celebrating, just to name a few. It’s a time to come together, acknowledge our roots and appreciate one another. And there’s no better time to do so than at Thanksgiving. Traditions come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe it’s making your own stuffing from sourdough bread. Or helping the cook rub down the turkey with that secret glaze that’s been passed down by word of mouth. Or lighting those special candles that you only use once a year. Thanksgiving’s the time to pull out all the stops. Especially when it comes to food. But it helps to be prepared. Meals don’t just make themselves. Turkey is king. Baked, fried, light or dark, it’s hard to go wrong. And the good news is that if you have leftovers, you can have delicious turkey sandwiches for the next few days. Dinner will always take the cake, so to speak, but that doesn’t mean you can’t impress throughout the day while you’re working on the bird. Try putting out some homemade black bean or spinach dip with chips or veggie sticks and let people snack. Food is one of those words, like love and home, that can say so much with so little. Another combo to try is cranberry jelly with cream cheese on crackers. And the day wouldn’t be complete without a slice of pumpkin pie, dusted with holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. While the food certainly is important, in the end, it’s about so much more than just that. And it’s never too late to start a new tradition. So don’t be afraid to go all out and do something special. Food may make a meal, but memories make a lifetime. Happy holidays.