November 14, 2016

10 Easy Dishes for Your Thanksgiving

It is that time of year again! Time to prep the menu for holiday feasts. Here are some ideas of what to serve for Thanksgiving and trust me, you won't be disappointed. 

Delicious, easy, and fool proof is something you need for a holiday dinner as big as this!

Fresh Cranberry Sauce is better than store bought, easy, and a specialty of my husband's!

Can't Live Without: Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
My mom's recipe makes me feel like I always have a piece of history and tradition.

Looks Elaborate, But Easy to Make: Pecan Acorn Squash
I mean how fancy does this look?! Your guests will be so impressed!

Need More Carbs: Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Everyone loves a good standby of creamy mashed potatoes.

Need More Greens: Citrus Salad
This is a flavor packed salad perfect to fill any holes you have left on your plate!

What Everyone Sticks Around For: Peanut Butter Pie
If pumpkin pie isn't your thing or in addition, this Peanut Butter Pie is great!

To Tide You Over Before The Main Event: Pumpkin Muffins
Put them out on a plate for you and your guests so that you have something to tide you over till the big dinner, but so that you aren't too full when you have dinner!

For Breakfast The Next Morning: Pumpkin Over Night French Toast
I mean, hate to let all that canned pumpkin sit too long in the pantry. This is easy and a definite crowd pleaser!

To Make For Leftovers: Turkey Soup
Because some TV, warm soup, and a big fuzzy blanket on the couch is all you need afterwards.

The Make Ahead Plan: How far ahead we can make this stuff listed above

Three Days Before:
I have messed up and not thawed my turkey in time. In cold water though, you can de-thaw your turkey. It takes FOREVER. But for your turkey, the easiest way to de-thaw is to remember that you need to have your turkey in the fridge 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds.

Pumpkin muffins can be made ahead and stored room temp for 1-3 days before hand. It is often one of the first things I make for the big meal.

One Day Before:
You can make ahead your Broccoli Cheese Casserole the day before to save oven space for your turkey. Store in the fridge with aluminum foil over it.

Start and make your Pumpkin Overnight French Toast. Then it will be ready for the next day. Or do it tomorrow for breakfast the day after Turkey Day.

You can make your Peanut Butter Pie. It can easily be made day of since it takes no oven space, but you can get it done now for later!

Day Of:
Actually make the turkey!

I love fresh potatoes so personally I do not make my mashed potatoes early, but you can!

Make your salad day of. It takes no oven space so you can do it! Same with the Cranberry Sauce!

The day of after the meal or the day after you can start making your leftover Turkey Soup.
For more great tips, read more about preparing for a big meal.


  1. I can never seem to thaw my chicken breasts in enough time, so I would probably really mess up trying to dethaw an entire turkey, haha. We're hosting this year, so I'm definitely going to check out a few of these recipes!

  2. I'm coming to your place for turkey day, ha! We'll have a lot of food too but just looking at this menu is divine :)


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