Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the other delicious side dishes and desserts. I also appreciate the fact that it’s one holiday which hasn’t become an overblown, commercialized extravaganza. Food, family and gratefulness. That’s all that’s required. And it’s enough.
Here are my basic Thanksgiving recipes as well as a handful of other resources to help you plan a beautiful Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving Recipe Basics
From thawing to cooking, I’ve got you covered. I’ve even included information on how to cook a turkey breast in a crockpot – perfect for sandwiches!
Instant mashed potatoes are gross. Here’s how to make the real deal.
Ditch the packets and make homemade. Not difficult and SO much better.
No need to buy canned sauce when homemade is so easy!
Additional Thanksgiving Resources
Want to have a more organized Thanksgiving? This Thanksgiving Planner can help. Includes the following:
- Host Cheat Sheet
- To-Do List
- Guest List
- Menu Planner
- Shopping List
- Cooking Schedule
- Next Year Information Sheet
I discovered Perfect Potluck several years ago when helping to organize meals for a friend who was undergoing chemotherapy. It’s a great way to make sure that the recipient doesn’t receive lasagna four nights in a row. It’s also great for planning a holiday potluck. The creator of the event can list the menu items needed and attendees sign up for what they plan to bring. We have huge family gatherings for the holidays and this makes it super easy. The host family can then see that all the basics are covered.
Are the kids getting bored? Need something to do besides fill yet another plate of food? Check out these family friendly game ideas. Or if your gathering only includes adults (fun, not easily offended adults, that is) there is nothing quite like a round or two of Cards Against Humanity. You definitely need to judge your audience well before playing this one, though. 😉
I think it’s quite lovely to have a puzzle set up in an out-of-the-way corner. Especially in a large gathering there may be an introvert or two who would enjoy a little break from the main action.
After the last of the guests have gone home, make yourself a turkey sandwich, curl up on the sofa and watch one of these Thanksgiving-themed movies.
Or my personal favorite:
I love both the original AND the remake:
Yes, I know this is more of a Christmas movie but it begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which is reason enough to watch it on Thanksgiving.
Free 3-Day Course: Organized Thanksgiving
I’ll be sharing more Thanksgiving recipes in the next couple of weeks so be sure to keep an eye out for those. I’d love to hear your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, activities and traditions. Leave me a comment!