Monday, November 25, 2013

Planning and preparing Thanksgiving dinner

Planning for Thanksgiving dinner and actually preparing the feast can be a bit intimidating, can't it? But it needn't be overwhelming.  Here are some ideas to get you going in the right direction.

Today I'm trying to finish my grocery shopping and all the planning for our Thanksgiving feast.  I'll start cooking tomorrow!  In case you're looking for some good additions for your Thanksgiving dinner, here are some recipes you might enjoy.

I ALWAYS make this Simple Holiday Salad.  You won't believe how easy it is--or how delicious!

If you're looking for a side dish that's a little different from the norm, you should try my Baked Apricots.  Melt-in-your-mouth good.

One of our holiday traditions is to have these super-easy Sausage Balls.  They couldn't be much simpler--just three ingredients!  Best of all, you make mix them up the night before and simply bake them in the morning.  We have these on Thanksgiving morning and on Christmas morning.  (Bonus: kids can wash their hands thoroughly and help you roll the dough into balls.  Simply pinch the dough out into the right-size portions and have kids do the rolling!)

I always make a batch of Pumpkin Bread to have on hand throughout the holiday weekend.  It makes a super breakfast or snack.

And just in case you're wondering about the best way to cook a turkey, here's my tried-and-true technique!  My photos aren't fancy, but they'll illustrate the process step by step.

What's on your Thanksgiving menu?  Do you have a special dish you make every Thanksgiving?  Please share it!


Patty Sumner said...

Yum!! It all looks delicious! I am going to go shopping early tomorrow... I think I will start cooking on Wednesday. Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Everything looks wonderful….the salad in the crystal bowl looks like ambrosia salad…I love that salad and apricots are my favorite…I need to make that recipe…Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Debby Ray said...

Everything looks amazing, Richella!

joanne said...

Oh I'm coming to your house for dinner! Yum, everything looks so delish. Going to try some new recipes here this year, fingers crossed! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food and memories...j

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything looks so good. Love pumpkin bread and it is one of our staples too. Hugs, Marty

Kathy Olson said...

I would love to try that fruit salad!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I had never cooked a turkey until you posted directions. I have them printed out in my recipe binder and follow them each time turkey is on the menu. Sausage balls are something I've not made or had in a long time. I love those!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cynthia said...

Everything looks so good! Have a great Thanksgiving!


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