Happy Thanksgiving Week!! First off, if you didn’t see our amazing giveaway that’s going on right now, be sure to head over to that post–you won’t be sorry you did! Then head back over here to check out all our Thanksgiving ideas.

I’m in serious denial that Thanksgiving is 3 days away. I tried talking my husband into a ham instead of turkey because it’s just our little family this year and I’m feeling lazy-ish, but alas, he wants the real deal.

I know you guys are going to be poking around the blog, searching out the recipes for your yummiest Thanksgiving ever, so I’ll share some of our favorites, new and old, to help make your Thanksgiving amazing!

Now…I know that at Thanksgiving, it’s supposed to be all about the turkey. But for me…it’s the carbs. Bread. These rolls are the. best. part. of Thanksgiving.

and what are rolls without honey butter?

And if cornbread is more your thing (or if you want a little of each), be sure and try Sara’s Corn Spoonbread.

Like I said, I’m semi-begrudgingly making a turkey this year. The Turkey. And it’s an amazing turkey, I’ll be honest. So if you haven’t already started on your bird, today’s your day!

At our house, wherever there’s turkey, there has to be cranberry sauce.

And you can’t have turkey without stuffing. Or dressing. Whatever you call it. Don’t worry, for me, that’s my favorite part, so we’ve got plenty of options! Like this Italian Sausage Dressing.

If cornbread dressing is more up your alley, give this one a shot (you can make it sweet or savory, depending on your preference).

And then there’s this Artichoke-Parmesan Sourdough Stuffing that is also amazing.

Some families have different side dishes every year and some families keep it traditional. Whatever we do, we have to have these Candied Coconut Sweet Potatoes.

Growing up, I honest never had the green bean casserole with the cream of mushroom soup and the crispy onions. Is that weird? I’d never even heard of it until I got to college. However, I do love me some green beans. Like these Caramelized Green Beans. or these Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles.

Funny side-note–When I was asking my kids whether we should have turkey or ham for Thanksgiving (trying to subconsciously convince them a ham would be a much better choice), my son suggested bacon. Just a big plate of bacon. That is the only meat he is thankful for.

If you’re looking for a salad, these are two of my favorites that are perfect for the Thanksgiving table. The Candied Walnut Salad is full of yummy fall flavors…

And on a similar note, there’s this Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans.

Another twist on a traditional favorite is this Broccoli Salad.

And then there’s dessert, which is also the best part of Thanksgiving (have you noticed that I have, like, 10 best parts of Thanksgiving? Yeah…)

If you’re making pies, I’m a huge advocate of making your own pie crust, so here’s a great tutorial and recipe on how to make it perfect!

Once your pie crust is ready, you’ll definitely need to make an apple pie with it.

If you’re not crazy about apple pie, these Apple Streusel Bars are a surefire hit.

Before you ask, Sara and I don’t have a pumpkin pie recipe because neither one of us are really huge fans (GASP!) However, we do have other yummy pumpkin-y desserts. Liiiiike…Pumpkin White Chocolate Cheesecake!

Or Layered Pumpkin Pie Toffee Cheesecake.

There’s also this amazing Easy Pumpkin Crumble.

And finally, if you’re looking for something fun and crafty, these Oreo Turkeys and Pilgrim Hats are adorable!

There are also these super cute Flower Turkeys.

Sara and I are going to be busy Thanksgiving-ing with our families for the rest of the week, but we’ll be back next Monday with all sorts of Christmas-y fun. We hope you have a fun, safe, delicious holiday with friends and loved ones!

Be sure to also check out our 10 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Must-Haves!


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    Ned says:

    This looks like a great lineup!

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    Heidi says:

    We added your sweet potatoes to the menu this year. They look delish. If you want an incredible pumpkin pie recipe I would be willing to share my grandmothers to die for, gets absolute rave reviews whenever I take it anywhere pumpkin pie recipe. (one big secret, don’t use ginger!)

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    Jenny says:

    I am thankful for freedom. I am thankful we can go and do pretty much anything we want. The sky is our limit.

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    Roberta says:

    The WORST thing about Thanksgiving this year is being on a low-carb diet! The thing that I am most thankful for…my carb-blockers so I can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner! Wahoo!

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    Amanda says:

    Those rolls are going to be making its 3rd appearance at my family’s Thanksgiving table! and the cranberry sauce is making its 2nd! Now I need to choose which ones will make its 1st 🙂

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    Erika says:

    I, too, am thankful for bacon. And 49 weekly points. And activity points. And bacon. We’re trying your turkey method this year. I’m sure it will be fantastic!

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    Gina Udy says:

    I’m with your son – bacon is the #1 reason I will never become a vegetarian. But I will still enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving! 😉

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    Grace says:

    I’m pregnant, so we’re totally going the turkey route for Thanksgiving this year. That and we’re spending Christmas with my family and I know there will be a turkey there, so I’m switching it up so I get to enjoy my favorite meat. 🙂 Btw, those caramelized green beans are the Best. Green Beans. Ever! They are so incredibly delicious that I made them for a big group dinner and a guy who doesn’t even like green beans enjoyed them. You ladies rock. 🙂

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    barb says:

    i am thankful for my health, and i’m suuuuuuper excited to get organized with the Silhouette machine to jazz up all kinds of fun things around the house, but especially in my kitchen!

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    Jamie M. says:

    We had Fakesgiving last Sunday with my Sister in law and her family and I made Kate’s turkey, it was SO GOOD!! Everyone is still talking about it and it made the best turkey noodle soup a couple days later. We are making it again on Thursday at my Mom’s, I can’t wait to eat it again!! Thank you for sharing all of these great recipes, I have never made one we didn’t like. I hope you both have the best Thanksgiving and enjoy your holiday break!!

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    Just wanted to drop you a little note and tell you I LOVE your corn spoonbread! SO. GOOD. My husband and kids asked me to make more!

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    Danielle says:

    Thankful for my husband; I will make cookie tags.

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    Correna says:

    Have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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    I agree with your son – bacon is the best meat EVER 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Stacey says:

    Totally agree with your son. Bacon is the best! Let’s start a Thanksgiving revolution!!!

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    debbie Durrell says:


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    karin rowe says:

    even though i have already had thanksgiving i want it again after this post! also, best giveaway ever? i think so.

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    Lauren says:

    “the green bean casserole with the cream of mushroom soup and the crispy onions” made me laugh… my mom wouldn’t touch that casserole with a 10 ft pole, and to this day I still haven’t had it (but I don’t like green beans).

    I didn’t have many of the typical home cooked meals growing up. My parents never cooked a ham, never made meatloaf or hamburger casserole or broccoli cheese casserole… really, now that I think of it, no casseroles unless you count lasagna… and no creamed salmon or homemade soups or creamed corn or scalloped potatoes.

    All those things are things I ate at my in-laws’ place after meeting my husband, lol, and half of them are things I now cook weekly.

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    Kari says:

    Holy moo moo!!!! I think I need to up the ante this year! I was trying to drift off to sleep but now I’m just
    crazy hungry and excited to “git cookin'”! Would that be bad at 1am? I can’t WAIT to try these! Oh….and just a little FYI…applesauce and orange zest take the cranberries to a whole new level. Thanks women friends!

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    Jane says:

    Thank you for your roundups! They are so helpful to me when you post them.

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    Julie Vose says:

    This is awesome! Exactly what I needed this week! Thank you!!

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    Andrea says:

    I’m grateful for the easy access I have to tons of fabulous recipes and food tips on the internet – makes preparing Thanksgiving dinner so much easier (and yummier!)

    I would make cute party favors for both my daughters’ birthday parties coming up in December – yep, right before Christmas! I don’t own any cutting/ crafting machine and thought about asking for one for Christmas, but can’t bring myself to spend the money. Winning would be heaven!

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    Jenn says:

    You didn’t mention your delicious pear pie. That’s what I’m making. It is absolutely the best pie ever. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Melissa L says:

    I am thankful for you, lovely ladies! Last year I made THE turkey – turned out great! This year we are going out… better for me since I do all the work and all the clean up and usually get no thanks. (My son would just as soon have a plate of bacon as well, fyi.) Hope you have a wonderful, delicious day!

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    Brooke R. says:

    I am thankful that I was able to find your blog. It has been a big help for me I have fibromialgia, bursitis, and tendonitis. I have a very strick diet that I have to be on so your blog had been very helpful. I would LOVE to have this machine to decorate my house with. It is hard for me to cut things out so this machine would be a big help to me. I have always wanted one, but I have not had the money to spend on one.

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    Tracy says:

    I am thankful for my loved ones and that they are in good health.
    I would make a silhouette with the silhouette machine.

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    Janet says:

    I am thankful for my big huge wonderful family. With my Cameo I want to decorate shirts with the iron on heat press vinyl.

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    DeRae says:

    I’m have not been able to get to your home page since the end of Sept.
    I got here today from a link on Mormon Times.
    Is anyone else having a problem?

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    Jessica P. says:

    This will be the second year I’ll be making your Artichoke Parmesan Sourdough Stuffing. So yummy!

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    Teeny Jones says:

    when are you coming home for thanksgiving? i want to weat your food!!!!

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    Alissa H says:

    Kate, Thanks for the yummy recipes–I’m excited to try a few this year. Do you have any advice for cooking the turkey along with something like the corn spoon bread? Wish I had a double oven but only have one. I also have a yam/apple recipe I’d like to make but just not sure how I could have them all ready and warm at the same time.

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    Leesa W says:

    This is the first year I’m not trembling about doing The Turkey. Because you gals are awesome at giving instructions 🙂 We are having an OBB Thanksgiving this year!

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    summer says:

    stop stop!! I’m drooling!!

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    Tanya says:

    I am thankful to live in a country full of so many who have hearts of love and giving and sharing things such as this, who love to give as I do. I am most excited to be able to use this to GIVE more with less work than I do now with those who are not able to afford things on their own! Thanks for reminding me to be thankful!

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    Robin Rakes says:

    And now I am hungry!! Most of the time (hee hee) I am thankful my hubby lived thru a serious car accident. Hes now disabeled so he can be a challenge sometimes.

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    Betsy Nagel says:

    I’m thankful for this blog. Whenever I need a new fun easy recipe, it’s the first place I look. I’ll make gift tags and maybe puzzles.

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    Leigh says:

    As my husband said this morning, “We’d like to dedicate this Thanksgiving feast to Our Best Bites!” Nearly all the recipes are from you! Thanks for your wonderful blog. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

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    Kayla Kipper says:

    We used a few recipes from OBB for our Thanksgiving feast. We made Hot Spinach and artichoke dip, Natchitoches meat pies, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. We loved them all, but especially the cranberry sauce. THANKS OBB!

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    Karen Powell says:

    Kate, my husband had me try something new this year… a bacon wrapped turkey! It was pretty good too! I just did a search on Allrecipes.com and found a recipe that had over 1000 votes and it was really easy. I bet you superstars at OBB could make your own really amazing version of the bacon-wrapped turkey. I love OBB! Happy belated Thanksgiving!

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    Steve says:

    We had the best-ever Thanksgiving dinner this year. Everyone raved about the food. Nearly all of it was from the OBB books:
    Kate’s Thanksgiving Turkey (best turkey recipe ever!)
    Herbed Sourdough Stuffing (a huge hit!)
    Baked Apples and Sweet Potatoes
    Bacon-wrapped Green Bean Bundles
    Sparkling Celebration Punch
    Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle

    Everything was excellent. The tricky part was making it all happen with one oven. It took some very careful planning, but worked beautifully. We love the OBB books! Thank you for creating them.

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    Chandi says:

    I am new to your site and I LOVE it… I’m excited to make your recipes. I am grateful for the Military. These men + women put their live on the line every day so we can enjoy our freedoms. My husband just joined last year and it makes me so proud. I will be making cards again to send my famiily + friends who live on both side of the country. Its usually just too expensive + time consuming so this would be sweet!!

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    iCloneit says:

    These spicy items are so tasty. They are so spicy. I like it most.

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    Glenda J says:

    Thankful for family and friends, who took over Thanksgiving dinner this year for me since I wasn’t feeling well. So many Blessings to remember and cherish as well. Thank you for all you share on your wonderful Blog. Thanks also for the chance to win the Silhouette. I have been saving to buy one and winning one would be awesome. Thanks again…

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    Mindy says:

    When you make your forsting for the peppermint oreo cookies, do you use salted or unsalted butter? I can’t wait to make them for my holiday parties!

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    Heather Burcham says:

    I used your recipes for the “turkey”, green beans and oreo turkeys this year and they were all a success!!! Thanks for making my thanksgiving so yummy.

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    Suzanna says:

    I tried the Turkey, Cranberies, and green beans wrapped in bacon this year, and all I have to say is FABULOUS! My family was so so HAPPY! The brine sauce (that we heat in the pot before hand) oh my gosh, the smell of the house had every family member coming to the kitchen, and asking if the Turkey was already cooking. Thats how good it smelled!! Thank you so much. cant wait to try the bread, and other recipes!! Keep posting great recipes.

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