Happy Thanksgiving!

Or rather, Happy Thanksgiving week– since it’s Monday 🙂  Kate is off vacationing, and I’m at home with my kids out of school all week, so we thought we’d leave you with a few of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes today since everyone seems to be in planning mode already.

I’m going to skip all the fancy descriptions and just show you pictures of the things that usually show up on my holiday table.  These are my faves!  No one minds if we start with dessert first, right?  I didn’t think so.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Gingersnap Crust

Layered Pumpkin Pie Toffee Cheesecake

Classic Apple Pie

Stuffed Bleu Cheese Potatoes

Roasted Garlic-Rosemary Potatoes

Caramelized Green Beans

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Candied Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Parmesan Artichoke Stuffing

Italian Sausage Dressing

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans

Candied Walnut Salad

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad

World’s Best Dinner Rolls

Easy Herb Topped Dinner Rolls

Cranberry Sauce

Oreo Turkeys

Flower Turkeys

And if you’re  on turkey duty this week (wanna know a little secret?  I have somehow managed to avoid being on turkey duty for all 32 years of my life!  True story.) Definitely check out Kate’s Turkey recipe, along with her other new recipes this year, Creamy Pear Pie and Sausage Cornbread Stuffing.

What are you all doing for Thanksgiving?  You know, besides stuffing your bellies… I’m always curious to hear about other people’s traditions- in our house we always follow the big meal with a trip to the movie theater!  Kate and I are going to take the rest of the week off, but we’ll be back Monday (or maybe Friday, we’ll see how the week goes 😉 ) We hope you all have a wonderful holiday surrounded by people you love.  Eat lots, relax lots, and most importantly, give thanks!

 And don’t forget to enter the giveaways we have going on right now on The Scoop.  The Silhouette giveaway ends tomorrow (tues) and I am going to announce a winner for the ginormous Smucker’s Basket giveaway at some point today, so hurry and enter that one if you haven’t already!

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  1. Was the winner of the Smucker’s giveaway announced? btw, I hate it when people ask such questions. I’d obviously know if it was announced and I had won. :p Either way, I’m curious. 🙂

  2. Our family is doing something totally unique this year! It’s our last year living in NYC (we’ve been here 3 1/2) so were going to get up insanely early, bundle our kids, and go to the Macy’s day parade! After that we’re going to a Military Service Thanksgiving feast at the Lincoln Center where they have a full spread for all service members and their families (for free!). My husband is in his last year of Dental school at NYU, then will be an army dentist for the next 4 years. Totally different, but since going to family isn’t an option, we’re thinking outside the box this year. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!
    Your recipes always look amazing!!

    I love all of the traditional menu items for Thanksgiving, and I really enjoy
    this time of year.

  4. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! I am a stuffing (dressing) hater and have been my whole life until Kate’s Italian Sausage Dressing. I LOVE it! I made it last year and have been dreaming of it since. I also love the cranberry sauce recipe (which also tastes great with Swedish Meatballs) and the roll recipe is to die for! Thanks for all you do!

  5. I hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving here is all MINE! It’s just my husband, myself, and our two teenaged boys, but we’ll do it up right with all the traditional food. I’m sure we’ll have leftovers for a week! Who doesn’t just love pumpkin or apple pie for breakfast?! As far as traditions, we do the movie theatre thing too; I just hope there are some good movies out.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you ladies, and so glad to hear you will be enjoying your week 🙂 A BIG thanks to both of you for all you do to help me create dinner every week … day-in-day-out! You will forever be on my thankful list … for helping me learn how to navigate the kitchen!!

  7. This year I was put in charge of stuffing and then everyone brings a dessert. So I will be making the layered toffee cheesecake from last week along with the stuffing you posted last week! Yum! Our tradition is to crack out the Christmas tree and decorations when we get home from the in-laws house! By Friday evening it will be full-on Christmas!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. This will be my first turkey ever so I hope with Kate’s helpful tricks it will all work out. We go bowling before the meal each year. It was a tradition we learned from an aunt and uncle and we love it. Most people don’t think of bowling but everywhere we have lived the bowling ally is open.

  9. I LOVE the green bean bundles, they are at every holiday dinner now! You can’t go wrong with bacon!

  10. Aloha! I’m not a huge fan of turkey or ham so since my husband and I are celebrating our first Thanksgiving together (last year he was deployed), we decided it is okay to be nontraditional. We are starting our own traditions with cranberry gnocchi, your bacon-wrapped green bean bundles, mashed potatoes with pumpkin gravy and….the weird one- honey beef skewers. We are blessed that we can BBQ in 80 degree whether all year so we will take advantage of it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. So.. my husband is fond of canned / boxed / pre made food and of course I love to cook.. so last year? I decided I’d make the rolls.. the WHOLE day he was poking at me – you can get them at the store they taste good there. UNTIL they were hot out of the oven.. he not once has said anything since 🙂 I’m hoping for a repeat with the cranberries this year – he’s a can guy.. but maybe with the help of my OBB we can sway him 🙂

  12. I made your rolls for our opposite year family pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner. They were a major hit. The only request? Next year, a triple batch. Yikes.

  13. I’m going to spend time with my buddy’s family since I can’t afford to go home for thanks giving and Christmas.

  14. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! So much to be thankful for! Our tradition is a walk after the main meal…no matter how cold it is, nearly everybody goes, except old and infirm. Kids are carried or pushed. Usually it ends up being and adventure walk to a park or woodsy area.

    In the immortal words of my mother: “It’s ALL good food!” (IOW, there’s no excuse for not eating some of everything!)

  15. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipes and inspiration! Last year I made the Parmesan Artichoke Stuffing for Thanksgiving and this year I’ll be making the Italian Sausage Dressing. Can’t wait!

    By the way, I just posted a free printable Thanksgiving planner on my blog to help organize the big meal and hopefully take some of the stress out of getting everything on the table at the same time. You can find it here: http://www.designfinch.com/2011/11/17/the-gobble-guide-a-free-thanksgiving-planner/

  16. I’m so very thankful for you OBB ladies. I love to cook and collect good recipes. Every one of yours that I’ve tried has come out wonderfully! You are a great blessing to your readers – may God return that blessing to you and your families.

  17. I’d already planned on making the green bean bundles, we are about to go buy the ingredients. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  18. I know it’s crazy… but the gym I teach at has a Turkey Burn every Thanksgiving from 6 a.m. to noon. I go every year to try and burn some of those calories I’m gonna take in that afternoon. This year, I actually get to teach some of the classes. The really crazy part is that it’s my FAVORITE part of the day! The food is delicious, yes, but I love hitting the gym for three hours before I stuff my face with amazing food. It’s a perfect day! This is why I shake my head in shame at those people who want to skip over Thanksgiving and go straight for Christmas the day after Halloween. I LOVE THANKSGIVING!!!

  19. I’m on turkey duty this week and can’t wait because I will be following your brining recipe! THANK U! Will also try the pumpkin pizzones! Our traditions include a whole ‘lotta eating and movie watching! Usually action movies for the guys and mushy love stories for the ladies! Jane Austen makes the list every time! Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. Happy Thanksgiving! Our tradition is to eat as much as we can, take a nap and start on dessert. More naps and leftovers. Repeat as needed.

  21. Of the recipes you have shown here, I’m making FIVE of them! It’s no secret that you and Kate are always showing up in my kitchen (well, not in person…).
    I plan to be playing nice classical music while we eat dinner to be immediately followed by Christmas music as soon as the meal is finished. Then we’ll break out the newspaper and do our Black Friday homework and strategy planning. Happy Thanksgiving to OBB and all your readers!

    1. Well we would like to show up in your kitchen in person- sheesh, just waiting for an invite! 😉

  22. Happy Thanksgiving to both of you! You are definately on my list of things I’m thankful for 🙂 I just love OBB! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  23. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook on Thanksgiving and every year my mother-in-law hogs everything (and then proceeds to make it all from a box – even the mashed potatoes…ugh). This year, she bought the wrong freezer pies and I got wind of it. So I offered to bring pie! YAY! I get to make pie! We’ll be having pumpkin and apple pie made from scratch – even the crust. Magnificent!

  24. I was going to be on turkey duty for the first time ever but then the other family we’re eating with stole it so they could deep fry it! I’m crushed!! Next year though, it’s ALL MINE! And I made the turkey napkin rings into hair clips for some of the girls at school, they LOVED them!! I got requests from parents and staff and more kids to keep making them! Thanks for the idea!!

  25. Wonderful OBB ladies, I have a quick cranberry sauce question. I have never made it before and am responsible for it this year. Is this something I can make a day or two ahead or is it a day-of recipe??

    1. You can totally make it ahead of time Haley! In fact, mine is in the freezer right now. It will solidify a bit after chilling, so just stir in some water when it’s time to serve to thin it out again.

  26. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys, too. And, thank you for all of the links to some of your amazing holiday recipes. Enjoy your week with your littles…I know that I will enjoy mine. 🙂