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!


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

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