Every year I use [mostly] the same recipes, ones that I have found, and that we really love. For the most part I make them exactly as instructed. I make an entire dinner from scratch, with a little bit of help from Jason (with the turkey), and usually from Chelsea at the last minute (which is awesome!)
I wanted to share a bit about our Thanksgiving this year with you. I am going to link to all of the recipes that I made, since I really didn’t have time to take my own pictures I will share the pictures from the original posts with links to the recipes.
Another thing that I did this year that really saved me time, I used Walmart To Go to get every single ingredient, for every single recipe! It was amazing! I normally have to go out in the freezing cold, shop for an hour or two, and haul 2 baskets of groceries to my car, and then into my house. I always forget something, but it really helped to be able to order as I looked at each recipe and saw what I needed for each one, it was also super cool that I could run and look in a cabinet to see if we had something, or if I needed to order it. I’m not going to lie, I ended up sending my dad to get more butter on Thanksgiving day, because I didn’t order enough, but that was the only thing I didn’t get that we needed! Insane, usually we take no less than 3 trips to the store before dinner is served.
Here is my giant list of Thanksgiving recipes:
I make this Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread from Tastes Better From Scratch. We make this to go with chili too, and I’ve actually tried her recipe, and loved it! This cornbread is moist and delicious! I make it exactly as she directs, and it’s perfect. I would recommend adding this one to your recipe box!
Macaroni and Cheese
I always make this Baked Macaroni and Cheese, by Alton Brown. It is quick, and easy, and always turns out perfect for me! This year I used Italian seasoned bread crumbs, and it wasn’t great, I recommend sticking with the unseasoned crumbs on this one.
When it comes to fudge, it can be hard to find a recipe that is easy, but also tastes like grandma used to make (or like you imagine she would have made). This Pumpkin Fudge from Recipe Girl surpasses all expectations! I gave it to my best friend, who is always searching for fudge that is up to her standards (and hasn’t found any) and she was shocked at how great it was! She asks me every year now if I am making this, and then she comes over just to get some of it. It uses Marshmallow creme which makes the texture perfect.
This one cracks me up to think about now, I love creamed corn, and I took it to a potluck with my friends last year. When I arrived, a certain friend started mocking me and telling me that creamed corn is “old lady food,” after tasting it, this same friend asked me to bring it to this years potluck! Everyone loves this one, and it’s crockpot food, so you seriously just throw everything in the crockpot, set it, and forget it! This recipe from Blue Bonnets and Brownies will blow your family away!
I don’t eat Sweet Potato Casserole, but my mom loves it, so I make it every year just for her (and the other random people in our family who like it), this is her favorite version. I’ve been making this exact recipe for a few years now, and it’s great! It is from Macaroni and Cheesecake, and with a name like that, it’s got to be good!
When it comes to apple desserts, I think it’s pretty hit-and-miss, most of the time I eat the topping and leave the rest. I have certainly never made an apple dessert, but this year I was looking for something fruity to add to our dinner and I stumbled upon this Apple Crisp from Tastes Better From Scratch. It was actually really easy to make, the hardest part was slicing apples, which isn’t hard at all! Everyone loved it, Jason even asked me a few days later if we had the stuff to make it again!
Banana Bread Pudding
When I stumbled upon this recipe for Banana Bread Pudding from Year-round Giving, on my quest for fruit desserts to add to our Thanksgiving dinner, I was dead-set on trying it! I changed out the bread for Challah bread, because I had put Challah on my shopping list and then found that I didn’t really need it for anything! It was an awesome substitute. I also made this (and all desserts) the day before Thanksgiving and re-heated it in a warm oven, it warmed up perfectly and the left-overs were great too!
Everyone has a favorite Mashed Potato recipe, here is mine, it’s from Southern Living and I’ve been using it for a couple of years.
If you are still using that jelly from a can, consider making some homemade cranberry sauce, it is unbelievably simple! It’s as easy, and takes about as long as Ramen noodles!
I think Libby’s recipe is the most famous, and I love it! This pumpkin pie is perfect!
This Thanksgiving was a #PartyToGo sponsored by #WalmartGrocery, and it was amazing. Seriously, even if it weren’t sponsored by Walmart To Go, I would shop for it using their service. Holiday grocery shopping is some of the very worst grocery shopping for me, I hate forgetting stuff, and hauling everything… it’s just not my favorite. If you are with me, try it out, let me know what you think!
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