Thanksgiving is almost here! It really is my favorite holiday to cook for, and now that I’m a blogger I get to have two Thanksgiving meals. One for blogging before the Thanksgiving festivities start, and one on Thanksgiving that’s just a fun family event. Most people probably think that sounds crazy, but I love it!
I also love decorating for Thanksgiving. I wish I had my table decor up already for this year, but we are still moving into our house, so I’m still getting the room ready where we will all eat our meal. Maybe some pics to come! Here’s what I did last year for our nature inspired tablescape.
Another reason I am excited is that we are spending our first Thanksgiving back in Florida with our family since we have been married (almost 8 years)! I am so thankful for the friends God gave us while we lived in Virginia who became like family and spent many holidays with us. It also taught me to reach out and invite people to join us who didn’t have family nearby either. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about – being thankful for all the gifts God gives us and allows us to share with others!
Now for the recipes!
If you haven’t tried brining a turkey yet, this will change your life. All of a sudden, your turkeys will be juicy and tasty. You will also receive so many compliments on your turkey. This is a Bourbon Turkey Brine we made last year. Yum!
We smoked a turkey this year and made this Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze to go on it. It would be great on roasted turkey or for vegetarian loafs too.
After the festivities, you can make these Leftover Turkey Salad Wraps with dried cranberries. This will keep you from getting tired of the same old turkey sandwich.
For a different twist on stuffing, try this Italian Thanksgiving Stuffing with Italian sausage, artichokes and lots of Italian herbs and parmesan. It’s a really flavorful way to serve stuffing.
When you have leftovers, turn them into muffins for breakfast or brunch after your Black Friday shopping. I made these Leftover Stuffing Bites last year, and they were so good. Any stuffing recipe will work for these.
This Cranberry Fluff will have all your non-cranberry eaters asking for seconds. There is no need for a leftover recipe with this because it’s that good.
This is my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole that I’ve been making for over ten years. It’s the one thing that I don’t change in my repertoire.
I made these Sweet Potato Pecan Waffles from my leftover casserole with marshmallows, pecans and all.
Brussel sprouts are all the rage now, and I love this quick and easy way of jazzing them up. Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta adds an Italian spin on this side with pancetta (Italian bacon) and parmesan cheese.
This Leftover Turkey Hash with Kale could substitute brussel sprouts for kale if you’re looking to use up some leftovers. That’s the great thing about a hash is you can throw anything in it. Get creative!
These Makeshift Orange Cranberry Scones are a favorite in our house. We make them while we watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and drink coffee. I can’t wait for this year because my sister’s family will be with us, and the kids will all be dancing around to the music and picking out their favorite balloons in the parade!
Have fun planning your Thanksgiving!