The Thanksgiving before Thanksgiving

As a food blogger, I’ve basically already eaten Thanksgiving dinner a couple times over trying out recipes to post for turkey day. Thanksgiving is arguably one of the biggest food days of the year…like the SuperBowl of the food world. So just thank me for the ten pounds I’ve gained for you weeding out the bad Thanksgiving recipes.

I am actually not hosting Thanksgiving this year. I’m going to a friend’s house and I am in charge of dessert. I think I have it covered although I’m still on the look for a good homemade apple pie recipe. Has anyone tried Grandma Ople’s from Allrecipes? I’ll let you know how it goes.

Anywho…if I were making the whole dinner here’s a recap a couple of my favorite recipes that I would definitely choose from. Just click on the picture or the link for the recipe.
Stuffed Mushrooms: Seriously these are grub.
You can prepare them ahead of time and pop them in the oven right before serving.
Pumpkin Pie Dip: Easy and festive.
 It tastes just like pumpkin pie when served with cinnamon graham crackers.
 I know I just posted this but it really is one of my favorites.
Cheddar Bay Biscuits: Don’t want to deal with yeast?
These biscuits taste just like Red Lobster’s.

Lion House Rolls: Love ’em.

Green Beans with Bacon and Almonds:
A great alternative to the basic green bean casserole.

Sweet Potatoes: Just in case you missed yesterday’s post.
Twice Baked Potatoes:
Give your guests another option besides mashed potatoes.
Pumpkin Cheesecake: Easy and impressive.
Apple Crisp: Don’t fuss with a crust.
The crumble on top of this is out of this world.

Turtle Cheesecake:
This always impresses your guests.
Pecan Pie Bars: Yum. No messing with a pie crust.
This crust melts in your mouth.
Good luck and happy cooking!

Speak Your Mind



  1. Grandma Ople’s pie is the BEST. You will not be disappointed.

  2. Yum! It all looks so yummy and gorgeous too;) Good luck with the pie!:)

  3. Grandma Ople’s pie is the only apple pie I make anymore. I’m always in charge of making it for Thanksgiving. It’s good! I’ll be making it for Shelley and the boys since we’ll all be at Scott and Janece’s this year.

  4. @Anonymous and Kristi,
    I’m so glad you like that pie, I was a little stressed out to try out a new recipe.

    Wish I was in Arizona. I’m glad Shelly will be with you all…just wish I was too. I haven’t seen your twins since they were tiny. I bet they are so big now.
    Talk to you soon,

  5. Wow beautiful selection and layout. Every one of these dishes look incredible.
    Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to how the apple pie turns out!
    Happy Thanksgiving~

  6. Ive made Grandma Ople’s several times and it is SO good!! Bake it on a cookie sheet in case you dont do that already… mine always bubbles over.

  7. All of these look so yummy! 🙂

  8. such a great post full of yummy recipes. makes me sad i’m traveling and not cooking for TG!!

    Haven’t made that apple pie, but I did make a cranberry apple pie with an oatmeal cookie crust that was DELISH! it’ll be on the blog tomorrow!

  9. such great looking food! i love the pumpkin dip served in a pumpkin:-)

  10. my family’s favorite apple pie is from the betty crocker cookbook, following the recipe to the dot except for cutting the nutmeg by half. we used braeburn apples this year and oh my was it delicious. tart, sweet, crispy, and just a little buttery.

  11. Your food looks so delicious. Oh my goodness.

  12. Just discovered your blog. I’m hooked! I want to try every recipe. I’ll be following along!

  13. Just discovered your blog. I’m hooked! I want to try every recipe. I’ll be following along!

  14. ok, i’m sure you know it’s good by now but the gal who made grandma ople’s pie for our church picnic won first place!