Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts-Ready for a Change?

We all have fabulous Thanksgiving traditions including food traditions but sometimes we feel like we need to make some changes. So okay! We've found some yummy things below that you might like to try for this upcoming holiday.  Rule is: Never make a new recipe up on the day of the event. Try it before...unless you are confidant of the turn-out.  Happy Eating Everyone!

Now this is going to make your Thanksgiving dinner much much easier. It's mashed potatoes that you can make up to 2 days in advance. I don't know about you but that's the hardest part of the dinner for me. Making sure the timing is right so they are hot when everything else is done.....and we make so many that we've got this giant pot on the stove (just kidding, not giant)  so I am definitely making my potatoes like this for my Thanksgiving dinner.  Head over to Jamie Cooks It Up to get the recipe and instructions.

Or if you don't want to have mashed potatoes but still want potatoes here's a yummy cheesy potato casserole that can be made the day before and popped into the oven before the turkey gets done. There's no potatoes to peel as you use frozen hash browns potatoes. Click HERE to get the recipe.

Imagine the surprise of the kids when they bite into this carrot and find it a little sweet.  You may have just gotten them to eat a carrot. Click HERE to get the recipe.

Have you ever made a gratin? They are very good. Basically they are a white sauce with cheese and spices/herbs over your favorite vegetable, in this case a cauliflower. Click HERE for this recipe--It's pretty simple and a nice change from plain veggies. Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa makes a really good cauliflower gratin and there's even a How-To Video that you can watch. Click HERE for that recipe and video. If you haven't watched Ina before....she's a fabulous cook but one of the few shows that actually teaches you while she cooks. I'm a fan!

Can't you just smell these sweet apples baking in the oven? It's a amazing but simple dessert for your family and easy to do.  Click HERE to get the recipe

And yes, you can have carrot cake for Thanksgiving. This one looks so yummy and moist. A few extra steps than your store bought cake mix but so worth it. IT's got coconut, pineapple and that's why it's so moist, and you can't beat cream cheese frosting. Another one that would put a smile on your family's faces!  Click HERE for the recipe.

For those of you who love cheesecake here's one a yummy one for Thanksgiving....Pumpkin cheesecake with a marshmallow topping. Now don't be afraid of making a cheesecake because it sounds too hard. It really isn't. Cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and in this case pumpkin are the basic ingredients. (this one has more ingredients because of the pumpkin)  Mix all together in your mixer and put into pan. Yeah, it's that easy. You'll be so proud of yourself!  Click HERE to get the recipe.

For those of you who are intimidated by a coconut cream pie but want one for Thanksgiving, I've found the solution. It's a Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Bar. Same taste (only kicked up a notch by the chocolate) but in a easier format ( 9 x 13 pan)  You'll want to read what "Mel" has to say about this fabulous recipe so head over to Mel's Kitchen Cafe to get the recipe.  I am making this one for our Thanksgiving dinner too!

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  1. I love your blog! Not just for recipes, but everything - thanks.