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Thanksgiving Round-up + Butterball Turkey Giveaway!

turkey final small Before I get into the post today, I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you who sent well wishes our way after announcing I was pregnant. I knew some of you would be excited {like my best friends and sisters} who religiously read my blog, but never expected such an overwhelming response. This baby is going to be well loved! Thank you for following along this new and exciting journey in our lives! We are so excited and thankful for so many reasons! We are feeling very blessed these days.

A lot of you have asked how my daughter has taken the news to her becoming a big sister. She’s really excited too! Almost everyday, she asks about him/her. She’s convinced she’s getting a sister, but I made her realize there’s a possibility of having a brother too. That conversation did not go over well. But, she’s coming around and told me what she wants to name the baby. Are you ready for this?

Lady Bubble Gum if it’s a girl.

Grassy Hill if it’s a boy.

YEAH. I’m not even kidding you guys. It’s hard keeping a straight face when I talk to her sometimes. LOL!

Anyways, because I’m in a good mood and because I’m the lucky one making the turkey for our Thanksgiving meal, I thought I’d share with you some of our very favorite things to eat on Thanksgiving. Tis the season for Turkey and Stuffing! And Pumpkin Pie. And Sweet Potatoes.

I like food, can you tell? Especially Thanksgiving food.

I’ve had my fair share of really BAD Thanksgiving meals, so, here lies the recipes I swear by for Thanksgiving. I thought about thinking up new twists on the traditional sides, but then I didn’t want to mess with something that was already delicious. So, I didn’t. Maybe next year :)

Lets start out with something pretty simple: Mashed Potatoes! On a weeknight, I would use a little butter, skim milk and light cream cheese in my mashed potatoes. Holidays however are a whole different ball game. Bring out the big guns, people! Lots of butter, full fat cream cheese and whole milk {or cream if you want to be really naughty}. Boil those suckers down, smash away with all your creamy goodness and enjoy! Give this recipe to the most novice chef and watch magic happen! No one can mess these up. Honest.

Speaking of potatoes, how would you like some Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes? Complete with walnut streusel. Drool. These taste like dessert, but are totally legit as a vegetable side dish because it’s Thanksgiving. Another reason why this holiday is the bomb.
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Moving on. Do you like Brussels Sprouts? Growing up my Mom never made them and I wasn’t completely sure why. Then when I went to college, I bought a few, cooked them and thought “these are kind of gross”. Then it all made sense. Mom didn’t make brussels sprouts because they were gross. WELL, my life got completely flipped upside down when my sister-in-law made some sauteed brussels sprouts in butter, onions and garlic. Really simple, but really delicious. At that point, I was ready and determined to turn brussels sprouts into my favorite vegetable. And, by george I think I’ve done it! If you think you don’t like brussels sprouts, give my Warm Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Salad a whirl. It have bacon, toasted almonds and pomegranate seeds in it! It’s smokey, sweet, salty, crunchy and overall just really really good. This is one of Gordon’s favorites out of everything I make. And it’s nice to have a little green on your Thanksgiving plate besides green bean casserole…which I don’t particularly like.
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One of my very favorite recipes for stuffing is my Mom’s Wild Rice Stuffing. It’s what I grew up eating and it’s what is my gold standard. Moving to the states forced me to try things the American way in November {when ya’ll celebrate Thanksgiving….totally foreign for this Canadian who celebrates in October}. Bread stuffing is so incredibly loved here, it’s ridiculous. However, the first few bread stuffing I tried were AWFUL. Mushy and gross. Why do you like soggy bread? I didn’t understand. Then I married a boy who was American who didn’t like bread stuffing either. Eureka! It’s a miracle! And we enjoyed our rice stuffing in peace. The end.

Just kidding.

Then one day, I tried Cornbread stuffing and my life changed again. I couldn’t handle bread stuffing, but CORNBREAD stuffing is a whole different ballgame and something I could totally get on board with. So, I created this recipe for Sausage Cornbread Stuffing. Very simple ingredients baked together creating a whole lot of deliciousness. It’s sweet, creamy, light and everything that dreams are made of. Well, my dreams. Cause I’m weird and I dream about food. ANYWAYS, what I’m trying to say is you should make this now.
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The turkey recipe I use is the tried and true version from Butterball. They KNOW their turkeys. If you’re in charge of the grand ol’ bird this year, I’d recommend farting around the Butterball website for tips and tricks, reading this post and downloading the Butterball Cookbook Plus app. It’s a fun app for your iPhone or iPad that covers cooking a perfect turkey plus lots of other fun and delicious recipes.

Don’t forget the gravy! Here’s my tutorial on making perfect gravy. Gravy + mashed potatoes means I’m a gonner. One of my favorite things ever.
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Before you know it, you’ll have a whole Thanksgiving meal whipped up and ready to share! Holy yummy plate of food Batman.
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For dessert, I’ll be making these cuties: White Chocolate Cheesecake Pecan Pie Tarts. If you like pecan pie and/or cheesecake, then these are for you. I brought some of these over to one of my friends who hates pecan pie but loved these. So, maybe it’ll make a believer out of you too. Super yummy and super simple. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is always a fun change up from the original pie that will have the kiddies going crazy. These Caramel Pumpkin Blondies would also be a big hit too. Ooey gooeyness at its finest!

So, those are my top choices for Thanksgiving! Doesn’t this make you so excited to have an extra long weekend off from work just so you can eat the entire time? I’m so excited. Well, my friends at Butterball are just as excited about Thanksgiving as I am and want to give two lucky winners gift coupons for Butterball turkeys! Who doesn’t want a free turkey? Umm… no one. This giveaway is going to work a little differently because I’m starting to use something called Rafflecopter. Instead of writing comments below, you will use the widget to enter. {I cannot include comments as entries, so use the widget!}. Everything is set up for this giveaway specifically, so with just a few clicks you should be entered within the Rafflecopter widget! It’s much simpler :) This giveaway will start Friday, November 9th at 12:00 am Pacific time and end Monday, November 12th at 11:59 pm Pacific time. And this contest is only open to legal residents of the US. I think that’s all you need to know! Good luck!

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322 Comments

  1. What a great post and delicious pictures!
    This year, I am thankful for being able to reconnect with an old friend from the past. She has found me on Twitter and we’ve been calling each other almost every week. It is so precious to me to rekindle an old friendship.
    Have a great Friday!

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  2. I literally laughed out loud at “Grassy Hill”. I love mini kids minds and the way they work!
    I’m all about a good gravy on some extra fatty mashies too….OMG i’m counting down the minutes til Nov. 22

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  3. We can’t have the canned soup green bean casserole here due to msg allergies, so I’ve found a few alternatives i like much better. One is to cook mushrooms and Shallots with thyme, garlic and olive oil and toss with blanched green beans yum!

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  4. I’m thankful for all my many blessings but especially my family as the holidays get closer@

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  5. I’m thankful for a loving husband and all the sacrifices he has made for our family over the years!

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  6. I’m thankful for my husband and kids.

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  7. This year I am Thankful I had the belief that moving my family was right. I am Thankful for the job I have which allows me to be close to my children when they are at school. I am Thankful to be loved and happy!

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  8. Delicious!

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  9. I’m thankful that I get to see all my awesome family on Thanksgiving! Its been way too long!

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  10. I’m thankful for my husband, family, and job!

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  11. I am thankful for modern medicine. My 8 year old son has leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells) and is in remission because of modern treatment.

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  12. I am thankful for the wonderful people in my life, without them I would be no here near where I am today.

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  13. I’m thankful for a family that loves me, a place to live, a good job, and a pantry full of food.

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  14. I am so very thankful for my husband. I would be lost without him

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  15. I am so very thankful and blessed with my loving, wonderful family. You are so important to me, everyone of you.

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  16. I’m hungry and ready for Thanksgiving now. I can just smell those incredible flavors right now.

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  17. With out a doubt, I am thankful for my family.

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  18. I am Thankful for my family most of all, they are the glue that holds me together on my bad days and the sunshine after the rain. Thanks for a great giveaway, and Awesome recipes!

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  19. I love how those sweet potatoes look! I’m thankful for such a close-knit family and a brand new niece :)

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  20. Oh shoot, I’m thankful for my kids!

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  21. I’m thankful that I have finally saved up enough money to afford health insurance and I can now get my knee fixed!

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  22. I am thankful that though Sandy was devastating, we are still going strong.

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  23. healthy family and doing good in school

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  24. I am thankful for my family, and for the family I was just married into. :)

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  25. Good friend, good food, and good times! That’s what makes great memories!

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  26. Thankful for Skype which allows me to see family daily if wanted! Love it.

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  27. I’m thankful for new friends even those that don’t like soggy bread stuffing (they don’t ALL have to be soggy you know). ; ) I might break down and try cornbread stuffing again, by my experience, ugh!

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  28. I am thankful for my friends and family, and my coworkers that put up with me daily!

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  29. I’m thankful for my wonderful family and dear friends. I’m also thankful to live in this great country where we are able to enjoy the freedoms that so many died to give us. I’m blessed to have a job and good health.

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  30. I’m most thankful to make it to Thanksgiving of any year, and to have a network of family and friends who care about me. Such a blessing!

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  31. I am thankful for my family’s health and ability to help one another when it’s needed. We pulled together great this year and I am proud of everyone!

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  32. I’m very thankful for my family…

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  33. My family and friends and my husband

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  34. I’m thankful that my husband is WILLINGLY my recipe guinea pig. I can’t wait to try all of the recipes in this post, especially the twice-baked sweet potatoes and asparagus/brussel sprout salad!!!

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  35. I am thankful for my husband and children!

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  36. I’m thankful for my family.

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  37. Everything looks so delicious

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  38. I’m thankful for my wonderful husband and new puppy!

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  39. I’m thankful for my husband! We get along really well and I don’t know where I’d be without him. And maybe thankful for my cat too.. because he’s cute! :)

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  40. This year I am so grateful for the health of my children! My little girl is getting over pneumonia and I’m so thankful for the body’s ability to heal! Yay turkey!

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  41. My health, my family and living in America.

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  42. Everyday that I wake up and see what God has given me, I am thankful.

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  43. Today, I’m thankful for battery-operated hand warmers. It is cold out there today!

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  44. I am thankful for my family, and the friends who have become family

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  45. I am thankful for my family

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  46. I am SO thankful for my parents! I love them dearly, and thank God for them! They are too good to me. Also for my position in my life now, I’m in the Air Force! I receive so much care from them and it’s a great transition from high school to the “real world”!

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  47. My awesome family!

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  48. I am thankful for my family…husband & 8 children. We will all be together again this year!

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  49. I’m thankful for all my family and friends.

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    • nancy horton — November 10th, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

      my friends and family

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