Preparing for Thanksgiving Day

**The pictures shown throughout are ideas/recipies from Pinterest
that I'm using this year to celebrate Thanksgiving.**
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My family is excited for Thanksgiving Day. My kids are buzzing about ham and turkey and what things they want to help us cook. It feels great and I am blessed and so thankful to have family to share this holiday with.

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I'm prepping early so I don't tire myself out. Swollen ankles and feet are not a good look, no matter how cute my painted toenails may be. LOL! So, I sat down and wrote out a schedule of things to do each day, from Monday through Thursday so I am not overwhelmed with the cooking. The funny thing is that I'm only cooking for just my own family, but we enjoy the leftovers, so we cook a good amount.
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My oldest daughter (9yrs.) is really wanting to help me cook this year and that is a HUGE help and I'm so glad. We were making cornbread ahead this afternoon for the dressing and I told her how special I felt because she wanted to help. Well, here is this year's menu:

Green Beans
Kale Greens
Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Cranberry Sauce
Cinnamon Bread
Pound Cake
Sweet Potato Pie
Pumpkin Pie
My sweet husband will do the turkey and green beans--wonderfully delicious! Everything except the ham, biscuits and cranberry sauce will be made from scratch. (However, I was watching the Pioneer Woman the other day and she made fresh cranberry sauce. It looked so good, so I might try it for Christmas Day.) As a part of our family tradition, half of the pound cake will go to my neighbors across the street. They love it and it helps keeps the pounds gained to a minimum!
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I use this recipe for mashed potatoes all of the time,
but I pinned it so I could share the goodness!
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I've made this cinnamon bread before, too. YUMMY!
Also, this year we are having a pie taste-off and we'll be trying 2 new recipies!! My kids can't remember the difference between sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie, and let me tell you friends. . . there is a BIG difference (at least I think so.) So, we will make them both, label them pie A and pie B, and then we will take a vote on which one tastes the best. (I'm already voting for sweet potato pie because, well, I'm biased. . . LOL!)
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Sweet Potato Pie
Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin Pie
So, what is on the menu at your house? What are some of your family traditions? I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that your day is filled with happiness and cheer!
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  1. Wow, cinnamon bread looks delicious!! Happy Thanksgiving.
    Grace For That

  2. Oh, wow! Sweet potato or pumpkin? I enjoy them both, but the husband prefers sweet potato so we're having that. He does enjoy pumpkin gooey butter cake (sort of a compromise, haha!) I know it is a huge blessing having my girls' help! This time of year, I am extremely glad to have four eagerly helpful daughters! (mine are 19,15,9 and 9) Enjoy creating beautiful memories with your daughter!
    We're cooking for our family and for friends/extended family "drop-ins". Our menu (all from scratch because I am ambitious! lol)-
    Turkey (one fried, one roasted)
    Mashed potatoes
    Green bean casserole
    Mac & Cheese
    Collard Greens
    Yeast Rolls
    Sweet Potato Pie
    Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
    7-UP Pound Cake
    M&M Cookie Pie
    Buttermilk Pie

    I pray that your family has a richly blessed Thanksgiving!

  3. Hello, "Ms. Barber,"

    The cinnamon bread is pretty tasty! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!!

  4. Hi Lexy,

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your holiday with me! The pumpkin gooey butter cake sounds pretty delicious, I must say. My girls were in the kitchen with me cooking most of the day today. They are 9 and 7 and I feel blessed to have them.

    You have quite the menu and it all sounds great! I don't think I've ever tried fried turkey, but I hear it's great. And the 7-Up Pound Cake. . .my uncle used to make that all the time!! Yum!

    May God bless you all; have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! We had the traditional turkey, gravy, potato, squash, rolls, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pies; pumpkin, chocolate, apple, mince, and pecan. It was all very good!

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving day. You had a nice selection of pies. . .I miss having pecan pie--yum! Enjoy the rest of your holiday!!

  7. I love mashed potatoes!
    I hope the dinner turned out delish!

    I started out making a thankful tree but it turned into wall art which turned into a conversation piece over Thanksgiving dinner!

  8. My husband loves mashed potatoes, too. Everything turned out great--and we're finishing up our leftovers!


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