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Thought it would be fun to share my planned Thanksgiving menu with you today (with recipe links)… as well as a few other things…

I decided to try a few NEW recipes this year since I’m kinda tired of doing the same things year after year.  Here ya go:



My turkey is BRINING at this very moment. I bought it at Whole Foods this year- an 18-pounder. I’ll be following this recipe from What’s Gaby Cookin‘: CITRUS & HERB ROASTED TURKEY


Classic Stuffing recipe
I always make my MOM’S CLASSIC STUFFING RECIPE, so I didn’t want to venture too far from this one (except that I shall add more mushrooms!!)


Creamy Oven Baked Mashed Potatoes
I adore this recipe, so I’m sticking with this one too! >> CREAMY OVEN- BAKED MASHED POTATOES


I’m (admittedly) not great at making gravy, so I’m going to follow What’s Gaby Cooking’s version:  HOMEMADE TURKEY GRAVY


Butternut Squash with Maple Bacon Butter
This is a recipe I created recently that is totally yummy:  ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH w/ MAPLE- BACON BUTTER.  It can be made several hours ahead, and then it can be easily warmed up in the microwave before serving.  It’s going to be a nice addition to my Thanksgiving table this year– in place of sweet potatoes (which is just too much starch – in my opinion- since there are going to be potatoes already on the table!)

Green Beans Thanksgiving
I really do love that old 70’s green bean casserole recipe (you know… the one with the French fried onions??).  But since Thanksgiving dinner is heavy enough, I’m opting for this recipe this year:  GREEN BEANS w/ CARAMELIZED SHALLOTS.  Again, another one that can be easily prepared ahead and then re-heated right before serving.


Easiest Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever -
I’m making MULTIPLE batches of this for turkey day since my family is obsessed with cranberry sauce:  EASY CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE.  I’m going to try subbing in some fresh raspberries on one batch this year to give it a little different flavor (advice from a RecipeGirl reader!)


Easy Dinner Rolls
I’ve made a lot of good roll recipes over the years, but this recipe remains a big-time favorite:  EASY DINNER ROLLS.  This one will be on our table again this year!


Dutch Apple Pie

My Mom is bringing a pumpkin pie to share this year, so I’ll make another pie to serve too.  I’ve never made a Dutch Apple, so I’m going to try Taste of Home’s easy recipe:  FAVORITE DUTCH APPLE PIE.

If you’re having loads of family for Thanksgiving, this might be fun:

Mad Libs
These are pretty adorable > Thanksgiving Mad Libs.  This’ll give the kiddos something to do while waiting for turkey, and then they can “present” their finished mad lib to the adults before or during dinner!

And FINALLY — a tradition we’ve had in our family for quite a few years now…

Go on a hike (or walk) on Thanksgiving morning.  Go through the alphabet beginning with “A.”  Take turns sharing things you are thankful for that begin with that letter.  IE: A = Aunt Betsy, because her health has improved this year.   B= Tom Brady… for leading the Patriot’s to an amazing victory over the Broncos.  C = California, a place we can visit that is nice and warm.

So basically… whatever has meaning to you.  Some shares will be heartwarming, while others are fun and silly.  You can also do this during breakfast or during your Thanksgiving meal.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!!!!!  I am truly thankful for YOU!!!!! XO

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen wrote:

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving menu, Lori! I”m really digging the Butternut Squash with Maple-Bacon Butter! Also, I like your family tradition of taking a nature walk on Thanksgiving morning and using the alphabet to share what you’re thankful for with other family members. Sorry I missed you before the holiday, but I hope you had a meaningful and enjoyable one. Thanks for always sharing. Like Anna, I am grateful for blogging friends like the both of you! xoxo

  • Natalie wrote:

    These recipes are making me hungry!

  • Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet wrote:

    This menu looks perfect! My in-laws are hosting but we are bringing sweet potato casserole and of course dessert. 🙂 I need to try your stuffing recipe – it looks fantastic!
    I wish you a fabulous Thanksgiving, Lori! I am definitely grateful for blog friends like you! xoxo

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thank you- Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!!

  • Row wrote:

    Oh my, the butternut squash with maple-bacon butter looks so good. It would be an excellent side dish any time of the year! 🙂

  • Dana wrote:

    Oh my goodness!!!! The Butternut Squash with the Maple Bacon Butter!!!! That sounds amazing!!!! I always look forward to seeing what goodies you have to share with us… You never disappoint! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours… May it be a truly blessed one!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thanks- Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  • cookienurse wrote:

    Happy Thanksgiving RecipeGirl, from a fellow San Diegan! Thank you for sharing your stories and great recipes throughout the years, I am a great follower of your blog! I wasn’t able to open the link to the baked mashed potatoes? Not sure if it is working?? Can’t wait to give that one a try!
    Hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful blessed day,

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I fixed the link- thanks for pointing that out!