Thanksgiving 101

Thanksgiving Turkey

Once again, my procrastination tendencies are hard at work. Thanksgiving is t-minus three days away and the menu has yet to be decided, grocery items still not purchased, and the idea of having Thanksgiving dinner at IHOP is sounding better and better. Pumpkin waffles still count as Thanksgiving dinner, right?

I’m sure you are all way more prepared for the holiday than I am. But in case you find yourself needing some Turkey Day inspiration, here are helpful posts and recipes that I’ve rounded up from fellow bloggers.

First off, I am mostly interested in the dessert menu. So let’s start there. Camille Styles shared the recipe for a delicious no-bake pumpkin mascarpone pie (emphasis on no bake!) on her blog last week. It’s doesn’t get any easier than this delicious looking pie that will have your guests thinking you’ve been in the kitchen baking away for days. And if you’re still looking for side dishes to impress your guests, Camille’s got you covered with her post on 15 easy and delicious Thanksgiving side dishes.

If appetizers are your thing and you want to prepare the perfect spread for guests, then check out Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere. She offers guests variety before the big meal by mixing simple fixings with decadent bites such as sliced cucumbers topped with crème fraîche and caviar.

And if you need help planning the meal from start to finish, Megan’s post at The Fresh Exchange is a life-saver. Megan lays out a breakfast, lunch, main course, side dish, and dessert menu that is fit for a King (or a Queen). Of course, we can’t forget the drinks — a cranberry orange bourbon cocktail, which sounds like it will be a crowd-pleaser on Thanksgiving.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?

Photography by Vlad Polchaninoff



  1. Great post, Vanessa! It’s certainly a huge task to cook for Thanksgiving, from the preparation to the actually cooking and guests, it’s a lot! But, we somehow always manage to do it, right?! Thanks for sharing these recipes that will make the task that much easier!

    I hope you have a wonderful day, beautiful, and now I think I want some pumpkin waffles! It’s sad to think that after this month, we’ll be saying bye to all things pumpkin, NOOOOO, haha!



    1. Oh no, I’m not ready for #pumpkinpandemonium to end, Jalisa! But I fear we will have to say goodbye at some point. I hope you found this post helpful for your own cooking endeavors this Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Colleen! I spent most of the day yesterday at different stores picking up everything I needed for a Thanksgiving meal. I hope you have a happy holiday…and find some time to relax!

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