Thanksgiving Dinner

Cooking thanksgiving dinner can be very overwhelming, but why should it when it’s a day to be thankful & spend time with your loved ones. We have a tradition of going to Mexico with our friends, which is the most amazing tradition…EVER! Although I could eat Mexican food everyday, we still miss our favorite sides for Thanksgiving. We solved this problem by hosting Friendsgiving each year. Unfortunalty, this year we couldn’t find a free weekend & didn’t end up having one; Jackson was bummed he wasn’t going to get his turkey and favorite Thanksgiving sides. To his surprise he came home on Monday to a Thanksgiving feast! Here is how I did this dinner, stress free and everything was ready on time.

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First, I picked out recipes from Pintrest. Here they are:

http://thenoshery.com/apple-cider-glazed-turkey-breast-and-giving-breast-cancer-the-boot/

*I did a small turkey breast, it cooked fast and was enough for the two of us for three left over days of lunches and dinners. YUM!

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http://celebratingsweets.com/sweet-potato-casserole-with-marshmallow-pecan streusel/

*This was really good, tasted like dessert!

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http://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/classic-green-bean-casserole

*The classic Thanksgiving side dish, my favorite!

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http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-mashed-potato-casserole-recipes-from-the-kitchn-211202?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed&crlt.pid=camp.Dg4o3wFZquhR

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*This was a new recipe for me and it was delicious! It said to substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream, so it’s healthy right?!

http://www.jimmydean.com/recipes/holidays/sausage-cornbread-stuffing

*This was Jackson’s favorite dish of the night!

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Then I made all of the sides ahead of time, minus the stuffing. I wrote on post-it notes: the cooking instructions, cooking time and added any extra notes from the recipe. I marinated the turkey and stuck everything in the refrigerator.

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I got home from my errands around 5:00 and immediately started cooking the turkey in the oven. I also put the green bean casserole in with the turkey, set the timer for 25 minutes and started cooking the stuffing. I pulled the green bean casserole out, put the stuffing and potato casserole in. After 35 minutes I pulled the cover off the stuffing, rotated and basted the turkey and put in the sweet potato casserole. Everything was ready around 7:00, just in time for the arrival for my husband to get home.

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He was surprised to see the Thanksgiving spread and we ate until we couldn’t move. Thanksgiving dinner never disappoints! I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving; I hope you gobble til you wobble!

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