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Thanksgiving Recipe Favorites

The best part about Thanksgiving is all of the sides. I always love hearing what other families have to eat on Thanksgiving – everyone has their favorite traditions and recipes. Today I am sharing some of my favorite dishes to make and eat on Thanksgiving. Would love to hear what your favorites are on your Thanksgiving table!


Sweet Potato Casserole


  • 4 cups of sweet potato, cubbed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of softened butter
  • ½ milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of softened butter
  • ½ chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Place the sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan, add water to cover the potatoes. Cook the potatoes over medium heat until tender; drain and mash.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the potatoes, sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Transfer to a baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar and flour. Cut the butter into the mixture. Add in the pecans. Sprinkle this mixture over the sweet potatoes.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until toasty brown.


Sauteed Garlic Green Beans



  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt


  1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add olive oil and green beans. Cook until the green beans are soft.
  2. Add garlic to the pan and cook for about 1 minute more. Remove from heat and toss with salt.


Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese


  • 1 lb elbow pasta
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups half and half
  • 4 cups grated medium sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika


  1. Preheat the oven to 325º. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Then add pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs. Drain and drizzle with olive oil to keep from sticking.
  3. Grate cheeses and toss them together to mix & divide them into three piles. Approximately 3 cups for the sauce, 1 1/2 cups for the inner layer, and 1 1/2 cups for the topping.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often. Pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until smooth. Pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth.
  5. Continue to heat over medium heat, whisking until thickened to a very thick consistency.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine. Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until smooth.
  7. In a mixing bowl, combine pasta with cheese sauce. Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheese, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.


All recipes are not my own. I found them on the internet!

xo, Lindsay
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