Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes And Crafts

By Nov 20, 201412 Comments

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Thanksgiving is only a short way away, and I’m so excited for the amazing and delicious food. It doesn’t matter if you go out to eat, visit with family and friends, or stay at home, there are certain staples you’re always going to want to include in your Thanksgiving Day dinner.

I’ve got a handful of amazing recipes that will make that planning a little bit easier for you if you’re staying home and/or invited out and need a dish to prepare.

12 Thanksgiving recipes and crafts to make your holiday easy and fun.

12 Thanksgiving Recipes And Crafts

One really special post I found while sorting through the many that our SITStahs shared when I shouted out for some holiday help is this one by Laura about how to include your children in Thanksgiving cooking and preparation over at Peace but Not Quiet. She has fantastic age-appropriate tips for children so they can feel a part of the holiday meal preparations, too!

Thinking about switching things up a bit for your sides? This bacon cauliflower mac and cheese over at Sweets by Chan can take the place of your standard macaroni dish.

And in case cauliflower isn’t your thing, this delicious cheesy broccoli rice casserole over at All in All with Carissa could be the perfect potluck side.

Cheesy Brocoli Rice Caserole
Honestly, little makes me happier than cheese and bread, so these cheddar garlic biscuits over at Two Kids and a Coupon seem like the perfect “dinner roll” choice for me. To make things even easier on those of us doing the full holiday meal Kim has us using ready-to-bake biscuits! This surely cuts out so many steps and I’m not in the least bit opposed to that idea.

Chedar Garlic Biscuits Recipe
And if you haven’t had enough cheese to add to your meal, Jenny of Honey and Birch has a gorgonzola green bean casserole that could totally round out the meal and give you some necessary greens! (And cheese. More cheese!)

I’m also all about squash these days, so apple-butternut squash with maple glaze at Mom Foodie? Sign me up.

Apple Butternut Squash
I’d also accept many servings of this maple pecan acorn squash over at A Southern Mother.

Maple Pecan Acorn Squash Recipe
If you’re searching for something to keep the kids busy while you’re rushing around the house crafts are a great choice.  Want them to help with the table decorations? This pinecone turkey craft featured over at Juggling Act Mama is adorable. Contributor Heidi (from One Creative Mommy) has the right idea incorporating a little bit of easy-to-find-nature into the decor.

Kid Craft: Pinecone Turkey
I am also a really big fan of this Thankful Journal over at My Big Fat Happy Life. Giving our kids a reason to take pause and remember what’s important in their lives is a great idea. And if you want to give the kids a chance at crafting dessert, head on over to Horseshoes and Hand Grenades for her Candy Corn Turkey Cookies creation. It’s really too cute.

And if you’re out of candy corn, I’m pretty sure they’d be happy to help decorate these adorable turkey sugar cookies over at baby loving mama.

Turkey sugar cookies with peanut butter cups.
You might also want to look into this incredible looking blueberry cream cheese pie over at Mitzi’s Written Reality. And if you’re looking for a more traditional dessert that has a little flair, this brandied apple pie by Curious Cuisiniere has to be it.

If you’re in need of a signature cocktail this holiday season, Angela’s caramel apple pie cocktail over at Shake Bake and Party looks amazing.

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail
So there you have it. We’ve got Thanksgiving pretty much covered for you this year – all you need to do is make the turkey!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

About Andrea Bates

Andrea blogs regularly about being a mom, family and relationships, life in the south, how much she misses New York, lots of great books, and whatever else crosses her mind over at Good Girl Gone Redneck. You can also find her sharing ALL.THE.THINGS over at her Facebook page!