Friday Favorites 45 (Thanksgiving Edition)

Friday, November 18, 2022

Happy Friday! It's a special Friday Favorites for Thanksgiving, I'm sharing some of our favorite recipes and traditions. For the next few weeks Friday Favorites will be on hiatus, while I focus on the Lined Drawstring Bag Sew Along. Catch up on previous posts here: Friday Favorites Archives

- This dish is the center of our thanksgiving. It's SO good. The fresh green beans don't get mushy and the crispy onions are unreal: Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

- My go-to recipe for roasting a chicken, as recommended by my friend Deedrie years ago: Perfect Roast Chicken from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook*

- I love scalloped corn, and grew up eating the frozen corn souffle by Stouffers. This is even better (in my opinion!) and from scratch: Scalloped Corn (I reduce the sugar to 1 T.)

- My favorite cranberry salad is from Krogers, which we don't have here in CT. So I make this copycat recipe every year: Cranberry Celebration Salad (I use cherry jell-o powder instead of raspberry.)

- Michael loves to have macaroni and cheese on Thanksgiving, and this is our favorite recipe: 3-Ingredient Stovetop Mac and Cheese (We add 1 tsp dijon mustard.)

- For most of the last 10 years, Michael and I have spent this holiday alone. It used to make me really sad, but now we have lots of traditions that make it special for just the two of us. One thing we always do is binge watch all three Lord of the Rings movies, starting on Thursday evening when we eat the first round of leftovers!

- I haven't decided if I'm going to make homemade rolls this year, but if I do it's going to be the Milk Bread Rolls from Mooncakes and Milk Bread*

- I've made this a few years and it's a favorite. Why choose between pie and cheesecake when you can have both? Can easily be made gluten-free by using cinnamon chex for more of a graham cracker crust: Cheesecake-marbled Pumpkin Slab Pie

- Some year I want to make the Cinnamon Icecream from The Perfect Scoop* to go with a pumpkin pie. It's our favorite homemade icecream recipe. I add vanilla so it's like cinnamon roll icing flavor. YUM.

- We like to pick up a special treat for our pets. I used to buy George bunny a brussel sprout. We're thinking about getting Dusty some salmon. We hang our outdoor birdfeeders this week too. We like to make sure the whole family gets treats.

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving!

*Note: Any links marked with an asterisk in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click through and buy something, I make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.


  1. If your up for rolls, King Arthur Flour has tons of recipes and my favorite is the buttery Parkerhouse rolls. You can make them the day before and heat them when you're ready to eat. Also, just an FYI it is hard to comment as anything but anonymous on your blog. It seems to be something blogger has done. If you change your settings to the pop up comment box, it will always tell you who is commenting. Just a thought.

  2. I always enjoy your positive upbeat posts. Your drawstring bag is a favorite pattern. Neither of my girls cares to sew, but to my delight, my 10 year old granddaughter does! Her parents gave her a nice basic Janome machine last year for Christmas and I gave her a few key supplies plus 3 homemade “kits”. One of them was your bag and she loved it! I was on call to answer questions and it is a sweet bonding time for us. So, I am thankful for your creativity! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Hi Charlotte--I know, it was a blogger change a few months ago! I'm going to try the pop-up comments and see if that helps, thanks for the tip!

  4. Oh I do love the idea of the cranberry salad instead of the sauce, esp because it’s always cold anyway! Might try that!

  5. Thank you for sharing. I was just looking for a cranberry recipe when I saw your post!


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