BLESSED Thanksgiving Part 3: It’s All About The Food!

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving so I’m getting my grocery shopping list together for all my holiday favorites. Here’s what’s on our menus for Thursday.

#1 Edible Decorations: The Cookie Bunting


The cuteness of a pennant banner + the yumminess of sugar cookies. This banner does double duty as holiday decorations and after dinner treat. You can find the tutorial here.

#2 Treats for the table / Place card holders


There will be rioting in the streets if my kids don’t get to make up a bunch of these turkeys to use as place holders. There’s so many ways to dress these little guys up and it keeps little hands busy. You can check out the details here.

 #3 Sides: The Turkey Veggie Tray


I found this ridiculously cute turkey veggie platter from Eating With Food Allergies. I’m excited to add this fun platter to the regular stuffing and potatoes, and know this will probably steal the show.


You heard me: Cream. Baked. Turkey.


You may never go back to making a traditional bird again. We haven’t.

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And despite the lousy blogging-at-midnight pictures, you can see how easy this is to make.

1. Dice your turkey in 1” cubes (white meat, dark meat, both – you can even use chicken.)

2. Mix equal parts flour + seasoning (seasoning salt/garlic powder) and dredge the chicken.

3. Brown quickly in a skillet with a little butter or oil and drain on paper towels. You DO NOT want the turkey cooked all the way through – just browned on all sides. Fill a glass baking dish 2/3 full with turkey pieces.

4. Cover turkey with heavy cream or half-and-half. Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes.

And then … holy cow.

I wish I had a picture for you but it gets inhaled within seconds of it being placed on the table. The end result is turkey that has absorbed all that cream and is fall-apart tender. It’s practically an emotional experience. Try it – you’re going to love it!



I can’t wait to try this Pumpkin Lust Pie from Sweet Treats & More! The recipe calls for a box of Jell-O Pumpkin Spice pudding. If you can’t find it (I couldn’t here in Utah), mix 1/2 c. pumpkin puree and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice into a batch of instant butterscotch pudding. I know it sounds weird, but trust me … it’s the next best thing and soooooo yummy.

Dang it. I’m so hungry now.

That’s what’s on my menu.

What special recipes are you guys serving for your Thanksgiving?


5 thoughts on “BLESSED Thanksgiving Part 3: It’s All About The Food!”

  1. I'm with Tanya–it's hard to go wrong with cream (and I would add butter). I love love that veggie platter. What a great idea. My menu is already pretty set, but I want to try all these another night :). Happy Thanksgiving!

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