Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner 2015 (and 2014)

Sue and I have lots of photos to share with you today.
Last year at Thanksgiving we didn't ever get around to sharing our recipes so we have included some of them with this year's dinner!
The veggie turkey above was made by Sue this year. No recipe to share - just use your favorite dip and layer a thin layer of sour cream on top so it is pure white, then decorate with veggies (FYI - his face is a mushroom that Sue peeled the top layer of skin from). 
We have included links below to the actual recipes. Just click on the link you want to see and it will take you to a separate post with the recipe and more pics!
First up Appetizers:

This was last year's turkey meat and cheese tray. Pretty adorable, right?
It's a close race as to which turkey I like better. The one above from last year OR the one below from this year...

This guy was made by Orra with some help from our little cousins!

Home made pickled garlic and pickled carrots made last year's appie list. 

This year was pickles, gherkins, olives, and pickled onions.

We always have mom's deviled eggs but last year I made them look like cute little pumpkins. 
An easy way to fancy up your deviled eggs.

This year I made Crab Puffs with Garlic Aioli and they were a HUGE hit.
You definitely will want to give these a go! (Link to that recipe HERE!)

Now on to the dinner (meat and sides!)

Last year's green bean casserole was super tasty and I meant to share the recipe on the blog but never got around to it...

So, that meant I had to make it again this year and, don't worry, this time I will be sure to share!!

Last year Sue made a more traditional stuffing and mixed it with some Stovetop Stuffing to bulk it up a bit.

This year Sue tried a brand new recipe and it turned out fabulous!
(Be sure to check back soon and I will see if I can get Sue to share this recipe!)

Last year we did a roasted Brussels sprout dish with sweet potatoes and potatoes that was really tasty. We just drizzled the veggies with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and then roasted them.

This year Sue kicked it up a notch by adding a balsamic brown sugar drizzle and some bacon.
Bacon makes everything better! (Check back for the link to that recipe soon!)

Our nephew, Travis, has a favorite dish that his mom has to make for him every time! Layered salad. 
This photo was from last year's dinner but we did have it this year too!

Orra also brought this broccoli cauliflower salad. It was super yummy and, she says, also easy peasy to whip up.

This year we had salmon, ham, and turkey. 
Which is funny because, if you note in the 3 next photos, that is what we had last year too.
Apparently we like to have choices in the meat department.

Ooooh... turkey!!

BBQ salmon!

And ham! Oh my!!
Ham is always good.

And now... on to the desserts!

Orra made this adorable Rice Krispie Turkey with Smartie stuffing.
Too cute, am I right?

I tried a new recipe for Pumpkin Pie this year - Deep Dish - and it turned out amazing!!
It has a secret ingredient you just won't believe.
(Click HERE for that recipe!)

I made Triple Butterscotch Cupcakes. (Butterscotch cake, Butterscotch Pudding Frosting, and stuffed with a Butterscotch Schnapps Caramel filling)
(Find that recipe HERE)

And for something totally different - I also made Cherry Limeade Cupcakes. (Link to recipe HERE!)

This puff pastry Apple Roses are actually very easy to whip up and make a huge impression on your guests. They are just too pretty!
(Find the recipe and how-to HERE

Last year's dessert menu included Pumpkin Sex in a Pan - which is just ridiculously delicious.
(Click HERE for that recipe!) 

And... for the cheesecake lovers out there, a mile high Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust.
(Click HERE for that recipe!) 

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below!

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1 comment:

  1. Once again, you put together a magnificent feast! Happy Thanksgiving.