How Much Food Do I Need?

This question is often at the front of our mind anytime we prepare for Thanksgiving. We never want to run out of food but we also want to avoid spending a fortune on food that doesn’t get eaten. So how do you know how much food you need? Good Housekeeping helps you successfully determine just how much food you need for your Thanksgiving celebration. What a win-win! Enjoy!

How Much Food Do I Need?

Slow-Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

My slow cookers make Thanksgiving a breeze. I’m able to make dishes in my 3 cookers & relax for hours while dinner takes care of itself. You may not have 3 slow cookers but you can always borrow an extra cooker or 2 or 3 if needed. Especially once you see these incredible recipes from Southern Living. They have come up with a fabulous selection of side dish recipes you can prepare in your slow cookers, including a yummy recipe for sweet potatoes & bacon! Now you can relax a bit & let dinner take care of itself! Enjoy!

Slow-Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipes

When I prepare a large dinner or food for a special event, I use as many shortcuts as possible while still offering my guests a fabulous meal. However, there are certain small things I do to impress my guests. And they are all very simple. People are impressed because it just isn’t the way most people would do it. For example, making dressing from scratch. All it takes is dried bread & seasoning plus the things you always add to dressing. Very easy but the fact I made it from scratch seems to impress people. I’m really not out to impress them but I like to make things special for all my guests.

Good Housekeeping has a way YOU can impress your guests this Thanksgiving: homemade cranberry sauce! It is easy to make, allows you to personalize it & will impress your guests! Plus, homemade sauce has a fresher flavor than the canned stuff. Browse through these recipes & try one! Or, use one as a starting point for your own recipe. You never know what you might discover!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The 40 Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes of All Time 

As much as I love to cook & bake, I am NOT a pie maker. There is a zen to making the perfect pie & I lack that skill. I know, however, that many of you are fabulous pie makers so I offer you this incredible selection of pie recipes from the good folks of Country Living. Enjoy!

The 40 Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes of All Time

58 Delicious Holiday Appetizers Your Guests Will Love 


Great appetizers set the tone for your special Holiday event. Whether you are serving one to whet your guests’ appetites before a meal or offering a selection at your Holiday Open House or Cocktail Party, appetizers should be planned carefully & made well. Coming up with something new or a selection can be challenging. Fortunately, Country Living has made the job easier for you with this fabulous selection. Enjoy!

Holiday Appetizers

40 Thanksgiving Potluck Recipes

40 Thanksgiving Potluck Recipes

Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? Wondering how you are going to prepare all that food without losing your mind? Who says you have to provide all the food? Simple Joy Rule #2 says “Ask for Help.” If you are having a crowd, there is no need to wear out yourself or your wallet. Make dinner a potluck! Provide the turkey & let your guests each bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish. You can always fill in the gaps but this makes sure everyone has their favorite dish on Thanksgiving.

Midwest Living has provided you & your guests 40 recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving potluck. Use one of these recipes or use one to help you decide what to prepare. A Thanksgiving potluck allows everyone to take part in dinner preparation. What is someone complains about you hosting a potluck? Well, give them a hug & thank them, LOUDLY, for offering to host Thanksgiving dinner NEXT YEAR !

Thanksgiving Potluck

Dazzling Thanksgiving Pies

Dazzling Thanksgiving Pies

The crowning glory of your Thanksgiving meal is your pie. Now, some may cringe when I say this but if you aren’t great with pies, then ask someone else to make them or order them from a bakery. No need to create stress for yourself over the pies. There is an art to pie making & if you don’t have it, don’t worry about it! However, if you want to give it a try or if you LOVE to make pies, the Southern Living has a marvelous selection of pies for you, including the yummy looking Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie in the photo! WOW!

Thanksgiving Pies