The Little Things Newsletter #233 – Week Seven Giveaway


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the 7th week of Christmas giveaways. The holidays are rapidly approaching and I am so ready for it!

In the past, my family has always decorated for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving, but this year? 2020 feels like a really good year to decorate a little earlier. Anyone else ready for some holiday cheer?

Today, for the seventh week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways, I’m giving away Thanksgiving Dinner! While I can’t deliver the dinner itself, the winner will receive a $200 VISA gift card to buy Thanksgiving groceries. (Feel free to enter for yourself or for a friend!)

To be entered, leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me your favorite Thanksgiving dish. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

Here’s the lucky winner’s comment:

AND there’s a BONUS GIVEAWAY on Instagram again this week! If you are in the Columbus area (specifically within driving distance of Granville, OH) leave a comment on THIS IG POST and enter to win a $100 gift card to Cedar & Thread! (Take advantage of the holiday season and get over to the shop ASAP. The Christmas displays are simply gorgeous.)

ON THE BLOG this week: Cranberry Christmas Cake is one of those recipes that is an instant favorite every single time someone new tastes it. Tart cranberries, sweet buttery cake, and a fantastic texture all combined to basically beg me to eat another piece.

Crispy pork, tender vegetables, and potatoes topped with a perfectly soft egg? Sign me up for this Pulled Pork Breakfast Skillet any day of the week.

5 Minute 5 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge is a creamy chocolate fudge recipe. It is perfect for gifting, snacking, and serving for any occasion.

What I’m CRAVING: This Creamy Mushroom, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup looks and sounds absolutely fantastic. And with that perfectly toasted slice of bread too? Just hand me a spoon.

My FAVORITE THING this week is my new robe. Nothing fancy, super casual, and the ultimate in soft comfort. I’ve tried so many robes over the years and they always wind up making me hot. (not the good kind of hot either – ha) This robe is awesomely lightweight with a great hem length and sleeve length. Oh! And bonus points for a wide tie that is stitched down on the back of the robe, so it always lays flat and is flattering.

What I’m WATCHING: I watched Guarding Tess for the first time this week. I know it’s 25+ years old, but it popped up in my recommendations and I decided to give it a watch. Shirley MacLaine was great and the movie was a fun choice. I really enjoyed it!

What I’m READING: A New Song by Jan Karon. This is the fifth novel in the Mitford series and I continue to love these books. I’m forcing myself to take a brief break from the Mitford series now, so that I don’t finish them too quickly! This series has been so very good for my heart this year.

“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” – Nora Roberts

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!


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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Sally Messoline says

    I love the emails you send me. They are uplifting and give me great ideas for dinners and desserts. My favorite dish for thanksgiving is homemade dumpling noodles cooked in chicken broth. Since I was a kid my mom made them and now the tradition has been passed down to all my children. 5 stars rating from me!

  2. Penny Bailey says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be dressing! ❤
    Yum!! 😊😋 All the goodness of a warm side dish 😘
    with yummy spices and a perfect addition to the 🍱
    ultimate meal!!! 🙏 Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🍞🍗🍲🍝
    God bless you!! 👏🙌

    —Penny ❤👏❤

  3. Lisa says

    If it was up to me I would have already started decorating for Christmas (normally I refuse until the day after Thanksgiving but this year is a different!) but my husband disagrees 😂

  4. Amanda K says

    Hi Mary, sending warm thoughts to you and yours from my house to yours.
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is ‘Cheesey Potatoes’. I received the recipe from my aunt decades ago, I know it by heart, it goes wonderfully with whatever you are serving. Frozen hash browns, cream of potato soup, cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, cream cheese salt and pepper. Stir together in a Dutch oven or casserole dish and in an hour you’re good to go. Lots of great memories with this recipe.
    Thanks for letting me share.
    Happy holidays to all.

  5. Janet says

    Favorite Thanksgiving dish? Rumpletythumps! My parents were born in Scotland so this was and is a regular on our holiday table. It is a combination of mashed potatoes, a little sautéed onions, and steamed cabbage, with some cheddar thrown in. We then bake it in a casserole. Yum!

  6. judy Mutzenberger says

    My family will be celebrating Thanksgiving remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions. My daughter will make part of the meal, I will make the other part. We live about 100 miles apart, will meet midway, exchange our packages of food for 10 different families, go home, heat up the meals and join via video call to eat together. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, salad, cranberry sauce, veggie tray, dill buns, honey buns. Apple and pumpkin pies will round out the meals. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  7. Maureen Ostrowski says

    Though Thanksgiving dinner is always filled with delicious foods, some tradition, some something new that sounded enticing, I secretly wait for the cheesecake for dessert!

  8. Pam says

    My all time favorite Thanksgiving dish is cranberry jello salad. It’s so refreshing and light and adds a nice balance to all that heavy, rich comfort food. I truly enjoy the recipes you share and have tried SO many and all have turned out great!

  9. Lois Aloe says

    I love Thanksgiving, but this year it will be just my husband and me because of ….I don’t even have to say it….
    My favorite dish that I have been making for years is a rice and olive dish with onions, celery, salt, pepper, sage and thyme. Even though it will be just the two of us, I am still making it.

  10. Tonnie Rogers says

    Morning! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the stuffing! Forget the turkey! Oh…and maybe the jello salad. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Alice Riley says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cornbread dressing! My late Mother made the best!

    I want to thank you for the recipe for the Cranberry Christmas Cake. It is the BEST cake I have ever eaten. I freeze loads of cranberries every year so I can make it all year long! It is addicting! Thank you!!!

  12. Carol G says

    My favorite side dish is stuffing!! I know this sounds simple but when you only eat stuffing once a year, oh so good!!

  13. Cindy Johnston says

    My favorite side on Thanksgiving is the mashed potatoes and gravy! Can’t get enough of them! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  14. Theresa Simpson Hale says

    OMG this giveaway would be awesome to win. My favorite dish the stuffing that I make. It’s my dad’s recipe, even though he is no longer with us, every time I make it, I think of him and our memories of making it together.

  15. Joan S. says

    By far, my favorite Thanksgiving dish is the stuffing! Growing up we never called it “dressing”- it wasn’t til college that I heard that regional name.

  16. Carol Stankunis says

    I Love the cranberry Christmas cake! I made it last year and it was very moist and my family loved it too! Yum Going to make you Creamy Chicken, mushroom, wild rice soup Tomorrow! Looks delish and my husband Loves everything mushroom! 😋❤🙏

  17. Deb Dobransky says

    The stuffing has always been my favorite dish for Thanksgiving ever since I was a child. My mother would start cutting the bread and adding the dry ingredients the night before. I loved the smell it gave the whole kitchen.
    She was up early to begin cooking, stuff the turkey and start her pies, but she always saved me a bowl of the raw stuffing mix. It was a special treat just for me and I always loved that she made that special memory of Thanksgiving for me.

  18. LD says

    My favorite dish is Aunt Mary’s raspberry jello salad.
    A family favorite! But I finally found cranberries in the grocery store & can’t wait to make your cranberry cake. Thanks!!!!!

  19. Debbie W. says

    My family’s, not just mine, favorite Thanksgiving dish is my sausage stuffing. It’s my dad’s recipe and I have been making it for over 30 years. I cook it inside the turkey and it comes out so moist and mouthwatering delicious.

  20. Anita Pinson says

    My fresh cranberry salad is always a hit, even with those who don’t care for cranberries. Chopped fresh cranberries, oranges and apples comprise the fruit part and strawberry jello is the binder. Tart, sweet fresh, everything you want with all those carbs on the table.

  21. Kathy Barcanic says

    My family’s favorite dish for Thanksgiving is thorn casserole that our friend makes. She hosts Thanksgiving every year, but with covid it will be just our family. I’ve found several recipes for it so I’m going to try it this year. Love your recipes and suggestions, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with y family as well!

  22. Marilyn Thomas says

    Love your blog. Are you in Granville? I went to school there a LONG time ago.

    My favorite Thanksgiving side was the appetizers my Mom would put out in her leaded glass dishes, watermelon pickles!

    Every time I see them in The Vermont Country Store, I think of that meal that followed

  23. Pam says

    My favorite dish is the cornbread dressing! I’ve made the same one for almost 40 years. I also love homemade cranberry sauce. It’s just like a dessert. Speaking of dessert, I can’t wait to make your cranberry cake!
    Have a great weekend!

  24. Vicki Skonieczny says

    Hands down……the homemade dressing with gravy on it! And I am now adding your Cranberry Christmas Cake to our holiday dinner.

  25. Lorain Knight says

    Mary, I love reading your blogs. I’ve shared your recipes with my friends and family for years now. Your recipes are THE BEST!
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be sourdough dressing with gravy and a little scoop of cranberry dressing with a fork full.
    Five ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ for you!

  26. Kari Johnson says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish up here in snowy Minnesota is grandma’s mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.

  27. Danielle says

    My favorite Thanksgiving item are the rolls! My husband’s aunt makes homemade rolls and there is literally a fight to get the last roll. They are THAT good! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  28. Cheryl Goossen says

    Hi Mary! I’m a Canadian fan sharing our favorite recipe that is a compulsory addition to any Thanksgiving (or Christmas) meal. When I was a little girl, our neighbor’s mom, Mrs.Christie, from the US shared it! (It contains your favorite ingredient- cranberries!) It’s called Martha Washington Salad. While not a fan of jellied salads, this one is a keeper! With hot turkey or in a cold leftover turkey sandwich the next day! (Or truth be told in a bowl on its own! 😍
    Martha Washington Salad
    Whole fresh ( or frozen) cranberries
    (12oz – 1 bag)
    1 cup Crushed pineapple(Drain and reserve juice)
    1 cup Crushed walnuts
    1 cup 1/4’ed green grapes
    2 boxes Lemon jello
    2 cups white Sugar
    Add water to reserved pineapple juice to make 3 1/2 cups into a pot. Add cranberries, bring to a boil till they begin popping. Remove from heat. Add sugar and jello. Stir well. Set aside to cool stirring occasionally. Prepare fruit and nuts. Add to cranberries When it’s cooled enough not to cook the fruit. Stir well. Must refrigerate overnight. I prefer to dish them into a couple smaller bowls for easy table placement.
    Enjoy! Love your recipes!

    • Hollis Ramsey says

      That sounds delicious. I’m assuming you mean the big boxes of lemon jello, not the little ones. Maybe I’d top it with lemon zest, too. Thanks for the recipe, Cheryl.

    • Cheryl Goossen says

      Hello! It requires two boxes of lemon flavored Jell-O jelly powder mix… The kind you would add boiling water to.(85 gram size) you add the powdered crystals to the pineapple juice/water mixture . Enjoy. 🌼

  29. Mandy S. says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is homemade noodles with bits of turkey in them over buttery mashed potatoes. The noodles are a simple recipe that my great grandma grew up making and it’s been passed down through the years.

  30. Jane Ervin says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is what we call corn casserole. It’s made with Jiffy corn bread mix, creamed corn, regular canned corn, butter, eggs, and sour cream. So yummy!

  31. Pamela McCallum says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the mashed potatoes. I love making them and eating them too. The compliments are always a bonus.

  32. DC says

    I just finished re-watching “Guarding Tess” a most fun movie – now on to “The Family Man” with Nicholas Cage. A glimpse. My gosh it still gets me when I hear, “I choose us”
    I hope to get to the Christmas things soon, last year I waited too long. So glad of your post! What I’m cooking is a Greek Lemon Chicken + Rice soup, reading The Marauder” by Clive Cussler! My fav new item – preparing for the holidays, is a pair of slippers that say Let’s Get Elfed Up , in Walmart. They look like elf hats on my feet!! Twinkle Toes here I come☆ thank you so much for these newsletters- you cheer my heart so! PS. I often just watch your good morning small video, breathe and sigh. Its so peaceful

  33. Tricia Dyer says

    First time reading your blog, my sister suggested it, and with 2020 being what it is, it is nice to have some enjoyable reading and recipes to look at. Trying to pick one favorite dish from Thanksgiving is hard, everything is so good and the combination of food is what makes it great. I am leaning toward the Turkey, but with out the Gravy what do you have. So than you lean toward the Gravy, but with out the mashed potatoes and Turkey what do you have. Lol. Than you have the peas, squash, turnip, boiled onions, sweet potato, and green bean casserole, oh and stuffing, how do you choose. But than I think back and what do I put on all of those? The gravy. So I am going to say the gravy is my favorite part of the meal. It ties all my other foods together. I know, it is a weird answer. Lol

  34. Donna B. says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato casserole!

    That Cranberry Christmas Cake looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  35. Jacquelyn says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mother’s dressing with giblet gravy. She is no longer with us but thank goodness I have her recipe. About 45 years ago when my husband was stationed at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota, I was a newly wed with very few cooking skills. I was upset that we wouldn’t have a traditional South Georgia Thanksgiving meal. My sweet mother wrote me a letter and included her recipe for dressing with gravy. She also included directions for baking a turkey since she knew I had never baked one. 😊

  36. Elleretta Carroll says

    My family’s favorite Thanksgiving dish is “sweet potato au gratin” . It started as a Thanksgiving dish and quickly became the staple of every family gathering…Each and every holiday (including the 4th of July!lol).
    It’s a win win dish , my loved ones love to eat it and that makes me feel good about what I’m feeding them… I love the saying from a spice company I like. “Cooking is what happens when you care about people “
    Kindly, Ellie.

  37. Susan Rober says

    Favorite Thanksgiving dish is gravy! On the turkey, on the mashed potatoes, on the dressings, and to dips rolls in!

  38. Maryh says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is definitely the turkey! Love the dark meat and also love nibbling on the leftovers the next day.

  39. V. Stoen says

    Our favorite Thanksgiving dish would absolutely be the Sausage, apple, cranberry stuffing you posted from Allrecipes . I found this recipe a few years back and OMG what a find ! I make a double batch twice a year, then portion, bag and freeze . Oh I can hardly wait to make it again !
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all 🥰

  40. Lori A Silverman says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the stuffing. My stuffing. When I had to go to my ex mother- in- law’s, it always was like eating glue, it stuck to the inside of my mouth. I’m so glad I don’t have to eat it anymore now that I’m divorced.

  41. Sara Jimenez says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish now is stuffing. I could eat a whole plate of it alone. It used to be cranberry salad though, my grandma had such a good recipe that I can’t seem to replicate, sadly.

  42. Pat Clark says

    Christmas cheer needs to come early this year for us as well. Especially since my daughter is moving home with our first grand child! She has been telling of all we need to do and it is all the traditions we did with her. And I thought she wasn’t paying attention…
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my gramma’s Cabbage Salad. It has shredded cabbage, crushed pineapple, grapes, walnuts with mayo/sugar to hold it all together. It was only ever enjoyed by the 3 generations of women so it felt special-made for only us.

  43. Jen M says

    Hi. My mom passed away in Feb so we are all trying to think of different recipes for this year since she is gone and my brother and I can’t be together. (My usual favorite was mom’s stuffing and gravy.). So I put the Cranberry cake on my list to try instead of pumpkin pie. Looks yummy.

  44. Carolyn Holtz says

    Cornbread dressing is the star and family favorite for our Thanksgiving. It is so good it could be the entree instead of a side dish according to my family. It is my favorite as well.

  45. Rita Heinselman says

    In addition to the regular Thanksgiving feast dishes, there were always a few ethnic dishes served. My favorite, that worked well with the meal, was my Russian Mom’s family sauerkraut recipe! It was also delicious on a turkey sandwich, that same busy weekend , when we put up the Christmas decorations! So many great memories, so much fun!

  46. Lorrie Carey says

    Believe it or not, my favorite Thanksgiving dish is Turkey! We don’t eat it much throughout the year so I really enjoy it at Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for your blog, newsletter, and recipes. I can always trust yours to be fail proof and delicious!

  47. Theresa Gerlach says

    What a generous spirit you have. Thank you for this wonderful chance.
    I would have to say my mother’s stuffing. Nothing fancy but oh so delicious.

  48. Pat says

    My favorite Thanksgiving food is homemade pecan pie. My made the best. She was the best Baker ever. Everyone loved her cooking. She passed away after 8 years with alzheimers in 2008. Holidays are not same.

  49. Sue welch says

    My favorite Thanksgiving treat is, cranberry nut pie. Made from fresh cranberry sauce with chopped walnuts baked as a pie.

  50. Mary Brown says

    Really so grateful for anything someone else has prepared!!!! Ohh and that cranberry cake is delish, made it last year and remember it well. have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  51. Linda. Buermele says

    It’s hard to decide my favorite dish because I love the sides. However, I only have stuffing/dressing once a year so that would be my pick. Happy Thanksgiving!

  52. David G Winsby says

    I grew up in the 1950’s, and my favorite dish has always been the dressing my mom made, always from scratch. Mom actually made two dressings: oyster dressing for the neck cavity and sausage dressing in the main cavity.Oysters never appealed to me as a child, but I loved the pork sausage and sage/poultry seasoning dressing with lots of turkey gravy. Mom never had a written recipe. I knew the main ingredients, but the first time I tried to recreate it on my own, it didn’t taste exactly right. I got on the phone, and my mom talked me through it until I got it right. I later began to add finely chopped apple, which I have since changed to grated apple. I’ve also added toasted chopped pecans off and on, but the basic taste has always been the same as Mom’s. I flew home one Thanksgiving week after she passed away and made dinner for my dad and all the relatives. He was quite pleased to be the Thanksgiving host once again.

  53. Kim Schartner says

    Kim Schartner
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is Sweet Potato Souffle.. and I’m all about decorating early this year.. my house is decked out for the Holiday Season and my Christmas dishes are in full use already…

  54. CHRIS KACHEL says

    So hard to pick a favorite Thanksgiving dish! I’m a roast Turkey nut and don’t put handmade cranberry sauce by me-it’ll be gone. My mom’s was always the best on both and I miss hers but I miss her most, of course. How she did this almost by herself for up to 50 assorted friends and family I’ll never know but I know she did it! I got to do the dishes- sometimes twice that day!

  55. Sherri Rochester says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is/was my Mom’s bread dressing. I have made every year since her passing (8 years) and it is missing something. I think her secret ingredient was love. But I will keep trying…. Drizzled in gravy, it was the best! Yes, the browned pieces on the edge were the ones that I went for! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  56. Barbara Waddell says

    Love reading your emails. My favorite side dish for Thanksgiving is the dressing. No chicken involved in the recipe. Just plain old dressing my Mother always made with giblet gravy.

  57. Linda Weinmann says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mother’s bread stuffing. I know it’s not popular anymore but I still stuff my turkey. No ones gotten sick yet😂

  58. Jan Allen says

    My favorite dish would be turkey & cranberry salad. I think the MOST favorite thing is the cooking & baking for my family & knowing how they enjoy it.

  59. Beth Beaty says

    What a wonderful blessing to give away! My favorite dish is smoked turkey. I do love a creamed corn crockpot dish that I made last year for the first time as well. Thanks!

  60. Sharon witzell says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom grandmas and great grandmothers French meat pie. I’ll share the recipe with you if you like! Happy thanksgiving!

  61. Suze Coombs says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is carmalized baby carrots…. and of course butterscotch pie is a perfect finish to a great dinner

  62. Sue Woehrle says

    I love your blog! Always something I just can’t wait to try!

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a new stuffing recipe I found a few years ago. I just love it! Mushrooms, croissants, some cheese, etc. Just a new twist on regular stuffing but everyone loves it!!


  63. Kristen says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side to eat is carrot soufflé. However my favorite dishes to make are the ones my family specifically request and especially any and all desserts. Everyone gets a chance to ask for their favorite dish at every holiday & putting those on the table make my heart sing!

  64. Kris McCulloch says

    Favorite Thanksgiving dish is my Mom’s Jello Salad with Green Jello, chopped walnuts, cottage cheese, pineapple & a little cream cheese. This was served in squares over a lettuce leaf. Now that she’s in an Assisted Living facility (dementia) & unable to make it, it’s something I really miss at the table!

  65. Rose O. says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the humble cranberry sauce. Yes, I could (& should) make it more often. I already have a bag of fresh cranberries on hand for Thanksgiving. But today’s grocery list has two more bags listed. One for another future cranberry sauce and one for making your delicious Christmas Cranberry Cake. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

  66. Skyla Weister says

    My mother didnt know or feel like cooking so we usually had a turkey loaf, green beans & box potatoes. But on the few times we went and spent the holiday with my aunt & uncle, I loved the sweet potato casserole, with marshmellows & pecans.

  67. Eleisia Whitney says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is homemade pecan pie. I love a delicious dessert to finish off a Thanksgiving meal.

  68. Cara says

    Ah: simply roasted yams. These are so good! Just throw in oven and roast. They come out tasting like candy, and are so good for you! No added anything, just pure yam (Japanese yam is best).

  69. Patti P says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is Sweet potato casserole topped with butter crumbled with flour, cinammon, and brown sugar.

  70. gwendolyn i. harper says

    My favorite TKFG dish is the filling. My dad would make it inside the turkey and then make filling balls to eat later. We would walk around the house in the afternoon nibbling on them. Great for the soul, bad for the waist and hips.

  71. Maureen O'Connor says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing. I make it the way my grandma and my mama made it. My grandkids even like it! At one Thanksgiving dinner, my step-son said that my stuffing was better than what his mother made. He usually asks for another helping, sometimes two!

  72. Karen Oliver says

    I think I love the sides best at Thanksgiving. I do not eat turkey, but make it for everyone else. We have ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes with pecans, cranberry sauce, green beans with almonds, and homemade dinner rolls. We also have the macaroni and cheese that we have at every holiday. I am getting hungry just thinking about it!!

  73. Libby Price says

    I have two favorites, I just can’t pick one. They are cornbread stuffing and sweet potato casserole. Love them both with all the other fixings.

  74. Joanne Smith says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish has got to be the mincemeat pie! I’m the only person I know who loves it, and it’s something to look forward to after the delicious dinner. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  75. Jane Harris says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a marshmallow fruit salad my mother used to make. Easy and delicious — all of my kids love it, and it has become a once-a-year tradition. If you would like the recipe, let me know. SUPER EASY

  76. Peggy says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is really all of it….because each filled plate belongs to a treasured family member. This year is looking different than our normal houseful of thirty’ish people. This year has had its share of disappointments, but also many blessings and joy. Thank you for all your giveaways! Happy Thanksgiving!

  77. Cecile VanTyne says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cranberry pecan dressing! It’s always my first bite and my last! It seems like that no matter how much we make, there’s still nothing left! I guess that’s a good thing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  78. Sandra Hachey says

    My favorite Thanksgiving day dish I would have to say Turkey. Nice golden skin and juicy after that. Drooling now lol

  79. Robin Silke says

    I love the sweet potatoes, we add a little whiskey to them to give them a slightly different flavor and easy of the marshmallow topping so they don’t get too sweet.

  80. Dayna Hemmelgarn says

    My favorite Thanksgiving food is Dressing, but Candied Sweet Potatoes is a close second! Thanking God we are free to have Thanksgiving!

  81. Amy Lindman says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is cranberry jello mold. We are having Thanksgiving dinner with close friends, all our kids are far far way in China, California and New Jersey. Our dinners are always interrupted by their phone calls. We love it when they call, even during dinner! ❤️🦊

  82. Amy Lindman says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is cranberry jello mold. We are having Thanksgiving dinner with close friends, all our kids are far far way in China, California and New Jersey. Our dinners are always interrupted by their phone calls. We love it when they call, even during dinner! ❤️🦊

  83. Amber says

    My Gma’s stuffing. She passed away in 2012, but my Auntie still makes it IDENTICAL to hers, and it’s my favorite thing ever.

  84. Annette says

    My favorite is the stuffing. My Mom made the best stuffing I’ve ever had. Before she passed away one of my daughters got her to tell her how she made it. She wrote it down as close as possible and we take turns trying to replicate it every year.

  85. Patsy Nix says

    Super excited about this week’s giveaway…hoping for the best! We tried your Christmas cranberry cake and it was fantastic! And I don’t feel a bit guilty about having some for breakfast with my coffee…it’s full of fruity goodness, right?

  86. Hollis Ramsey says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing/dressing with turkey gravy. I never make turkey on Thanksgiving but I WILL make dressing, with gravy made using homemade stock from smoked turkey wings and necks. I eat it as an entree, and I put it in sandwiches along with some kind of cranberry sauce and (usually) store-bought rotisserie chicken meat. Sandwiches are my favorite foods.

  87. Julia S says

    I love my sweet potato casserole from a long ago Bon Appetit. It is so much better than the horrible sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows. For dessert I make a chocolate pudding dessert. It is a staple for us. A nut and butter crust with layers of cream cheese, powdered sugar and whip cream, chocolate pudding and whip cream over it all. It is delicious.

  88. Deborah W. says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the green bean casserole. I know it’s simple to make but it’s so delicious with the crunchy onion rings on top and inside. I love it!

  89. Jacquelyn Titus says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the stuffing of course! Soft potato bread cubes with lots of fresh herbs and cooked in the turkey to be moist and flavorful. I use half chicken stock and half butter to cut down on calories. I always make extra and cook in a casserole dish and then mix both together as the casserole dish is not as moist as the one cooked in the turkey.
    Next day is turkey tetrazzini with the leftover turkey!

  90. Phyllis Wells says

    Stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving dish. Every year the night before Thanksgiving several family members meet at my mom’s to break up the bread, chop celery and onions and add the seasonings. It’s a nice tradition.

  91. Monica Archer says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is Green Bean Casserole with fresh sliced mushrooms. Unfortunately, my kids don’t like it, but more for me and my husband.

  92. Kate says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is by far the pumpkin pie dish! I absolutely love pumpkin pie. I could eat it all day every day! This year I’m hoping to try my hand at a pumpkin cheesecake pie, and pumpkin rolls. I have great memories of my mom baking roll after roll after roll between holidays to give to out to our family members. She passed 6 years ago and I want to start this tradition with my 11 year old son now. Thanks for the opportunity for a worry free Thanksgiving dinner!

  93. Anne Saladino says

    My favorite dish is stuffing. This year I’m making it with sourdough bread and adding pinon nuts & cranberries.

  94. Diana Volk says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the dressing! But, I have Celiac disease and I am just not fond of dressing made with gluten free bread, so I make a wonderful Wild Rice Dressing! It has all of the wonderful flavors of traditional dressing, but with wild rice instead of bread. I modified a recipe from “Iowa Girl Eats” and everyone that has tried it loves it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  95. Kathleen Duncan says

    My favorite dish is the Giblet Gravy! My dad always made the gravy when he was alive. Now I make mine “dad’s way”. Since it would be odd to just eat a bowl of gravy, I ladle it on to potatoes, dressing and the turkey- with rolls to sop up the extra. Yumm.

  96. Kathy E. says

    It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without my mom’s recipe for turkey dressing. Some people call it stuffing, but it’s “dressing” for us! One year, I asked my mom to write down her recipe and I’m so glad I did. It’s never as good as hers was, but it’s pretty close when I make it and it always reminds me of her when I make it.
    duchick at gmail dot com

  97. Annie says

    Your Cranberry Christmas cake was so delicious! I’m making it again tomorrow- just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke😂. Seriously- best cake ever!❤️

  98. Shelby says

    I love having a bite of cranberry sauce to go with every bite of turkey and dressing. After that the sides are very important. I prefer them to be simple, not casseroles. Also, there must be pickles, olives and beets in my plate. Pickled okra is also welcome. Needless to say, dessert must wait until after the annual showing of Elf! What a wonderful day to spend with my family. Happy Thanksgiving.

  99. Wendy Huelsman says

    My favorite side dish is a cornbread dressing my grandmother made every year as I was growing up. It was always made the day before and reheated the moment the turkey came out of the oven. Such a sweet memory!

  100. Yvonne Ruwe says

    My favorite dish is definitely oyster dressing. I don’t live in Maryland anymore, but this dish makes me feel at home. The oysters make it so moist!

  101. Terrie Campana says

    How about pumpkin cheesecake. I only make it for thanksgiving and is not only my fav but everyone else as well !

  102. BrendaLea says

    My favorite dish for Thanksgiving has to be Cranberries in a Cloud (fresh cranberries, pineapple, pecans, and more with a yummy cream cheese mixture on top). Not only is it pretty it is so very yummy. One year I made this dish every week from Thanksgiving, until Christmas. I never got tired of it either. I keep cranberries in my freezer all year just for this dish. I am looking forward to trying the cranberry cake. Sounds yummy. Thanks for being so generous.

  103. Claudia Kerins says

    Hi Mary! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is pretty basic; turkey, gravy & mashed potatoes from scratch. I’m pretty boring lol

  104. Monica Fleshman says

    All time favorite green bean casserole. I’m going to try out the version you posted a week or so ago. ❤️❤️❤️

  105. Amy Meyers says

    Not sure if a homemade pumpkin pie and whipped cream can be beat when it’s made with fresh pumpkin?! Started this a few years ago and I’ll never go back! Happy Thanksgiving !

  106. Amy Toms says

    Love all your favorite things! In my family we divvy up Thanksgiving and I’m always in charge of the sides. And by far, mashed potatoes are always the winner! Couldn’t do Thanksgiving without it!

  107. Claudia Barker says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish are the Funeral Potatoes. It’s a family favorite and reserved for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals only. Yum!!

  108. Becky Georges says

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is either my dad’s oyster stuffing or his perfect mashed potatoes, both smothered in my mom’s gravy. I haven’t had either in years and I always miss them.

  109. Susie Cota says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish are bacon brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes w/gravy. 😋 Although I love turkey, my favorite is making dishes out of all theeftovers. Stay safe and have happy holidays.

  110. Michele E says

    I have such a sweet tooth so my favorite Thanksgiving dish is the pie. My grandma used to sneak me an extra piece of her apple pie because she knew how much I loved it!

  111. Cynthia says

    What a wonderful giveaway. My favorite dish is always just corn and mashed potatoes mixed together with a little gravy. It’s so yummy 😋

  112. Ashley A says

    My favorite is sweet potato casserole with a pecan/brown sugar topping. I love marshmallows but not on sweet potatoes!

  113. Theresa Hamby says

    My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is the homemade rolls! Warm, soft and flavorful – and usually a variety so more than 1 must be sampled!

  114. SHEILA HAYNES says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is traditional cornbread dressing. My mother in law taught me how to make it and it is the one item I make every year. I love trying new side dishes and my grown children look forward to a little traditional dishes and some new ones too.

  115. Glenda Jean says

    My favorite side dish is my cranberry relish. It’s my Grandma’s recipe and it always makes me think of her when I make and eat it.

  116. Cheryl Pryor says

    I’ve never been a huge fan of turkey but I do enjoy it once a year with family and friends but my favorite dish on the table is the stuffing.

  117. Lori says

    My favorite side dish is definitely my mom’s stuffing. One bite and I can remember every Thanksgiving that came before. 🦃

  118. Brenda Clarke says

    I love cranberries. Especially in jello salad. This year I canned cranberry salad ready for gifts and to grace my table. Simple.

  119. Patty Williams says

    I love all the side dishes!! Turkey is good but it’s the sweet potato casserole, southern green beans, cole slaw, real mashed potatoes. Pie, pie, and more pie! I like to graze!

    We always load up our little red wagon with whatever foods we are taking and walk through our little woods to my brother in laws house. They host Thanksgiving every year. After dinner, e play games!

    Sadly, this year , it looks like we may be staying home . That means we will be cooking at home.

    Thanks for the chance to win a very generous giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  120. Kristin D. says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish has to be green bean casserole!! All the flavors combined make me super happy. We always use my grandmother’s recipe which makes me feel close to her since she lives way out of state.

  121. Amy Cygan says

    My favorite thanksgiving dish and side is stuffing! I am thankful for so many different things this year. I have big plans on making extra food, dessert especially to deliver to some neighbors who will be missing seeing their family this year. I love a holiday that all about the food.

  122. Vanessa Williams says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cornbread dressing. Oh I loved the cranberry sauce. Don’t forget the sweet potato pie.

  123. Sue Lamoreux says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is scalloped oysters. It is the only time this dish is ever on our family menu. Look forward to making it and serving it every year although not many of our large extended family are fans. But the few of us who are would miss it if it wasn’t served.

  124. Dora Benson says

    GOD’S BLESSINGS to you and your loved ones. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cornbread dressing with oysters and Finley gravy. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!🦃

  125. Mary Beth Darby says

    I am not sure if this qualifies as a side dish. Stuffing (aka dressing) is my favorite. I think it is my favorite because I use my grandmother’s recipe which always brings back the most wonderful memories. Now thinking about it in more depth, this might be the reason I will only eat this stuffing recipe.

    No other recipe can compare.

  126. Pam Miller says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is mom moms stuffing. I’ve been making it got the last five years since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s . But this year we’ll nit even b able to eat with them , since they’re in a lockdown at their assisted living residence.

  127. Karen says

    One of my family’s favorites is my Abrosia Salad. The different fruits, nuts, coconut, marshmallows, whipped and sour cream make a perfect side and/or dessert. It’s soooo addicting!

  128. Bambi WILSON says

    Such a hard decision…… let’s see . 🤔
    Mashed potatoes & whipped sweet potatoes & corn OH MY !! 🤣😂
    Have a great week !!

  129. Pat S. says

    It’s got to be the dressing! My mom always made the best I’ve ever tasted, but we won’t be able to get together this year, so I will be attempting to do it myself. Yikes! 🙂 Thank you for all the yummy recipes!

  130. Allison Smith says

    My favorite side dish is GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE! We make it from scratch and it’s flippin delicious. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  131. Melanie Hartman says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is sweet potato casserole. I only indulge in this tasty dish once a year, so I load it up with all the “good” stuff. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  132. Shelley Chavious says

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish has always been the sausage stuffing. I think we should make it more often but I haven’t been able to get that done so far. I look forward to that dish most of all. Other than that, it’s the time with family. I’ll be missing that so much, as I’m sure that others will be as well, this year.

  133. Karen Eye says

    The sides are the best. I have a great cranberry salad recipe that is probably my favorite.

    It will be very hard this year because we have had to cancel all family plans. My husband and I have our 50th wedding anniversary on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and we will celebrate at home by ourselves. Our family will join us via phone or face time. However, we are so blessed and grateful for all our Blessings and look forward to the time we can celebrate with one another in person!

    May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you for the opportunity to enter such a wonderful give away.

  134. Nancy Anne White says

    My favorite dish is roasted yams & sweet potatoes – cubed, lightly coated with olive oil, salt & pepper on a bed of fresh herbs. Yum!

  135. Marina says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is a toss-up between the Dressing (baked on the side, crunchy & buttery on top) and the Brandied Cranberries…

  136. Bridget Wissmiller says

    I look forward to the yummy flavors of sausage and herb dressing, but I have been making green bean casserole the last few years from scratch and it is a favorite too!

  137. Lauren S says

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is stuffing (with gravy of course!). Realistically all the sides (mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, yams, Cranberries, etc) really go together into one big “super” side so maybe that’s my favorite side! Now I’m hungry!

  138. Sue Anders says

    My favorite dishes on Thanksgiving are the stuffing and the pies. They are not something I make on a regular basis, so are a treat to look forward to. As with everyone else, I will be by myself for the holidays this year. My husband went into a nursing home about a year ago. With the pandemic, I’ve barely been able to see him, and certainly can’t be there in person to eat Thanksgiving dinner with him. It’s been a lonely year. I’m praying that some kind of vaccine or cure can be found, so we can spend time in person again. (I love you, honey!)