A Thanksgiving Meal . . . Thanks to my Favorite Food Bloggers

If you read my last post, you know things can get a little hectic at my house around the holidays.  And, although you might not be able to tell from my last post, I really do enjoy hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  In the last few years or so I’ve curated a great Thanksgiving menu from my favorite food blogs.  If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, give a few of these a try!

thanksMy favorite Thanksgiving Turkey: The Pioneer Woman

Have you ever brined a turkey before?  It’s life-changing.  She’s pretty much my go-to for cooking holiday meat . . . her Beef Tenderloin recipe is a mainstay at my house for Christmas too!

My favorite mashed potatoes: Our Best Bites

These turn out perfectly every time!

(A close second are these garlic mashed potatoes from Nancy Fuller)

My favorite side dish: The Epicurean Explorer

I use fresh, not frozen.  Side note: She’s local and teaches a great kid’s cooking class at Kirkwood!

(A close second is this roasted butternut squash)

My favorite pumpkin dessert: Iowa Girl Eats

The only thing I don’t like about this recipe is the fact that I only use 12 gingersnap cookies and end up throwing the rest of the box away about mid-July!

My favorite apple dessert: Smitten Kitchen

What are YOUR favorite Thanksgiving recipes from around the web?

P.S. Today is my last post for ICMB.  When I applied to be a contributor last October, I told myself I’d make a year commitment to Iowa City Moms Blog.  As of November 3, that year is up!  I applied to become a contributor because I wanted to meet other Iowa City mamas in the area.  I met a group of the most amazing, smart, hardworking, and caring women as part of this experience.  The most powerful thing I’m able to take away from this is, each of us mothers in the way that is best for us and our crazy families.  How cool to have a blog that has found a way to celebrate each mother’s individuality, while reinforcing the idea that we are all part of this experience called motherhood together.

Kate lives in Iowa City with her husband (Matt) and three kids, ages 7, 5, and 2. She works at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa. She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Supervision in 2012. Prior to working at the University, she taught high school mathematics at many public schools in Iowa. Kate has also coached junior high and high school cheerleading squads for 10 years. Kate has a personal blog http://katedegner.wordpress.com . . . stop by and relive your junior high and high school mathematics classes! (without the anxiety or the homework :) )


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