Thanksgiving Recipes and Ingredients Ready To Go!

I now have all the ingredients I need for the recipes I’m making for Thanksgiving. I do have to admit I’m lucking because all I have to make is the pumpkin pie and dinner rolls.  Thanksgiving is always at my sister-in-law’s. Everyone has certain dishes they bring each year.


The recipe I use for the pumpkin pie is off the back of the Libby’s can of pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix).  Here is the link to the official recipe.

Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie

The only change I make is to use the fat free evaporated milk.  Not only does it help cut out some of the fat and calories it also makes the pie taste a little lighter. My family and I prefer a less dense pie.

Regarding the pie crust I have found that either the refrigerated crust or frozen crust (deep dish) have worked out fine.  I’ve tried making my own homemade crust but somehow it didn’t taste quite as good as the store bought ones.

I also have all the ingredients to make the rolls for Thanksgiving dinner.  Unlike pie crust homemade bread is more of my expertise. I don’t own a bread machine anymore but I still use many of the recipes from the books I bought when I had one.  I prefer the old fashion way of making bread/rolls by hand.

Here is the recipe I will be using to make the rolls for this Thanksgiving. I’ve typed it out to include Bread Machine instructions and how to make it handmade.

Challah Bread and Rolls

It’s a rich egg dough that makes good bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, or Babka. I’ve made all of them with this recipe.


This makes a 1 1/2 pound bread or 16 -24 rolls depending on their size.  I’ve even cut this recipe down to make a mini Challah or four medium size rolls in my toaster oven for my husband and me.

Here are some more sites that offer lots of help with cooking Thanksgiving recipes.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Are You Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving dinner?  It’s only one week away.  This holiday is all about being thankful for the food on our tables. So if you celebrate Thanksgiving you most likely will be either hosting family and friends for the meal or going to someone’s house and maybe bringing part of the meal.

Tip #21 and #22 have some ideas for preparing for any holiday meals or parties you may be having.  I’ve posted the complete tips below.

Tip #21 – Holiday Meals

Food is a huge part of the holidays. There are parties and family dinners along with all the homemade food gifts (cookies, candies, cakes). If you are the one who is in charge of the planning, cooking, and preparing for a party or family dinner then here are some tips to help keep it from becoming overwhelming.

1. Keep meals simple.    Not every dish served at the meal has to be a gourmet delight. If the entree is fancy then keep the sides simple and easy.

2. Make as much ahead of time as possible. You want to be able to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen cooking.

3. Consider Pot Luck parties. Have an appetizer party or dessert party and ask guests to bring their favorite recipe.

4. Have different family members or friends who come to your home also bring a part of the meal. Don’t be afraid to ask. Most people would be honored if asked to bring a special dish. When everyone contributes to the meal they each get a chance to be complimented on their dish. They are no longer just a guest but part of the inner circle.

Small changes can add up. Don’t try to do it all, buy it all, or cook it all. This is the time where less really can be more – more joy, more peace, and more gratitude.

Remember that people are the most important ingredient at your party or family dinner.

Tip # 22 – Holiday Baking

The holidays are upon us. Ovens are heating up and luscious smells are coming from them. Do you have all your baking supplies ready to go? Have you checked your recipes for ingredients needed? If not, it’s time to make that grocery list.

Make sure your ingredients are fresh. Most have “best used by” dates on the packages. If you put some of your ingredients into canisters, do you remember when you bought that last bag of flour? Flour gets rancid over time. Baking soda and baking powder get old and will not leaven your baked goods as well. Spices and herbs lose their punch.

If there isn’t a date on the package to go by you might be better off buying new. Make sure you mark the date of expiration or the day you opened the jar or container with a permanent marker. I keep one of those fine point Sharpies in the kitchen all the time. If you put ingredients in canisters then put the expiration on a piece of masking tape on the bottom of the canister.

If you get all those supplies in the house now you will be able to bake up something delightful when the weather outside is frightful.

You put your time and love into baking those cookies and cakes so make sure you have the freshest ingredients to make them taste great!

The above tips can make a difference between a meaningful and enjoyable Thanksgiving (or any holiday party or meal) or one where you’re over stressed from trying to do it all perfectly.

If you want more tips on planning and organizing for the holidays be sure to download your free copy of the eBook “Tips To Simplify And Organize Your Holidays”. This is for a limited time only.
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In the next week or two you’ll probably be putting up your Christmas decorations and taking advantage of all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  Before you do either one you’ll want to check out the following tips in the eBook.

Tip #20 tells you how you can enjoy your decorations without feeling overwhelmed by them.

Tips #16 – 19 have plenty of suggestions for Hostess gifts, clutter-free gifts, and even ideas for creating new gift giving traditions. You’ll want to check these tips out so you can update your Master Gift List.  You don’t want to head to the stores without that list!


Why You Need A Gratitude List.

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Do you have a gratitude list? If you don’t, now is a good time to make one.

So what is a gratitude list and why do you need one?

A gratitude list is simply a list of things in your life that you are grateful for. This may seem like such a little thing but you might be surprised how powerful a simple list like this can be, especially at this time of year. Continue reading

How To Create Your Holiday Planner.


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When you organize and plan for the holidays ahead of time you reduce the stress level and the chance of things getting “all mixed up”.

The first step to making this happen is to create a Holiday Planner.  In the eBook, “Tips To Simplify And Organize Your Holidays”Tip #23 “Holiday Planning “To-Do List” talks a little bit about writing it all down. In this post I’ll list more detail steps. Continue reading

Are You Organized For The Holidays?

Are you organized for the holidays? They aren’t that far off.

Thanksgiving is 23 days away.  Christmas is only 52 days away.  Hanukkah is 33 days away.  New Years Day is 59 days away.

So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.          ~Willy Wonka

Because there really is so much to do and so little time I’ll be going through the tips in the eBook “Tips To Simplify And Organize Your Holidays” over the next 50 plus days to help you and me get ready for the holidays. Continue reading

Starting Over

Coming Soon

I last wrote a post in this blog two years ago.  I miss writing here.  So I’m going to start over with some new ideas.

When I posted information about different holidays, events, and seasonal tasks I found I was a lot more organized.  Therefore one of the new/old ideas of writing that kind of info on a post will help me stay on track each month.

I have also been trying to do some monthly missions with decluttering and organizing but struggle to complete them.  So another idea will be to set up these missions like a project or e-course with step by step instructions. Most will be free and I invite you to join me.

I also plan some more intensive e-courses that will have a fee.

In the next few weeks I’ll start updating this blog.  With the  holiday’s coming up this is a good time to get organized for all those gifts to buy, Christmas cards to send, cookies to bake, and special dinners to plan.  I’ll be getting a new sign up page soon so you can get the updates by mail.  I’ll let you know when that happens.

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