Eat, Drink, and Be Thankful

I could not be more excited for the short work week and for Thanksgiving on Thursday! I'm hosting Thanksgiving at the house, and have finalized the menu which I thought would be fun to share with you all today.

I married into an Italian family, and we're big on caprese salad with some drizzled olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Always goes quick!
I also can't wait to try out this apple brie crostini from the gals at The Sequin Notebook. Perfect pre-dinner snack!

Mimosas because champs
Mulled Wine in the crock pot
Main Course

Mashed Potatoes from scratch
Green Bean Casserole

Package of Pepperidge Farms Stuffing
1/2 sweet vidalia onion
2 stalks of celery
1/2 package of Jimmy Deans Turkey Sausage
1 egg
1/2 macintosh apple
poultry seasoning

Sautee onion and celery in butter
Mix together with the rest of the ingredients and move to a greased casserole dish
Cover with foil and bake for one hour at 325-350 degrees

1/2 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 carton of reduced sodium chicken broth
poultry seasoning
onion powder
Candied Yams

4 lbs. of sweet potatoes, quartered
1 and 1/4 cups of butter
3/4 cups of brown sugar
3 cups of mini marshmallows, divided
Cinnamon to taste
Nutmeg to taste

Bring a large pot of water to boil.
Add potatoes and boil until slightly underdone, about 15 minutes
Drain, cool, and peel
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, 2 cups of marshmallows, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Cook, stirring occasionally until melted.
Stir potatoes into marshamallow mixture.
While stirring, mash and break the others into bite size chunks.
Transfer to a casserole dish.
Bake for 15 minutes, and remove from oven and cover top evenly with remaining marshmallows.
Return to oven until golden brown
Stuffed Shells 

Pumpkin Pie Martinis
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Candy Corn White Chocolate Chip Cookies
What's on your Thanksgiving menu?
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  1. Absolute heaven!! I LOVE the Italian dishes incorporated in there, especially caprese salad!! Ok, let's talk dessert: Hello!! Pumpkin Pie Martini's and Cheesecake, soooooo perfect!! Your feast is going to be so divine, cheers with my mimosa's to the chef!!! ;-)

  2. Green bean casserole quickly became my favorite thing over the last few years!! Your menu sounds delicious! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Wow your menu sounds awesome!! Good luck hosting!

  4. Your thanksgiving sounds delicious!! So many good things!!

  5. Can I come for Thanksgiving? This looks amazing! Hope everything goes smoothly!

  6. So much yummy stuff! I'm super exciting for Thanksgiving food! I love stuffing!!! :)

  7. Such a fabulous spread!!! My mom usually serves stuffed shells with her Thanksgiving usuals too :)

  8. Yes to all of this! I'll be making Thanksgiving dinner this year so I decided I'm only making things I want to eat LOL! And of course wine. ;) <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  9. Mmm your menu sounds delicious and such fun that your hosting! We're making apple cider mimosas for the parade this year and I can't wait - love that your doing a dessert drink too!

  10. y'all are killing it with this menu! it's southern thanksgiving classics and a little italian thrown in at my mom's house.

  11. a friend of wine did that wine in the crockpot thing! i didn't get to try it out but now i'm curious!!

  12. look at you go with all these recipes! i'm so hungry now haha. pumpkin pie martinis are my kind of dessert. and of course champs! love how i'm calling out all alcohol items haha. whatever, i am prioritizing my calories right? :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

  13. I love everything about this post because I have a weird obsession with other people's menus, haha. I'm loving all of the Italian touches with the caprese and stuffed shells, and it just isn't Thanksgiving to me without a pumpkin cheesecake! Can't wait to hear what you think of the crostini :)

  14. Everything looks and sounds SO delicious, and I'm sure that everyone will love it. I hope that you have a great day today too!! :-)

  15. This just got me SO excited for Thursday's food! Stuffing is my favorite but I can't pass up the sweet potatoes with marshmallows!

  16. Mulled wine!!!! I need that in my life! Looks like it'll be a great dinner!

  17. I want to come to your Thanksgiving! I love that there are drinks for the courses, too! So smart!

  18. Yummy!!! You have been working hard. Everything sounds and looks delicious. Enjoy!

  19. Everything sounds so good! That caprese salad looks SO delicious and how cute are the candy corn white chocolate cookies!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  20. Do people really not make mashed potatoes from scratch ever? Is that a thing?

    Caprese is one of my top favorites for any occasion.

    I'm doing turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows as above, corn, roasted carrots, and rolls.

  21. Oooh, I love the Italian twist on things!! I make Caprese salad about every week and have stuff in my fridge for it right now - my fav!! And love the stuffed shells idea as a side ... may have to copy this! :)

  22. Ummm, what time should I be over?!? Your menu is making me drool over here, ha! Love the addition of caprese salad - one of my very favorite foods in the world!

  23. That Caprese salad looks so fresh + yummy!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  24. This has me so excited for Thursday's feast!

  25. yummmmm. Feel free to ship the leftovers to me, especially the pumpkin pie martini, that will ship well right? Good luck hosting, I know you will do an awesome job!

  26. Great post dear!

  27. Umm yes. Stuffed shells sound like a fantastic Italian twist on Thanksgiving - now I want to make some :) I cannot wait to see how those apply crostini turn out :)

  28. So much amazing food! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  29. Yummmmm, take me with you!!

  30. I will take one of everything except for the Turkey. I love mulled wine so I will be having that too!

  31. Although I'm happy to let my mother-in-law handle everything, I would definitely love to host dinner at our house one year! I'm also a huge fan of caprese salad--especially when it's with fresh mozz from an authentic, Italian market!

  32. I was thinking of making caprese too!!! All this food makes me so yum!

  33. Everything looks so tasty!

  34. Impressed with that menu girl! If I was staying in town I would totally invite myself over ;-)

  35. I wish I lived closer so I could come over for Thanksgiving, ha! You have a great menu planned, I bet it will be delicious!

  36. Your menu looks great! I need to try out those candy corn cookies!!!

  37. Oh wow ! You have a huge spread planned out. Hope you're going to have some help in the kitchen. How many people are you entertaining?

  38. My mouth is literally watering just seeing all those yummy foods you're gonna have!! You will be super busy cooking, but it all looks so good!! I'm gonna do a pumpkin cheesecake pie for Thursday too :)!!

  39. That's so exciting that you're hosting this year! My mouth is watering right now just looking at your menu, and everybody will definitely leave with the bellies extremely full!

  40. Thanks so much for sharing these awesome recipes! They all look so delish!

    Chow Down USA

  41. Pumpkin Pie Martinis?!?! Sign me up!! Those sound divine.

  42. This all looks so amazing! I can't even think of which one I want to try the most! Pumpkin pie martinis!?

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  43. yes! someone else who makes stuffed shells on Thanksgiving! Must be a CT thing :)

  44. That Caprese salad looks SO GOOD!! Might have to add that!!

  45. this looks amazing!! can i just say, i'd be happy with mashed potatoes and mimosas all day hahaha. yum.