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Easy Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

November 21, 2017
This EASY Thanksgiving Dinner Menu is a step by step guide on your feast cooking day - you DON'T want to miss these Thanksgiving recipes!

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

I'm assuming that since you've clicked through on this post that you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. I'm so happy for you! Yes, yes I know it can be quite stressful with a mile-long to-do list. I can assure you that your efforts will be well worth it! Of course, I'm here to help make your cooking day go smoothly.

In this post you'll find a menu of the BEST Thanksgiving recipes here on Mostly Homemade Mom. Click on the titles of each and you'll be able to see the full recipe. A bit further down, you'll see a printable recipe card with instructions on the best order in which to prepare each dish. Let's get started with the menu!

Many people forget about making appetizers, don't make that mistake! When family & friends are busy snacking on delish apps, you're free to take your time preparing the feast. No one's begging to know when dinner will be done!
Creamy Shrimp Dip 
with assorted crackers

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms 

Main Dish
Super Moist Roast Turkey 
I used a large turkey breast in this recipe, but you can use the same simple seasoning mix and basting instructions with a full turkey as well. Just calculate 15 minutes roasting time per pound of turkey.
Store-bought rolls
Softened butter

Side Dishes
Homemade Creamed Corn in the Crockpot

Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Layered Sweet Potato Casserole

Pre-made spring mix salad with various dressings

Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin) Streusel Pie

Cranberry Ambrosia Salad

Doesn't that sound absolutely delicious?! Even if you have a few picky eaters, I'm sure they'll find something on this menu that they'll enjoy.

I tried to incorporate recipes that are prepared ahead of time, along with recipes that are prepared the day of Thanksgiving. I also have a side dish (Creamed Corn) that is made in the slow cooker, which frees up the oven for the rest of the dishes. You'll find the links to each full recipe listed in the "Ingredients" section of the recipe card below. Feel free to print the recipe card, using the green button on the top right of the recipe card, to check off tasks as you go.

Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Easy Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

This EASY Thanksgiving Dinner Menu is a step by step guide on your feast cooking day - you DON'T want to miss these Thanksgiving recipes!


The day/night before Thanksgiving:
  1. Prepare Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin) Streusel Pie. While it is baking, prepare Cranberry Ambrosia Salad and refrigerate.
  2. Remove pie from oven to cool completely. Prepare Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms and bake.
  3. While mushrooms are baking, prepare Creamy Shrimp Dip and refrigerate.
  4. Remove mushrooms from oven and cool completely. Cover tightly with foil and place in the refrigerator. The pie is fine to leave on the counter overnight, but you may refrigerate that as well if you'd like.
  5. BEFORE GOING TO BED: calculate how long your turkey will need to cook. It takes approx. 15 minutes per pound.  Give yourself an extra hour and subtract that from the time your family is arriving. WRITE THAT TIME DOWN! :)
Thanksgiving day prep:
  1. Prepare Super Moist Turkey Breast and get it into the oven at the time you calculated the night before. 
  2. Get the Homemade Creamed Corn ingredients in the Crockpot and set it to the "Keep Warm" function after it's done cooking.
  3. Take out appetizers (Creamy Shrimp Dip & Crackers / Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms) to serve as family arrives. Mushrooms can be served hot or cold, you may warm them in the microwave if desired.
  4. Boil the sweet potatoes for the Layered Sweet Potato Casserole. While those potatoes are drained and cooling, boil the potatoes for the Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes.
  5. Finish preparing Layered Sweet Potato Casserole up until baking it, cover it with foil, and have it wait on the counter until the turkey is done.
  6. Finish preparing Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes. Place this is an oven-safe dish and cover with foil.
  7. When turkey tests done with a meat thermometer, remove from oven and tent with foil. Increase oven temp for Layered Sweet Potato Casserole and bake. Place Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes in the oven during the last 15 minutes of the sweet potatoes baking time.
  8. Slice turkey and place on serving platter. Bring all side dishes, premade side salad, salad dressings, rolls, and softened butter to the table. Your feast has begun!
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I know, I know - that looks like a BOAT LOAD of instructions, but I wanted to be detailed for you so that the prep goes as smoothly as possible! Really though, most of the stress is knowing when to make each dish and making sure the dinner is hot all at the same time. If you use my instructions above, it should go wonderfully!

From my family to yours, I hope you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving! 

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Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans - VIDEO

November 16, 2017

Halved pecans tossed with butter, powdered sugar, and spices and slow cooked until glazed. These make wonderful Christmas gifts!

*Note from Kelly 11/16/17 - This post has been SUPER popular over the past two years! I've updated it with a recipe how-to video! If you're reading this in your email inbox, click "Read more" below to view the video in your browser. Enjoy! 😊

I have a minor problem buying holiday baking supplies.

Like two plastic tub container's worth of holiday baking and gift-giving supplies. I guess it's more like a major problem.

They're all just so darned adorable I can't resist! I walked into Big Lots the other day and this hits me right near the front door:

It seriously makes me want to try different treat recipes just to fit them into those little treat boxes and bags for little gifts! Honestly though, those square boxes are the perfect size for a batch of cookies or fudge. I usually make up a few for teachers and friends, plus I get to bake as much as I want! And the cellophane bags are great for little treats and presents for kids. It just makes gift-giving that much more festive and special this time of year!

If you're planning on making some gifts from this kitchen this year as well, it's really important to start thinking about your list now while all the ingredients and packaging is readily available. Start with a list of people, then figure out what favorite treats you'd like to make, and decide how many batches of each are necessary. If you want to try a new recipe this year, like these Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans, now is the time to do it!

These pecans are wonderfully glazed and spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and are really simple to make - in fact, this is a great gift for kids to make for their teachers. Your house will smell wonderful as well!

Yield: 6 servings

Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans

Halved pecans tossed with butter, powdered sugar, and spices and slow cooked until glazed. These make wonderful Christmas gifts!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 hours and 5 mins


  • 1 lb pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  1. Place pecan halves in the bottom of a slow cooker. Drizzle melted butter over pecans and stir to coat well.
  2. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir well until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Leave the lid off and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spread pecans onto a lined cookie sheet to dry completely, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or gift packaging.
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I'll tell you though, it will be hard to not eat the whole batch of these before giving them away!

Here are some more of my favorite gifts-from-the-kitchen recipes:

Chocolate Almond Marbled Sugar Cookies

Christmas Oreo Fudge

Eggnog Cookies

Crockpot Queso Blanco

November 13, 2017
This Crockpot Queso Blanco is the best queso dip recipe EVER! American cheese, diced tomatoes, chiles, and seasonings - perfect for your next party!

Crockpot Queso Blanco

Today is November 13th. My Christmas tree is up. It will remain up through Christmas. 😋

The recipe video is below, if you're reading this in my email newsletter, click "Read More" to view this in your browser.

Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes

November 9, 2017
These Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes are decadent and delicious! Sauteed spinach in garlic with potatoes, cheddar, butter, and sour cream - a perfect holiday dinner side dish recipe!

Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Between school, church, family visits, and various holiday parties, the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's is completely booked up for us. I should say "completely" because I have a few Saturdays on the calendar with nothing on it, but it will fill up very soon. I want to try and enjoy this season, maybe even doing a few surprise spontaneous things with the kids in December, so when my Grandmom called to see what was on the kids' wishlists I decided to have them actually make their Christmas lists. I know it's early, but Santa wants to be done with shopping as soon as possible!

The heart-warmer award goes to my oldest, Silas. I told them to think of 10 things to put on their list. After thinking of three, he hold me he was done because he couldn't think of anything else. Of course I encouraged him to think of a few more things and he completed the list, but I love how he's not obsessed with getting a mountain of presents. 

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Homemade Creamed Corn in the Crockpot - VIDEO

November 7, 2017
A decadent, homemade version of creamed corn for the Crockpot - you'll never go back to canned again!

Crockpot Creamed Corn

I'm seriously a maniac over creamed corn. I've always loved it. I remember always asking for seconds when my mom made it with dinner, usually chicken parmesan. It was SO good!

Creamed corn was one of those things that I really never thought of making myself at home. It always came from a can and if it tasted great that way, why make it at home? Honestly, if you're just starting cooking dinner for your family, there's nothing wrong with creamed corn from the can. I have to warn you, though. Once you make this recipe, there's no turning back.