friendsgiving + thanksgiving recipe roundup


Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! YAY! 

How was your weekend? My instagram feed was blowing up with friendsgiving celebrations and people seeing Catching Fire.  For the latter, I’m insanely jealous—did you like it?! I reread the book this weekend and am seeing it with my sister when I get home!

I kicked off Thanksgiving week with our own “friendsgiving” celebration here in Madtown.  We’ve all been super busy lately, so it was nice to spend an afternoon together drinking, eating, and watching football together!

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My roommate and I contributed cheesy potatoes….don’t even act like you are surprised. :)

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For a group of poor grad students, there was quite the spread!  Pretty sure that no one left hungry…

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Oh and our friends just adopted the cutest puppy ever.  Meet Willow! Is that not the most precious face you have ever seen?!2013-11-23 13.59.49

Lemme tell ya, graduation and my present to myself of adopting a dog cannot come soon enough!!

Anyway, back to Thanksgiving love.  For the past couple weeks, I’ve been scouring the depths of pinterest for Thanksgiving recipe ideas.  My family usually has a relatively similar menu each year (why screw up a good thing?!), but I just love turkey day so much I always enjoy procrastinating my work by find new recipes and ideas!  I rounded up some of my favorites for apps, sides, and desserts as possibilities for our table this year and thought I’d share them all with you.  Enjoy!



Veggie Turkey Appetizer (this is one of my all time favorite blog posts on here, i couldn’t leave it out!)

Crostini with proscuitto, goat cheese, and fig jam from The Italian Dish

Skinny artichoke dip from Iowa Girl Eats

Kale Ceasar Salad with Crispy Garbanzo Bean Croutons from Mountain Mama Cooks

Arugula Salad with Pomegranate, Bleu Cheese and Pistachios


Side dishes

Healthier Green Bean Casserole from Lean Green Bean

Texas Roadhouse Rolls + Cinnamon Butter from Chef in Training

Healthier Crockpot Mashed Potatoes from Healthy From Scratch

Cauliflower Risotto from Fool Proof Living

Healthier Cheesy Potatoes from Persnickety Plates

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pecans From Real Simple

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from Sinful Nutrition

Snickers Salad


No Bake Peanut Butter Bars (super quick!)

Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars from Half Baked Harvest

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Bars from The Picky Palate

Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters from Skinnytaste


Now you tell me, what is your all time favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

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