This Thanksgiving is a little different than our past few, primarily because we signed up to run a 10k (Utah Human Race) on Thanksgiving morning.  Usually we get up really early to start cooking, this year we’re getting up really early to go run in the cold.  Aren’t you jealous?!

With the schedule change, we really have to be on the planning game this year.  Shopping lists have been written, orders have been given, and food preparations begin on Tuesday.  I edited and updated the old Thanksgiving pinterest board and I’m pretty excited about the menu – and all the organization involved!

With any luck, Thanksgiving 2014 is going to look a little like this:


TurkeyBeer Brine | Garlic Butter Baste

We’re sticking with the Beer Brine and Garlic Butter Baste – because you can’t mess with the perfection that was last year’s turkey.


Turkey FixingsGravy | Stuffing Photo Credit | Chilled Pineapple-Cranberry Relish

I’m still on a quest to successfully making gravy – this year could be the year! My standard stuffing is my Grandma’s recipe cooked in the crockpot instead of inside the turkey, because stuffing dead things freaks me out.  The cranberry relish was a hit last year, so I think it’s a recipe keeper.

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes and Sweet PotatoesMashed Potatoes | Crispy Sweet Potato Roast | Sweet Potato Casserole

Mashed potatoes have always been at the top of my Thanksgiving Must-Have list – but recently I’ve been adding a sweet potato dish as well.  Not sure which one to add this year (sweet or savory, I can’t decide!!) but they both look amazing.


VeggiesGarlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli | Honey Glazed Baby Carrots | Cauliflower Cheese

My family never served the green bean casserole, and I’ve continued the tradition… because I hate green beans.  But I have several other yummy veggie dishes on my pinterest board that I’m sure will suffice… Cauliflower Cheese?  Chad might die.


Dinner RollsThe Best Buttery Dinner Rolls | No-Knead Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls

I’ve never made rolls before.  My motto, up until now, has been, “Pillsbury knows what they’re doing.”  But there were two recipes that made it almost impossible not to at least TRY and so that’s what I’m going to do.  While also attempting not to burn down the house.  I’m not incredibly optimistic – but with all the other dishes, I think we’ll be ok without rolls.


I’m thinking about serving something simple this year, like sangria – doesn’t this recipe look divine?


I’m thinking about tipping the apple pie scale and trying to mash-up this recipe with mine.  It could be amazing, or it could be something best left alone… only one way to find out!

What are you serving for Thanksgiving this year, anything new and special?  Or tried and true amazingness?