The Thanksgiving Bible: Dishes That Are Guaranteed To Make You Everyone’s Favorite Dinner Guest

How are we only ONE week away from Thanksgiving?! Between counting our blessings and prepping for our trip home, I’ve had little else on my brain than family, Turkey and stuffing.

So grab your stretchy pants and get ready. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m here to share my Thanksgiving Bible. This post is filled with my favorite family recipes, my favorite online recipes and a FREE printable for everything your need this Thanksgiving.

Lets start with the sides!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Aren’t Yams

While the star of the show is supposed to be the Turkey, take any of these dishes and I can promise you that they will steal the show!

Grandpa’s Literally Perfect Stuffing
I bet you can’t guess who named this! HAHA This stuffing is amazing and doesn’t contain any of the gross stuff that real stuffing contains. Check it out. It’s seriously SO GOOD.

Grandma Rosie’s Mashed Potatoes
These are the best Mashed Potatoes ever and so freakin’ simple. But if you want an even simpler option, buy the Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Instant Potatoes for $1. They’re almost as good as my Grandma’s and take like 5 seconds to make.

Dad’s Maple Glazed Carrots
Snapple Fact! I HATE carrots! I try so hard to like them but they just taste so bad to me. This is the absolute only way I will eat them (or covered in Peanut Butter) and everyone loves these bad boys!

Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
If you don’t like Yams like me and Harry Styles (GASP!) bring a fresh take on a sweet potato. Trev and I make these for dinner almost weekly and they’re so freakin’ good!

Loaded Potato Casserole
And since there are a lot of people out there that don’t love Turkey, a hearty side dish is always welcomed at our dinners. This Loaded Potato Casserole is so yummy and will fill up the bellies of those that aren’t eating the bird.

Creamy Mac and Cheese
There is never an occasion where Mac and Cheese isn’t appropriate. You’re welcome.

And now on to my favorite part of any dinner… the desserts!

Thanksgiving Sweets That Aren’t Pie 

My favorite part of any holiday feast is the desserts! Today I’m sharing two brand new dessert recipes (one is technically a side dish here in the Midwest but more on that later) and linking a few of my favorites that I know you’re going to love!

Apple Taffy Salad

Okay. So I was yesterday years old when I learned that people around the country don’t eat marshmallow salads as part of their meals, and that this is a Midwestern thing. Like what?! This is always the first thing I put on my plate at any potluck/gathering! But since most of the country things serving Marshmallows as a salad is weird, I’m putting it in the dessert section. I dare you to try it this Thanksgiving… you’re going to LOVE it. Trust me. Midwesterners know food. 🙂

Shopping List: 

  • 1 Cup Chunk or Tidbit Pineapple
  • 2 Cups Small Marshmallows
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • 1 Egg, Well Beaten
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 1 Container (8 oz) Cool Whip
  • 2 Cups Unpeeled, Diced Apples (Your Choice! We usually use Granny Smith)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Dry Roasted Peanuts


  1. Begin by draining your pineapple. (Make sure to save the juice!)
  2. Mix pineapple and marshmallows then refrigerate overnight.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix juice, flour, sugar, vinegar and egg. Dump in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until thick. Refrigerate overnight as well. 
  4. The next morning, combine both mixtures with cool whip. Just before serving, add apples and peanuts. Mix well!

It might sound weird. But I promise, it’s super yummy!

Grandma Rosie’s Pumpkin Roll

Here’s another recipe from my Grandma’s Kitchen that is basically world famous. (Okay. Famous in Manistee.) She makes these every year for her family and friends as a sweet little gift on Thanksgiving. And you guys, people look for them every year because they are SO good.

Shopping List:

For the Dough: 

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Pumpkin
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

For the Frosting: 

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (soft)
  • 1 Cup Powder Sugar


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. While the oven preheats, begin greasing your cookie sheet. (I used a large one!) You can grease it however you’d like, I chose to spray it with Pam. Then, lay down some parchment paper, and grease one more time!
  3. Now, mix all dough ingredients together like you would a cake. (Eggs, pumpkin, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon.) Then, spread it out on your cookie sheet. Your entire pan should be covered in a thin layer.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, and then flip it out onto a dish towel.
  5. Roll the dough (cake) up in your towel, then freeze for 20 minutes.
  6. While your dough is in the freezer, mix together your frosting. (Just combine all ingredients in a bowl with a mixer!)
  7. After 20 minutes, remove your dough from the freezer, unroll and frost.
  8. Roll it back up and wrap it in saran wrap and then foil.
  9. Refrigerate/Freeze until you’re ready to eat!

This pumpkin roll is SO yummy and makes a wonderful little treat for those you are thankful for this Thanksgiving! You can even download and print this cute little label I made to give it an extra special touch!


You can either right click the image and then click save, or download the full file here! Simply print on card stock and tie on your homemade treat with a pretty ribbon or twine!

Other desserts you might like?

Aunt Tammy’s Sugar Cookies
I’m well aware that these are totally a Christmas recipe, but these cookies are so yummy they’ll be a hit at any holiday gathering! (Just make sure they’re shaped like Turkeys, not trees!)

Pumpkin Oreo CheesecakeI don’t really like Pumpkin. But I LOVE pumpkin when it’s combined with Oreos and cheesecake!

Thanksgiving Drink Recipe + Infused Vodka Recipes
Just in case you like to drink your dessert 🙂

What are you favorite Thanksgiving recipes?! Link them below! I’m always looking for something new.

Have a fantastic weekend my loves! I’m going to finish baking a truck load of cookie bars for one of Trev’s teams. I”ll be back on Sunday with a Weekend Round Up.


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