3 Easy Dishes You Can Cook For Thanksgiving (Even If You’re Not A Cook)

Thanksgiving….I can smell it already! It’s all about family, friends, and fooooood. I’ve never been one to really spend much time in my kitchen, but lately I’ve had the desire to be a better homemaker and learn new skills. However, after an ambitious week of babysitting three kids for a few days all while trying to move into a new apartment, I have lost the motivation to cook. Some nights (alright, most nights) cereal or Chic-Fil-A chicken nuggets for dinner felt like a major culinary accomplishment. So to slow down my life for a brief moment, I thought I’d make this quick and easy. If you’re learning, like me, these 3 simple recipes will help you round up the ones you love around your table for a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving celebration!


Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes


1 head of garlic

4 pounds medium red potatoes

1 ½ cups hot whipping cream

Choose at least 3: Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Chives, Parsley

2 to 3 tbsp butter

Salt & Pepper to taste


Place garlic in a small baking dish and roast in oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until skin is brown and sides give easily when squeezed. Let cool. When garlic is roasting, place unpeeled potatoes in a pot and add water to cover tops of potatoes and cook until they are tender. Drain and let cool. Peel cooked potatoes. Return cooked potatoes to stove and add whipping cream. With fingers, pull garlic cloves from head and pinch each clove to squeeze garlic from skin; add garlic to potatoes then add herbs. With potato masher, mash potatoes until they are smooth. Season to taste with butter, salt, and pepper.



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp cloves

½ cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup pumpkin

1 cup chocolate chips


Combine all together and drop by spoonful on greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.


Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls


2 tbsp yeast

2 cup luke warm water

1 cup butter, melted

1 cup sugar

6 eggs, beaten

1 ½ tsp salt

8 to 10 cups flour


Mix yeast with warm water and 2 tbsp sugar (take sugar out of the 1 cup). In mixer, combine melted butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and salt. Add yeast mixture. Stir in 5 cups of flour then add rest. Add enough flour until dough doesn’t stick to side of mixer. Place dough in a large greased bowl and rise for 2 hours. Stir down and refrigerate overnight.

Divide into 5 parts. Roll each section into a circle then butter. Cut into 12 wedges then roll into crescent shapes and place on greased baking tray. Let rise for 4-5 hours. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes.


Follow the above, except after the rolls have been shaped into crescent and put on a baking tray, immediately freeze for 1 ½ hours. Divide into freezer bags. When ready to bake, put rolls on a paper-lined tray and rise for about 4 hours. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes. Makes approximately 40 rolls.


Just a little secret…the dinner rolls are my FAVORITE. Ah, so dang good. I made them for Friendsgiving last week (if you don’t know what Friendsgiving is, well then. That’s real sad!) and we gobbled them up! In fact, I have another batch in the oven as we speak. I mean, as I write. The other super duper thing about these recipes is they don’t take much effort to make and, better yet, don’t take much from your wallet! #studentloans

I really am grateful for this beautiful season. It’s a time where we can show our thanks and share that with other people. Have a wonderful Holiday, my friends!

With love from my kitchen to yours,

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